TIME The Brief

North Korea Blasts Rogen Film as ‘Act of War,’ Fires Projectiles

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Here are the stories TIME is watching this Thursday, June 26.

As Iran and Syria get into the Iraq fight, the Iraqi parliament gets ready to meet next week to form a new government.

North Korea called Seth Rogen and James Franco’s new film about assassinating Kim Jong Un an “act of war” before launching three projectiles into the waters off its east coast.

Google proved they want to own every aspect of your life at their developer conference, unveiling gadgets for your TV, car, and even wearable tech for your body.

And finally, watch Nancy Grace tell this flabbergasted father they found his missing 12-year-old son alive—and in his own basement.

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Facebook Fights ISIS, Blocks Merchandise Sellers

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Here are the stories TIME is watching this Wednesday, June 25.

The Supreme Court delivered two major decisions, ruling that Aereo is violating copyright law and must pay broadcasters for the television programs it takes from the airwaves. The court also ruled police cannot search cell phones without a warrant, except in extraordinary circumstances.

Establishment Republicans let out a sigh of relief after incumbent Thad Cochran beat Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel in the hotly contested Mississippi runoff election.

Facebook joined the fight against terrorism by removing ISIS merchandise sellers from their website while American troops hit the ground in Iraq.

And finally, Luis Suarez chomped down on an opposing player’s shoulder during a World Cup match Tuesday.

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CDC’s New Anti-Smoking Ads Aim to Shock

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Here are the stories TIME is watching this Tuesday, June 24.

New ads from the Center of Disease Control look to scare smokers straight with “Tips From Former Smokers” that showcase terrible side effects.

More primaries in Colorado, Maryland, New York, Oklahoma and Utah, including a tense runoff in Mississippi between Senate stalwart Thad Cochran and Tea Party favorite Chris McDaniel.

The National Center for Lesbian Rights have started a social media campaign using the tag #BornPerfect to fight against gay conversion therapy.

And finally, selfies in spaaaaaaaace. Mars rover Curiosity takes a quick pic to celebrate its Martian 1 year anniversary (that’s 687 days to you and me)

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Former Baylor Star Isaiah Austin Reveals Career-Ending Diagnosis

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Here are the stories TIME is watching this Monday, June 23.

Secretary of State John Kerry met with top political leaders in Iraq after fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria captured key crossings at the Syria-Iraq border over the weekend.

More auto recalls, but this time they’re not from GM, as Honda, Mazda and Nissan are calling back vehicles due to defective airbags.

Sunday’s dramatic World Cup tie game between the U.S. and Portugal means that all Group G teams have a chance to advance after Thursday’s matches.

And finally, a career-ending diagnosis for former Baylor player Isaiah Austin, who will no longer pursue a career in the NBA.

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Pope vs. Pot: The Holy Father Says ‘No’ to Marijuana Legalization

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Here are the stories TIME is watching this Friday, June 20.

President Barack Obama announced the U.S. will be deploying special troops to Iraq to advise Iraqis on fighting against militants.

The House of Representatives approved an amendment that would curb NSA ‘backdoor’ spying on Americans, primarily regarding Internet search histories, emails and chats.

Supporters of marijuana legalization now have a powerful opponent: the Pope.

And finally, what happens when you put a man covered in Mentos and drop him in a tub of Coke? Thanks to these guys, now we know.

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Amazon Sets Phone Market Ablaze With Fire Phone

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Here are the stories TIME is watching this Thursday, June 19.

With the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ISIS only 40 miles away from Baghdad, Iraq pleads for U.S. airstrikes while President Barack Obama meets with top legislators to plot a course of action.

Amazon set the consumer electronics world ablaze with the announcement of its new Fire Phone that lets customers scan and buy products.

Dark horse Democratic presidential candidate Brian Schweitzer undercut his already slim odds by insinuating that Eric Cantor is gay in an interview with National Journal.

And finally, if you’re a teen girl with a phone, you just can’t win. A study in Journal of Children and Media found that teen girls who sext are labeled “slutty” while girls who don’t are “prudes.”

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Death Sentence Lives: Executions Resume in US

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Here are the stories TIME is watching this Wednesday, June 18.

While ISIS militants attacks the largest oil refinery in Iraq, the U.S. tries to decide what action to take in the Middle East.

America did score one victory against terrorism by capturing the ringleader behind the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, who will be brought stateside to face justice.

Georgia and Missouri performed the first executions after Oklahoma’s botched execution in May. Another lethal injection, in Florida, is scheduled for Wednesday evening.

And finally, a new Picasso painting was found … under an old one. A portrait of a man with a bow tie was discovered underneath ‘The Blue Room.’

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Twin Tornadoes Combine to Devastate Nebraska

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Here are the stories TIME is watching this Tuesday, June 17.

Days after saying the U.S. would not send troops to Iraq, President Obama announces 275 troops will be deployed to help defend the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. The U.S. is also beginning talks with Iran about stopping the insurgents.

A town in northeastern Nebraska begins to pick up the pieces after two tornadoes combined and devastated the community while the rest of the state was battered by heavy winds and hail .

The U.S. defeats Ghana in their opening World Cup match thanks to a dramatic late goal by unlikely hero John Brooks.

And finally, you might want to stand up for this. A new study shows that sitting can increase your risk of cancer by as much as 66% .

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Sweet Success: Artificial Pancreas App Shows Promise

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Here are the stories TIME is watching this Monday, June 16.

Iraq inches closer to civil war after Sunni extremists within the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria claimed more territory and boasted on social media that they killed 1,700 Iraqi soldiers, a claim that remains unverified. The U.S. may pursue discussions with Iran about how to quell the instability.

In a limited trial of patients with Type 1 Diabetes, an artificial pancreas with a smartphone app successfully regulated subjects’ blood sugar levels and instructed a pump to dispense insulin when needed.

Starbucks is partnering with Arizona State University to offer online college tuition assistance for many of its baristas.

And finally, one groom-to-be may actually remember his bachelor party in New Mexico after his group found a mastodon fossil while living it up one last time.

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TIME The Brief

Texting While Driving Is Teenagers’ New Vice

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Here are the stories TIME is watching this Friday, June 13.

After five years of Taliban captivity, Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is back in the USA. Bergdhahl returns to a nation divided on the terms of his release, just as letters he purportedly sent to his family while in captivity have been made public.

ISIS’s violent march through Iraq could end up hiking gas prices in America. Global gas prices have hit a three-month high due to the unrest.

Teens are drinking, smoking, doing drugs, and having sex less in than in the past according to a CDC study — but texting while driving is on the rise.

And finally, it may be Friday the 13th, but the ominous day has a sweet ending. A champagne-colored full “honey moon” will grace the night sky.

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