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65th FIFA Congress - Opening Ceremony
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'The Game Deserves Better'

FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s 17-year reign as the strongman of soccer's international governing body may be coming to an end soon, as authorities from across the sporting world continue to call for him to quit the top job

Vanya Shivashankar of Olathe, Kansas, and Gokul Venkatachalam, St. Louis Missouri lift the trophy after becoming co-champions after the final round of the 88th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee

National Spelling Bee Ends With Co-Champions Again

In a dramatic, flawless final round, two eighth-graders proved to be joint winners at the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Vanya Shivashanka, 13, and Gokul Venkatachalam, 14, put both their hands on the trophy and thrust it into the air on Thursday evening

House Speaker Dennis Hastert sits for a portrait in his Capitol Hill office on June 15, 2007.

Former House Speaker Indicted on Bank-Related Charges

Federal prosecutors announced charges against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, 73, on Thursday, accusing him of structuring the withdrawal of $952,000 in cash in order to evade the requirement that banks report cash transactions over $10,000

IRAQ-CONFLICT

How Disbanding the Iraqi Army Fueled ISIS

The U.S. decision 12 years ago has provided the enemy with some of its best commanders and fighters, officials say. Instead of giving Iraq a fresh start with a new army, it helped create a vacuum that the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria has filled

A sign stands outside of a McDonald's restaurant in San Francisco.

Google Is Testing Hands-free Payments

Fast food giant McDonald's and pizza chain Papa John's have partnered with Google to test out a futuristic way for shoppers to pay for what they buy without having to take out their wallet — or even their phones

Homicide Spike Baltimore

Baltimore Sees Worst Month for Homicides in 15 Years

Thirty-eight people have been killed in Baltimore so far this month, the deadliest in 15 years for a city still recovering from the protests surrounding the death of Freddie Gray. The increase comes as arrests in May are down 56% compared with last year

Uber At $40 Billion Valuation Would Eclipse Twitter And Hertz

Setback for Uber in South Korea

In a largely symbolic move that appears to be aimed directly at Uber's cheap UberX service, South Korea enacted legislation on Friday banning unlicensed drivers from providing taxi services — becoming the first country to institute a nationwide prohibition of the practice

TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2014 - Day 3

Photo-Sharing App Path Sells to Korean Internet Firm

The long-troubled photo-based social network Path has finally found an end to its story: Daum Kakao, a Korean Internet company, will buy it. "Everything you have come to love about Path and Path Talk will remain as is," Path CEO Dave Morin said

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks at a town hall meeting at the Londonderry Lions Club in Londonderry, N.H., on April 15, 2015.

Chris Christie to Pull New Jersey Out of Common Core

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will announce Thursday he is pulling his state out of the Common Core education standards, bowing to pressure from teachers and parents, as well as conservative fears about government overreach

Rescue personnel search the floodwaters along Brays Bayou in southwest Houston, Texas

Flash Flood Warning for Texas

The National Weather Service issued a new flash flood warning for Texas on Thursday, as the state reels from extreme flooding that has killed at least 17 people. Even "short periods of rain" could produce new floods in the already saturated state, the warning said

Urban Cowboy

Urban Cowboy Remake Is in Development at Fox

Fox is developing a remake of Urban Cowboy, the 1980 movie that starred John Travolta as a young cowboy looking for love in a Houston bar. The network has commissioned a script from Craig Brewer, who would also direct the pilot if it advances