The Brief

FIFA President Blatter makes a speech before the election process at the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich
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FIFA President Hangs On

The embattled Sepp Blatter, 79, has been re-elected as FIFA president for a fifth term despite separate U.S. and Swiss criminal investigations into corruption, the worst scandal in the organization's 111-year history

Dennis Hastert House Speaker Congress

The Mystery at Center of Dennis Hastert Indictment

A newly unveiled indictment against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert accuses the Illinois Republican of agreeing to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep a person from the town where he was a longtime high school teacher silent about "prior misconduct"

US President Barack Obama (R) shakes hadns with Cuba's President Raul Castro (L) on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas at the ATLAPA Convention center in Panama City on April 11, 2015.

U.S. Takes Cuba Off Terror List

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has signed an order removing Cuba from the U.S. terrorism blacklist as part of the process of normalizing relations between the Cold War foes. The step comes as officials work to restore full diplomatic relations

Nigeria New President

Muhammadu Buhari Takes Over as Nigeria's President

Nigerians celebrated their newly reinforced democracy Friday, dancing, singing praises and releasing white doves symbolizing peace at the inauguration of Muhammadu Buhari, the first candidate to beat a sitting president at the polls

Texas Floods Weather

Dozens Rescued as Texas Struggles With Record Rain

Flash flooding left dozens of people stranded in central Texas early Friday, as emergency responders throughout the state struggled to cope with the wettest May on record. Flood alerts extended nearly 800 miles from southern Texas to central Missouri

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Hillary Clinton Team Lays Out New Primary Blueprint

Hillary Clinton will gradually ramp up her campaign throughout the summer, but it will be months before she turns completely to a more orthodox model replete with a packed public schedule and the regular appearance of husband Bill and daughter Chelsea

Artist Chris Ofili's controversial work The Holy V

Controversial Dung-Encrusted Painting Goes to Auction

Chris Ofili's 1996 painting "The Holy Virgin Mary," an elephant dung-encrusted portrait of the Madonna surrounded by photos of butts, is going to be auctioned at Christie's in London with an estimated price of $2.3 million

Bob Saget

Bob Saget Is On Board for Fuller House

John Stamos announced via Twitter that Bob Saget will reprise his role as Danny Tanner on Fuller House, the Netflix revival of the old ABC comedy. Saget joins Stamos, Lori Loughlin, Dave Coulier, Candace Cameron-Bure, Jodie Sweetin and more

Premiere Of IFC Films' "The D Train" - Arrivals

B.J. Novak Signs On for McDonald’s Movie

Fresh off his $7.5 million book deal with Mindy Kaling, B.J. Novak is set to join the cast of the McDonald's biopic The Founder. Michael Keaton will star in the film as Ray Kroc, and Novak will play a McDonald's executive and protegé of Kroc

The characters of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse greet guests during Disneyland's Diamond Celebration in Anaheim

Disney Is Weighing Surge Pricing for Parks

Visitors to Disneyland and Disney World may find themselves paying more for entry to the parks on peak days during the summer, spring break and Christmas time. Walt Disney Co. sent out surveys to annual pass holders asking how they would react to tiered pricing


Stressed Students Now Using Piglets to Calm Down

Students at Nottingham Trent University in the U.K. have organized an event for their peers to kick back and relax during exam season by spending a few minutes petting and playing with piglets, along with two goats, a donkey and chickens