The Brief

Suspended Baltimore Ravens Ray Rice Attends Appeals Hearing In New York

Third Ray Rice Video Surfaces

A third video of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice on the night of his assault against his then-fiancée, Janay Palmer, has emerged

US-ECONOMY-STAPLES

Staples Hack May Involve 1.16 Million Credit Cards

A preliminary investigation found evidence of malware installed in the point-of-sales systems at 115 locations. The malware may have given hackers access to cardholder names, credit card numbers and verification codes

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell News Conference

Report: No NFL Team for LA

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Roger Goodell has informed teams around the NFL that there will be no franchise relocating to Los Angeles in 2015, though the “NFL to Los Angeles” talks probably won’t be going away anytime soon

Guantanamo Bay

U.S. Transfers 4 From Gitmo

The transfer marks the first repatriation of prisoners to Afghanistan since 2009. 132 detainees are still being held at the Guantanamo complex, which President Barack Obama vowed to shut down early in his presidency

Mark Monaham, owner of the Raceway gas station in McComb, Miss., changes his fuel price billboard, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. Gas prices throughout the region continue to fall as oil prices plummet.

Prices Plummet at the Pump

An oil boom has pushed gas prices at some stations, as of Saturday, down to as little as $2 a gallon. And with Saudi Arabia's announcement in September that it would keep the oil flowing, despite falling prices, analysts predict that gas prices have not bottomed out just yet

Raul Castro

Raul Castro Salutes 'New Chapter' With U.S.

Cuban president Raul Castro saluted U.S.-Cuban relations on Saturday, while also insisting that the diplomatic thaw will not break Cuba from its Communist past. “Every country has the inalienable right to choose its own political systems," he said

Antarctica, South Orkney Islands, Laurie Island, Gentoo

Antarctic Tourism Could Pose Threat to Penguins

A boom in Antarctic tourism--more than 37,000 people visited the continent in 2013--could introduce new, infectious diseases to the continent's penguin colonies, scientists warned in a new study

Madonna Unexpectedly Releases 6 New Tracks

Madonna called the surprise release--from her newest album, Rebel Heart--an "early Christmas gift" to her fans, adding that she hoped the completed tracks might deter fans from listening to unfinished songs that had leaked

The tree is seen during the 81st Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in New York

Get Ready for a Wet Christmas

A major storm is predicted to hit the East Coast and Midwest beginning Dec. 23 and building to a climax on Christmas Eve. While snow may accumulate from Wisconsin to Western Pennsylvania, regions to the east can expect heavy rain and thunderstorms

Uber Shows Taxis Never Same As Smartphones Roil U.S. Industry

Uber Wants Surge Pricing Patent

The ride-sharing service wants to patent its pricing technology, which adjusts prices in real time based on the amount of demand in the area and has come under fire from critics who accuse it of price gouging