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U.S. Faces Long Odds In First World Cup Match

Fighting Across Iraq Creates Fear Of Sectarian War

Pakistan Launches Large Ground Offensive Against Taliban

Pakistan has launched a major offensive against the Taliban in North Waziristan, mobilizing some 70,000 soldiers and launching air attacks against insurgents in the region.

Reporting from Islamabad, NPR's Philip Reeves tells our Newscast unit the offensive comes after militants stormed the Karachi airport a week ago, leaving 37 people dead.

Philip filed this report:

Deep Underground, Oceans Of Water May Be Trapped In A Crystal 'Sponge'

Science teachers may have to add a whole new layer to the water cycle.

Scientists have discovered evidence of a vast reservoir of water hiding up to 400 miles beneath the surface.

The discovery could transform our understanding of how the planet was formed, suggesting that Earth's water may have come from within, rather than from collisions with large, icy comets.

U.S. forward Clint Dempsey carries the ball against Mexico during the second half of an international friendly soccer match in April.

Team USA 101: Five Things You Should Know Before The Game

So, a friend has invited you over for a World Cup watching party on Monday when Team USA faces Ghana.

Seems like a cool idea, but, truth is, you only pay attention to soccer every four years. No worries. We have your back.

Here's a guide with five basics you need to know to enjoy the beautiful game and at least hold your own in conversation:

-- Team USA's Odds Are Not Good: Sorry to break it to you, but the U.S. national team is a part of Group G, which journalists have labeled the 2014 World Cup "Group of Death."

Casey Kasem, in 1975.

Casey Kasem, An Iconic Voice Of American Radio

Casey Kasem, the countdown king of music radio and the voice of Scooby-Doo's Shaggy, has died at 82, his publicist confirmed Sunday.

Kasem hosted American Top 40 for four decades. He presented the week's hits with a sincerity and authority that made him essential listening for million of Americans every weekend.

Casey Kasem accepts a Radio Icon award during the Radio Music Awards in 2003.

Casey Kasem, Legendary Radio DJ, Dies

Casey Kasem, the legendary radio DJ and original host of American Top 40, died Sunday morning.

His daughter, Kerri Kasem, announced his death on Facebook, saying he had died surrounded by friends and family.

"Even though we know he is in a better place and no longer suffering, we are heartbroken," Kasem said.

Peshmerga military direct traffic at a Kurdish Check point on Saturday in Kalak, Iraq. Thousands of people have fled Iraq's second city of Mosul after it was overrun by ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) militants.

Iraq Says It's Halted Militant Group's Advance On Baghdad

The Iraqi government says it has halted a militant group's advance on Baghdad.

As The Telegraph reports, the Iraqi army started engaging the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, after it made a rapid advance in which it captured the key city of Mosul.

The Telegraph adds:

Cars pack a Kurdish checkpoint as residents flee Mosul in northern Iraq. The city was overrun by Islamic militants last week.

Militants' Advance In Iraq Agitates Oil Markets

When Sunni militants began seizing broad swathes of territory across northern Iraq last week, global oil markets shrugged it off. After all, instability in Iraq is nothing new.

But that all changed on Wednesday, when the insurgents swept into the oil refinery town of Baiji, says Robert McNally, president of the Rapidan Group, an energy consulting firm. The price of oil climbed nearly 4 percent in just a few short days.

PVt. Chelsea Manning, formerly named Bradley, was convicted last year of sending classified documents to anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks

Chelsea Manning Says She Leaked Classified Info Out Love For Country

Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst responsible for the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history, says she disclosed the information out of "a love for my country and a sense of duty to others."