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FIFA Chief Faces Graft Probe

FIFA president Sepp Blatter is himself in the crosshairs of the corruption probe that saw several of the organization's top brass indicted over the past week, with U.S. authorities saying they were hoping to work their way up from federation officials already in custody

President Barack Obama speaks following a meeting with US Attorney General Loretta Lynch in the Oval Office of the White House on May 29, 2015, in Washington.

Obama Signs Spy Bill Into Law

The National Security Agency will lose the ability to collect and store virtually all of American phone records after the Senate voted 67-32 Tuesday to reform the secret intelligence collection programs revealed in 2013 by former contractor Edward Snowden

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Hundreds Feared Dead in China River Boat Tragedy

More than 150 Chinese divers plumbed the murky depths of China's turbulent Yangtze River on Wednesday, as hopes began to wane that 437 missing passengers aboard the river cruiser that capsized on Monday night would be found alive

Fighters from Badr Brigades Shiite militia clash with Islamic State group militants at the front line on the outskirts of Fallujah, Anbar province, Iraq on June 1, 2015.

ISIS Fighters Are Overwhelming the Iraqi Army

As U.S., European and Middle Eastern officials gathered in Paris on Tuesday to discuss how to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), Iraq's Prime Minister told reporters that hundreds of foreign fighters had flooded into Iraq recently to join ISIS

James Holmes sits in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in Centennial, Colorado June 4, 2013.

Gunman: I Tried Calling Crisis Line Before Theater Shooting

James Holmes lingered outside a Colorado movie theater in 2012, thinking someone at a mental-health hotline might talk him out of killing strangers, he told a psychiatrist last year. But his call was disconnected after nine seconds, before anyone answered

Jennifer Martinez filled a shopping cart with toys at the Toys R Us store on County Line Road in Arapahoe County Thursday night, November 28, 2013.

Study Finds Minority Retail Workers Get Lower Pay

A new report by public policy group Demos and the NAACP finds retailers pay black and Hispanic full-time salespeople about 75% of what they pay white workers in the same positions. Black and Hispanic cashiers make about 90% of what their white colleagues earn

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Bernie Sanders Eyes Run Warren Run's Iowa Network

The Vermont Senator has two paid staff in Iowa, but his campaign plans to hire 25 to 30 organizers there by the end of the summer in addition to a wide network of volunteers. Many will likely come from the Run Warren Run campaign

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Wal-Mart to Hike Pay for Thousands

A lot of new Wal-Mart employees are about to get pay raises. The retail behemoth is raising the starting wages for more than 100,000 of its U.S. workers, including for managers of some departments and for workers in certain specialized areas

Why Caitlyn Jenner's Name Doesn't Start With a K

Jenner "went back and forth about how it would be spelled," Vanity Fair reports, only to decide to break the tradition of spelling family forenames with a K — "and the media associations that went with it" — and settle on Caitlyn with a C


Obama to Deliver Eulogy at Beau Biden’s Funeral

Beau Biden's life will be honored at a funeral mass Saturday at the St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Wilmington, Del., where Obama will speak, as well as at public viewings nearby on Thursday and Friday, according to the Vice President’s office

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Boston Bomber's Friend Jailed for 6 Years

Dias Kadyrbayev, a 21-year-old Kazakhstan native, pled guilty last year to charges of conspiracy and obstruction of justice after admitting that he removed key evidence from Tsarnaev's dorm room three days after the bombing