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Russian lawmaker: FIFA arrests not related to Russia’s World Cup bidding

The arrests of officials from soccer world governing body FIFA are not related to Russia’s bidding campaign for the 2018 World Cup, the chairman of sports committee at the lower chamber of the Russian parliament, the Duma, told journalists on Wednesday. “I can say with utmost certainty that all questions to those (FIFA) officials are not related to the bidding campaign of the Russian Federation for the 2018 World Cup,” said the committee chairman, Igor Ananskikh.
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The Latest on IS: Detainees killed at theater in Syria ruins

In this Thursday, May 21, 2015 photo, newly-arrived Iraqi Shiite militiamen check their weapons, in the predominately Sunni city of Nukhayb, southwest Iraq. (AP Photo)6:45 p.m. (1545 GMT)



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SpaceX cleared for US military launches

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket with the Dragon space craft are readied before launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, to the International Space Station on October 7, 2012Billionaire Elon Musk's firm SpaceX has won long-waited approval from the US Air Force to launch military satellites, opening the way to a lucrative market that has been a virtual monopoly for a Boeing and Lockheed Martin joint venture. With the certification, California-based SpaceX can now compete against the United Launch Alliance — the giant Boeing-Lockheed joint venture — for defense contracts valued at about $9.5 billion over the next five years. As soon as next month, SpaceX could have a chance to bid for the military's new GPS satellite launches, the air force said in a statement.



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FIFA corruption probe: LIVE REPORT

FIFA spokesman Walter De Gregorio arrives to give a press conference at FIFA headquarters in ZurichLondon (AFP) – 15:35 GMT – BRIBERY IN BIDDING FOR 2010 SOUTH AFRICA WORLD CUP: LYNCH



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Greece says deal with creditors is close; markets cheer

Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, right, is welcomed by Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis, during his visit at the Finance Ministry in Athens Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Greece is out of cash to repay debts due as soon as next week. The country and its creditors — other eurozone countries and the International Monetary Fund — have been locked in negotiations for months on what reforms the southern European country needs to take to get the final batch of loans from its international bailout. (Costas Baltas/InTime News via AP) GREECE OUTATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister said Wednesday that his country is close to reaching a deal with its bailout creditors, prompting European stock markets to jump on hopes of a breakthrough in the slow-moving, often acrimonious talks.



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THE LATEST: US: $110 million in bribes for 2016 Copa America

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announces an indictment against nine FIFA officials and five corporate executives for racketeering, conspiracy and corruption at a news conference, Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Nine of the 14 that were indicted by the Justice Department are soccer officials, while four are sports marketing executives and another works in broadcasting. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)ZURICH (AP) — The Latest on FIFA developments:



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ECB halts emergency funding hike to Greek banks, outflows pick up

The European Central Bank on Wednesday left the ceiling on emergency funding for Greek banks unchanged for the first time since February, maintaining pressure on Athens and its creditors to reach an aid-for-reforms deal. The move came as deposit outflows spiked again in the past week over fears Greece may default on a loan repayment to the International Monetary Fund next month and worries over potential capital controls, bankers told Reuters. A senior banker and a government official said liquidity conditions did not require raising the ceiling of the so-called ELA funding from 80.2 billion euros.
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EPA issues final rules protecting drinking water, streams

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2014 file photo, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy speaks in Washington. The Obama administration issued new rules Wednesday to protect the nation's drinking water and clarify which smaller streams, tributaries and wetlands are covered by anti-pollution and development provisions of the Clean Water Act. McCarthy said the rule will only affect waters that have a "direct and significant" connection to larger bodies of water downstream that are already protected. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Drinking water for 117 million Americans will be protected under new government rules shielding small streams, tributaries and wetlands from pollution and development, the Obama administration said Wednesday.



