The Brief

Actor Bill Cosby in New York in 2011.

Cosby Lawyer Decries 'Frenzy'

Cosby’s attorney dismissed the sexual assault allegations against the actor even as three more women came forward with accusations of their own

APTOPIX Wintry Weather

Forecasters Warn of Rain in N.Y.

After relentless snowfall blanketed much of western New York this week, officials warned that a new danger is now threatening the area—rain

Relax: You're Probably Not an Alcoholic

A new report shows that 90% of heavy drinkers are not addicted to alcohol. For men, excessive drinking means five drinks in a sitting or 15 over the course of the week; for women, four in a sitting or eight over the week

Adm. Michael Rogers, commander of the U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency, testifies during a hearing before the House (Select) Intelligence Committee Nov. 20, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

NSA Says Cyber Attacks Could Cripple U.S. Infrastructure

NSA director Mike Rogers said U.S. adversaries are performing electronic "reconnaissance" on a regular basis so that they can be in a position to disrupt the industrial control systems that run everything from chemical facilities to water treatment plants

A Pokot woman holds a razor blade after performing a circumcision on four girls in a village about 80 kilometres from the town of Marigat in Baringo County, Kenya, Oct. 16, 2014.

Violence Against Women 'Epidemic,’ Study Says

Researchers say widespread problems like female genital mutilation and sexual assault can only be solved with political action and increased funding, since the violence has continued "despite increased global attention," implying awareness is not enough

Michael Brown Sr., father of fatally shot Michael Brown, attends the Peace Fest rally in St. Louis on Aug. 24, 2014.

Michael Brown Sr. Urges Calm Ahead of Grand Jury

The father of Michael Brown, the black teenager shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., this summer, has asked people not to "hurt others" or "destroy property" ahead of a grand jury decision into whether the officer will be indicted in the killing

CA: UC Berkeley Students Rally Against Tuition Fee Hikes

University of California Approves Steep Tuition Hike

Tuition at University of California schools could rise by as much as 28% by 2019 under a plan approved on Thursday. The vote by the system's board pitted top state officials, including Governor Jerry Brown, against those who run the UC’s 10 campuses

Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings on the sideline during a game against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on Sept. 7, 2014 in St. Louis.

Adrian Peterson: I Won't Ever Use Switch Again

The Minnesota Vikings running back suspended from the NFL over child abuse charges apologized for using a wooden switch to discipline his son, and promised never to do it again. "There's so many different ways to discipline your kids," he said

Smoke rises from the Syrian city of Kobani, following airstrikes by the US led coalition, seen from a hilltop outside Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border, Nov. 17, 2014.

Biden to Push Turkey on ISIS

The vice president is the latest U.S. official to meet with Erdogan as divide between the coalition and Turkey grows. Turkey has pledged to train and equip moderate Syrian forces on its soil, but no details have been announced by either side

Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio attends the third day of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Aug. 29, 2012 in Tampa.

Arizona’s Arpaio Sues Obama Over Immigration Plan

The Arizona sheriff has been investigated by the Justice Dept for alleged abuses of power. “This unconstitutional act by the President will have a serious detrimental impact on my caring out the duties and responsibilities for which I am encharged as Sheriff,” Arpaio says in his formal complaint