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FIFA President Sepp Blatter makes a speech during the opening ceremony of the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich, Switzerland on May 28, 2015.
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‘Shame and Humiliation’ for FIFA

Embattled FIFA President Sepp Blatter defied calls for his resignation Thursday to declare he intends to help restore trust in world soccer and prevent FIFA's reputation from being "dragged through the mud" after a pair of corruption investigations

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Chris Christie to Pull New Jersey Out of Common Core

New Jersey Gov. 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

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Lori Loughlin Will Join Fuller House

Aunt Becky is back, as Lori Loughlin says she will be part of the upcoming Full House spin-off Fuller House, premiering next year on Netflix. Loughlin, 50, is eager to reunite with her former cast mates and longtime friends

AUSTRALOPITHECUS DEYIREMEDA

New Species of Ancient Human Found in Africa

Researchers found approximately 3.5 million-year-old jaw bones and teeth in the Afar region of Ethiopia, which they believe belongs to a new hominin species that had small teeth. The species has been named Australopithecus deyiremeda

The lethal injection facility at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. on Sept. 21, 2010.

Why the Era of Capital Punishment Is Ending

Despite extraordinary efforts by the courts and enormous expense to taxpayers, the modern death penalty remains slow, costly and uncertain, TIME's David Von Drehle writes in this week's cover story

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Artist Behind ‘Hope’ Poster Is Disappointed in Obama

Shepard Fairey, the artist behind the iconic "Hope" portrait that became the unofficial symbol of Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign for the White House, thinks the President fell short of America’s expectations and compromised on too much

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15 Accused in SAT Cheating Conspiracy

A group of 15 Chinese nationals are accused of orchestrating a vast conspiracy to help foreign students cheat on standardized college entrance exams administered in the U.S., in what appears to be one of the more brazen testing-related scandals in the past decade

Buttons featuring Republican presidential hopefuls on display during the 2015 Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City on May 21, 2015.

The GOP Presidential Contest Has a Polling Problem

TV networks are looking to opinion polls to determine which Republican contenders should be invited to debates — but pollsters warn that the current methodology is ill-equipped to accurately measure such a sprawling field of potential candidates