Putin accuses US of meddling into FIFA affairs MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States of meddling in FIFA's affairs and hinted that it was part of an attempt to take the 2018 World Cup away from his country. Putin said in televised comments Thursday that he found it "odd" that the probe was launched at the request of U.S. officials for crimes which do not involve its citizens and did not happen in the United States.
US, Swiss timed FIFA raids for maximum effect BERN, Switzerland (AP) - For months, American and Swiss investigators worked in secret to prepare for the raids that would shake the soccer world. They knew that the moment to strike would come when FIFA, the sport's governing body, held its annual congress in Zurich, gathering all of its top officials - including the main suspects in a far-reaching U.S. corruption probe.
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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. In suburban Houston, the rains have pushed the San Jacinto River above flood stage, and its waters were expected to cover streets in subdivisions along the west fork of the river, possibly stranding people in their homes for days if they don't leave.
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. Bush returned to corporate America after leaving the governor's mansion in early 2007, and his industry portfolio expanded steadily until he began shedding ties late last year to prepare a run for president.
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. Only two of the approximately 600 Western girls and young women who have joined extremists in Syria are known to have made it out of the war zone. By comparison, as many as 30 percent of the male foreign fighters have left or are on their way out, according to figures from European governments that monitor the returns.
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. The first time, in 1975, the escaped inmate's good behavior helped him avoid a trip back to prison when West Virginia's governor refused to extradite him bac to Ohio, citing Freshwaters' "flawless 16-year residency," according to records obtained by The Associated Press.
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. But some had no choice but to venture into the heat.
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. Poachers have slaughtered tens of thousands of African elephants in recent years to meet demand for ivory, particularly in China. Conservationists and governments have collaborated on an aerial, continent-wide census of elephants to better marshal efforts to protect wildlife. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is a project funder.
Demi Lovato is the face of mental health in new campaign LOS ANGELES (AP) - When Demi Lovato was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, she was actually relieved. "Growing up, I felt very, very depressed," she said. "Even though I was playing concerts and living out my dream, I couldn't tell you why I was upset."