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Soccer Hooligans Are the Worst Fans Ever

Soccer hooligans do not rampage the way they once did, but they do still romp and stomp to make you wonder what it is in the beautiful game that inspires such ugliness.

Whitney Cummings Uncensored

In her new Comedy Central special, ‘I Love You,’ the comedian may deliver her most controversial message yet: It’s OK for women to act like women.

Who Isn’t Investigating Chris Christie?

From sleazy Sandy spending to Bridegate to strange, strange self-probes, this is your guide to all the state, city, federal, and internal investigations of New Jersey’s gov.

U.S. Ambassador Baucus says China hacking threatens national security

By Michael Martina BEIJING (Reuters) - Cyber theft of trade secrets by China is a threat to U.S. national security, U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus said on Wednesday in the first major public address of his tenure, warning that Washington would continue to pressure Beijing. Baucus' remarks come as commercial ties between the world's two largest economies have been strained over cyber espionage charges and revelations by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden of U.S. spying. In May, Washington indicted five Chinese military officers for hacking U.S. companies, prompting Beijing to suspend a Sino-U.S. working group on cyber issues.

Cochran win in Miss. a blow to tea party movement

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican establishment has delivered a punch to the gut of the tea party movement as six-term Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran narrowly turned back a challenge from state Sen. Chris McDaniel.

Israel stages 12 air strikes on Gaza after rocket fire

The Israeli air force carried out 12 raids on the Gaza Strip overnight after militants fired more rockets at southern Israel, Palestinian security sources said Wednesday. The attacks struck training grounds used by Palestinian militants, leaving two people lightly injured, they told AFP. The raids took place after militants fired five rockets at southern Israel, one of which hit an open area. Two were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system while the other two landed inside Gaza, the statement said.

New York Congressman Charles Rangel claims victory in Democratic primary

By Edith Honan NEW YORK (Reuters) - Congressman Charles Rangel of New York declared victory in his Democratic primary election on Tuesday, after facing one of the most serious challenges of a four-decade career as he tried to win a 23rd term in Congress in November. Rangel's Democratic challenger, state Senator Adriano Espaillat, has not conceded defeat, and the New York Times and other news outlets said the race was too close to call. In this liberal bastion of New York City, where blacks and Latinos form the majority, the winner of the Democratic primary is all but guaranteed to win the mid-term general election in November.

4 bombs in Cairo metro stations, at least 2 hurt

Cairo (AFP) - Four makeshift bombs exploded within minutes of each other at three Cairo metro stations during morning rush hour on Wednesday, wounding at least two people, police said.

Cochran holds off tea party challenge

WASHINGTON (AP) — Voters cast ballots Tuesday in primary elections in six states, plus a runoff in Mississippi. Highlights:

Thad Cochran Wins One for Sanity

Democrats might have been praying for a McDaniel victory in Mississippi’s Senate runoff—why not make the Republicans look nuttier? Here’s why they should be glad the establishment won.

Cochran wins Miss. runoff, edges tea partyer

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a remarkable political turnaround, six-term Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi edged out tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel Tuesday night in a bruising, costly Republican runoff that pitted Washington clout against insistence on conservative purity.

Brides for sale: Vietnamese women trafficked to China

When Kiab turned 16, her brother promised to take her to a party in a tourist town in northern Vietnam. Instead, he sold her to a Chinese family as a bride. The ethnic Hmong teenager spent nearly a month in China until she was able to escape her new husband, seek help from local police and return to Vietnam. "My brother is no longer a human being in my eyes -- he sold his own sister to China," Kiab, whose name has been changed to protect her identity, told AFP at a shelter for trafficking victims in the Vietnamese border town Lao Cai.

Four dead as India train derails, sabotage suspected

A passenger train derailed in eastern India on Wednesday, killing four people after a suspected explosion on the tracks, officials said. Some 12 carriages of the Rajdhani Express, which was travelling from the capital New Delhi to the northeastern state of Assam, toppled over at around 2:00 am (2030 GMT) in Bihar state's Saran district. "Prima facie, it appears to be a case of sabotage," Railway Board chairman Arunendra Kumar told the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency. Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda said there was no confirmation about what caused the derailment.

