The Brief

Europe Nuclear Smugglers

Smugglers Have Tried to Sell Nuclear Materials to ISIS

Gangs with ties to the Russian successor to the KGB are driving a thriving black market in nuclear materials in Eastern Europe, often with the explicit intent of connecting sellers to Middle Eastern extremist groups, including ISIS

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the 19th Annual HRC National Dinner at Walter E. Washington Convention Center on October 3, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Joe Biden Backers Plan TV Ads Urging 2016 Bid

A group hoping to nudge Joe Biden into the 2016 race has cut a video hoping to build support for a possible campaign. The Draft Biden group, which is not affiliated with the Vice President, released a dramatic ad that ends by urging: “Joe, run"

Gettin' lonely: A return to the moon may be coming soon

Google and Israel May Be Heading to the Moon

Israel's President announced that SpaceIL, a nonprofit Israeli space engineering company, is the first of 16 contestants in Google's Lunar XPrize competition to formalize its plans to land a private spacecraft on the moon before the end of 2017

South Carolina flooding

South Carolina Braces for More Flooding

Along South Carolina's coast, residents were preparing for a second round of flooding as rivers swollen from days of devastating rains make their way toward the Atlantic. Flooding in the state has killed 15 so far

Nobel chemistry

Chemistry Nobel Prize Awarded for DNA Work

Sweden's Tomas Lindahl, American Paul Modrich and U.S.-Turkish scientist Aziz Sancar won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for "mechanistic studies of DNA repair" and providing new knowledge of how our cells function

MSF hospital Kunduz

Doctors Without Borders Seeks Fact-Finding in Attack

Doctors Without Borders called for an independent and unprecedented fact-finding mission to investigate a U.S. airstrike on a hospital run by the medical aid group in Afghanistan that killed at least 22 people.

JetBlue Airport Farm

JetBlue to Open Farm at New York's JFK Airport

The 24,000 square-foot space — less than half the size of a football field — outside JFK's Terminal 5 is meant to educate travelers more than actually feed them. The company will grow potatoes, chives, basil, carrots among other produce

Prison corridor

Department of Justice to Release 6,000 Prisoners

The Department of Justice will release about 6,000 federal prison inmates in one of the largest one-time releases of prisoners in U.S. history. The move comes as part of an effort to reduce prison overcrowding and the retroactive application of new sentencing guidelines

Peter Ball UK bishop

U.K. Bishop Sentenced for Abuse

Peter Ball, 83, a retired bishop in the United Kingdom, was sentenced to 32 months in prison after admitting to the sexual abuse of 18 young men during his time as a leader of the Anglican church, years after the royal family intervened to protect him

Attorney General Begins Inquiry Into Fantasy Sports

The New York attorney general has begun an inquiry into whether employees of major fantasy sports websites have won prizes using practices that appear similar to insider trading, asking two major fantasy betting websites for data on how they prevent fraud

Russia Syria airstrikes

Syria Launches Ground Assault Amid Russian Airstrikes

Syrian official says a ground offensive has been launched in central regions of the country amid intense shelling and Russian airstrikes. The operations are concentrated in the neighboring provinces of Hama and Idlib, areas without an ISIS presence