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

Mystery Surrounds Dennis Hastert Indictment

The announcement that federal prosecutors had charged the former House Speaker with lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigations about a series of bank transactions have spurred myriad questions about the Speaker’s future, and most importantly, his past

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

Empire to Strike Back in September

Get ready for more Cookie, Lucious, Jamal and Hakeem: The 18-episode-long second season of Lee Daniels and Danny Strong's hit drama are set to begin airing on Fox Sept. 23

FBI Missing Firearms and Computers

Feds Rule Out Homicide in Mississippi Hanging

Investigators concluded that there was no evidence that a 54-year-old black man who was found hanging from a tree in Port Gibson, Mississippi was the victim of homicide, the Justice Department announced on Friday, and ruled out possibility of hate crime prosecution

Clinton Global Initiative University

Bill Clinton Issues Fiery Defense of Foundation

The former U.S. president joined his allies in defending his family's foundation in an open letter on Friday, emphasizing the charity's philanthropic work in the face of criticism over its foreign donors and alleged entanglement in politics

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

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