By BEN NUCKOLS, Associated Press
May 28, 2015 9:07 p.m.
OXON HILL, Md. — They couldn't be rattled. They couldn't be denied. Gokul Venkatachalam and Vanya Shivashankar had worked too hard and come close too many times not to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
By MICHAEL TARM, Associated Press
May 28, 2015 9 p.m.
CHICAGO — Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep a person from the town where he was a longtime high school teacher silent about "prior misconduct" by the Illinois Republican who was once second in line to the U.S. presidency, according to a federal grand jury indictment handed down Thursday.
The Clark County Juvenile Detention Officers Guild recently passed a no-confidence vote against Juvenile Court Administrator Pat Escamilla and his management team claiming that low staffing has led to escalating safety concerns in the detention facility.
Vancouver Sign Company workers hang panels Thursday for a new 112-foot-long "Celebrate Vancouver" mural on the south side of the Columbia Street railroad overpass near the Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay. Painted by Girl Scout Troop 4765, the 4-by-8-foot panels depict scenes at Frenchman's Bar, Esther Short Park, the riverfront looking east toward Mount Hood, Fort Vancouver and Mount St. Helens. Recycling artist Tim Foertsch created fish with recycled metals on two of the panels. The mural was a joint project by the Girl Scouts and the Clark County Mural Society. It replaces a weathered mural of squiggly blue lines painted in 1993 by Lewis and Clark High School students as a community project to discourage graffiti.
By ANNA GRONEWOLD, Associated Press
May 28, 2015 10:59 a.m.
LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska ended the nation's last ban on driving privileges for young people brought into the United States illegally as children, after the Legislature voted Thursday to override a veto from the state's new Republican governor.