Floods in Texas and Oklahoma bringing surprise snakes to homes
By Lisa Maria Garza and Heide Brandes DALLAS/OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - The heavy rains that have pelted Texas and Oklahoma this week have brought some unexpected visitors to homes in the region, like the 4-foot (1.22-meter) rat snake that found
Volcano erupts on small southern Japanese island; residents urged to evacuate
TOKYO (AP) — Volcano erupts on small southern Japanese island; residents urged to evacuate.
10 Things to Know for Friday
Blatter not assured of full Oceania backing: New Zealand
Embattled FIFA President Sepp Blatter can no longer rely on iron-clad support from the Oceania Football Confederation with New Zealand reviewing its backing for the Swiss in his re-election bid. All 11 member nations of the OFC had pledged to
Thompson's father says son 'on track' to return for finals
Japan CPI weak at 0.6 percent, as jobless rate at 18-yr low
TOKYO (AP) — Japan has reported that its jobless rate dropped to an 18-year low in April, but industrial production, inflation and household spending were muted as consumers kept purse strings tight.
Bowditch shoots 62, leaving Spieth 7 shots back at Nelson
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Iran hardliners crack down on freedom of speech
Hardliners target universities and pop concerts in a new crackdown on freedom of speech and expression in Iran, says Rana Rahimpour.
Bangladeshi boat migrants doomed from the start
The BBCs Justin Rowlatt discovers some migrants are so desperate to leave Bangladesh that they knowingly board ships destined for prison camps.
Corrupt Fifa official blogged travels
If ever you have wondered how a corrupt Fifa official spends their time and ill-gotten money, the blog Travels with Chuck Blazer and his friends will make for informative reading.
US-China tensions rise over Beijing's 'Great Wall of Sand'
The US is expected to have tough words with China at a regional security meeting, over Beijings building activities in the South China Sea, says Jonathan Marcus.
Pilgrimage to the mountains
Photographer Timothy Allen climbs high into the Peruvian Andes for Qoyllur Riti - the Snow Star Festival.
How gang violence is spreading fear in El Salvador
Gang violence on the rise again in El Salvador
Ecuador seizes illegal shark fins
Police in Ecuador have seized around 200,000 shark fins which were to be illegally exported to Asia.
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Man says he knows where Natalee Holloway is
Jurriën de Jong says he kept silent for years because of his own crimes -- and out of fear. FULL STORY
NBA's most valuable toddler steals the show
Most valuable toddler steals the show. CNNs Jeanne Moos reports on the thin line between adorable and annoying.
Yes, Amy Schumer really is everywhere
No, your eyes are not deceiving you. You are seeing a great deal of Amy Schumer.
The 'fallen stars' of Bangladesh
Like many little girls, Popy likes stuffed animals. The 8-year-old carries her teddy bear everywhere -- even to work, where she sorts garbage at a dumping ground in Chittagong, Bangladesh.
Mike Rowe: Somebody's gotta voodoo it
Hurts so good
An ex-Soviet weightlifter gives CNNs Mike Rowe a brutal, old world massage hell never forget. Somebodys Gotta Do It airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Job advice from guy who's tried all
Mike Rowe is taking the bull by the horns (or, at the very least, trying not to get gored) in the season premiere of Somebodys Gotta Do It, where he tries out niche jobs anywhere from bullfighting to water ballet.
