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By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA President Sepp Blatter came out fighting on Saturday as he began his fifth term in charge of soccer's governing body, implying that the United States timed the announcement of a major corruption probe to try to scupper his re-election bid. The 79-year-old Swiss comfortably won Friday's vote at a FIFA congress in Zurich, having secured the support of blocks of votes from Asia and Africa, which outweighed dissenters including Europe's powerful soccer body UEFA. One of his most fierce critics, English Football Association Chairman Greg Dyke, predicted further scandals before the end of Blatter's new four-year term.
Former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley, a onetime Hillary Clinton loyalist, launched his White House campaign Saturday, warning the Democratic frontrunner that the presidency was not her "crown" for the taking. Calling for a revival of the American dream, which he warned was "hanging by a thread," O'Malley insisted it was time for a presidency focused on equality for all Americans, more jobs, higher wages and comprehensive immigration reform. "Our economic and political system is upside down and backwards and it is time to turn it around," O'Malley told a few hundred supporters in a park overlooking downtown Baltimore.
INDIANOLA, Miss. (AP) — Hundreds of people are filling a church in the Mississippi Delta for the funeral of B.B. King, who rose from sharecropper in the area's flat cotton fields to worldwide fame as a blues singer and guitarist who influenced generations of entertainers.