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UEFA Calls for New FIFA Leadership

UEFA, the European governing body of soccer, issued a statement on Wednesday calling for new leadership in FIFA, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, which runs international soccer and the World Cup.

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Hypocrites: L.A. Labor Wants Exemption from $15 Min. Wage

Labor leaders, who insisted for most of the last year that no exemptions should be allowed when instituting a minimum wage hike for the City of Los Angeles, have changed their tune now that the Los Angeles City Council approved the hike to $15 last week, asserting that companies whose employees are unionized should be exempted from the forced wage hike.

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Scott Walker Might Skip 2016 Florida GOP Primary

On Tuesday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker hinted that he might eschew competing in the Florida primary in 2016, acknowledging that two Florida heavyweights, Sen. Marco Rubio and former Governor Jeb Bush, would likely wage a titanic battle for their home state.

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Obama Administration Cuts Program Funding to Expand Florida Medicaid

On Thursday—possibly triggered by the lawsuit brought by Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) last month to get the Obama administration to back off its plans to expand Medicaid in his state—the Obama administration announced it would not entirely withhold funds for a federal program called the Low Income Pool (LIP).

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Sexual Assault Case Against Venice High Schoolers Collapses

On Wednesday, prosecutors decided not to file charges against 15 students at Venice High School who had been suspected of sex crimes and arrested. Greg Risling of the District Attorney’s Office stated that they had “insufficient evidence,” according to the Los Angeles Daily News.

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Bay Bridge Rod Has Fractured

On Wednesday, Caltrans confirmed that one of the 424 25-foot-long steel rods supporting the Bay Bridge eastern span’s tower has fractured. Brian Maroney, Caltrans’ lead bridge engineer on the eastern span project, showed reporters the 3-inch-thick tower rod, asserting that Caltrans didn’t know what had caused it to break and that any reasons given for the break would be “speculative,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

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‘Fake Rape’ Campaign Ridicules ‘Mattress Girl’ Emma Sulkowicz

After Emma Sulkowicz, aka Mattress Girl, who walked around the campus of Columbia University carrying a mattress to protest the university’s attitude to her debunked “rape,” graduated and carried her mattress through the ceremony, someone started a hashtag and Twitter account called @fakerape, and subtitled it Faking Rape to Perpetuate an Astroturf Agenda.

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