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RUFFLED FEATHERS? Proposal to save sage grouse puts limit on drilling
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JAILHOUSE CROCK Empty prison costs Detroit taxpayers $1.2M per month
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MURDER EPIDEMIC Baltimore's crime crisis casts pall over downtown
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Wall Street Military Veterans Team Up in a Night for Life
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Venezuelan socialist regime and opposition wage war over young voters
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BREAKING NEWS Ex-House Speaker Hastert indicted on banking charges
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Afghanistan’s justice system is moving faster — maybe too fast
KABUL — When defense lawyer Saif-u-Rahman Zahid showed up at a courthouse here two weeks ago to represent an Afghan police officer, he wasn’t even sure what charge his client faced. Before he could pick up the case file, a
For a new American ambassador, India is a kind of homecoming
JALANDHAR, India — A quiet stroll around the old neighborhood had been planned. But word spread quickly that U.S. Ambassador Richard Verma was returning to his family’s home in northern India after years in the United States. Read full article
Report: Western women are attracted to Islamic State for complex reasons
LONDON — Western women in the Islamic State are playing a crucial role in disseminating propaganda and are not simply flocking to the region to become “jihadi brides,” according to a new British research report.Read full article >>
WorldViews: The U.S.-trained commander of Tajikistan’s special forces has joined the Islamic State
In late April, the chief of an elite police unit in Tajikistan disappeared. Relatives said Col. Gulmurod Khalimov, who commanded the Tajik Interior Ministrys special forces, had gone on a business trip. Other rumors suggested he had vanished after falling out
Putin denies Russian troops are in Ukraine, decrees certain deaths secret
MOSCOW — If there was one weak spot in Russian support for the Kremlin’s aims in Ukraine this year, it was the population’s strong aversion to sending in Russian troops — something Russia denies doing, despite mounting international evidence to
Brits turn to breast-feeding for pay to wean moms off bottle-feeding culture
LONDON — When Vanessa Purdy spotted a poster inviting her to earn shopping vouchers for breast-feeding, she didn’t think twice about signing up.“I thought, ‘If I can get money for breast-feeding, why not?’ ” the 31-year-old mother said on a recent
Amnesty International: Hamas guilty of torture, summary executions
JERUSALEM — The human rights group Amnesty International charged Wednesday that Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist militant organization that controls the Gaza Strip, used the cover of last summer’s war with Israel to carry out abductions, torture and ­extrajudicial executions with
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Hundreds seek safety from Texas floods, severe weather kills 16
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Hundreds of people fled areas near Texas rivers that overflowed their banks on Thursday as the state reeled from severe storms this week that killed at least 16 people, flooded cities and set a record for
Blatter defies calls to quit as FIFA scandal widens
ZURICH (Reuters) - The corruption charges engulfing world soccers governing body have heaped shame and humiliation on the game, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said on Thursday, although he flatly rejected calls to resign over the widening scandal.
Exclusive: Mexican president misrepresented personal land deal, records show
VALLE DE BRAVO, Mexico (Reuters) - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto misrepresented to authorities the circumstances under which he acquired one of his properties, public documents reviewed by Reuters show, a discrepancy that could add to the controversy surrounding his
FCA, Honda, BMW expand recalls of vehicles with Takata air bags
DETROIT (Reuters) - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Honda Motor Co and BMW on Thursday expanded recalls of vehicles with potentially deadly air bags made by Takata Corp, after the Japanese manufacturer last week boosted the number of vehicles affected to 53
U.S. reaches deals with four more banks under Swiss program
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Four more Swiss banks have cut deals with the U.S. Department of Justice to avoid possible prosecution for helping Americans evade taxes, the department said on Thursday.
African migrants risk all in Sahara to reach Europe
AGADEZ, Niger (Reuters) - In a sandy compound in the Niger desert town of Agadez, a white-turbaned imam blesses a circle of African migrants, some of them little more than boys, to protect them on the journey across the Sahara
U.S., allies target Islamic State with 26 air strikes: statement
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S.-led coalition has staged 26 air strikes since early Wednesday targeting Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq against, according to the Combined Joint Task Force leading the air operations.
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Say what?! Hilarious sentences used at the Scripps Spelling Bee finals
Mic drop at the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee.       
Field of spellers narrows at national bee
Experience at previous competitions has proved a critical factor for success.       
Arizona residents protest Border Patrol checkpoints
Opponents say interior checkpoints are a nuisance and encourage racial profiling.       
Biolabs In Your Backyard: More from our local investigations
Investigations from local Gannett newspapers and television stations.       
Recanvass confirms Ky. GOP gubernatorial results
Matt Bevin appears to be the Republican nominee for governor in Kentucky.       
Leaking anthrax bacteria prompted safety changes at private Florida lab
Anthrax, West Nile virus studied at Florida biolabs       
Tennessee labs house exotic deadly viruses
Scientists in Memphis and Nashville conduct experiments with emerging disease threats.       
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Gay-Marriage Study Author Admits to Lies, Mag Says
The journal Science has now formally retracted the study that said a persons view on gay-marriage could be changed by a short conversation.
Cosmetic Face 'Fillers' Can Go Trafically Wrong, FDA Warns
Cosmetic facial fillers, which can plump thin lips or erase wrinkles, can go badly and tragically wrong, the FDA warned Thursday.
Bowe Bergdahl Not Accused of Sexual Harassment: Officials
Army officials seek to tamp down false reports about Bergdahl, charged with desertion after he left his post and was held captive by the Taliban.
Dog Walker Finds Body in Suitcase in Pennsylvania
A dog walker discovered a suitcase with a human body inside Thursday not far from Philadelphia International Airport, authorities say.
Argentine Judge Orders Arrest of 3 Executives in FIFA Scandal
A judge in Argentina said Thursday that he had ordered the arrest of three businessmen named in a corruption scandal engulfing world soccer.
