The Brief

A Palestinian woman prays over the grave of a relative at Sheikh Radwan cemetery, northwest of Gaza City on July 28, 2014 on the first day of Eid al-Fitr.

U.N. Urges Eid Truce in Gaza

The U.N. Security Council called for “an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire” in the Gaza Strip during an emergency meeting

Ebola in Liberia

Ebola Death Toll Rises

A doctor in Liberia has died of Ebola, and an American physician was being treated, in an outbreak that has killed 670 people in West Africa

A Dollar Tree store in Westminster, Colo., on Feb. 26, 2014.

Dollar Tree Now Has Fistful of Dollar Stores

The $8.5 billion cash-and-stock deal will give Dollar Tree more than 13,000 stores in North America, about three times as many as the larger locations of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.; the customer base for bargain retailers has been among the hardest hit by the recession and aftermath

From right: Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Richard Blumenthal during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on July 24, 2014.

Veterans Affairs Reform Deal Struck

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Florida Rep. Jeff Miller have struck a deal to reform the scandal-plagued department, addressing long patient wait times and dishonest federal employees who have doctored records to make hospitals appear more efficient


Another Reason to Bump Fists, Not Shake Hands

Study says: It's healthier. New research to be published in the American Journal of Infection Control finds that greeting someone with your knuckles rather than shaking their whole hand—a much smaller contact area—results in the transfer of 90 percent fewer germs

Lightning strikes over downtown in Knoxville, Tenn., on July 27, 2014.

Tumultuous Storms Batter Millions Across U.S.

Severe weekend weather from New Hampshire to North Carolina and Michigan to Louisiana continued on Monday; six tornadoes were reported on Sunday, more than 200,000 customers were left without power and thousands of flights were canceled or delayed

Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks

LeBron James to Bring Old Jersey Number Back

The four-time MVP announced on Sunday that he will ditch No. 6, which he wore during four seasons with the Heat, to return to jersey No. 23, which he wore as a high school standout and during his first seven seasons with the Cavaliers

Family Slain Maine

Police Investigate Deaths of Family of 5 in Maine

The state medical examiner plans to conduct autopsies on the bodies of family members found shot to death in an apartment in southern Maine. Three children ages 4, 7 and 12 were among the victims discovered on Sunday afternoon

2014 Winter TCA Tour - Day 2

Sarah Palin Unveils Online TV Network

The former VP candidate will be the star of her own Internet TV network, likely geared toward a conservative audience, after Sunday night's launch of The Sarah Palin Channel; in an introductory video, she digs at the status quo of information and politics in the U.S.

An Uber app is seen on an iPhone in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Dec. 19, 2013.

Uber Patches Glitch That Let Riders See Client Rating

A software engineer revealed step-by-step instructions on how to find your client ranking, via some very quick skullduggery on Uber's mobile website. But the app's software team quickly repaired the glitch and passenger rankings are once again controversially private

A burned out car near a home that was also burned by the Sand fire in Amador County in Northern California on July 27, 2014.

Northern California Wildfire Destroys 13 Homes

The fire, which has also destroyed 38 outbuildings, was 50% contained late Sunday, but it threatens hundreds of homes in the drought-stricken region. About 1,900 firefighters, aided by aircraft including a DC-10 air tanker, were working to control the blaze