TIME The Brief

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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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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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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Cantor’s Exit Demands a New Wall Street Warrior

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Here are the stories TIME is watching this Thursday, June 12.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militant group inches closer to Baghdad, taking Iraqi cities along the way. Despite requests from the Iraqi government for U.S. airstrikes, Washington seems reluctant to get involved.

After Eric Cantor’s stunning defeat in the Virginia primary, Wall Street must find another political ally.

The World Cup begins today in Rio with Brazil’s squad taking on Croatia while social unrest bubbles around the country.

And finally, the only thing better than futbol is SPACE futbol. In honor of the World Cup, astronauts aboard the ISS kicked a soccer ball around in Zero-G.

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The Religion of Futbol: Christ the Redeemer Balloon Urges Australia to #keepthefaith

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Here are the stories TIME is watching this Wednesday, June 11.

A political earthquake shook Virginia last night after Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was defeated by Tea Party challenger David Brat in the primary vote.

A school shooting in Oregon marked the 74th such event since Sandy Hook, leaving President Barack Obama frustrated with the difficulty of gun control legislation.

Traffic in Europe ground to a halt today as Cabbies went on strike in protest of lax laws surrounding ride-hailing app Uber.

And finally, one day before the World Cup, Australia urges fans to #keepthefaith in the “religion” of Futbol with a giant “Christ the Redeemer” hot air balloon.

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Hillary Opens Up About Book, Not 2016

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton opened up about her book to ABC’s Diane Sawyer, but remained mum on a possible 2016 presidential campaign.

In his first interview as President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko told TIME’s Simon Shuster that he must seek “an understanding” with Russia because no other country can guarantee Ukraine’s safety.

Donald Sterling decided to stop the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers after he learned that the NBA would not lift his lifetime ban.

And finally, Thailand’s Military Junta wants you to forget about the coup and be happy. The military government’s “happiness” music video went viral on YouTube.

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Karachi Airport Attack Shows Reach of Pakistani Taliban

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The Taliban claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on Pakistan’s Karachi International Airport that left 29 dead, making a grave statement about their formidable terror capabilities.

2 police officers and 1 civilian are dead after a couple opened fire at a Walmart in Las Vegas, before apparently killing themselves. Witnesses heard them shouting “This is the start of a Revolution.”

Comedian Tracy Morgan remains in critical condition after a Walmart truck hit Morgan’s vehicle from behind early Saturday morning.

And finally, the Seattle Symphony likes big butts and it cannot lie. The classical music ensemble paired up with Sir-Mix-A-Lot to deliver a symphonic version of his racy 1992 hit “Baby Got Back.”

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How Governments Know Who You’re Texting

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Here are the stories TIME is watching this Friday, June 6.

One day after the one year anniversary of Edward Snowden’s NSA surveillance leaks, Vodafone announced that numerous government agencies have access to their customers’ data.

North Korea has detained American Jeffrey Edward Fowle for violating laws it says did not fit his stated purpose of being a tourist. Fowle is the third American currently being held by North Korea.

The heat was turned up in the NBA finals when the AT&T Center’s air conditioning broke during the game. The Spurs beat the Heat figuratively and literally, taking the game 110-95.

And finally, who needs sunshine? TV this weekend is great! Netflix debuts a new season of Orange Is the New Black, House of Cards will hold open auditions, and Game of Thrones became HBO’s most popular show.

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Canadian Gunman Still on the Loose

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Here are the stories TIME is watching this Thursday, June 5.

The White House’s classified briefing attempting to illustrate to senators that Bowe Bergdahl’s life was in jeopardy convinces few.

In Canada, Justin Bourque remains at large after allegedly gunning down 3 Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Donald Sterling’s battle with the NBA over his racist remarks ends with a whimper as he backs down from a lawsuit against the league and sells the Clippers.

And finally, what might be the best senior prank ever. California high school students paid a mariachi band to follow their principal around all day.

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