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UPDATE: May 28, 2015, 8:01 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep an unidentified person silent about "prior misconduct" by the Illinois Republican who was once third in line to the U.S. presidency, according to a federal grand jury indictment handed down on Thursday in Chicago.

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Days after anti-Muslim activist Pam Geller submitted an ad depicting the Prophet Muhammad to DC's transit authority, its board opted to ban all "issue" advertisements on metro transit for the rest of the year. The motion to ban political, religious and other issue ads was put forward by Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Chairman Mort Downey, according to The Hill, and the Metro board approved it Thursday.

Geller announced Tuesday that her group American Freedom Defense Initiative was launching an ad campaign on DC buses and in train stations bearing the winning cartoon from the group's Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas that became the target of an attempted shooting earlier this month.

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