B.B. King funeral to take place Saturday in Mississippi

The hearse with the casket bearing the body of blues legend B.B. King leaves the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center after a day of public viewing, Friday, May 29, 2015 in Indianola, Miss. The visitation comes a day before the funeral for the man who influenced generations of singers and guitarists. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)INDIANOLA, Miss. (AP) — Hundreds of people are filling a church in the Mississippi Delta for the funeral of B.B. King, who rose from sharecropper in the area's flat cotton fields to worldwide fame as a blues singer and guitarist who influenced generations of entertainers.



FIFA's Blatter comes out fighting despite scandal and divisions

Re-elected FIFA President Blatter gestures during a news conference after an extraordinary Executive Committee meeting in ZurichBy Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA President Sepp Blatter came out fighting on Saturday as he began his fifth term in charge of soccer's governing body, implying that the United States timed the announcement of a major corruption probe to try to scupper his re-election bid. The 79-year-old Swiss comfortably won Friday's vote at a FIFA congress in Zurich, having secured the support of blocks of votes from Asia and Africa, which outweighed dissenters including Europe's powerful soccer body UEFA. One of his most fierce critics, English Football Association Chairman Greg Dyke, predicted further scandals before the end of Blatter's new four-year term.



O'Malley launches White House bid, knocks rival Clinton

Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley (R) cheers on the crowd with his wife Katie (L), after announcing his intention to seek the 2016 Democratic nomination for president, on May 30, 2015, at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, MarylandFormer Maryland governor Martin O'Malley, a onetime Hillary Clinton loyalist, launched his White House campaign Saturday, warning the Democratic frontrunner that the presidency was not her "crown" for the taking. Calling for a revival of the American dream, which he warned was "hanging by a thread," O'Malley insisted it was time for a presidency focused on equality for all Americans, more jobs, higher wages and comprehensive immigration reform. "Our economic and political system is upside down and backwards and it is time to turn it around," O'Malley told a few hundred supporters in a park overlooking downtown Baltimore.



Victims of FIFA's scandal: small clubs, youth, local leagues

Young boys play soccer on a dusty field in Thokoza township east of Johannesburg, South Africa, Thusday, May 28, 2015. When South Africa won the right to host Africa's first World Cup, it was seen as a heartwarming reward for Nelson Mandela and a country that had shaken off decades of apartheid. Today, the picture seems very different. The image of South Africa's World Cup in 2010 has been shattered by allegations that its bid over a decade ago was involved in bribes of more than $10 million to secure FIFA votes — possibly with the knowledge or involvement of the South African government. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The accused in the FIFA scandal are easy to spot: globe-trotting executives charged with diverting millions meant to build the game to their personal accounts. Those who feel victimized aren't as obvious: Youth players with hand-me-down equipment, semi-pro clubs that can't afford to travel and developmental leagues that can't pay referees.



U.S. and Iran address obstacles to nuclear deal as deadline nears

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry and Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif pose for a photograph before resuming talks over Iran's nuclear programme in LausanneBy Lesley Wroughton GENEVA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif for six hours on Saturday trying to overcome obstacles to a final nuclear agreement, a month ahead of a deadline for a deal between Tehran and six world powers. "Secretary Kerry and Foreign Minister Zarif, along with their teams, had a thorough and comprehensive discussion of all of the issues today," a senior State Department official said, without elaborating.





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