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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.

A man who lives in Ukraine's Donetsk region shows part of a shell that exploded in the yard of his house Wednesday, after a reported mortar attack by Ukrainian government forces Tuesday. The area is under a tense ceasefire that will expire Friday.

Reports Of New Fighting Rattle Ukraine's Truce As Kerry Urges Russia To Help

An exchange of mortar fire has been reported in eastern Ukraine, where government troops and pro-Russian separatist forces had been observing an uneasy ceasefire in the past week. The news comes as Secretary of State John Kerry says Russia could face sanctions if it doesn't help end the violence.

Russian state news media are reporting explosions near the airport in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk, where the armed groups reportedly absorbed and returned mortar fire. Similar clashes were reported earlier this week.


Oil Off The Coast Of Ibiza? Protesters Don't Want To Know

Ibiza — famous for wild, all-night parties — is home to some of the Mediterranean's most pristine beaches and thriving marine ecosystems. But these could soon be endangered by more than the island's hedonism.

Spain's central government is considering whether to allow oil prospecting near the coasts of Ibiza and its neighboring island, Formentera. The proposed survey area is about 1,500 square miles and starts around 30 miles off the coastline.