US weighs lawsuits on alleged insurance kickbacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is considering whether to sue banks and other mortgage servicers to recover its losses from alleged insurance kickbacks that may have cost government-controlled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac hundreds of millions of dollars, according to an internal report.

Cheney slams wrong US direction in Iraq

Former vice-president Dick Cheney, an architect of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, on Tuesday defended his choices at the time, and slammed the current US course as opening the door to insurgents. The primary task of the advisers was to evaluate the state of Iraqi forces and not to turn the tide against militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which have swept across western and northern Iraq, the Pentagon's press secretary said. Referring to an op-ed article he wrote with his daughter Liz Cheney, the former vice president and ex defense chief said: “We don't mean to be disrespectful to the president (Barack Obama), but I have got -- and as did my co-author ... we feel very, very strongly that we're headed in the wrong direction. He believes Obama never meant to leave troops in Iraq – and that his decision to withdraw led to the current instability.

Establishment Republican wins nailbiter US Senate runoff

Veteran Mississippi incumbent Thad Cochran bounced back to win a nationally-watched Republican runoff for his US Senate seat, US media projected, edging out a conservative challenger who nearly upended the party establishment. Veering from the modern-day Republican playbook, Cochran resorted to running on his decades of Washington experience and a history of funnelling hundreds of millions of federal dollars back to his impoverished southern state. Republicans are widely expected to retain control of the House of Representatives, and with President Barack Obama's Democrats struggling to hold the Senate, the GOP is pouring efforts into this year's campaigns in hopes of winning both chambers of Congress.

Push to save ceasefire as Kiev threatens to scrape truce

International efforts to save Ukraine's fragile ceasefire are set to intensify Wednesday as Kiev threatens to scrap the truce after pro-Russian rebels downed an army helicopter. Nine servicemen were killed when the Mi-8 helicopter was brought down Tuesday, underscoring the limited control both Russia and senior rebel leaders seem to have over some militia units that are apparently operating according to their own rules in Ukraine's heavily Russified rustbelt. It also threatens to quash budding hopes that Ukraine's Western-backed President Petro Poroshenko -- having ordered a one-week unilateral ceasefire on Friday that the rebels accepted on Monday -- will be able to negotiate an end to 11 weeks of violence that have claimed 435 lives, according to UN figures and an AFP count. Poroshenko said he hoped to discuss the latest incident with Russian President Vladimir Putin in a teleconference Wednesday that would also be joined by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande.

Federal judge rules U.S. no-fly list violates Constitution

The U.S. government's no-fly list banning people accused of links to terrorism from commercial flights violates their constitutional rights because it gives them no meaningful way to contest that decision, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Anna Brown, ruling on a lawsuit filed in federal court in Oregon by 13 Muslim Americans who were branded with the no-fly status, ordered the government to come up with new procedures that allow people on the no-fly list to challenge that designation. Indeed, for many international travel is a necessary aspect of liberties sacred to members of a free society," Brown wrote in her 65-page ruling. "Accordingly, on this record the court concludes plaintiffs inclusion on the no-fly list constitutes a significant deprivation of their liberty interests in international travel," Brown said.

Rockefeller Republicans Surge in N.Y.

One was an early supporter of same-sex marriage. Another was backed by Karl Rove. A third got the Chamber of Commerce nod. And three Republicans in tight races swept to victory Tuesday.

NATO to discuss Iraq crisis as US advisers fly into Baghdad

US Secretary of State John Kerry will attend key NATO discussions on Iraq on Wednesday, the day after US military advisers began moving into Baghdad as Iraqi forces battle Sunni militants. Iraqi government troops held off Sunni insurgent attacks on a key town and an oil refinery Tuesday as Kerry pushed for unity in a conflict the UN says has killed nearly 1,100. The onslaught has displaced hundreds of thousands of people, alarmed world leaders and put Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki under pressure at home and abroad.