How to Surf the Web Safely at 30,000 Feet
Unthinkable just a few years ago, Internet access is now widely available on planes in flight. But it carries the same risks as on the ground.
Former Michigan Cop to Stand Trial for Beating Unarmed Man
A former suburban Detroit police officer caught on camera beating an unarmed black man during a traffic stop will stand trial.
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Sepp Blatter Speaks for First Time, and Says FIFA Must Police Itself
The scandal has not changed the strange electoral math of FIFA. Europe’s support of Prince Ali bin al-Hussein is outweighed by support of many small countries for Blatter.
Scandal Creates a Tricky Spot for FIFA Sponsors
World Cup sponsors showed predictable caution Wednesday in responding to the Department of Justice’s indictment of nine FIFA officials on corruption charges.
New Jersey Faces a Transportation Funding Crisis, With No Clear Solution
As commuters bemoan the mounting delays and disruptions, the state is dealing with aging infrastructure and a lack of money to fix it.
George Pataki Announces Run for the Republican Presidential Nomination
The former three-term governor of New York faces long odds, but being a moderate could give him a bit of hope for the New Hampshire primary.
Pineville Journal: Mystery, and Discovery, on the Trail of a Creole Music Pioneer
Amédé Ardoin brought white Cajun and black Creole traditions together in Louisiana, and there is plenty to be discovered in a search of his musical legacy.
Teva Settles Cephalon Case With F.T.C. for $1.2 Billion Over Sleep Drug
The agency had accused the company of illegally blocking generic competition of Provigil, a sleep-disorder drug.
Hilary Mantel on Taking Her ‘Wolf Hall’ Novels to the Stage
The author talks about bringing her novels to the stage with the help of the adapter Mike Poulton.
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U.S. Soccer Will Vote Against Sepp Blatter in FIFA Ballot
Sepp Blatters sole rival is Jordans Prince Ali Bin Hussein
How Disbanding the Iraqi Army Fueled ISIS
The U.S. decision 12 years ago has provided the enemy with some of its best commanders and fighters
Theater Shooting Gunman Told Psychiatrist He Regretted Attack
What brings tears to your eyes? the psychiatrist asks. Just regrets, James Holmes responds
Google is Testing Hands-free Payments with McDonald’s and Papa Johns
The tech giant is testing an app that will let you pay at the store without pulling out your wallet or phone
How a Scandal Made Dennis Hastert the Speaker of the House
The politician now faces charges for money misconduct
Meet the Prince Who Wants to Save Soccer
Prince Ali Bin Hussein of Jordan is giving embattled FIFA President Sepp Blatter a run for his money ahead of Fridays vote
Lena Dunham On Girls Racial Backlash: ‘It Was an Educational, Painful Process for Me’
“It ultimately made the show better and made me stronger as a feminist and an activist and a thinker.”
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DA: NYPD officer, wife had pets despite being banned for cruelty conviction
An NYPD officer and his wife were arrested Thursday because they allegedly violated a five-year ban on owning animals after they were convicted of starving to death their Great Dane, authorities said.
Developer picked for $3.6B terminal makeover at LaGuardia Airport
The Port Authority Thursday chose LaGuardia Gateway Partners, a consortium that includes construction and banking firms, to replace an aging terminal at LaGuardia Airport, ending months of delay.
Developer picked for $3.6B terminal makeover at LaGuardia Airport
The Port Authority Thursday chose LaGuardia Gateway Partners, a consortium that includes construction and banking firms, to replace an aging terminal at LaGuardia Airport, ending months of delay.
LIPA won't pay Suffolk town taxes that exceed 2% tax cap
LIPA this week drew a line in the sand over the amount it pays in taxes on thousands of local properties, telling eight Suffolk towns that it cannot legally pay the portion of 2015 tax charges that exceed a new
LI officials urge residents to prepare for hurricane season
Long Islanders should begin preparing for the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season with emergency to-go kits of necessary supplies and developing evacuation and sheltering plans, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Suffolk County Executive said Thursday.
NICE fills $5.3M budget gap, won't change fares, service levels in 2015, officials say
Nassau bus fares and service levels will stay where they are the rest of this year now that NICE has filled a $5.3 million budget gap using increased funding from county and state money earmarked for capital improvements, officials said.
Dean Skelos faces new allegation in federal indictment
Sen. Dean Skelos secured a no-show job with over $100,000 in payments and health benefits for his son from a malpractice insurer that was actively lobbying on legislative matters, according to a new allegation in a federal indictment filed Thursday.
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