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chakafattahDemocratic U.S. Congressman Chaka Fattah of Pennsylvania and four associates were charged on Wednesday in a political corruption case with bribery and misusing hundreds of thousands of dollars of federal, charitable and campaign funds. Fattah, 58, who has represented Philadelphia in the U.S. House of Representatives for two decades and is one of the senior black lawmakers in Congress, and the others were indicted by a federal grand jury on 29 counts in an alleged racketeering conspiracy, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Fattah said in a statement that "I have never participated in any illegal activity or misappropriation of taxpayer dollars as an elected official." He said he would not resign from the House but he did step down as the top Democrat on the House subcommittee overseeing Justice Department spending.

Ohio cop indicted on murder charge in traffic-stop shootingA University of Cincinnati officer who shot a motorist during a traffic stop over a missing front license plate has been indicted on murder charges, a prosecutor said Wednesday, adding that the officer "purposely killed him" and "should never have been a police officer."

University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing's body camera shows his handgun drawn in CincinnatiA University of Cincinnati police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man has been charged with murder after a grand jury investigation, the Hamilton County prosecutor said on Wednesday. Prosecutor Joseph Deters, speaking bluntly at a news conference to announce the charges, called the July 19 death of Samuel Dubose, 43, "senseless" and totally unnecessary. City officials braced for possible unrest after the announcement of the grand jury's decision and the University of Cincinnati shut down in case of protests.

Dentist Walter James Palmer sends patients apology letter after killing Zimbabwe lion CecilWalter James Palmer wrote a letter to his patients at River Bluff Dental in Minnesota to apologize after the death of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe.

U.S. authorities arrested a man in western New York and charged him with supporting Islamic State by traveling to Turkey to help the militant group, the Justice Department said on Wednesday. Arafat Nagi, 42, of Lackawanna, New York, was charged with attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization after the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) discovered he had purchased military equipment and traveled to Turkey twice to meet with members of Islamic State.

Migrants sit near the A16 highway as they try to access the Channel Tunnel on June 23, 2015 in Calais, northern FranceBy Estelle Shirbon and Dominique Vidalon LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) - A Sudanese man died on Wednesday as migrants desperate to enter Britain from France stormed the channel tunnel entrance, prompting governments in both countries to promise to beef up security there. Freight and passenger traffic through the rail tunnel has been severely disrupted as migrants camped out in shanty towns in the Calais area have repeatedly tried to board trucks and trains traveling from France to Britain. France said it was sending 120 more police officers to the site while Britain said it was pressing ahead with erecting a nine-foot (three-meter) fence to protect the terminal.

A child holds a sign of Sandra Bland, who died in police custody, during a rally against police violence in New YorkA Texas House of Representative committee plans to meet on Thursday to look into conditions that led to the death of Sandra Bland, a black motorist whose apparent suicide in jail has raised questions about what role race played in her treatment. Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw and a county sheriff who has been a critic of inadequate jail facilities were expected to testify at the Texas House Committee of County Affairs hearing. "This isn't to beat up on somebody," state Representative and committee chairman Garnet Coleman was quoted as saying by broadcaster KHOU.

A supporters holds a sign as Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks at the "Women Betrayed Rally to Defund Planned Parenthood" at Capitol Hill in WashingtonGrassroots anger at GOP leadership in Congress and in the presidential contest has crescendoed in recent days, and the outrage on the right is forcing the GOP to respond.

In his most defiant public address since the Deflate-gate scandal broke after the AFC championship game, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady emphatically defended his innocence on Facebook.

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