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FIFA Faces U.S., Swiss Probes

U.S. prosecutors have unveiled an indictment against nine FIFA officials and five corporate executives for racketeering conspiracy and corruption. Earlier, Swiss officials rounded up six soccer officials in Zurich as a part of probes related to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups

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Storms in Texas Test Government's Emergency Response

Deadly severe weather over the long holiday weekend tested government alert and evacuation procedures, as officials scrambled to deal with storms and historic flooding that left more than a dozen people dead and a similar number missing

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The Radical Education of Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders, the populist and self-proclaimed socialist running for President, has a solid shot at second place in the Democratic nomination fight. Win or lose, he will force the frontrunner, Hillary Clinton, to take a serious look at his progressive platform

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Israeli Jets Launch Air Strikes on Gaza Strip

Israeli fighter jets carried out air strikes in the Gaza Strip early on Wednesday, just hours after a rocket was fired at southern Israel, an Israeli military spokesman said. The rocket hit an open area in the Lakhish regional council, and no injuries were reported

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Rick Santorum Starts Presidential Run Looking Back

Leaning on Republican traditions, Rick Santorum makes the case that 2016 is his turn to shine for the GOP. But history alone is not going to overcome Santorum’s significant obstacles as he seeks the White House for a second time

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Newer Birth-Control Pills Raise Clot Risk

Blood clots have been a known risk of oral contraceptives since the 1990s, but for most women the chances seemed small enough to justify taking the Pill. A new study puts a number on the risk of developing potentially fatal clots after using it

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No More Outside Food for Guantánamo Inmates

New military regulations will prevent attorneys from bringing food to inmates being held in custody at the U.S. naval base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Effective this week, the ruling will reverse a long-standing policy that allowed lawyers to bring food during legal conferences

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Malaysia Airlines Prepares for Overhaul

Malaysia Airlines has struggled to repair its image after two high-profile air disasters last year — the disappearance of MH370 in March and the shooting down of MH17 over Ukraine in July. It's now banking on total restructuring and a brand overhaul to help it overcome

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LeBron, Cavaliers Earn NBA Finals Spot by Sweeping Hawks

LeBron James scored 23 points, Kyrie Irving provided a boost after missing two games, and Cleveland reserved a spot in the finals with a 118-88 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night to win the Eastern Conference title

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Vatican Calls Irish Gay-Marriage Vote 'Defeat for Humanity'

Ireland's recent referendum approving same-sex marriages has drawn sharp condemnation from the most senior Vatican official after the Pope. The Vatican's Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, said he "was deeply saddened by the result"

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Indian Heat Wave Kills Over 1,100

India's heat wave has now claimed over a thousand lives, as the country awaits the arrival of monsoon rains. More than 850 people have succumbed in the southeastern state of Andhra Pradesh, where extreme temperatures claimed more than 200 lives in one district