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Alabama House speaker arrested and charged with corruption

Mike Hubbard, the speaker of Alabama’s House of Representatives, was arrested and indicted Monday on 23 felony corruption charges, according to the state attorney general's office.

Hubbard was indicted by a grand jury in Lee County on charges that he used his office for personal gain, solicited things of value from lobbyists, and accepted payments to represent firms before other state agencies.

He surrendered Monday at the Lee County Jail, prosecutors said. And according to tweets Monday night from a debate scheduled between Hubbard and his Democratic challenger, Shirley Scott-Harris, Hubbard was in attendance.

Most of the allegations involve two of Hubbard’s businesses, Auburn Network and Craftmaster Printers. According to the indictment, Hubbard solicited four investments of $150,000 in his printing business from various businessmen and individuals, and also used a state computer, email and time for personal benefit.

Hubbard, who was first elected to the House of Representatives in...

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Ashoka Mukpo says he's not sure how he caught Ebola

American journalist Ashoka Mukpo, undergoing treatment for Ebola in Nebraska, said Monday that he doesn’t know exactly how he contracted the virus.

“It was something fluky,” he said on Twitter. “My best guess is I touched a surface and didn't chlorinate fast enough.”

Mukpo, 33, a Rhode Island native, was working for NBC News and Vice News in Liberia when he became ill. He was evacuated to the United States, arriving at Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha on Oct. 6.

Ebola is transmitted through contact with an infected person's bodily fluids, such as blood, saliva, feces and sweat.

“I was around a lot of sick people the week before I got sick,” Mukpo said. “Thought I was keeping a good distance, wish I knew exactly what went wrong.”

He said he didn’t regret traveling to the West African country to cover the Ebola crisis there: “That country was a second home to me and I had to help raise the alarm.”

More than 4,500 people have died of Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea since March,...

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Suspect in Hannah Graham case indicted in separate 2005 rape case

The man suspected of abducting University of Virginia student Hannah Graham last month was indicted Monday in a separate 2005 case. The indictment alleges that Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. abducted, sexually assaulted and tried to kill a woman.

The indictment, filed in Fairfax County, Va., Circuit Court, accuses Matthew, 32, of committing three felonies against the woman in September 2005. It says he attempted to kill her “willfully, deliberately, intentionally and with premeditation”; abducted her with intent to defile; and penetrated her “against her will, by force, threat or intimidation.”

The woman was 26 years old at the time and is cooperating in the case, Fairfax County prosecutor Raymond F. Morrogh said in a news conference. He declined to say whether the attack against the woman was random or targeted, and he would not provide details about the investigation or evidence, saying he had to preserve the integrity of the case.

On Sept. 24 of this year, Matthew was arrested in Texas on...

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More victims feared after Indiana man is linked to deaths of 7 women

A convicted sex offender has been linked to the deaths of seven women whose bodies were found in northwestern Indiana over the weekend, and more victims are feared, officials said Monday.

Darren Deon Vann, 43, has been cooperating with investigators after his arrest following the fatal strangling of a woman in a Motel 6 in Hammond, Ind., on Friday, officials said.

Vann told police “that he had messed up by committing the crime in Hammond” and was surprised that he had been caught so fast, Hammond Police Chief John Doughty told reporters.

Vann has led police to bodies in Gary, Ind., and has indicated some of his crimes may go back 20 years, though that claim has not yet been confirmed, said Doughty, who said the seven bodies appeared to be “more recent.”

Dan Sorbello, an investigator in the Lake County Coroner's Office, said the bodies “were all in decomposed states and had been dead for some time.”

Vann appeared to have met at least one of his victims through an online personal ad on...

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Up to 1,000 potential jurors may be questioned for Boston bombing trial

As many as 1,000 potential jurors may be called to fill out questionnaires that will eventually lead to the selection of a panel that will decide the fate of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, officials said Monday.

U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr. told lawyers about the juror plan during a status hearing on the case Monday. It is expected that the questionnaires will be used to create a pool of about 100 people from which 12 jurors and six alternates will be selected, according to a person familiar with the hearing's proceedings. 

Usual practice is for potential jurors to be called in pools of about 250 people at a time to fill out the questionnaires.

By comparison, questionnaires were prepared for 700 to 750 potential jurors in the June 2013 federal trial of former Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger.

Bulger, 85, was charged with 32 counts including racketeering, money laundering and extortion, and was accused pf playing a role in 19 murders. He was...

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Riot breaks out at New Hampshire pumpkin festival

It wasn't the pumpkins they were smashing.

A quaint pumpkin festival in New Hampshire ended with tear gas, street fires and at least one flipped car on Saturday as mobs of college students and young people turned parts of the town of Keene into a free-for-all.

Social media footage from the scene showed revelers destroying street signs, throwing glass bottles, pushing barricades and hurling curses at the police.

“It’s (expletive) wicked,” Steven French, an 18-year-old from Haverhill, Mass., told the Keene Sentinel. “It’s just like a rush. You’re revolting from the cops. ... It’s a blast to do things that you’re not supposed to do.”

Keene police could not immediately be reached for comment Sunday, but the department arrested at least 49 people over the weekend in the normally sleepy town of 23,419, according to the Associated Press. The Keene Sentinel reported numerous injuries throughout the day, including revelers injured by thrown glass bottles and fireworks.

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie...

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