1. WORLD CUP
He’s baaaaaaack: All of us saw Jozy Altidore pull up lame during Team USA’s opening World Cup match with a hamstring injury. Now coach Jurgen Klinsmann says the American striker is ready for action in today’s round-of-16 match against Belgium. No word on how much he might play. This is win-or-go-home time in Brazil.
2. ISRAEL BOYS
Tensions spike: Israel pounded Gaza with airstrikes overnight after the bodies of three missing Israeli teens kidnapped last month were found yesterday. “Hamas will pay,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. A Hamas leader warned that “the gates of hell will open” if Israel attacks. Another leader said there’s no proof Hamas was involved in their deaths.
3. CONTRACEPTION RULING
Divided court: The split 5-4 ruling by the U.S. Supreme court says some for-profit corporations have religious rightsand cannot be required to pay for specific types of contraceptives for their employees. Conestoga Wood Specialties and Hobby Lobby – both largely owned by single families – successfully argued that Obamacare violates their First Amendment right of religious freedom because it requires them to provide coverage for contraceptives like the “morning-after pill,” which they see as akin to abortion.
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