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June 22, 2014

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Mexican coach defends World Cup fans’ gay slurs

Mexico’s coach defended the use of a gay slur used by the team’s fans at the World Cup after soccer’s governing body started an investigation. Fans at the World Cup have carried on a practice common in Mexico of shouting a derogatory term every time the opposing goalkeeper takes a kick. FIFA two days ago said it has started disciplinary proceedings. “We’re with our fans,” said Mexico coach Miguel Hererra. “It’s something they do to pressure the opposing goalkeeper.” — Bloomberg

Suspect showers, shaves before stealing truck

A burglar took a shower, shaved and had dinner before stealing a truck from the Cuyahoga County, Ohio, fairgrounds. An employee reported that someone had smashed the window of a  maintenance building. Police found the burglar ate several hot dogs and rice cakes and apparently drank several bottles of the soft drink Squirt in addition to taking an unregistered 2000 GMC truck that was used for maintenance work at the fairgrounds. —

Serial robber hits numerous New York City banks for chump change

A bad-luck bandit struck at five New York City banks on the same day, fleeing empty-handed from three of them and netting a paltry $449 from the two others, police said. The suspect, a stocky black man wearing a Cincinnati Reds cap and believed to be about 30 years old, is being sought by police for his one-man crime ripple. — New York Daily News

Medicaid made $14.4 billion in improper payments in 2013

The federal Government Accountability Office (GAO) has designated Medicaid, the joint federal-state program that provides health care for low-income Americans, as being at high risk for fraud. In fiscal 2013, the GAO found the program made some $14.4 billion in improper payments. — Reason

Texas man says apartment building owner trying to remove his American flag

A Webster, Texas,  man says his apartment complex manager told him his American flag was a “threat to the Muslim community,” and that he has to take it down. But he’s not giving up without a fight. Stepping onto Duy Tran’s balcony in Webster, one thing is clear: “It means a lot to me,” he said. The building’s manager refused to talk to a local TV station and called police to escort them off its premises. In a statement, the manager said the building must maintain aesthetic and safety standards. — KHOU

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