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Doctors Without Borders workers transport a body at a center for victims of the Ebola virus in Guekedou, Guinea, in April.

Ebola's Surge Requires 'Drastic Action' To Stop

The World Health Organization is "gravely concerned" about the "potential international spread" of Ebola beyond the outbreak in West Africa, the agency's regional office said Thursday.

"This is no longer a country specific outbreak but a sub-regional crisis," it added.

Team USA goalie Tim Howard reacts as Portugal scores second goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup match.

Latinos Pledge Allegiance To More Than One Soccer Team

I would never have imagined that my immigrant mom, a Spanish teacher, a proud mexicana would be cheering for Team USA in the World Cup. A few days ago I overheard her talking to my tía on the phone. She told her sister, "Isn't it great that the American team is playing so well? Now we have two teams to root for!"

Until then, I didn't realize cheering for two teams was an option. As a Latina living in the U.S., deciding who to root for was like answering the question "where are you really from?"

Rain-soaked fans wait for the start of the group G World Cup soccer match between the United States and Germany at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Thursday.

U.S. vs. Germany World Cup Live Blog

The U.S. faces Germany Thursday in a pivotal World Cup match that could decide whether the Americans advance. The U.S. team needs a win or a draw to control its own fate. A loss wouldn't doom the team outright — but it could be knocked out, depending on the outcome of the match between Ghana and Portugal.

Today's two games in Group G — dubbed by many as this tournament's "Group of Death" — will be played concurrently, beginning at noon ET.

This might help with pimples, but be aware of risky reactions.

FDA Warns Of Life-Threatening Reactions With Acne Products

The announcement that popular over-the-counter acne treatments can cause rare but life-threatening reactions sure got our attention. Who among us hasn't slathered that stuff on our face?

The reactions include throat tightness, shortness of breath, wheezing, low blood pressure, fainting and collapse. Hives and swelling of body parts where the products were not applied were also reported. And 44 percent of the people affected were sick enough to be hospitalized.

Anti-abortion protestor Eleanor McCullen and her attorney, Philip Moran, stand outside the Supreme Court after arguments in the case of McCullen v. Coakley. The court ruled against a Massachusetts law imposing a 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Abortion Clinic 'Buffer Zone' Law

The Supreme Court has struck down a Massachusetts' law mandating a 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics.

Backers of the legislation have said the law treats groups equally, requiring both supporters and opponents of abortion rights to maintain their distance from the clinics. But in a unanimous ruling Thursday, the justices found that the buffer zone infringes on the First Amendment rights of protesters.

From the law experts at SCOTUSblog:

Numbers out Wednesday show almost 7 out of 10 Facebook staffers are male.

Facebook's Diversity Numbers Are Out, And They're What You Expect

The summer of tech company demographic data dumps continues apace. Facebook is latest big firm to share its staff's racial and gender breakdowns, following similar releases from Google and Yahoo. Other tech firms NPR has reached out to say they are having conversations about whether they will do the same.

In Narrow Ruling, Supreme Court Invalidates 3 Obama Appointments

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that three appointments President Obama made in 2012 to the National Labor Relations Board are not valid because they were not approved by the Senate, which was in pro forma session at the time.

In a unanimous decision, the justices said the Constitution's recess-appointments clause gave Congress the power to decide when it is in recess, and that there was no recess when Obama acted.

Uruguay's Luis Suarez holds his teeth after biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder during Tuesday's World Cup match between Italy and Uruguay in Brazil. FIFA has banned Suarez for 9 games and 4 months over the incident.

FIFA Bites Back: Uruguay's Luis Suarez Suspended 9 Games

Two days after the sporting world reacted in shock to what appeared to be a case of one elite soccer player biting another, FIFA, the sport's governing body, announced that it's suspending Uruguayan star Luis Suarez for nine matches and fining him 100,000 Swiss francs (about $112,000).

The suspension comes two days before Uruguay faces Colombia in the round of 16 on Saturday. It begins immediately, FIFA says. Suarez is also banned from any soccer activity for four months.

Comedian Will Ferrell was unveiled as the surprise "secret weapon" of U.S. Soccer, on the eve of a pivotal World Cup match against Germany. Ferrell promised to "bite every German player, if I have to."

Will Ferrell, Teddy Goalsevelt Pump Up U.S. Fans

"I'm not going to lie to you – I'm not in the best shape," Will Ferrell told American soccer fans in Brazil last night, after being announced as a mock World Cup replacement by U.S. Soccer.

The comedian paid a surprise visit to a rally for fans on the eve of the U.S. soccer team's showdown with Germany, sending the crowd into a frenzy after being unveiled as its "secret weapon."

"I'm so honored to be playing tomorrow," Ferrell said. He later added, "I'm not in soccer shape right now, but I'm going to try my best to live up to the spirit of this American team."

Iraqis who have fled as the Sunni extremist group ISIS has spread in northern Iraq enter a camp for displaced people between the Iraqi city of Mosul and the Kurdish city of Irbil Thursday. Iraq's leader says he welcomes Syria's attacks on ISIS.

'We Welcome' Syrian Airstrikes On ISIS, Iraqi Leader Maliki Says

With both Iraq and Syria facing threats from the extremist group ISIS, a recent attack by Syrian warplanes along the countries' border was a welcome development, says Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. He says that he didn't ask for the airstrikes — but he doesn't have a problem with them, either.

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