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US prosecutor: No allegations that soccer games or tournaments were influenced by corruption

NEW YORK (AP) — US prosecutor: No allegations that soccer games or tournaments were influenced by corruption.
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Former Obama legal adviser Meltzer dies

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A Harvard Law School professor who served as a top legal adviser to President Barack Obama has died. Daniel Meltzer was 63.
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Traveling with your dog will cost you _ sometimes hundreds

In this April 2014 photo provided by B.L. Ochman, Ochman poses with dog Benny, an 80-pound labradoodle in New York's Central Park. Hotels ranging from major chains to small outposts are capitalizing on the wave of travelers who bring their dogs, some by charging for perks that pamper pets and others by expanding fees. What started as a basic, one-time pet fee has blossomed into a per-night charge at many places and costs that can total hundreds. (Dominique Milbank/Courtesy of B.L. Ochman via AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Having an 80-pound Labradoodle as a travel buddy means B.L. Ochman can quickly separate the hotels that love dogs from those that just put up with them.



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Congress wants to know how thieves stole tax info from IRS

FILE - In this April 13, 2014 file photo, the Internal Revenue Service Headquarters (IRS) building is seen in Washington. Thieves used an online service provided by the IRS to gain access to information from more than 100,000 taxpayers, the agency said Tuesday. The information included tax returns and other tax information on file with the IRS. The IRS said the thieves accessed a system called "Get Transcript." In order to access the information, the thieves cleared a security screen that required knowledge about the taxpayer, including Social Security number, date of birth, tax filing status and street address. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is demanding answers about how identity thieves were able to steal the personal tax information of more than 100,000 taxpayers from an IRS website.



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IS kills 20 men in ruins of Syria’s Palmyra: monitor

The advance by Islamic State fighters on Palmyra has raised fears the Syrian world heritage site could be destroyedThe Islamic State jihadist group shot dead at least 20 men in the ruins of Syria's ancient city Palmyra on Wednesday, accusing them of fighting for the government, a monitor said. "IS executed 20 men by firing on them in front of a crowd gathered in Palmyra's Roman theatre, after accusing them of fighting for the Syrian regime," Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told AFP. "IS gathered a lot of people there on purpose, to show their force on the ground," Abdel Rahman said.



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EU’s Dombrovskis says Greece, lenders not yet drafting agreement

European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis said on Wednesday that Greece and its international creditors were not yet at the point of drafting an agreement, reacting to a comment from a Greek government official. Reacting to this, Dombrovskis said: “We are working very intensively to ensure a staff-level agreement.
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Euro zone officials dismiss Greek comments on deal being drafted

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Greece’s European creditors cannot confirm a statement by Athens that it is starting the process of drafting a technical-level agreement with creditors to secure aid, an EU official told Reuters on Wednesday.
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US bank earnings up 6.9 percent in Q1

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2013 file photo, freshly cut stacks of $100 bills make their way down the line at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth, Texas. U.S. banks' earnings rose 6.9 percent in the first quarter of 2015 from a year earlier as revenues increased, delinquent loans continued to fall and the number of "problem" banks reached a six-year low, according to data issued Wednesday, May 27, 2015, by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. banks' earnings rose 6.9 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier as revenues increased, delinquent loans continued to fall and the number of "problem" banks reached a six-year low.



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Former LAPD officer wanted in killing appears in Texas court

In this photo provided by Mexico's attorney general's office, shows fugitive former Los Angeles police officer Henry Solis, 27, after he was captured by Mexican security forces in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Solis was charged with killing a man during an off-duty fight outside a nightclub in Pomona, California on March 13. "Henry Solis will be put at the disposition of Mexico's migration office so that he can be handed over to the appropriate authorities," a statement from the office said. (Mexico's Attorney Generals Office via AP)EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A fugitive former Los Angeles police officer charged with killing a man during an off-duty fight has appeared in a Texas courtroom after his arrest in northern Mexico.



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Rick Santorum launching second White House run

FILE - In this photo taken on May 21, 2015 file photo, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City. He exceeded the political world’s expectations by scoring a second-place finish in the race for the Republican presidential nomination four years ago. Yet as he readies a second White House run, Santorum may struggle even to qualify for the debate stage in 2016. An aggressive advocate for conservative family values, the 57-year-old Republican is announcing his presidential intentions on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Rick Santorum, an aggressive advocate for conservative family values, will launch a second bid for president on Wednesday, a spokesman said.



