Good morning. Here are some of the stories we’re following today:
1. Corruption scandal roils FIFA
Fourteen people — including nine FIFA officials — have been indicted for an alleged scheme involving more than $150 million in kickbacks and bribes. Sepp Blatter, the president of FIFA, wasn't arrested or charged Wednesday — but he's no stranger to scandal. Read more in NEWS.
2. Rain-lashed Texans flee as swollen rivers rise
While the bombardment of deadly storms that walloped Texas has tapered off, several cities aren't in the clear, as officials sound the alarm about possible flooding as the week goes on from rivers swollen by rainfall. Read more in NEWS.
3. Santorum begins second underdog presidential campaign
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said the surprise success of his 2012 White House run changed the debate within the Republican party, but he’s now “ready to change this nation" with his second presidential bid. Read more in POLITICS.
4. Al-Qaeda in Syria: Our focus is Assad, not West
The leader of al-Nusra Front — the al Qaeda-affiliate group in Syria — insisted on Wednesday that he is under orders from the organization's central leadership not to attack Western interests in Syria, but rather focus on toppling President Bashar al-Assad. Read more in NEWS.
5. 117-degree heat wave kills almost 1,400 in India
Authorities have cancelled doctors' leave and advised people not to head outside in the middle of the day to avoid the worst of the heat. Read more in NEWS.
6. Americans are getting even fatter, survey finds
More than two-thirds of Americans are either overweight or obese, but the new Gallup-Healthways poll shows a record number are tilting the scales from merely overweight into the medically dangerous obese category. Read more in NEWS.
7. Molestation claim against Michael Jackson's estate dismissed
A choreographer who accused Michael Jackson of years of molestation cannot pursue his allegations against the singer's estate because he waited too long to file the legal action, a judge ruled. Read more in NEWS.
Christopher Norton, a student left paralyzed after a sports injury, walked to accept his college diploma with a little help from his new fiancee.