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Ex-U.S. lawmaker Hastert aimed to hide sexual misconduct with male: L.A. Times 5:32pm EDT

WASHINGTON - Former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert, indicted on Thursday on federal criminal charges, was paying a male from his past to try to conceal sexual misconduct, the Los Angeles Times reported on Friday, citing two unnamed federal law enforcement officials.

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U.S. House majority leader: 'further action' possible on surveillance

WASHINGTON - The Republican majority leader left the door open on Friday for the House of Representatives to consider an extension of expiring provisions of the USA Patriot Act if the Senate does not back a domestic surveillance bill passed by the House.

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U.S. Democrat Chafee to run for president in 2016: Politico

WASHINGTON - Former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee on Wednesday will join the race for the 2016 Democratic nomination for president, challenging front-runner Hillary Clinton, Politico reported on Friday, citing an unnamed source with knowledge of his plans.

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Assisted suicide bill advances in California legislature

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California lawmakers on Thursday revived a bill that would allow physician-assisted suicide in the most populous U.S. state, after a renewal of debate on end-of-life issues prompted by the death of 29-year-old Brittany Maynard last year.

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One of the longest shots, Republican Pataki launches White House bid

EXETER, N.H. - Former New York Governor George Pataki announced on Thursday he will run for the White House in 2016, becoming one of the longest shots in a growing pack of candidates for the Republican presidential nomination. | Video

28 May 2015