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Patriot Act That Dennis Hastert Passed Led To His Indictment

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On Oct. 24, 2001, then-House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) shepherded the Patriot Act through the House of Representatives. It passed 357 to 66, advancing to the Senate and then-President George W. Bush’s desk for signing.

Hastert took credit for House passage in a 2011 interview, claiming it “wasn’t popular, and there was a lot of fight in the Congress” over it.

Little did Hastert know at the time that the law he helped pass would give federal law enforcement the tools to indict him on charges of violating banking-related reporting requirements more than a decade later.

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Body Found Near Where New York Kayaker Vincent Viafore Went Missing (UPDATED)

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A body found in the Hudson River on Saturday could be that of the New York kayaker who went missing last month.

Forensic scientist Michael Archer told NBC New York that the body is believed to be that of 46-year-old Vincent Viafore, who disappeared when his kayak overturned on April 19 in choppy water near Bannerman Island, 50 miles north of New York City.

Viafore’s fiancée, Angelika Graswald, 35, reported him missing after the pair went kayaking in separate vessels. But authorities now believe she was responsible for his death. She has been charged with second-degree murder.

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Angelika Graswald has been charged with second-degree murder. (New York State Police via AP)

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Nebraska’s Death Penalty Repealed With Veto Override

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Nebraska became the first conservative state in more than 40 years to abolish the death penalty on Wednesday when lawmakers boldly voted 30-19 to override the governor’s veto.

There are 10 inmates on Nebraska’s death row — the 11th died this week — but the state has not executed anyone since 1997 and only recently ordered the drugs necessary to carry out a lethal injection. It’s the 19th state to abolish capital punishment.

 Lawmakers across the political spectrum came together to pass a repeal bill three times. Gov. Pete Ricketts, a first-term Republican, then vetoed the legislation on Tuesday. Thirty senators were needed to override him.

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Real-Life Hoverboard Breaks World Record

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A hoverboard rider recently soared into Guinness World Records after flying a record distance on the futuristic, flying skateboard.

Catalin Alexandru Duru, the inventor of the prototype hoverboard, traveled the length of two-and-a-half football fields (about 905 feet or 375 meters) to achieve the world record title before landing gently in the sparkling water of Quebec’s Lake Ouareau.

Duru reached a height of 16.4 feet (5 m), but the flying board is allegedly capable of much greater altitudes, said Duru, who told Guinness World Records that his machine could reach “scary heights.”

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Catalin Alexandru Duru set a record on his prototype hoverboard,

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FIFA Officials Arrested And Indicted For Corruption

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Nine officials of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), including two of its current vice presidents, were among 14 people indicted on Wednesday for racketeering conspiracy and corruption, the Department of Justice announced in a statement.

In addition to FIFA officials, a number of officials of other soccer governing bodies were named in the 47-count indictment for “racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies, among other offenses, in connection with the defendants’ participation in a 24-year scheme to enrich themselves through the corruption of international soccer.”

The arrests come days ahead of Friday’s FIFA presidential elections, which will still go ahead. Current FIFA president, Sepp Blatter was not among those arrested and is expected to win his fifth term, The Independent reported.

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3-Year-Old Boy Is Better At Pool Than Most Adults Are at Anything

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Adam Wynne looks like a kid from a Pixar movie. He’s got curly red-hair, a cherubic face, and walks as if he’s in danger of tripping over his own feet. He will also totally wreck you in a game of pool.

Well technically, it’s Snooker, which is played on a larger table with more balls than Pool, so that means this kid is even more bad-ass. And before you go and think he’s part of some genetic experiment to produce super Irish Snooker players, get this: He’s never been trained to play the game – it’s all Adam.

It doesn’t matter that he grasps the cue with two hands like it’s a sippy cup, or has to stand on an upturned bucket to get a better view of the table, because the second Adam lines up his shot, he absolutely owns the felt.

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‘Absolutely Massive’ Texas Flooding Leaves At Least 12 People Missing

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Recovery teams were resuming the search early Tuesday for 12 people who are missing after a rain-swollen river in Central Texas carried a vacation home off its foundation, slamming it into a bridge downstream.

The hunt for the missing picked up after a holiday weekend of terrible storms that dumped record rainfall on the Plains and Midwest, caused major flooding and spawned tornadoes and killed at least eight people in Oklahoma and Texas. More than 1,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed in Texas, and thousands of residents are displaced.

Authorities were also searching for victims and assessing damage just across the Texas-Mexico border in Ciudad Acuna, where a tornado Monday killed 13 people and left at least five unaccounted for.

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!!!!!AbsolutelyMassiveFlooding1Lucas Rivas looks into the flooded Whole Earth Provisions Company on Lamar Street after days of heavy rain on May 25, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images)

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