Putin accuses US of meddling into FIFA affairs
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States of meddling in the affairs of soccer's governing body and hinted that its corruption investigation is part of an attempt to take the 2018 World Cup away from his country.
THE LATEST: Blatter returns to view amid FIFA firestorm
ZURICH (AP) — The Latest on FIFA developments:
Administration asks judge to toss House health care suit
WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama administration attorneys urged a skeptical federal judge on Thursday to throw out a lawsuit by House Republicans over the president's health care law.
Bush's busy role on corporate boards could become 2016 issue
WASHINGTON (AP) — During his transition from Florida governor to likely presidential candidate, Jeb Bush served on the boards or as an adviser to at least 15 companies and nonprofits, a dizzying array of corporate connections that earned him millions of dollars and occasional headaches.
Swollen rivers cause Texas cities to worry about flooding
HOUSTON (AP) — While the barrage of deadly thunderstorms that hit Texas has tapered, many cities remain in danger, and officials have warned about the possibility of more flooding from rain-swollen rivers as the week goes on.
Carter seeks ways to improve Iraq training, equipping
SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. military leaders are searching for ways to bolster the Iraqi forces following the Islamic State group's takeover of Ramadi earlier this month, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday, highlighting the importance of training and equipping the Sunni tribal militias. It's an efort that has repeatedly failed to take hold amid sectarian tensions in Iraq.
No exit: For female jihadis, Syria is one-way journey
PARIS (AP) — When three British schoolgirls trundled across the Syrian border; when a pregnant 14-year-old ran away from her Alpine home for the second time; when a sheltered girl from the south of France booked her first trip abroad — they were going to a place of no return.
Twice-caught fugitive's clean life led to decades of freedom
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — In 55 years as a fugitive, Frank Freshwaters got caught twice.
Indians scramble for heat relief, but many still must work
HYDERABAD, India (AP) — Eating onions, lying in the shade and splashing into rivers, Indians were doing whatever they could Thursday to stay cool during a brutal heat wave that has killed more than 1,400 in the past month.
Elephant numbers plunge in Mozambique because of poachers
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Poachers slaughtering elephants in Mozambique cut their population almost in half from 2009 to last year, but in Uganda, elephant numbers are increasing as a result of anti-poaching measures, according to aerial surveys.
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