An explosive sports scandal erupted overnight in Switzerland involving soccer's international governing body. Nine FIFA officials and five coporate executives are being charged with racketeering, corruption and conspiracy. The indictments from the Justice Department will be unsealed in Brooklyn, NY at 10:30am EDT. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and FBI Director James Coemy will be in atendance. Meanwhile, seven of the defendants charged were arrested at a Zurich hotel earlier this morning (Wednesday). A FIFA spokesman says they're in shock, but won't suspend those being charged. They will instead allow the investigation to play out.
Texas floodwaters that inundated Houston, bringing the city to a standstill, were blamed for at least five deaths, and statewide the disaster claimed at least 12 lives, authorities said today. Houston Mayor Annalise Parker did not identify the fatalities, but said that two were found inside vehicles and another was found in a bayou and police suspect that the individual suffered from a heart attack while trying to push their vehicle. Two people are dead and 13 missing after heavy rain and devastating flooding pounded the cities of San Marcos and Wimberley in Hays County, TX over the weekend. The flash floods destroyed more than 350 homes and left up to 1,000 residents homeless.
Queen Elizabeth officially opens the new session of Parliament Wednesday morning. She'll deliver a speech written by the controlling party Conservatives which aims to outline Prime Minister David Cameron's goals.
The IRS says thieves used an online service provided by the agency to gain access to information from more than 100,000 taxpayers. The information included tax returns and other tax information on file with the IRS.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have advanced to the NBA Finals sweeping the Atlanta Hawks in 4 games at the Eastern Conference Finals. The Cavs won 118-88. It's only Cleveland's second trip ever to the finals; both trips under the leadership of LeBron James. They're first trip was in 2007.
There will be a Game 7 in the NHL Eastern Conference Finals. The New York Rangers held off the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-3.
Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in the deflated footballs scandal won't be heard by Wednesday's 10-day deadline to set a hearing date, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.
ITALY BANS UBER
An Italian court has blocked the controversial ride-sharing app UberPop throughout Italy.
The judge ruled that Uber was subject to only minor fees compared to the costs taxis pay to run and that they therefore benefit from unfair competition. France, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands have also all banned the app, though appeals are pending in France and Germany.
In the past week the average price of regular unleaded nationwide has gone up about 3 cents to $2.77 a gallon according to new numbers out from the Energy Department. But, for the first time in weeks prices in California did not rise. In fact they dropped 5 cents. But still Californians are paying - on average - about a buck above the rest of the country.
-Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum says he’ll hold an event Wednesdy to announce his decision on a potential 2016 presidential campaign.
-Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders, appeared before supporters in Burlington, Vt. Tuesday for the official kickoff of his campaign for the Democratic Presidential nomination.
NOAA will issue its initial outlook for the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season during a news conference at the New Orleans Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness’ (NOHSEP) Emergency Operations Center. FEMA will participate in the event to discuss the importance of personal preparedness for hurricane season. The hurricane season officially begins June 1.
Tthe 2014 State Rankings for Obesity from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index are out. It shows that the national obesity rate continues to rise to 27.7%, up from 27.1% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 25.5% recorded in 2008. Mississippi had the highest incidence of obesity in the nation for the second year in a row, at 35.2%. Hawaii had the lowest incidence of obesity in 2014, making it the only state where fewer than one in five residents are obese.
Jurors at the trial of Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes got to hold copies of Holmes' personal notebook on Tuesday. As prosecutors try to show that James Holmes meticulously planned out his attack in a sane manner they had Aurora Police Sgt Matt Fyles read from the notebook Holmes sent his psychiatrist hours before he opened fire. It says the obsession to kill since he was a kid. Holmes' talked about scouting out locations to attack. He did research to figure out which theater would result in the most casualties and how long it would take police to get there.
Will 13 year-old Slenderman stabbing suspect Anissa Weier be tried as an adult? The Wisconsin teen enters her second day of reverse-waiver hearings Wednesday. There may be a decision from the judge on if Weier's case will be moved into juvenile court or not. Weier and 13-year-old Morgan Geyser are charged with stabbing their then 12-year-old friend 19 times last May in the woods of Waukesha, WI. They said it was an attempt to please the fictional character “Slenderman.” They're charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide which coudl carry a 65 year prison sentence.
Another blow to President Obama’s immigration action. President Obama’s emergency request for a stay in the lawsuit against his immigration-related executive action was denied. The 5th circuit court of appeals, in a 2-1 decision, determined the 26 states challenging the President’s deferred action are “likely to succeed” and denied the administration’s request to move forward with registration while the case moved through the courts. The decision means those dreamers and parents of dreamers who would have qualified for deferred action, are still unable to receive work permits and relief from deportation. Texas Governor Gregg Abbott filed the original lawsuit, saying the President's executive action and bypassing congress was unconstitutional.
President Obama wants Congress to return during this week long break and finish their work on what he says is a critical National Security law that expires midnight Sunday. It has to do collecting your phone records. President Obama saying it's inconceivable that Congress would not extend the NSA's ability to spy on terrorist calls.
After a rash of hoax threats to airlines Sunday, an EVA Air flight to Los Angeles received a threat Tuesday afternoon, but was able to land safely at Los Angeles International Airport. "Bureau and airport officials are investigating a telephonic threat to an aircraft incoming to LAX. All threats, regardless of known credibility, are taken seriously," the FBI released in a statement. About 305 passengers were allowed to exit the plane at about 5:20 p.m. FBI agents and airport police were on scene
CHIMPS IN COURT
Lawyers for two New York chimpanzees are heading to court to argue that the animals have "personhood" rights and should be freed from a Long Island university where they are being kept for research purposes. The lawyers want them sent to a sanctuary in Florida instead.
Some passengers who had just boarded a Spirit Airline plane at O'Hare looked out the window and saw a flight attendant posing inside the jet engine well. Passengers were in disbelief, asking if it was part of a new pre-flight checklist. When the flight attendant ended up working their flight, they took down her name and later found she had posted the pictures on her Facebook page. Spirit is investigating the incident.
More sponsors pulling out of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting, following molestation accusations. Payless Shoes and Choice Hotels are dropping its ads from the reality show - Payless saying its ads ran as part of a larger buy with TLC - and they're taking steps to remove their ads from future episodes. Choice Hotels following suit. TLC yanked the show from its schedule last week, no word when or if it'll be back. All this comes after oldest Duggar son Josh apologized for past actions, following the release of a police report claiming he's molested several underage girls while he was a teen.