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    FIFA Arrests: accusations of corruption rock soccer’s global governing body

    (CNN) – FIFA, the powerful and polarizing governing body for soccer, came under prosecutorial assault on two fronts Wednesday. Acting on an indictment by the U.S. Justice Department, Swiss police arrested several top FIFA officials, including two vice presidents, during an overnight raid in Zurich on charges of corruption Wednesday. The U.S. investigation targets alleged wrongdoing that spans 24 years. U.S. prosecutors issued arrest warrants for 14 people, on charges ranging from money laundering to fraud and racketeering. They include […]

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    Daughters allege blues legend BB King was poisoned

    (CNN) — Two of B.B. King’s daughters are alleging that the blues legend was poisoned to death by his closest associates. But the coroner says preliminary autopsy results don’t support that contention. King’s daughters, Patty King and Karen Williams, made the accusations in separate, but identically worded, affidavits filed over the weekend. “I believe my father was poisoned and that he was administered foreign substances to induce his premature death,” they said in their affidavits. “I believe my father was […]

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    Memorial Day triggers tough feelings for many war veterans

    (CNN) – As a wounded veteran who served two tours in Iraq, I’ve been asked to give speeches at Memorial Day celebrations. It’s one of the hardest jobs I’ve ever done. Veterans Day is easy. Fourth of July, a piece of cake. But Memorial Day, that’s a tough one. Service members like me think about the soldiers we lost pretty often. I remember when he was alive, all the stuff we did — the training, combat and even just hanging out […]

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    John Nash, mathematician who inspired “A Beautiful Mind,” dies in car crash

    (CNN) – John Forbes Nash Jr., the famed mathematician and inspiration for the film “A Beautiful Mind,” and his wife died in a car crash Saturday in New Jersey, according to state police. Nash, 86, and wife Alicia Nash, 82, were riding in a taxi near Monroe Township when the incident occurred, State Police Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Williams said. They were traveling southbound in the left lane when the taxi went out of control while trying to pass another car, […]

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    Ramadi fell to ISIS due to weak state of Iraq’s military

    Washington (CNN) – Defense Secretary Ash Carter, in his first comments since the key town of Ramadi fell to ISIS, blamed the weak state of Iraq’s military as one major reason for the city’s fall, in an exclusive interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” aired Sunday. “What apparently happened was that the Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight,” Carter told CNN’s Barbara Starr. “They were not outnumbered. In fact, they vastly outnumbered the opposing force, and yet they […]

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    Firefighter dies during water rescue operation in Oklahoma

    (CNN) – The bottom dropped out over northern Texas and Oklahoma overnight. Rainfall broke records and river banks, and killed a firefighter early Sunday, as emergency crews scrambled to pull residents from floodwaters. With more rain falling, the torrents have already pushed Oklahoma City handily past a rain record, and rescuers have carried out at least 48 high-water rescues. By late Saturday, 3.15 inches had drenched the city, bringing the total for the month to 17.61 inches. “It … shatters the […]

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    Ireland: First nation to legalize same-sex marriage through popular vote

    Dublin, Ireland (CNN) – Same-sex couples will soon be able to walk down the aisle in the Emerald Isle. Ireland became the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage through a popular vote on Saturday — and what a popular vote “yes” was in the landmark referendum that will change the nation’s constitution. With votes tallied from nearly all of Ireland’s 43 parliamentary constituencies, the measure will sail through with more than 60% of voters approving, according to official […]

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    Not Guilty: Judge reaches verdict in 2012 case of a Cleveland officer charged with manslaughter

    (CNN) – A judge has reached a verdict in the 2012 case of a Cleveland police officer charged with voluntary manslaughter for allegedly standing on the hood of a car and firing into the windshield, killing the vehicle’s two unarmed occupants. The verdict in the case of Officer Michael Brelo will be read at 10 a.m. ET Saturday in a Cuyahoga County court, a court spokesman said. The killings of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, both African-American, were among several police […]

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    Famous movies many people have never seen

    (CNN) – “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.” “You had me at ‘hello.'” “I’ll have what she’s having.” “Say ‘hello’ to my little friend!” “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” These lines from famous movies, along with many others, have transcended their source material to become part of the cultural lexicon. A friend drops one in conversation, and you nod knowingly and smile. “Ha! I get your reference. We’re bonding here.” Unless you haven’t seen the movie. […]

  • New Tennessee State Logo

    Tennessee residents react to simplistic design and high cost of new state logo

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CNN) — Say goodbye to the stars and flag logo on the state government’s website, as well as all other state logos, and say hello to a little red square. The state of Tennessee is about to get a new logo, and it’s come at quite a cost. “This is something a fifth-grader could easily produce on his or her computer at home,” said Chris Butler, with watchdog.org. The state paid $46,000 to Nashville advertising and marketing company […]

  • On April 27, 2015, A Seattle couple left nearly $850,000 to the U.S. government as a gesture of thanks to their adopted country. Peter Petrasek, who emigrated from Czechoslovakia after World War II, and his wife Joan stipulated in their will that all of their money be donated to the government.

    Seattle couple leaves $850,000 to US government

    SEATTLE — A Seattle couple left nearly $850,000 to the U.S. government as a gesture of thanks to their adopted country. Peter Petrasek, who emigrated from Czechoslovakia after World War II, and his wife Joan stipulated in their will that all of their money be donated to the government. The couple had no children and wanted to give back to the country that enabled them to live a happy and prosperous life, said Peter Winn, the U.S. attorney who helped […]

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    Triple word score or epic fail? Scrabble adds new words to beloved board game

    (CNN) — Scrabble dictionary has added lotsa new words for its players, and some are so ridic, they’ll make you lolz. The venerable board game has an additional 6,500 words, including a few once limited to social media and technology. The words are straight from the mouths of the cool kids. There’s lotsa, twerking, lolz, emoji and ridic — short for ridiculous. Facetime, which means talking with someone via the Apple app of the same name, will earn you a […]

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