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U.S. Attorney Closes Investigation Into Brown Brothers

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The U.S. Attorney's Office has concluded its criminal investigation of former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown's 2008 campaign, according to the Associated Press. U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen issued a statement about the investigation after Brown's brother, Che Brown, pleaded guilty to bank fraud Thursday.

Machen's office began investigating the Browns after local officials found irregularities in Kwame Brown's campaign finance reports. Kwame Brown pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor campaign finance violation related to a side account that was controlled by his brother.

Both Browns also pleaded guilty to felony bank fraud. Those charges were unrelated to the campaign finance allegations. Machen says civil penalties may be appropriate in the campaign finance matter and is asking the District of Columbia Board of Elections to take it up again. 

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Verdine White On 45 Years With Earth, Wind & Fire

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The Case Against The Shirley Temple (The Drink)

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What's Ahead At The Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Convention gets underway in Philadelphia, where Hillary Clinton will accept the presidential nomination.

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Experimental Plane Sets Off On Final Leg Of Its Round-The-World Journey

It's the first time for a solar-powered plane to circumnavigate the globe. Now it's en route to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — and you can watch the journey in a live video from the cockpit.

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