The Brief

Darren Wilson

Supporters Boost Ferguson Cop

A crowdfunding site created this week to support police officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed Michael Brown, has raised $225,000

California's Drought Becomes Critical

Climate Change Could Slow Down

Temperatures have risen more slowly in the past decade than in the previous 50 years and will continue to rise at a somewhat slower rate

A pro-Russian gunman is seen through a shrapnel hole after shelling in Donetsk on August 22, 2014.

Russian Artillery Units Fire at Ukrainian Soldiers

Artillery units being operated by Russian soldiers have crossed into Ukraine and are firing on Ukrainian forces, Western officials said Friday, in an apparent escalation of the ongoing conflict along the border

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Hank Azaria Has Lived The Simpsons Marathon

To mark The Simpsons’s 25th season, and the 552-episode marathon on FXX, Hank Azaria talked to TIME about what it’s been like to give voice to some of the funniest characters on television for more than half a lifetime, and what he remembers about Robin Williams

President Obama delivers a statement to provide an update on Iraq and the situation in Ferguson, Missouri - DC

A Lot of White House Petitions Are Going Unanswered

The “We The People” site, launched in 2011, has a mixed history of living up to its promise of making the government more responsive. While more than 151 responses have been posted, the most controversial petitions are still waiting for official replies

New Underwear Ad Features Real Female Tech Execs

Underwear company Dear Kate’s newest campaign features prominent women in tech coding while wearing nothing but their underwear. The models say the pictures empower women in tech, but critics assert they only perpetuate rampant sexism in Silicon Valley

Mark David Chapman was convicted of murdering John Lennon outside Lennon's Manhattan apartment on December 8, 1980.

John Lennon Killer Denied Parole

The man who shot and killed John Lennon has been denied parole by the New York State Parole Board for the eighth time because his release would be “incompatible with the welfare of society.” Chapman will be up for parole again in 2016

U.S. Chief Technology Officer at The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Todd Park testifies before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on "ObamaCare" implementation on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Nov. 13, 2013.

U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park to Step Down

Todd Park is planning to step down as U.S. Chief Technology Officer by the end of the year. He is expected to take on a new White House role, working from Silicon Valley to recruit tech talent into government. There's no word yet on who might succeed Park in the role

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Parents Turn Daughter into Police After Finding Nude Pics

The parents of a 13-year-old Virginia girl turned their daughter over to police after finding nude photos on her phone, the Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Friday. The mother said she turned in her daughter out of concern for her future

President Barack Obama speaks about H.R. 3230, the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, at the Wallace Theater in Fort Belvoir, Va.

Obamacare Fixes Seek to Accommodate Religious Groups

Seeking to quell a politically charged controversy, the Obama administration announced new measures Friday to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth control for female employees while still ensuring they have access to contraception

Two generations of women walking on September 18, 2012 in Berlin.

Women Spend More Time Caring for Aging Parents

Women provide more elder care for their aging parents than men, according to a new study. “The results suggest that daughters try to provide as much care as they can, while sons only step in when there’s nobody else to do it”