The Brief

Tensions Remain High At Israeli Gaza Border

Tunnel Attacks Alarm in Israel

A recent gunfight near a kibbutz has shown how close Hamas militants can now get to the Israeli population via underground routes, 14 of which have been found


Detroit Stalls Water Shutoffs

In April and May, over 7,500 customers had their water shut off by the city. Customers now have 15 days to come forward if they cannot pay

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MH17 Puts Spotlight on Russian Propaganda Network

In the aftermath of the Malaysia Airlines crash in Ukraine, RT — the Russian English-language propaganda outlet — kicked into overdrive, churning out a steady stream of strange reports. "It's mass information manipulation," says a former employee

A Google logo is seen at the garage where the company was founded on Google's 15th anniversary in Menlo Park, California

Italy Tells Google to Change Data-Use Policies

Google must present a game plan in September and then has 18 months to alter the way it stores user data. Italy is one of several European countries that have been jointly investigating Google's consolidation of 60 different privacy policies into one last year

Lucy Lawless

Lucy Lawless Joining Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The Whedonverse is getting a dose of the Warrior Princess. After post-Xena stints on Parks and Recreation and Battlestar Galactica, Lucy Lawless is joining the cast of Joss Whedon's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for Season 2. Specifics about her upcoming role aren't yet known

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The Lives Lost in the MH17 Disaster

A German aerospace engineer, a leading Dutch AIDS researcher, an Australian nun and a Malaysian actress were among the almost 300 who perished when the Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down in the skies over Ukraine last week

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Study Finds New Way to Kick HIV From Infected Cells

Researchers have come up with a technique to address the problem of hidden reservoirs of HIV in the body, which could herald a new way of battling the virus. So far, the method has only been tested in cell culture, though could move on to animal and human trials

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Netflix Crosses 50 Million Customer Streams

Netflix’s customer base passed 50 million members, adding 1.69 million new members during its second quarter and generating $1.1 billion in revenue. The company touted the success of its original programming, including the hit show Orange Is the New Black

J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling to Write More Cormoran Strike Novels

The crime series could become the Harry Potter author's other legacy. Rowling recently said at a crime-writing festival, "I don’t know that I’ve got an end point in mind" for the series, "unlike Harry, where there was an overarching story, a beginning and an end"

Johns Hopkins Hospital

Johns Hopkins to Pay $190 Million to Patients

The class-action lawsuit involved more than 8,000 former patients of gynecologist Nikita Levy, who secretly filmed and took pictures during exams with female patients with a penlike camera he wore around his neck. Levy committed suicide in February 2013

Azamat Tazhayakov

Friend of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Found Guilty

A federal court found Azamat Tazhayakov, a friend of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect, guilty of obstruction of justice and of conspiring to obstruct justice for interfering with the investigation. He faces a potential sentence of at least 20 years