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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

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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

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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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

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Drinking 4 Coffees a Day Is Bad for You

A lot of caffeine is bad for your health, according to a new study, and many people are consuming too much of it. Consumption of about four cups of coffee is linked to heart problems, insomnia and panic attacks

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Tracy Morgan to Give First Post-Crash TV Interview

The 30 Rock actor and comedian, who has stayed out of the public eye since being critically injured in a deadly highway crash with a Walmart truck last June, will be interviewed by NBC Today's Matt Lauer on Monday

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Tamir Rice's Dad Speaks on Son's Fatal Shooting

The father of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old Cleveland boy fatally shot by police last year, said he's struggling to tell his other children why their brother is no longer alive."I can't tell them, but he's watching over you," Leonard Warner said

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This Town's Ban on Mankinis Helped Reduce Crime

When local law enforcement in the British town of Newquay wanted to crack down on binge drinking and public disorder they banned revealing bikini-style bathing suits for men — and now, local officials say it has worked