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FIFA press conference
Ennio Leanza—EPA

FIFA Corruption Probe Intensifies

Corporate sponsors scrambled to distance themselves from the corruption probes launched against FIFA by American and Swiss authorities this week. On Wednesday, U.S. prosecutors unveiled a 47-count indictment against 14 defendants tied to the federation

Nebraska lawmakers debate in Lincoln, Neb. on May 27, 2015, whether to override Gov. Pete Ricketts' veto of a death penalty repeal bill.

Nebraska Abolishes Death Penalty

Senators in the one-house legislature voted 30-19 to override the veto of Governor Pete Ricketts, a Republican who supports the death penalty, making Nebraska the first traditionally conservative state to eliminate the punishment since North Dakota in 1973

James Holmes

Colorado Gunman's Notebook Scribbles Become Evidence

Copies of a journal kept by the man on trial for the Aurora theater shooting have been distributed to the jury that will help determine his fate. Holmes' notebook reveals references to violence and death and is stepped in nihilism

Stephen Curry raises his hands during game five of the Western Conference Finals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on May 27, 2015 in Oakland, California.

Warriors End 40-year NBA Finals Drought

Stephen Curry had 26 points and eight rebounds, Harrison Barnes added 24 points and the Golden State Warriors advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in 40 years with a 104-90 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night

A home on the Blanco River was taken off its foundation after heavy overnight rain caused flash flooding in Wimberley, Texas, May 24, 2015.

May Is Already the Wettest Month in Texas History

Across Texas, the average rainfall in May has measured 7.54 in., beating the June 2004 record of 6.66 in. with over four days still to go. The wettest region, located adjacent to Dallas–Fort Worth area, has received more than 20 in. of rain

Jeb Bush

2016 Contenders' First Audience to Woo Is Their Staff

It is a great time to be an operative in Iowa or New Hampshire, as more than a dozen contenders prepare for a White House bid. Campaigns are promising access to the candidate, special titles and bloated salaries in a competition for experienced staff

BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend Norwich 2015 - Day 1

Riot Fest Lineups Announced

Organizers have announced the line-up for the multicity festival Riot Fest. This year, the flagship Chicago event will feature Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg and Rancid, all of whom will be performing their classic albums in full

Chicago Bears defensive tackle Ray McDonald speaks with the media after minicamp on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at Halas Hall in Lake Forest, Ill. The team released McDonald after he was arrested Monday on a domestic violence charge.

Ex-Chicago Bear Ray McDonald Arrested Again

Ray McDonald was arrested for the second time in three days on Wednesday for violating a restraining order by being at a residence in Santa Clara, Calif. According to police, the order was issued as a result of his arrest for alleged domestic assault on Monday


Pentagon Accidentally Sends Live Anthrax to Multiple Labs

The samples were apparently shipped from Dugway Proving Ground in Utah on April 30 to a military lab in Maryland, then distributed in nine states. After a lab in Maryland found out their package included live samples, the CDC was alerted stock photos Condoms Sex

Hookup Apps May Be to Blame for Spike in STDs

Rhode Island is currently experiencing what health experts are calling an "epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases," with infections of syphilis increasing by 79% from 2013 to 2014, gonorrhea cases going up 30% and new HIV cases increasing by about 33%

The cast of "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" film.

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Reboot Planned

20th Century Fox will revisit Alan Moore’s 1999 comic-book series that was infamously adapted into the 2003 dud that starred Sean Connery as Alan Quatermain. John Davis will produce the reboot through his Davis Entertainment banner

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This Is What Teens Are Really Doing on Their Phones

87% of young adults — or those between the ages of 18 and 34 — who own smartphones report never separating from their mobile devices. And 4 out of 5 of them report that the first thing they do upon waking "is reach for my smart phone"