iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — Former Speaker of the House John Dennis Hastert is set to be sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Chicago, following an almost year-long hush money case hinging on payments Hastert made to a student he allegedly sexually abused while acting as a wrestling coach at Yorkville High School in Illinois.

The man formerly second in line for the presidency was wheeled into court Wednesday morning by attendants. In a January court filing, Hastert’s lawyers revealed that the former speaker’s health had rapidly declined following a stroke and a blood infection, and that he now needed “assistance for most daily activities.”

Hastert technically faces a maximum penalty of five years, but according to the terms of his plea deal, prosecutors previously indicated they will recommended he serve no more than six months. His defense team wants probation.

Dozens of Hastert’s supporters have written letters to the judge asking for mercy, including former Republican Congressional leader Tom Delay, who called Hastert “a man of integrity. He loves and respects his fellow man.”

CIA Director Porter Goss called Hastert “a rock solid guy with center-of-the country values.”

Hastert pleaded guilty in October to violating bank laws in connection with paying out hush money over the years allegedly to one of his victims, and in April his defense team made a filing publicly acknowledging the “harm” he caused to “others” for “misconduct that occurred decades ago.”

“Mr. Hastert is deeply sorry and apologizes for his misconduct that occurred decades ago and the resulting harm he caused to others,” the filing states. “Mr. Hastert’s fall from grace has been swift and devastating. Neither we as his lawyers, nor Mr. Hastert, have the present insight to understand and reconcile the unfortunate and harmful incidents he caused decades ago with the enduring achievements, leadership, and generosity that earned him extraordinary affection and respect throughout this country during his many years of public service.”

The filing does not identify the past “misconduct,” but last summer, sources knowledgeable of the case told ABC News that Hastert was paying a man — still unidentified except as “Individual A” in court documents — hundreds of thousands of dollars to hide that Hastert had allegedly sexually abused him while Hastert was a high school wrestling coach.

Hastert had originally pleaded not guilty, even after the sister of another purported sexual abuse victim came forward to tell her late brother’s story to ABC News.

In an emotional interview, Jolene Burdge said she first learned of her late brother Steve Reinboldt’s purported years-long sexual abuse at the hands of the future Speaker of the House in the late 1960s and early 1970s when her brother revealed to her that he was gay. It was 1979, years after the alleged abuse.

“I asked him, when was your first same-sex experience. He looked at me and said, ‘It was with Dennis Hastert,’” she said. “I was stunned.”

Burdge said she asked her brother why he never told anyone. “And he just turned around and kind of looked at me and said, ‘Who is ever going to believe me?’”

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Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — The Sacramento Kings unveiled a new logo on Tuesday night, kicking off what the team is calling a “new era of proud.”

The Kings will move into a new arena, the Golden 1 Center, in October, and with it, the team is rebranding. “This brand kicks off [a] new era for our franchise as we move into [the] most technologically-advanced arena in the world,” Chairman Vivek Ranadive said at Tuesday’s event.

Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein called the new logo “simple and sweet,” adding that “when we finally get to put [the jerseys] on, it’s going to be special because we’re all going to remember the first day that we put them on in [the new arena.”

The new primary logo was inspired by the team’s classic look, featuring a reshaped crown, a detailed basketball design and bold typeface. A secondary logo features a lion’s head emerging from a basketball shape, while additional insignias include a version of the primary logo with “SAC” representing the city of Sacramento, a crown logo, and a regal lion dribbling a basketball.

A video posted to the Kings website shows a man shifting Kings merchandise on a wall, with audio from the Kings history — including their first game in Sacramento and from former star Chris Webber — in the background. It concludes with the space created by the moved merchandise being used to hang up a posted of the team’s new logo.

The team also said it would pay for a limited number of people to get the new logo tattooed on their bodies — an offer good only on Wednesday, and only at five select tattoo parlors in the Sacramento area. Public address announcer Scott Moak tweeted a video of the line outside one tattoo parlor on Wednesday morning.

This is a line. For #NewEraOfProud tattoos. Amazing.

— Scott Moak (@AnnouncerScott) April 27, 2016

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Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — One of the most famous “busts” in the history of the NFL Draft says he would play “for free” in an effort to get his second chance at professional football.

JaMarcus Russell, who was selected first overall in the 2007 NFL Draft out of Louisiana State University, went just 7-18 in 25 starts in the NFL, and threw more interceptions than touchdowns. He was released by the Oakland Raiders in 2010.

