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FIFA President Sepp Blatter speaks at the opening ceremony of the FIFA congress in Zuerich, Switzerland, Thursday, May 28, 2015. The FIFA congress with the president's election is scheduled for Friday, May 29, 2015 in Zurich. (Walter Bieri/Keystone via AP)

Soccer Chief Defies Calls To Step Down

Friday, May 29, 2015

Zurich — As defiant as ever, Sepp Blatter resisted calls to resign as FIFA president Thursday and deflected blame for the massive bribery and corruption scandal engulfing soccer’s world governing body. “We, or I, cannot monitor everyone all of the time,” Blatter said in his first public remarks on the crisis that has further tainted his leadership on the eve …

Early Start to HIV Drugs Cut Risk of Death, Illness in Half

Friday, May 29, 2015

An international clinical trial involving nearly 5,000 people with HIV confirms that treatment with antiretroviral drugs should begin sooner rather than later, the National Institutes of Health announced this week. In fact, the benefits of early therapy were so clear that the study was stopped early so that everyone in the trial could receive the drugs. Participants in the Strategic Timing of AntiRetroviral …

U.S. to ‘Fine Tune’ Iraq Policy

Friday, May 29, 2015

Washington — Pentagon leaders are trying to “fine tune” U.S. strategy for ousting the Islamic State group from Iraq, focusing on faster and better training and arming of Sunni tribes whose combat role is central to reversing the extremists’ advances, senior U.S. officials said Thursday. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, speaking to reporters while …

Ex-U.S. Speaker Faces Indictment

Friday, May 29, 2015

Chicago — Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep an unidentified person silent about “prior misconduct” by the Illinois Republican who was once second in line to the U.S. …

Anthrax Mishap Stirs Questions in Congress

Friday, May 29, 2015

Washington — Military officials said Thursday that the Pentagon was in close contact with officials at research labs in California, Texas and seven other states that received potentially live anthrax spores, but they refused to identify the labs or to disclose how many people were being treated with …

Psychiatrist: Shooter Knew What He Was Doing

Friday, May 29, 2015

Centennial, Colo. — The man who killed 12 moviegoers and wounded scores of others in a suburban Denver theater was mentally ill but legally sane, a court-appointed psychiatrist testified Thursday. Prosecutors called Dr. William Reid to testify as …

For 2nd Consecutive Year, National Spelling Bee Ends in Tie

Friday, May 29, 2015

Oxon Hill, Md. — All sorts of history was made at the National Spelling Bee Thursday night. Vanya Shivashankar and Gokul Venkatachalam duked it out to a tie and were named co-winners of the annual contest. It marked …

Study: Girls Seek Sisterhood in ISIL

Friday, May 29, 2015

London — The notion that young women are traveling to Syria solely to become “jihadi brides” is simplistic and hinders efforts to prevent other girls from being radicalized, new research suggests. Young women are joining the Islamic State …

White House Finalizes Rule On Clean Water

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Washington — The White House on Wednesday finalized a rule intended to strengthen and clarify the Clean Water Act, setting up a clash with Republicans in Congress and the agriculture industry. The rule is designed to help federal officials clarify and simplify which bodies of water fall under …

Newer Types of Birth Control Pills Raise Blood Clot Risk

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Women who take newer types of birth control pills face a higher risk of developing blood clots than women who take older types, researchers said Tuesday, providing what some called “clarifying” evidence that more modern contraceptives designed as safer options may in fact pose more risk than earlier …

Scientists Discover Possible New Human Ancestor

Thursday, May 28, 2015

A potential new hominin has been discovered, giving the first indication that the human family was full of variety long before our own genus came along. Australopithecus deyiremeda, described for the first time in a paper published Wednesday in Nature, lived at the same time — and in …

Nebraska Abolishes Death Penalty

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Lincoln, Neb. — Nebraska abolished the death penalty on Wednesday over the governor’s objections in a move pushed through the Legislature with unusual backing from conservatives who oppose capital punishment for religious, financial and practical reasons. Senators in the one-house Legislature voted 30-19 to override the veto of …

AP News in Brief at 7:58 p.m. EDT

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Homeowners Clean Up After Floods In Texas and Okla.; Death Toll at 19 Houston (ap) — Homeowners dragged soggy carpet to the curb and mopped up coffee-colored muck Wednesday after a barrage of storms and floods in Texas …