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President Obama has said that the U.S. is prepared to take targeted military action in Iraq to confront insurgents and that he will consult Congress. But he's said nothing about seeking its approval.

Soccer players aren't the only ones battling on the pitch: Shoe brands are fighting it out as well. While Adidas and Nike dominate the market, Puma has a sneaky counterattack: mismatched shoes.

Starting July 1, the state's licensed gun owners will be able to carry their firearms into some schools, bars, churches and libraries. But there's uncertainty over how, exactly, the new law will work.

Saline, used to clean wounds and treat dehydration, is a critical medical supply. But lately there hasn't been enough of it, and drugmakers say they won't be able to meet demand until next year.

An Egyptian court will issue a verdict Monday in the case of three journalists who have been in jail for months. Correspondent Leila Fadel talks to NPR's Lynn Neary about the controversial case.

Before the results are even in, Abdullah Abdullah says he won't recognize the outcome of Afghan's presidential election. The one-time front-runner risks pushing the country into political crisis.

A Los Angeles doctor is training barbers to check their customers for high blood pressure. He's targeting the social hubs for black men because of the health risks associated with hypertension.

Charges of harassment and abuse against major players in the fashion world have put the industry under scrutiny. NPR's Lynn Neary talks to model Sara Ziff, who founded a nonprofit to protect models.

As Sunni fighters gain more territory, the entire region faces the prospect of a wider conflict. Correspondent Peter Kenyon gives NPR's Lynn Neary an update on the situation in neighboring countries.

The $300 million Arena de Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil, has been one of the focal points for critics who say Brazil should be spending money on things other than a World Cup extravaganza.

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