“Good things happen for a reason, Russell said in a Sports Illustrated video.” “You might see me back. You never know, man. Whatever it is — I can be a water boy and work my way into a scout team. It doesn’t matter. I’ll go play for free.”

Sports Illustrated reports that Russell sent letters to NFL teams last year asking for a second chance. He reportedly told Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones that he would “lead the scout team for free for one year just to get experience in your system.”

Russell has previously attempted a comeback, trying out for the Chicago Bears in 2013. Despite having lost 50 pounds and improving his conditioning, Russell’s throwing was inconsistent and did not attend Bears training camp.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Over the past two decades, the UFC — Ultimate Fighting Championship — has become one of the biggest sports on the planet. It reaches more than one billion TV households around the world and has more than 260 million fans worldwide — 39 million of them in the United States, and about a third of those U.S. fans are women.

Some of the biggest names in the sport joined ABC’s Good Morning America to share their empowering secrets, from workout tips to how to stay strong in the face of adversity, but they also revealed these fun facts about themselves:

Take a look to learn a little more about the UFC fighters:

Frankie Edgar: Edgar met his wife in kindergarten. They used their kindergarten class photo as their wedding invitation. He’s excellent at trivia and wants to be on Celebrity Jeopardy.

Chris Weidman: His house was destroyed in Hurricane Sandy. He rescued his elderly neighbor when she hit her head on the coffee table in her living room.

Jon Jones:
He got his nickname “Bones” not because he breaks bones, but because his high school football coach said he had “skinny, bony legs.” His two brothers are professional football players in the NFL. He is a lover of exotic wild cats.

Paige VanZant: She was bulled in high school. She also loves to cook. Her mom can’t watch any of her fights because she’s too nervous.

Daniel Cormier:
He’s a huge shoe collector of tennis shoes. He’s also a huge New Orleans Saints fan and will choose to wear their clothes over his suits any day.

Chuck Liddell: He used to paint his toenails for good luck before fights.

Bruce Buffer:
His brother is Michael Buffer, the voice of boxing and originator of the “Let’s get ready to rumble” catchphrase.

Miesha Tate: She saved her boyfriend’s mom when she suffered a severe asthma attack on vacation.

Dana White:
He was Mark Wahlberg’s roommate and boxing coach.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — UFC fans will get a chance to see Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier fight for the title at UFC 200 on July 9 in Las Vegas.

Jones and Cormier appeared on Good Morning America Wednesday when the announcement was made.

Jones, the number one-ranked pound-for-pound fighter, defeated Ovince Saint Preux at UFC 197 last weekend. Cormier was sidelined by a shin injury that forced him to withdraw from the fight.

Joining Jones and Cormier on GMA Wednesday were some of the sport’s biggest stars, including UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell, bantamweight champion Miesha Tate, strawweight, current Dancing With the Stars celebrity Paige VanZant and UFC President Dana White.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A 107-year-old woman’s struggle to obtain a government-issued photo ID is shedding light on concerns about restrictive voter ID requirements for elderly people.

Virginia McLaurin, of Washington, D.C., had been wanting to visit places like New York and Los Angeles for media interviews after meeting with the Obamas at the White House in February, but she struggled to obtain the government-issued photo ID she needed to board an airplane, the Washington Post originally reported this weekend.

In order for McLaurin to get a D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles non-drivers’ photo ID, she needed a birth certificate from South Carolina (where she was born), but to get the birth certificate, she needed a photo ID.

And though McLaurin was happy D.C. didn’t require a photo ID to vote, she was concerned for other other elderly people who may not get vote in areas with more stringent voter ID restrictions.

Thirty-four states have laws requiring voters to show some form of identification at the polls, and of those 34, 17 ask for a photo ID, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

And while proponents believe stricter voter ID laws help prevent fraud, opponents argue they prevent minority voters — such as the elderly — from exercising their voting rights.

After hearing about McLaurin’s troubles, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a new regulation Tuesday that allows the D.C. DMV “to help District senior citizens aged 70 and older who need a Real ID, but who may lack the necessary identification to get that ID.”

The best part of today was the smile on Mrs.McLaurin’s face as I presented her with her temporary Gov’t ID.

— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) April 26, 2016

The new regulation essentially expands “the list of acceptable documents for residents age 70 and older to allow these seniors to secure” the photo ID “necessary for travel and completing other personal business requiring identification,” according to a news release from the mayor’s office Tuesday.

