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What would happen if Western powers boycotted World Cup?
NEW YORK (AP) - What would happen if Sepp Blatter hosts a World Cup and most of Europe, several South American powers and the United States don't show up? Blatter was voted to a fifth term as FIFA president on Friday, but the governing bodies of soccer's wealthiest region, the world's biggest economy and several nations in soccer-crazed South America opposed him following a string of scandals.


Blatter says FIFA corruption probe won't lead to him
ZURICH (AP) - Having come through another FIFA election largely unscathed, Sepp Blatter was in a typically defiant mood Saturday when addressing the challenges that still lie ahead. The 79-year-old FIFA president dismissed suggestions that a United States government investigation of corruption in football could lead to his door. Several senior FIFA officials have been arrested already, but Blatter shrugged off the notion that he could be next.


Former Md. Gov. O'Malley jumps into 2016 Democratic race
BALTIMORE (AP) - Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley entered the Democratic presidential race on Saturday in a longshot challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton for the 2016 nomination, casting himself as a new generation leader who would rebuild the economy and reform Wall Street. "I'm running for you," he told a crowd of about 1,000 people in a populist message at Federal Hill Park in Baltimore, where he served as mayor before two terms as governor. O'Malley said was drawn into the campaign "to rebuild the truth of the American dream for all Americans."


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Powerful quake strikes off Japan; no tsunami warning
TOKYO (AP) - A powerful earthquake struck near remote Japanese islands and shook most of the country Saturday evening, but it occurred well beneath the earth's surface and did not trigger a tsunami warning. Several people suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and there were no reports of deaths or major damage. The magnitude-8.5 offshore quake struck off the Ogasawara islands at a depth of 590 kilometers (370 miles), the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 7.8 and a depth of 678 kilometers (421 miles).


Will new focus on rape kit tests put thousands behind bars?
The evidence piled up for years, abandoned in police property rooms, warehouses and crime labs. Now, thousands of sexual assault kits are giving up their secrets - and rapists who've long remained free may finally face justice. A dramatic shift is now taking hold across the country as police and prosecutors scramble to process these kits, and use DNA matches to track down predators, many of whom have attacked more women while evidence of their crimes sat in storage.


Disagreement over impact if US surveillance laws do expire
WASHINGTON (AP) - Barring a last-minute deal in Congress, three post-Sept. 11 surveillance laws used against suspected spies and terrorists are set to expire as Sunday turns into Monday. Will that make Americans less secure?


A look at the expiring surveillance provisions
A look at the post-Sept. 11 surveillance provisions that, barring a last-minute deal in Congress, are set to expire when Sunday turns into Monday: Section 215 of the Patriot Act


Child sex abuse claims shake UN as revelations continue
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The boys said they approached the French soldiers because they were hungry. Some were so young they didn't quite understand the acts the soldiers demanded in return. One boy, 8 or 9 years old, said he did it several times to the same soldier, "until one day an older kid saw him and told him what he was doing was bad." Another boy, 9, said he thought the soldiers had been urinating.


Barnard works toward a new policy on transgender admissions
NEW YORK (AP) - On a recent bright spring morning, students admitted to the Barnard College Class of 2019 gathered on campus. As blue-and-white balloons fluttered in the breeze, the prospective freshmen attended panels and lunched on the lawn, chatting animatedly with current students. There were, of course, young women from a variety of backgrounds, but at least one category wasn't included: transgender women. Barnard, like other women's colleges, has traditionally admitted only students born female. But that might be changing.


McCartney says he's given up pot now that he's a granddad
LONDON (AP) - Paul McCartney says he has given up marijuana after many years of indulgence and now prefers wine or "a nice margarita." The former Beatle told the Daily Mirror he doesn't want to set a bad example for his children and grandchildren by using marijuana. He said Saturday his decision is "a parent thing."

 

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