The Brief

CDC Ebola

Ebola Patient Headed to the U.S.

Emory University Hospital in Atlanta announced on Thursday that it expects to receive a patient with the Ebola virus within the "next several days"

John Boehner

Congress Stalls on Immigration

Republicans in the Senate stymied a bill that would have allotted $2.7 billion to resolving the issue of Central American minors illegally crossing the border

Philadelphia Police Corruption Probe

Philly Narcotics Cops Arrested in Corruption Probe

The FBI arrested six Philadelphia officers in an ongoing federal corruption probe and charged them with stealing more than a half-million dollars worth of property, drugs and cash between February 2006 and November 2012

Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan delivers remarks at a Council on Foreign Relations forum in Washington on March 11, 2014.

CIA Apologizes for Snooping on Senate Staff Computers

A report from the CIA's inspector general faulted agency employees for accessing Senate staffers' computers during an investigation into CIA interrogation practices. In a reversal of his previous comments, CIA director John Brennan apologized for the overreach

A rooftop view shows a road after an explosion in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan

Gas Explosions Kill 25, Injure 267 in Taiwan

A series of underground gas explosions killed 25 people and injured 267 others late on Thursday in Kaohsiung, Taiwan's second-largest city. The director of the Central Disaster Emergency Operation Center said the leaking gas was most likely to be propene

Medical staff working with Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) prepare to bring food to patients kept in an isolation area at the MSF Ebola treatment centre in Kailahun, Sierra Leone on July 20, 2014.

CDC Issues Travel Warning in Face of Ebola Outbreak

Calling the disease a "dreadful and merciless virus," the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director advised against all nonessential travel to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia in response to the outbreak ravaging those West African countries

Sharknado 2: The Second One

This Shark Didn't Tank: Sharknado 2 Reels in Viewers

The campy action/comedy by Syfy drew 3.9 million viewers on Wednesday night, 183% more than the 1.4 million people who tuned in for the original in July 2013, beating CBS's Halle Berry drama Extant and Fox's So You Think You Can Dance

Same-Sex Couple

Ex-Leaders of Gay Conversion Movement Apologize

Nine former leaders of a movement that works to convince men and women that they could stop being gay, lesbian, or bisexual through suppression and therapy have apologized and are joining a campaign to expand state bans on conversion therapy

Traders work the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on July 31, 2014 in New York City.

Dow Plunges 317 Points for Biggest Drop in Months

Geopolitical worries weighed on investors Thursday, with the Dow Jones industrial average dropping 317 points — its biggest drop since February. In addition to the Dow’s sharp slide, the S&P 500 index and the Nasdaq both fell 2% in afternoon trading

Trainers have Orca killer whales perform for the crowd  during a show at the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, California

So Long, Shamu: Southwest, SeaWorld End Ties

Southwest Airlines and SeaWorld will end their 26-year marketing partnership. The decision comes amid animal-rights backlash, but the two companies insist the break is "mutual." “The companies decided not to renew the contract based on shifting priorities,” read a statement

Doctor Who Series 8 Iconic

Doctor Who Season Premiere Will Debut on Big Screen

BBC America announced on Thursday that it will hold midnight theatrical screenings for the premiere of the new season of Doctor Who on Aug. 23 in 12 cities. Season 8 is the first to star Peter Capaldi in the lead role of the long-running sci-fi series