FIFA President Sepp Blatter makes a speech during the opening ceremony of the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich, Switzerland, May 28, 2015. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

Blatter defies calls to quit

ZURICH - FIFA President Sepp Blatter rejected an emotional plea from one of the world's soccer greats to resign as a corruption scandal engulfed the game's governing body.  Full Article | Gallery 

Wall Street falls amid worries about China and Greece 1:48pm EDT

- U.S. stocks dipped in early afternoon trading, a day after the Nasdaq closed at a record high and amid concerns about a Greek default, a tumble in Chinese shares and an unexpected rise in weekly U.S. jobless claims.

A totaled Porsche rests against the foundation of a home destroyed by the Memorial Day weekend floods in Wimberley, Texas May 26, 2015. REUTERS/Tamir Kalifa

New flood warning for Texas after storms kill 16

AUSTIN, Texas - The National Weather Service issued a new flash flood watch for large parts of Texas, where severe weather this week has left at least 16 people dead, damaged thousands of structures and flooded cities such as Houston and Austin.  Full Article | Video 

Republican presidential candidate and former New York Governor George Pataki formally anounces his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination in Exeter, New Hampshire, May 28, 2015. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter

Pataki launches Republican presidential bid

WASHINGTON - Former New York Governor George Pataki entered the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, positioning himself as a Washington outsider and moderate who won three terms in a heavily Democratic state.  Full Article | Video 

Homes are seen for sale in the northwest area of Portland, Oregon, in this file photo taken March 20, 2014. REUTERS/Steve Dipaola/Files

Real estate sales boost economic outlook

WASHINGTON - Contracts to buy previously owned homes rose for a fourth straight month in April to a nine-year high, buoying the outlook for the housing market and the overall economy.  Full Article 

Passengers sit in the upper deck of a lounge car on Amtrak's Empire Builder, part of the American rail network's most-expensive and third-longest line, as it travels between Minneapolis and Williston, North Dakota, in this picture taken May 20, 2015.  REUTERS/Ernest Scheyder

Amtrak's Empire Builder is anything but

ABOARD THE EMPIRE BUILDER - As the Empire Builder snakes along 2,230 miles on a 46-hour journey, the train offers insights into the financial problems plaguing Amtrak at a time of intensifying scrutiny over its aging infrastructure and safety record.  Full Article 

African migrants fleeing through Niger

Migrants sit on their belongings in the back of a truck as it is driven through a dusty road in the desert town of Agadez, Niger May 25, 2015. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye

AGADEZ, Niger - While some 2,000 people have died attempting to traverse the Mediterranean so far this year, the International Organization for Migration warns that at least as many migrants may die during the long desert crossing from Niger.  Full Article | The Wider Image 

The golden path to flashing cash in China

From tech to lingerie, gold is appearing in more and more up market products targeting newly rich Chinese consumers with a penchant for flashing their cash.

People rest at the Modern Moma commercial and residential complex in Beijing, July 2, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee

China's property-bond saga

The saga of China’s first offshore property default has taken another turn.  Full Article