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FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke during The International Football Association Board AGM at the Culloden Hotel, Belfast on Saturday February 28, 2015.

FIFA Says Secretary General Not Behind $10 Million Bribe

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke was not involved in the $10 million payment mentioned in the U.S. corruption probe rocking soccer's governing body, the federation said on Tuesday. FIFA said the transfer was approved by an official who died last year

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Texas Bill Allows Concealed Carry at Public Colleges

Texas state legislature passed a bill on Monday that would allow people to carry concealed guns in buildings on public university campuses, and Governor Greg Abbott is expected to sign it. Texas is the first state to have a campus-carry bill reach the governor's desk


More Than 2,300 People Have Died in India's Heat Wave

The death toll from the Indian heat wave has climbed above 2,300, with more than 1,700 succumbing to the blistering conditions in the worst-affected state, Andhra Pradesh on India’s southeast. In the neighboring state of Telangana, nearly 600 people have died

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Dwayne Johnson to Lead Big Trouble in Little China Remake

Dwayne Johnson is currently in talks to star in and produce a remake of the John Carpenter classic Big Trouble in Little China. Johnson would play Jack Burton, a trucker lured into the seedy, magical underworld in San Francisco’s Chinatown


Poor Weather Hampers Search for China Ship Survivors

Rescue teams are searching frantically for survivors in China’s Yangtze River on Tuesday morning, more than 12 hours after a passenger ship carrying 458 people capsized after encountering rough weather on Monday


'Helicopter Parenting' Hurts Kids Regardless of Love

So-called "helicopter parenting" is detrimental to children no matter how loving parents might be, a new study finds. Researchers explored whether characteristics such as support and warmth might neutralize the negative effects


The World’s Best Restaurant Has Been Named

Danish restaurant Noma, which was named the world's best for four of the past five years, got a bit of bad news on Monday. The René Redzepi–helmed kitchen once again lost the top spot on Monday to the same competitor that beat it out in 2013

1 June 2015 - Seoul, South Korea : members of South Korea's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) with a mask set up a arrive South Korean woman MERS patient quarantine at National Seoul University hospital in Seoul, South Korea on June 1, 2015.

South Korea Reports 2 Deaths From MERS

South Korea on Tuesday confirmed the country's first two deaths from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome as it fights to contain the spread of the virus that has killed hundreds of people in the Middle East


Hastert to Appear Before Judge Who Donated to Campaign

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is set to make his first court appearance in his hush-money case Thursday, when he's due to enter a plea before a federal judge who previously donated $1,500 to the then-Illinois congressman's re-election campaign

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Eddie Redmayne Is Set for Harry Potter Prequel

Warner Bros. announced on Monday that the Oscar-wining actor has been cast in the Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which will hit theaters on Nov. 18, 2016. J.K. Rowling is writing the screenplay herself

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Nintendo Just Revealed a Ton of New Games

Nintendo is gearing for E3 by releasing information on a slate of new titles ahead of the annual games confab in mid-June. The company said it would revive its Dr. Mario franchise with a game called Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure