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Gray Aide Faces Sentencing On Wednesday

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Howard Brooks, a former campaign aide to D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, faces sentencing Wednesday for lying to the FBI about under-the-table payments to Sulaimon Brown, a minor candidate in the 2010 mayor's race.

Brooks pleaded guilty to working with another Gray campaign official to provide Brown with money so that the long-shot candidate would stay in the race and verbally attack then-mayor Adrian Fenty.

The scheme involved converting undocumented campaign funds into fraudulent money orders for Brown, who also claims he was promised a job by the Gray campaign.

While Brooks could face up to six months in prison under federal sentencing guidelines, last month prosecutors said they would not oppose a sentence of probation for Brooks because he provided, "significant assistance" to investigators.

Mayor Gray, whose 2010 campaign remains under federal investigation, has long denied knowledge of any payments to Brown.

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Chinese Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Restricted To 20-Day U.K. Visa

Ai says he was denied a six-month visa because U.K. officials said he didn't list a criminal conviction in his application. Ai was imprisoned in China, but he notes he was never charged with a crime.
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Humans Aren't The Only Ones To Go Ape Over Diets: Chimps Detox, Too

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The Politics Hour - July 31, 2015

Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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Debris Found In The Indian Ocean May Be From Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

Investigators believe a piece of debris found on the French island of RĂ©union in the Indian Ocean could be from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March 2014.

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