The Brief

People wait for the Grand Jury verdict on the Michael Brown shooting

FBI Watches Ferguson

Around 100 agents arrived ahead of the grand jury decision on whether to indict the police officer who shot the unarmed teenager Michael Brown

Kenya Attack

Extremists Kill 28 in Kenya

Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels, Al-Shabab singled out 28 bus passengers who could not recite an Islamic creed and were assumed to be non-Muslims


Video Shows Teacher Forcing Girl Into School Pool

Denny Peterson, who has been employed in the local school district for more than 10 years, is being charged with corporal injury to a child, after a video emerged of him attempting to pull the girl into the pool at Edison High School in August

Daniel Handler 2014 National Book Awards

Writer Helps Raise Thousands After Racist Remark

Daniel Handler, also known as the children's author Lemony Snicket of A Series of Unfortunate Events fame, added a financial pledge to his apology for making a "watermelon joke" about a black author at the National Book Awards

Magnitude-6.8 quake hits central Japan

Quake Hits Japan

The magnitude-6.8 earthquake hit parts of Nagano city and surrounding areas the hardest, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. Aince it occurred inland, there was no possibility of a tsunami, but an apparent aftershock with a magnitude of 4.3 followed about 30 minutes later

Businessman pulling rolling suitcase

Hell on Wheels: Venice May Ban Rolling Suitcases

Venice's city council is considering a ban on rolling suitcases in response to residents' complaints about the loud noise tourists make ambling about the streets with their stuffed racket-makers, leading to "progressive deterioration" of centuries-old paving slabs

UK’s First ‘Poo Bus’ Rides on Human Waste Fuel

The Bio-Bus—or as it's more affectionately known, "the poo bus"—can travel up to 186 miles on one tank of gas, which takes the annual waste of about five people to produce. It runs from Bristol Airport to Bath City Center

University of Virginia

University of Virginia Contends With Outrage

Following the publication of one student's horrific account of an on-campus gang rape, the school is moving to respond to anger from students, faculty and the public about why more wasn't done--while the frat where the assault allegedly took place suspended chapter activities

Google Faces Break-Up Threat in Europe

The European Parliament is set to call for a break-up of the tech giant’s search engine from some of its other commercial businesses. Politicians may attempt to limit Google’s reach either by passing new legislation or through antitrust laws

U.S. President Obama delivers remarks on his use of executive authority to relax U.S. immigration policy during a speech at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas

Obama Ups the Ante in Vegas

President Barack Obama began implementation of executive actions to protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation, touting his moves in a Las Vegas rally and pressuring Republicans to "pass a bill" to enshrine them into law

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Amazon Wants to Book Your Next Hotel

A new feature is reportedly coming to Amazon: hotel booking. The online retailer, hardware maker, publisher and video distributor is adding a service called Amazon Travel to its litany of businesses