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6 Top World Soccer Officials Arrested In Switzerland On U.S. Corruption Charges

By Mark Katkov on May 27th, 2015 | Last updated: May 27, 2015 at 5:04 am

The six are officials with FIFA, soccer’s international governing body. They are accused of accepting millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks over two decades.

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Nebraska Governor Vetoes Bill That Repealed Death Penalty

By Krishnadev Calamur on May 26th, 2015 | Last updated: May 27, 2015 at 5:03 pm

The move sets up a showdown Wednesday with lawmakers in the state’s unicameral Legislature. A close vote is expected as lawmakers try to override the veto.

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Heat Wave Claims More Than 750 Lives In India

By Krishnadev Calamur on May 26th, 2015 | Last updated: May 27, 2015 at 5:03 pm

Most of the deaths have occurred in southern Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states. But high temperatures persist across much of the country of 1 billion people.

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Hackers Stole Data From More Than 100,000 Taxpayers, IRS Says

By Krishnadev Calamur on May 26th, 2015 | Last updated: May 27, 2015 at 9:03 am

The thieves used the data to file fraudulent tax returns. The IRS commissioner said less than $50 million had been successfully claimed from the agency.

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Photographer Mary Ellen Mark Dies At 75

By Krishnadev Calamur on May 26th, 2015 | Last updated: May 27, 2015 at 10:05 am

The influential photographer was known mostly for her humanist work.

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Prolific Fantasy And Science-Fiction Writer Tanith Lee Has Died

By Bill Chappell on May 26th, 2015 | Last updated: May 26, 2015 at 8:03 pm

Lee wrote dozens of books, including Don’t Bite The Sun and Death’s Master — the latter of which was part of her popular Flat Earth series. She was 67.

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Federal Appeals Court Leaves Hold On Obama’s Immigration Orders

By Bill Chappell on May 26th, 2015 | Last updated: May 26, 2015 at 7:04 pm

The president has sought to give temporary protection from deportation to people who were brought to the U.S. as children, and to the parents of people who live in the U.S. legally.

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British Pub Ye Olde Fighting Cocks Is Asked To Change Its Name

By Bill Chappell on May 26th, 2015 | Last updated: May 26, 2015 at 6:03 pm

PETA says the pub’s name should reflect “society’s growing compassion for animals and in celebration of intelligent, sensitive chickens.”

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Malaysia Airlines Plans To Cut A Third Of Its Workforce

By Brian Naylor on May 26th, 2015 | Last updated: May 27, 2015 at 6:03 am

The airline has been losing money for several years, and its brand was irreparably damaged by the loss of two planes last year.

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Iranian Court Begins Espionage Trial Of ‘Washington Post’ Reporter

By Bill Chappell on May 26th, 2015 | Last updated: May 26, 2015 at 8:03 pm

Iran’s state news agency says Jason Rezaian, 39, “is accused of espionage for the US government and activity against the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

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