The Brief


Trump Accepts Invite From France's New President

President Donald Trump has accepted an invitation from newly inaugurated French President Emmanuel Macron to visit France next month. The two leaders, who have met previously, stand in opposition on several key issues

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Paddington Bear Creator Michael Bond Dead at 91

Michael Bond, creator of globe-trotting teddy Paddington bear, died after battling a brief illness, according to publisher HarperCollins. He was 91. His books have sold some 35 million copies worldwide and also was turned into a movie

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Paul Manafort Registers as Foreign Agent

President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has registered with the Justice Department as a foreign agent for political consulting work he did for a Ukrainian political party

European Commission Fines Google $2.7 Billion

The European Commission on Tuesday rocked Google with a massive fine for violating antitrust laws. While the fine has been expected for weeks, the amount is higher than anticipated, and the fallout for Google and European tech policy could be severe

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Ten Commandments Monument Was Quickly Destroyed

The Ten Commandments monument installed on grounds for the Arkansas State Capitol was destroyed in less than 24 hours. The granite monument was installed Tuesday, and early on Wednesday someone drove a vehicle into it


Maduro Says Helicopter Fired on Venezuela Court

President Nicolas Maduro said a helicopter fired on Venezuela's Supreme Court in a confusing incident that he claimed was part of a conspiracy to destabilize his government. The gunfire took place as Maduro was speaking live on state television

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Officers Indicted in Laquan McDonald's Fatal Shooting

Three Chicago police officers have been indicted on felony charges alleging they conspired to cover up the fatal shooting of black teen Laquan McDonald by a white officer. A Cook County special grand jury approved the three-count indictment


Look Inside This Japanese Teahouse-Style Starbucks

The new store, located in Kyoto's Higashiyama district, will blend into a city filled with traditional temples and shrines. It will be housed in a building that is more than 100 years old and that served as a teahouse until it went out of business in 2005

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Big Bang Theory Actor’s House Burns Down in California

Johnny Galecki was not on the property at the time of the Monday inferno, which destroyed his ranch as well as other buildings in San Luis Obispo, located roughly halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on California's Central Coast