• In this Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 photo, Ken Gibbons, a graduate research assistant at the University of Toledo Lake Erie Center, holds a sample of algae from Lake Erie in a lab in Oregon, Ohio. Algae blooms in Lake Erie, fed by agriculture runoff and overflowing sewer pipes, have become so toxic that they shut down Toledo's water system for two days in the summer of 2014 and have the city looking at spending millions to avoid a repeat. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

    Cities bear rising cost of keeping water safe to drink

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Standing at the edge of the Great Lakes, the world’s largest surface source of fresh water, this city of 280,000 seems immune from the water-supply problems that bedevil other parts of the country. But even here, the promise of an endless tap can be a mirage.

  • In this June 9, 2015 file photo, former House Speaker Dennis Hastert departs the federal courthouse in Chicago after his arraignment on charges of violating banking rules and lying to the FBI after he allegedly agreed in 2010 to pay $3.5 million to someone to hide past misconduct. Prosecutors and attorneys for Hastert told a federal judge Monday Sept. 28, 2015 that they’re talking about a possible plea deal. (AP Photo/Christian K. Lee, File)

    Ex-House Speaker Hastert lawyers talking possible plea deal

    CHICAGO (AP) — A possible plea agreement is being negotiated in the hush-money case of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, attorneys told a judge Monday, meaning potentially embarrassing details about the underlying actions in the case may never be divulged in court or anywhere else.