The Brief

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to reporters about new sanctions imposed on Russia as he departs the White House

'Not a New Cold War'

President Obama said the U.S. is escalating sanctions on the Russian economy nearly two weeks after the shootdown of a civilian airliner over eastern Ukraine

Social Media Site Twitter Debuts On The New York Stock Exchange

Twitter Sees Huge Growth

Wall Street was shocked as Twitter shares leapt more than 25 percent in after-hours trading following stellar quarterly earnings

Alone prisonner

The Effect of Solitary Confinement On the Human Mind

After nearly 30 years in a 6-foot by 9-foot cell, one Louisiana prisoner convicted of second-degree murder may get out of solitary confinement in Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola--undoubtedly in a deteriorated state of physical and mental health

Dr. Jide Idris, Lagos' state commissioner for Health, speaks during a news conference on the death of an Ebola victim in Lagos on July 25,2014.

Fears Grow as Ebola Outbreak Spreads

Nigeria has evacuated and quarantined a hospital in the city of Lagos after a patient died from Ebola, the first reported case to reach one of Africa's most densely-populated countries. The patient collapsed shortly after his flight landed on July 20

Fast Food Workers Across U.S. Rally For Increased Wages, Unionization

Ruling: McDonald's Liable for Employees' Treatment

In a key decision that could pave the way to unionization for thousands of fast food workers, the National Labor Relations Board held McDonald's jointly responsible for treatment of its employees at the approximately 90% of its restaurants that are owned by franchisees

Obama Talks With Netanyahu

WH: Obama-Netanyahu Transcript 'Totally False'

The White House rejected reports Tuesday of a transcript purporting to detail a private phone call between U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, calling the distortions "shocking and disappointing"


Found: The Part of Your Brain That Senses Dread

A tiny part of the brain known as the habenula can keep track of your expectations about negative experiences—and predict when you will react to an event— researchers at University College London say

Central American Female Immigrants

Poll: Most Americans Consider Migrant Kids Refugees

Roughly seven in 10 Americans would prefer unaccompanied migrant children in the U.S. whose safety is threatened back home to be given temporary refuge rather than immediate deportation, according to a new survey by the Public Religion Research Institute

A long exposure image shows the El Portal Fire burning near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on July 27, 2014.

Rapid Wildfire Threatens Yosemite National Park

Firefighters are struggling, despite what the National Park Service called "incredible" work, to contain a fast-moving wildfire in Yosemite National Park early on Tuesday, after it burned four square-miles of the landmark and neighboring Stanislaus National Forest


Boehner: House GOP to Introduce Border Bill

House Speaker John Boehner announced on Tuesday that House Republicans are finalizing a $659 million bill—much less than President Obama's $3.7 billion request—that he expects will pass Thursday and address the surge of migrant children coming from Central America