Here are the stories TIME is watching this Friday, May 16:
- Riots rock Brazil just weeks before the World Cup. The government is spending billions of dollars on the tournament, leaving protestors furious.
- The FCC advanced new Internet rules that could allow content companies to buy a "fast lane" for their content.
- Arkansas issues same-sex marriage licenses while Idaho puts them on hold.
- Being pretty helps you get elected. A new study shows that participants could predict whether a female candidate would win or lose an election within a fraction of a second after seeing the candidate's face.
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