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More than four espressos a day can harm health: EU

Drinking the caffeine equivalent of more than four espressos a day is harmful to health, especially for minors and pregnant women, the EU's EFSA food safety agency saidDrinking the caffeine equivalent of more than four espressos a day is harmful to health, especially for minors and pregnant women, the EU food safety agency said on Wednesday. "It is the first time that the risks from caffeine from all dietary sources have been assessed at EU level," the EFSA said in a statement, recommending that an adult's daily caffeine intake remain below 400 milligrammes a day. Deciding a recommended limit was a request of the European Commission, the EU's powerful executive body, in an effort to find a Europe-wide benchmark for caffeine consumption.



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Etihad Airways says it will add $6.2 billion to U.S. economy by 2020

A model Etihad Airways plane is seen before the unveiling of New York City FC's new home jersey in New YorkAbu Dhabi's Etihad Airway's contribution to the U.S. economy will almost double to $6.2 billion by 2020, it said on Wednesday, in an apparent counter to allegations that government subsidies gave it an unfair edge over competition. The airline will support the American economy with 23,400 jobs and $2.9 billion in 2015, according to research by Oxford Economics, Etihad said in a statement. Etihad said the study assessed its capital expenditure with U.S. suppliers and its operating expenditure, as well the impact of passengers it brought into the country.



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Burundi urges citizens to donate money to pay for elections

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Burundi’s government is asking Burundians to donate money to pay for elections as some foreign donors warn of aid cuts if President Pierre Nkurunziza runs for third term.
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Falling museum visitor grabs at, smashes ancient Greek vase

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s culture ministry says a millennia-old pottery vase in a southern museum has been damaged after a visitor who lost her balance tried to hold onto the exhibit and crashed down with it.
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Exxon shareholders to vote on climate change, fracking

FILE - In this March 27, 2015 file photo, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson delivers remarks on the release of a report by the National Petroleum Council on oil drilling in the Arctic, in Washington. Exxon shareholders will meet Wednesday, May 27, 2015 to hear Tillerson give his outlook for an industry grappling with lower crude prices. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)DALLAS (AP) — Shareholders are considering whether Exxon Mobil should put a climate-change expert on its board.



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World’s most powerful democracies discuss how to help growth

Activists of the international campaigning and advocacy organization ONE installed balloons with portraits of the G7 heads of state in front of the Frauenkirche cathedral (Church of Our Lady) prior to the G7 Finance Ministers meeting in Dresden, eastern Germany, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. They demand more money for the poor countries worldwide. The G7 Finance Ministers meeting is being held in Dresden from May 27 to May 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)DRESDEN, Germany (AP) — Top finance officials from the Group of Seven wealthy democracies are gathering in Germany this week to discuss ways to strengthen the global economy.



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UK’s Cameron outlines EU vote plan in Queen’s Speech

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II proceeds through the Royal Gallery before the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords, at the Palace of Westminster in London Wednesdsay May 27, 2015. After his surprise election victory, British Prime Minister David Cameron is laying out plans for government free of coalition compromises. Cameron says Wednesday's Queen's Speech will deliver a "One Nation" platform to unite the country, but opponents say the Conservatives' hard-line policies could weaken the United Kingdom and take it out of the European Union. (Suzanne Plunkett/Pool Photo via AP)LONDON (AP) — Pomp met politics as Queen Elizabeth II donned a diamond-studded crown Wednesday to read out laws planned by Britain's new government, including more autonomy for Scotland and a referendum on whether to remain in the European Union.



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The Latest: Federer happy with better French Open security

Spectators shield themselves from the sun as they watch Romania's Simona Halep play the second round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Croatia's Mirjana Lucic-Baroni at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Lucic-Baroni won in two sets 7-5, 6-1. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)PARIS (AP) — The Latest from the French Open:



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France calls for tougher global mobilization against IS

PARIS (AP) — French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius called on the international community to strengthen its mobilization against the Islamic State group ahead of an international meeting on Iraq organized next week.
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New flood warning for Houston as death toll rises

The National Weather Service issued a new flash flood warning on Wednesday for Houston where storms have left five people dead and turned neighborhoods into lakes in the fourth most-populous U.S. city. Southwest of Dallas, police evacuated people living near a dam that threatened to burst due to surging floodwaters as emergency officials searched for bodies from storms that killed at least 18 in Texas and Oklahoma. Water had topped the Padera dam, about 25 miles (40 kms) southwest of Dallas, and police in Midlothian said they have called on people living downstream to evacuate and move livestock to higher ground in case the structure gives way.
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