A shoe-in: This has been a rocky week for FIFA. Word soccer’s governing body is under siege with allegations of fraud, racketeering and money laundering. Still, little is likely to change at the top, at least not right away. Sepp Blatter is the odds-on favorite to continue his 17-year reign as FIFA president in today’s election. Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan is his only remaining challenger and he doesn’t have enough support to unseat Blatter.


Out of words: Now it’s happened twice in two years. The Scripps National Spelling Bee has ended in a tie. Vanya Shivashankar, a 13-year-old from Olathe, Kansas, and 14-year-old Gokul Venkatachalam of Chesterfield, Missouri, were declared co-champions. Why a tie? Simply put, they ran out of words. There weren’t enough of them left on the competition’s list for them to keep facing off until only one was left standing.


New clues: Police aren’t convinced, but 10 years after Natalee Holloway went missing, a Dutch man says he knows where to find her. Jurriën de Jong said the teen’s body is buried in a crawl space at a Marriott vacation property in Aruba. According to de Jong, he was near Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club when he saw a young man drag a young woman by her ankles into the crawl space and then close it up. De Jong said he didn’t tell police about it, because he was involved in “illegal activities” at the time.

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