CHICAGO (AP) — When Dennis Hastert pleaded guilty last year to breaking banking laws, sentencing guidelines suggested that the former House speaker would probably serve no more than six months in prison for making illegal withdrawals to conceal a dark secret from his past.
By Nate Raymond and Steve Gorman NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Courts on both U.S. coasts dealt setbacks to Bill Cosby's legal team on Tuesday, as the comedian kept trying to fight off lawsuits over allegations that he has sexually abused women for decades. A California judge refused Cosby's second attempt to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a woman who accused the entertainer of sexually abusing her when she was 15 at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles, her lawyer said. In New York, a federal judge ruled against Cosby's effort to compel the publisher of New York magazine to provide access to unedited interviews of six women who are suing him over separate abuse allegations.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress will not act to help debt-ridden Puerto Rico ahead of a May 1 deadline when nearly half-a-billion dollars in bond payments come due, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Tuesday.
The voyage data recorder from the ship El Faro, which sank in October during a hurricane off the Bahamas killing all 33 crew onboard, was located on Tuesday in 15,000 feet (4,600 meters) of water, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said. The recorder, which may contain hours of information related to the cargo ship's engine and communications from its bridge before the sinking, was found using remotely operated undersea search equipment, the NTSB said, adding that the next step was determining how the device can be retrieved. The 790-foot (241-meter) El Faro went down off the Bahamas on Oct. 1 while on a cargo run between Florida and Puerto Rico.