FIFA PRES SEPP BLATTER SAYS CORRUPTION "HAS TO BE STOPPED NOW" IN FIRST PUBLIC APPEARANCE SINCE BRIBERY AND RACKETEERING SCANDAL BROKE *

MAJOR SPONSORS URGING FIFA TO TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION TO RESTORE ITS REPUTATION, WITH VISA THREATENING TO "REASSESS" SPONSORSHIP *

SEVEN SENIOR FIFA OFFICIALS WERE AMONG 14 PEOPLE ARRESTED IN ZURICH WED AT REQUEST OF U.S. PROSECUTORS *

RUSSIAN PRES VLADIMIR PUTIN ACCUSING U.S. OF MEDDLING IN FIFA'S AFFAIRS, HINTING U.S. IS TRYING TO TAKE 2018 WORLD CUP AWAY FROM RUSSIA *

FMR NY GOV GEORGE PATAKI (R) LAUNCHES WHITE HOUSE BID, TELLING SUPPORTERS HE'LL "PRESERVE AND PROTECT" FREEDOMS THREATENED BY INTRUSIVE GOVT *

PATAKI SERVED THREE TERMS AS NY'S GOVERNOR AND LED THE STATE IN AFTERMATH OF 9/11 ATTACKS *

HE BECOMES EIGHTH GOP CANDIDATE TO ANNOUNCE RUN FOR WHITE HOUSE, AFTER FMR PA SEN RICK SANTORUM JOINED RACE WED *

BLATTER BLAMES "ACTIONS OF INDIVIDUALS" AND IS RESISTING CALLS TO RESIGN AHEAD OF A FRI ELECTION IN WHICH HE'S EXPECTED TO WIN A FIFTH TERM *

SAUDI-LED WARPLANES BOMB SHIITE HOUTHI REBELS IN THEIR NORTHERN YEMENI STRONGHOLD OF SAADA *

IN SOUTHERN PORT CITY OF ADEN, PLANES ALSO ATTACKED ADEN UNIV, SUSPECTED OF BEING A HOUTHI HIDEOUT *

IN YEMEN'S OIL-RICH EASTERN PROVINCE OF MARIB, PRO-GOVT TRIBAL FIGHTERS CLASHED WITH HOUTHIS, KILLING AT LEAST 10 CIVILIANS, WITNESSES SAY *

FMR OUTSIDE AUDITOR FOR BERNIE MADOFF'S FIRM SENTENCED TO ONE YR OF HOME CONFINEMENT FOR ROLE IN THE MULTIBILLION DOLLAR PONZI SCHEME *

JUDGE ALSO ORDERED 55-YR-OLD DAVID FRIEHLING TO PAY HIS SHARE OF A $130 BIL JOINT PENALTY ASSESSED SYMBOLICALLY TO HIM AND OTHER CONVICTED DEFENDANTS IN CASE *

FRIEHLING PLEADED GUILTY IN 2009 AFTER BECOMING AN EARLY COOPERATOR IN THE GOVT'S PROBE AGAINST MADOFF *

MADOFF IS SERVING A 150-YR PRISON TERM AND IS ESTIMATED TO HAVE COST INVESTORS $17 BIL IN PRINCIPAL LOSSES *

FMR SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE DENNIS HASTERT (R-IL) CHARGED WITH ILLEGALLY STRUCTURING CASH WITHDRAWALS AND LYING TO THE FBI *

FED AUTHORITIES ALLEGE 73-YR-OLD HASTERT STRUCTURED THE CASH WITHDRAWAL OF $953,000 IN INCREMENTS OF LESS THAN $10,000 IN ORDER TO EVADE THE FILING OF CURRENCY TRANSACTION REPORTS *

FBI SAYS HASTERT WITHDREW THE MONEY TO PAY SOMEONE HE COMMITTED "PRIOR MISCONDUCT AGAINST" *

INDICTMENT ALSO ALLEGES THE FMR SPEAKER LIED TO THE FBI ABOUT THE WITHDRAWALS, SAYING HE WAS KEEPING THE CASH *

TWO SEPARATE CAR BOMBS KILL AT LEAST 10 PEOPLE AT LUXURY HOTELS IN BAGHDAD *

BOMB IN THE PARKING LOT OF THE BABIL HOTEL KILLED SIX PEOPLE AND WOUNDED 14 OTHERS *

ABOUT ONE MINUTE LATER, A SECOND CAR BOMB EXPLODED OUTSIDE THE CRISTAL HOTEL, KILLING FOUR PEOPLE AND WOUNDING 13 OTHERS *

NOBODY HAS CLAIMED RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE BOMBINGS, BUT THE IRAQI CAPITAL HAS BEEN FREQUENT TARGET OF ATTACKS BY ISIS *

KENYAN MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN U.S. TO TERRORISM SUPPORT CHARGES *

27-YR-OLD MOHAMED SAID PLEADED GUILTY TO ONE COUNT OF CONSPIRACY TO PROVIDE MATERIAL SUPPORT TO FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGS, INCLUDING AL-QAEDA AND AL-SHABAAB *

HE FACES A MAX SENTENCE OF 15 YEARS IN PRISON *

CDC INVESTIGATING ARMY'S SHIPMENT OF LIVE ANTHRAX SAMPLES TO 18 LABS IN NINE STATES AND AN ARMY FACILITY IN SOUTH KOREA *

ARMY'S DUGWAY PROVING GROUND IN UTAH WAS SUPPOSED TO SEND INACTIVATED SAMPLES OF ANTHRAX TO GOVT AND COMMERCIAL LABS *

ARMY CHIEF OF STAFF SAYS INCIDENT MAY HAVE STEMMED FROM A FAILURE IN THE TECHNICAL PROCESS OF KILLING THE ANTRAX SAMPLES, RATHER THAN HUMAN ERROR *

26 PEOPLE IN THE U.S. AND SOUTH KOREA ARE BEING TREATED FOR POSSIBLE EXPOSURE *

DEATH TOLL FROM STORMS AND FLOODING IN TX AND OK HAS RISEN TO 23 AFTER EMERGENCY CREWS RECOVERED TWO MORE BODIES ALONG THE BLANCO RIVER IN CENTRAL TX THURS *

NATL WEATHER SERVICE WARNING OF POTENTIAL FOR MORE HEAVY RAIN ACROSS THE SOUTHERN PLAINS, PROMPTING EVACUATION ORDERS ALONG THE BRAZOS, COLORADO AND SAN JACINTO RIVERS *

AT LEAST 14 PEOPLE ARE STILL MISSING FROM THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND FLOODING ACROSS TX *