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WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican congressional leader on Monday defended a House investigation of Planned Parenthood's provision of fetal tissue to researchers, offering no suggestion that last week's shooting deaths at one of the group's clinics will cause the GOP to retreat from that probe.
By Nate Raymond and Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sheldon Silver, one of New York's most powerful politicians for two decades, was convicted on Monday of abusing his office to collect as much as $4 million in illegal bribes and kickbacks. A federal jury in Manhattan found Silver, 71, guilty of all seven counts he faced following a three-week trial, including fraud, extortion and money laundering. The verdict caps a stunning fall for Silver, who as speaker of the state Assembly enjoyed immense political influence before his arrest in January.
CHICAGO (AP) — Federal authorities say an online threat against white males at the University of Chicago that led the school to cancel classes Monday appears to have been motivated by the police shooting of a black teenager, video of which was released last week and sparked protests.