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FIFA World Cup final - "Germany v Argentina"
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Germany’s Moment of Brilliance

It was always going to take a moment of brilliance or breakdown to decide the World Cup final between Argentina and Germany, TIME's Bill Saporito writes, and the one that lifted the Germans came late in the game from Mario Goetze

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Thousands Flee Gaza

Thousands of Palestinians fled their homes in on Sunday and sought safety in U.N. shelters, heeding warnings from the Israeli military

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen Testifies At House Hearing

IRS Readies Rubber Stamp

The IRS will no longer screen approximately 80% of the organizations seeking tax-exempt charitable status each year

Rethinking Pot Washington

Puff, Puff, Pink Slip: Legal Pot Use Still Carries Job Risk

The whirlwind firing-turned-rehiring of a tie-dye-bedecked marijuana buyer in Spokane last week—followed by an admission Friday by Seattle's City Attorney that he took pot to work—only clouded chronic confusion among many workers in the two pot-friendly states

US Army Sergeant Dostal of the 2nd Plato

Uncle Sam Wants to Build a Better Bullet

The Pentagon is touting a so-called EXACTO system that can "track and direct projectiles to their targets by compensating for weather, wind, target movement and other factors that could impede successful hits"

Taylor Schilling in a scene from NetflixÕs ÒOrange is the New BlackÓ Season 2. Photo credit: JoJo Whilden for Netflix.

No, Orange Is the New Black Wasn't Canceled

Don't worry, Piper is coming back to TV. Fans of the Netflix hit Orange Is the New Black were briefly taken in by a hoax this week when a satirical website posted a story blaring that Netflix had pulled the plug on the show about life in a women's prison


Pope Calls Sex Abuse 'a Leprosy in Our House'

Pope Francis reportedly said one in 50 clergy members is a pedophile, "even bishops and cardinals," that the requirement Catholic Church clergy remain celibate is a "problem," but that "there are solutions"


Apes Does Monkey Business at the Box Office

Americans can't get enough of those damn dirty apes. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes took the No.1 spot at box offices this weekend, debuting with a $74 million domestic gross that surpassed both expectations and the 2011 prequel

Eric Holder

Latest Terror Threats 'More Frightening Than Anything'

Attorney General Eric Holder says recent intelligence reports of terrorists from Syria partnering with Yemeni bomb-makers to create new types of explosives are "more frightening than anything I think I've ever seen as attorney general"

Houston Suburban Shooting

Texas Shooting Survivor Quotes Harry Potter at Memorial

"Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light," 15-year-old Cassidy Stay said, quoting Harry Potter, at a memorial service for her parents and four siblings killed in a shooting rampage

Scott Walker

Governors Divided on How to Handle Border Crisis

Though governors agreed the U.S. must address unaccompanied minors illegally crossing the border at a meeting this weekend, they showed little consensus over what Washington should actually do to mitigate the situation