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Sepp Blatter Brings His FIFA Reign to an End

Victor R. Caivano—AP; Dylan Martinez—Reuters<p>Nacho Doce—Reuters; Oli Scarff—Getty Images<p>Tannen Maury—EPA; Ricardo Mazalan—AP<p>Ivan Alvarado—Reuters; Odd …

Brazil

Senate Approves USA Freedom Act, Obama Signs It, After Amendments Fail

The Senate has approved the USA Freedom Act, which will alter the way U.S. agencies conduct surveillance and gather data. A final vote on the bill came late Tuesday afternoon, after amendments to the bill failed.<p><b>Update at 9:30 p.m. ET: Obama's Signature</b><p>Following an expedited enrollment process, …

Epic tragedy: 800,000 Nigerian kids displaced by Boko Haram, violence

<b>(CNN) —</b> The abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls a year ago this week captured global attention and inspired the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls, but the horrors for Nigeria's children are widespread.<p>"Around 800,000 children have been forced to flee their homes as a result of the conflict in northeast …

Africa

Marco Rubio Officially Announces He's Running For President

<b>Updated at 6:35 p.m. EDT.</b><p>Florida senator Marco Rubio officially announced that he is running for president during a speech in Miami on Monday. He told prospective donors he was launching his candidacy earlier today.<p>In his speech at the Freedom Tower, which served as an immigrant reception center, …

South Carolina shooting: Walter Scott's family appeals for calm

The family of a South Carolina man killed by a police officer have called for justice but stressed they did not want unrest to follow the shooting – as demonstrators gathered outside North Charleston city hall on Wednesday morning and held a moment of silence for Walter Scott, who was fatally shot …

Justice

Iran sends navy vessels to waters off Yemen, raising stakes

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Iran dispatched a destroyer and another naval ship to waters off Yemen on Wednesday, raising the stakes amid a Saudi-led air …

ISIS Wants a Truce

In the new edition of its magazine, ISIS floats the idea of a truce. Is the group flagging—or is this just another trick?<p>After months of being …

Nintendo Is On A Collision Course With Apple

<i>Brendan Lyall is the CEO of Grow Mobile by Perion</i><p>The news that Nintendo and DeNA have partnered to produce mobile games together has led to a glut of articles, think pieces and speculative lists about what the future holds. The thought of Mario Kart on an iPad has been enough to lead to a worldwide …

Live-Streaming Battle: Periscope Debuts as Meerkat Bulks Up

If ever there was an acquisition that didn’t need an explanation it’s perhaps Twitter’s purchase of Periscope, a live-streaming app that is like the video incarnation of the 140-character real-time messaging service.<p>On Thursday, Periscope, which Twitter purchased in January for a little under $100 …

Livestreaming

Unfazed by Apple Watch, this startup is launching its own rival

With all the buzz around Apple Watch and its imminent arrival on store shelves, many start-ups might be leery of introducing their own smartwatch …

Moscow: Obama's new national security strategy is 'openly anti-Russian'

The Security Council also repeated an assertion Washington might try to engineer political change in Russia using the same tactics of mass protest the Kremlin says it applied to topple a pro-Russian president in Kiev last year.<p>President Barack Obama released Washington's updated national security …

Putin says Russia will stand firm in standoff with West

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday voiced confidence that Russia will come out as a winner in its standoff with the West if it firmly …

2 leading candidates in Nigeria elections commit to peace

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The two leading candidates in this weekend's presidential elections pledged Thursday to accept the outcome as a new report …

Denise Huskins' abduction: Lawyers say boyfriend not lying

<b>(CNN) —</b> He wasn't lying about Denise Huskins' abduction.<p>That's the message sent Thursday by lawyers for Aaron Quinn, the boyfriend of a woman who may or may not have been abducted in Vallejo, California, according to CNN affiliate KGO.<p>Quinn really was drugged and bound during the abduction of …

Crime

Oklahoma Governor Declares State of Emergency After Deadly Tornadoes

Oklahoma’s governor declared a state of emergency for 25 counties Thursday, a day after severe weather whipped through large swathes of state, …

Weather

Underwater Aussie wave farms pump both power and water

It isn't the motion of the ocean that matters so much as what you do with the waves. At one Australian naval base, those waves are being put to use providing steady streams of both electricity <i>and</i> potable water, all while generating zero emissions. It's all thanks to an innovative green energy …

Premera Blue Cross breached, medical information exposed

BOSTON (Reuters) - Health insurer Premera Blue Cross said on Tuesday it was a victim of a cyberattack that may have exposed medical data and financial information of 11 million customers in the latest serious breach disclosed by a healthcare company.<p>It said the attackers may have gained access to …

Blue Cross

Apple will share viewer data to programmers on its TV service, claims report

Rumors about Apple's alleged television service have been coming quickly this week, and now the New York Post is piling on with yet another report. According to the <i>Post</i>, Apple plans to share viewer data, such as demographics, what's being watched and when to broadcast networks and other …

Activists accuse Syrian military of deadly poison gas attack

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists and the Western-backed opposition accused the government Tuesday of carrying out a chlorine gas attack against a …

How we know marijuana industry is maturing: unfair labor practice complaints

This week the National Labor Relations Board took up an unfair labor practices complaint filed by marijuana workers in New Jersey.<p>This tells us two things about the business of pot. First, it has matured to the point where its workforce is claiming the right to fair treatment under federal law. …

Cannabis

Massive Protests Against Brazil's President Seek Her Ouster

The protests against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff are growing, with some estimates saying 1 million people have turned up across the country calling for her ouster.<p>NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, who is reporting on the protests from Rio de Janeiro for our Newscast unit, says placards on …

China 'falling short' on fighting pollution: premier

Li, who is second only to President Xi Jinping in the Communist hierarchy, made the comments at his once-a-year meeting with journalists at Beijing's Great Hall of the People.<p>Reporters attending the annual event are typically required to submit their questions in advance.<p>"The Chinese government is …

Netanyahu legacy on the line in Israeli vote

JERUSALEM (AP) — As Israelis prepare to vote in parliament elections on Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finds himself at a fateful …

White House warns Congress on Iran vote

The White House is making a last-minute plea to Congress, warning lawmakers against voting on legislation that would allow them to reject any nuclear deal with Iran.<p>In a sharply worded letter to Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said …

Obama cracks jokes about weed and Clinton email at Washington dinner

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Barack Obama shared jokes about pot and Hillary Clinton's email controversy at the annual Gridiron Club dinner in Washington on Saturday.<p>The club's dinner brings together Washington's media elite, with noteworthy politicians typically attending, as well.<p>Despite being held by a …

Islamic State: Vatican backs using military force

<b>The Vatican says force may be necessary to stop attacks on Christians and other Middle East minorities by Islamic State (IS) if no political solution is found.</b><p>Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican's top diplomat at the UN in Geneva, said jihadists were committing "genocide" and must be stopped.<p>The …

Human Rights