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Blatter says vote for Russia, Qatar the root of FIFA crisis
ZURICH (AP) - The worst corruption crisis in soccer history stems from the governing body's decision to award Russia and Qatar the next two World Cup tournaments, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Friday. Blatter spoke at the FIFA congress hours before the presidential election in which he is a seeking a fifth term. He has refused calls to resign after FIFA was targeted by U.S. and Swiss authorities in separate corruption investigations.


THE LATEST: Handshake for Palestinian, Israeli soccer chiefs
ZURICH (AP) - The latest on FIFA developments: 4:10 p.m. (1410 GMT; 10:10 a.m. EDT)


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Hastert indictment offers few clues about alleged misconduct
CHICAGO (AP) - A newly unveiled indictment against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert accuses the Illinois Republican of agreeing to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep a person from the town where he was a longtime high school teacher silent about "prior misconduct." But it offers few hints about a central question: What was the alleged wrongdoing? The concise federal grand jury indictment handed down Thursday accuses Hastert, who once was second in line to the U.S. presidency, of agreeing to pay the money to a person identified in the document only as "Individual A," to "compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct against" that person.


Suicide bomber strikes Shiite mosque in Saudi, killing 4
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - A suicide bomber blew himself up in the parking lot of a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia during Friday prayers, killing four people in the second such attack in as many weeks claimed by the Islamic State group. The attack, which set vehicles alight and sent a cloud of black smoke into the air, came after a suicide bombing a week ago at another Shiite mosque killed 21 people, heightening sectarian tensions in the Sunni-majority kingdom.


Latest on flooding: Arkansas highway near Texas flooded
9:10 a.m. (CDT) Arkansas transportation officials have closed a section of southbound U.S. Highway 71 north of the Texas border due to flooding along the Red River.


The top 10 highest-paid female CEOs
NEW YORK (AP) - Female CEOs are outpacing their male colleagues in pay, although they remain vastly outnumbered in the top echelons of American companies. Last year, the median pay for women CEOs rose to $15.9 million, a 21 percent gain from a year earlier, according to a study by executive compensation data firm Equilar and The Associated Press. That compared with median pay for male CEOs of $10.4 million, which was down 0.8 percent from 2013.


New lab can create hurricane conditions on demand
MIAMI (AP) - Researchers trying to figure out what makes some hurricanes strengthen into catastrophic monsters have a new lab that allows them to generate tropical storm conditions with the flip of a switch. The lab is at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. It's known as the Surge-Structure-Atmosphere Interaction, or SUSTAIN.


Ruble rebound threatens 'Made in Russia' industry revival
MOSCOW (AP) - Russia's ruble is on a roller-coaster. After being the world's second worst-performing currency against the dollar last year, it is among the best in 2015. That will help keep a leash on inflation, to the relief of millions of Russians. But it is worrying one part of the economy - the local industry that had seen demand grow for its Russian-made goods when the falling ruble made imports hugely expensive.


AP Exclusive: UN rights staff fear for jobs amid abuse case
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N.'s poor handling of child sexual abuse claims against French soldiers has human rights staffers fearing for their jobs as they struggle with how to respond to highly sensitive allegations in the future, according to a letter to the world body's human rights chief obtained by The Associated Press. In a separate letter to the U.N. secretary-general, a woman who worked directly under the U.N. staffer who was suspended for alerting French authorities is protesting her dismissal last week, a day before she says she was to testify in support of him for an internal U.N. investigation.