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Swiss police detain FIFA officials on corruption chargesSwiss open criminal proceedings in 2018, '22 World Cup votes (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2007 file photo, a person stands next to the FIFA logo at the FIFA headquarter in Zurich, Switzerland. The Swiss Federal Office of Justice said six soccer officials have been arrested and detained pending extradition at the request of U.S. authorities ahead of the FIFA congress in Zurich. In a statement Wednesday, May 27, 2015, the FOJ said U.S. authorities suspect the officials of having received paid bribes totaling millions of dollars. (Steffen Schmidt/Keystone via AP, File)Six top soccer officials were arrested and detained pending extradition to the U.S.


FILE - In this Monday June 8, 1998 file photo, Switzerland's Sepp Blatter next to a replica of the World Cup trophy, waves after being elected FIFA president, the world's soccer governing body, in Paris. FIFA has been routinely called

Swiss federal prosecutors say they have opened criminal proceedings related to the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. The prosecutors' office says the proceedings are against ''persons unknown on suspicion of criminal mismanagement and of money laundering'' in connection with the votes won by Russia and Qatar.


Floodwaters deepen in Houston after city gets more rainLeBron, Cavaliers earn NBA Finals spot by sweeping Hawks (Yahoo Sports)

Rescue personnel grab the the hand of a man stranded in rushing water at the northwest corner of Lamar Blvd. and 15th St. in Austin, Texas. Shoal Creek overflowed its banks and inundated the major traffic artery with rushing water. Several cars were stalled under and near the 15th St. bridge Monday, May 25, 2015. (Alberto Martinez/Austin American-Statesman via AP)HOUSTON (AP) — Floodwaters deepened across much of Texas on Tuesday as storms dumped almost a foot more of rain on the Houston area, stranding hundreds of motorists and inundating the famously congested highways that serve the nation's fourth-largest city.


CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 26: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates after winning the Eastern Conference Final after Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2015 NBA Playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks on May 26, 2015 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

LeBron James knew what he left behind when he bolted to Miami five years ago. James scored 23 points, Kyrie Irving provided a boost after missing two games and Cleveland reserved a spot in the NBA Finals with a 118-88 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night to win the Eastern Conference title. By sweeping the top-seeded Hawks, the Cavs, who overcame adversity from the season's start, earned their second trip to the finals, where they will face either Golden State or Houston starting June 4.


Bernie-mania! Sanders launches 2016 campaignBrassard, Lundqvist lead Rangers past Lightning 7-3 (Yahoo Sports)

The 73-year-old former Burlington mayor and independent senator is beloved by Vermonters.


New York Rangers left wing Carl Hagelin (62), of Sweden, and right wing Martin St. Louis (26) congratulate center Derick Brassard (16) after his third goal, during the third period of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning, in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. The Rangers won 7-3. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Henrik Lundqvist had lots of help in another season-saving performance for the New York Rangers. The star goalie stopped 36 shots and Derick Brassard had a hat trick for the Presidents' Trophy winners, who forced Game 7 in the Eastern Conference finals with a 7-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night. The Rangers, who overcame a 3-1 series deficit to oust the Washington Capitals in the second round, improved to 4-0 in elimination games this postseason.


Storms kill 17 in Texas, Oklahoma; Houston floodedRussell double gives Cubs 3-2 win over Nationals (Yahoo Sports)

An American flag, a remnant of Memorial Day holiday waves despite being caught in a tree in San Marcos, TexasBy Kristen Hays and Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - Torrential rains have killed at least 17 people in Texas and Oklahoma, including four in Houston where floods turned streets into rivers and led to about 1,000 calls for help in the fourth-most populous U.S. city, officials said on Tuesday. The death toll is set to rise with numerous people still missing in Texas after the storms slammed the states during the Memorial Day weekend, causing record floods that destroyed hundreds of homes, swept away bridges, and even unearthed a coffin from a Houston cemetery. "A lot of folks drove their car into high water and had to abandon those vehicles," Houston Mayor Annise Parker said at a news conference.


Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo, top and Kris Bryant, right, celebrate with Addison Russell, after Russell's game winning double off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Matt Grace during the ninth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Chicago. Jonathan Herrera scored on the play giving the Cubs a 3-2 win. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

The moment Kris Bryant made contact, just about everyone in the Cubs' dugout rose to take a look. The winning swing went to Addison Russell. The rookie infielder hit a game-ending RBI double in the ninth inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the surging Washington Nationals 3-2 on Tuesday night.


Data thieves gain access to 100,000 U.S. taxpayers' information: IRSProposed Uribe-for-Callaspo may be back on (Yahoo Sports)

United States Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen appears before a hearing in Washington(Reuters) - Tax return information for about 100,000 U.S. taxpayers was illegally accessed by cyber criminals over the past four months, U.S. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said on Tuesday, the latest in a series of data thefts that have alarmed American consumers. From February to May, attackers sought to gain access to personal tax information 200,000 times through the agency's "Get Transcript" online application, which calls up information from previous returns, he told a news conference. The breach did not affect any IRS data outside the "Get Transcript" application, and the agency said it would strengthen its security measures.


FILE - In this May 1, 2015, file photo, Atlanta Braves third baseman Alberto Callaspo reaches for a single by Cincinnati Reds' Zack Cozart during a baseball game in Atlanta. A proposed multiplayer trade between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Braves that would have sent third baseman Juan Uribe to Atlanta and Callaspo to Los Angeles has been vetoed by Callaspo. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Alberto Callaspo has been scratched from the Atlanta Braves' starting lineup by manager Fredi Gonzalez for the second consecutive night, an indication the proposed multiplayer trade that would send the infielder to the Los Angeles Dodgers for third baseman Juan Uribe may be back on. The Braves announced about 15 minutes before the first pitch that Pedro Ciriaco was replacing Callaspo at third base and batting in the seventh spot. Callaspo, who played for the Los Angeles Angels from 2010-13, originally nixed the trade.




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Coup Or Civil War In Egypt

The day after new protests erupted in Egypt the military in a show of support presented an ultimatum to Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood-led government. Morsi was to step down from power and meet all of the demands of the Egyptian people, or face being removed by the military on Wednesday. As the ultimatum deadline draws closer in Egypt, Morsi refuses to leave, insisting that parliamentary elections are needed before he should be removed, and that he doesn't have permission from the United States to remove himself from power. Most recently he stated he will pay with his life to preserve the sanctity of the ballot box.

 

 
 
 
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