McLaurin was thankful to everyone who helped her get her photo ID renewed, she said in the news release.

“I am especially happy to know that now all seniors in D.C., will be able to get an ID more easily,” McLaurin said.

“Our seniors deserve easy access to a government photo ID so they can take advantage of the many benefits, activities and services that other residents enjoy,” the mayor added in the news release. “These common sense regulations will ensure that District seniors can get an ID if they lack the kind of documentation that may not have been around when they were born.”

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Though the update was announced last Wednesday, the gender-inclusive additions received widespread attention Monday evening when Merriam-Webster threw some shade on Twitter at critics of the additions:

People keep
1) saying they don’t know what ‘genderqueer’ means


2) asking why we added it to the dictionary

— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) April 25, 2016

“It’s certainly very interesting to see people criticizing us for including the words but then asking what they mean,” Merriam-Webster lexicographer Emily Brewster told ABC News Tuesday. “They end up proving exactly why we needed to add them.”

In addition to adding the words “genderqueer,” “cisgender,” genderfluid” and “transphobia,” Merriam-Webster has also updated the meanings for existing words “non-binary,” “gender expression” and “gender identity,” Brewster said.

Numerous LGBTQIA+ and gender-inclusive advocates have said they regard Merriam-Webster’s additions as important validation for people who use such terms to describe themselves and their experiences. The additions are also a reflection of society’s growing understanding of gender as a spectrum rather than a binary.

“Just because these terms are now in the dictionary doesn’t suddenly make them real, but their additions do provide important affirmation and validation at an institutional level,” said Joel Baum, senior director for professional development at Gender Spectrum, a national organization that “helps to create gender sensitive and inclusive environment for all children and teens.”

“The fact is, there is literally a difficult convincing process that many non-binary people have to go through to ‘prove’ their existence or experiences are real,” Baum told ABC News Tuesday. “This is just another arrow in the quiver to help the general public understand their experiences. Not everyone identifies as male, female or transgender.”

Lisa Kenney, Gender Spectrum’s executive director, added that the addition of words like “transphobia” also “helps validate and affirm the issues and discrimination that transgender people have to deal with because of their gender identity.”

“Obviously these words have been used and their meanings are real much before they show up in the dictionary,” Kenney told ABC News Tuesday. “But it’s nice to see words only discussed in periphery come into mainstream.”

Kenney added that there is an “infinite amount of ways people can use to describe themselves and their gender identity,” and that it’s important to respect people’s chosen words and pronouns even if they aren’t in a dictionary.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WHITESBORO, Texas) — A powerful storm rolled through the south overnight Tuesday, bringing at least one tornado, according to local officials.

The Texan cities of Whitesboro, Bells and Howe are worst affected, according to Grayson County Office of Emergency Management (OEM).

A post on the Facebook page says that “crews are working remove debris and assess damage.”

The bad weather is expected to continue into Wednesday morning as it moves further east.

The Nation Weather Service Storm Prediction Center said 60 million people from the Gulf Coast to the Midwest east to North Carolina and Virginia should be alert for strong storms on Wednesday. The nastiest weather was predicted for an area from Houston north into part of Iowa.

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Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Hendrick Motorsports employees received a special gift on Tuesday.

Former Hendrick driver Jeff Gordon and team owner Rick Hendrick handed out rings to employees commemorating the Sprint Cup great’s illustrious career.

Gordon tweeted photos of the ring, which highlights his car number, 24, and his many accomplishments.

“Handing out career commemorating rings to everyone @TeamHendrick. Thankful to be part of this organization,” Gordon wrote.

Gordon, who retired at the end of the 2015 season, is now a NASCAR broadcaster for Fox.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

Boston 11, Atlanta 4


Chi White Sox 10, Toronto 1
Tampa Bay 3, Baltimore 1
Oakland 5, Detroit 1
Texas 10, N-Y Yankees 1
Minnesota 6, Cleveland 5
L.A. Angels 9, Kansas City 4
Seattle 11, Houston 1


Philadelphia 4, Washington 3
N-Y Mets 4, Cincinnati 3
Chi Cubs 4, Milwaukee 3
Pittsburgh 9, Colorado 4
St. Louis 8, Arizona 2
Miami 6, L.A. Dodgers 3
San Francisco 1, San Diego 0


Toronto 102, Indiana 99
Atlanta 110, Boston 83

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