Blatter says he will resign as FIFA president
FIFA President Sepp Blatter will resign from soccer's governing body amid a widening corruption scandal and promised Tuesday to call for fresh elections to choose a successor. The 79-year-old Blatter was re-elected to a fifth term on Friday, two days after a corruption crisis erupted and seven soccer officials were arrested in Zurich ahead of the FIFA congress.
Senate rejects changes to House NSA phone collection bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has rejected changes to a House-passed bill remaking a disputed post-Sept. 11 surveillance program. That clears the way for the Senate to pass the legislation and send it directly to President Barack Obama for his signature. The action Tuesday came two days after the Senate let the National Security Agency's bulk phone collections program temporarily lapse.
FBI behind mysterious surveillance aircraft over US cities
WASHINGTON (AP) — Scores of low-flying planes circling American cities are part of a civilian air force operated by the FBI and obscured behind fictitious companies, The Associated Press has learned. The AP traced at least 50 aircraft back to the FBI, and identified more than 100 flights in 11 states over a 30-day period since late April, orbiting both major cities and rural areas. At least 115 planes, including 90 Cessna aircraft, were mentioned in a federal budget document from 2009.
More than 10M enrolled this year under Obama's health law
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 10 million people have signed up for subsidized private health insurance this year under President Barack Obama's law, the administration reported Tuesday. The positive numbers are finally putting the nation within reach of coverage for all, but the gains may not last. The report from the Department of Health and Human Services comes as dozens of insurers are proposing double-digit premium hikes for next year, raising concerns about the future affordability of coverage under the program. And the Supreme Court is weighing the legality of subsidies for consumers in more than 30 states, with a decision expected around the end of the month.
Potential candidates to replace Blatter as FIFA president
Now that Sepp Blatter says he will be resigning, the race opens to succeed him as FIFA president. The job has been held by nine men since FIFA's founding in 1904, but just two over the past four decades: Joao Havelange of Brazil from 1974-98 and Blatter since then.
Over 400 still missing from capsized cruise ship in China
JIANLI, China (AP) — As the Eastern Star cruise ship listed heavily amid pounding rain on the Yangtze River, tour guide Zhang Hui told a colleague, "Looks like we are in trouble." The vessel capsized in the storm Monday night with 458 people aboard, touching off a frantic rescue effort. At least 15 people were brought to safety, including three pulled from the overturned hull Tuesday, and five people were confirmed dead, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.
Black and Jewish WWI heroes finally receive Medal of Honor
WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring it's never too late to make things right, President Barack Obama posthumously bestowed the Medal of Honor on two World War I veterans whose heroic acts nearly 100 years ago went unrecognized in an age of discrimination. In a tearful, joyful East Room ceremony recalling the battlefield triumphs as well as the prejudices of 20th century America, Sgt. William Shemin and Pvt. Henry Johnson were recognized with the nation's highest military decoration for saving their comrades on French front lines. Shemin was Jewish and Johnson was black.
California water use fell 13.5 percent in April amid drought
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Ordered to use a fourth less water during this record drought, Californians managed to get about halfway to their goal in April, regulators announced Tuesday. California residents reduced overall water usage by 13.5 percent compared to the same month in the benchmark year of 2013, water officials said.
Relatives of Americans in Iran press for their release
WASHINGTON (AP) — Relatives of four Americans missing or detained in Iran told Congress on Tuesday of milestones missed — weddings, graduations, birth of grandchildren — and asked U.S. officials to push harder for their release in negotiations with Tehran on a nuclear deal. Lawmakers from both parties said that if Tehran doesn't release them immediately, they would find it difficult to trust the Iranian government to adhere to terms of the deal international negotiators are rushing to finalize before the end of the month.
Man convicted of driving Zamboni drunk at hockey game
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A Fargo man who admitted being drunk while operating a Zamboni during a high school hockey game was convicted Tuesday after the judge rejected his lawyer's argument that the ice-resurfacing machine didn't meet the definition of a vehicle under city code. Steven James Anderson, 27, was sentenced to nine days in jail, with credit for one day served, and ordered a $1,500 fine, chemical dependency evaluation, and participation in the state's 24/7 sobriety program.