The Brief

Tom Brady

NFL Upholds Tom Brady's Suspension

Tom Brady's four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game last season has been upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Brady and the Patriots have denied knowingly using deflated footballs

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Minnesota Dentist Named as Killer of Beloved Lion

U.S. citizen Walter James Palmer allegedly paid $50,000 to kill Cecil on a game hunting trip, according to Zimbabwean authorities. The dentist said in a statement that he had "no idea" the lion was a local favorite

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Kerry Urges Congress to Support Iran Deal

Secretary of State John Kerry warned skeptical lawmakers not to nix the contentious nuclear deal with Iran, insisting that it includes strict inspections and other safeguards to deter cheating by Tehran. Congress has begun a 60-day review of the agreement

Donald Trump

Trump Lawyer Sorry for Spouse Rape Comment

Donald Trump's lawyer and top aide apologized after he ensnared the candidate in controversy by responding to years-old rape allegations against Trump—since retracted—by saying that sexual intercourse with a spouse can never legally be considered rape

Edward Snowden

White House Urges Snowden to Take the Rap

The White House responded to a petition calling for President Obama to pardon Edward Snowden on Tuesday by calling for the former National Security Agency contractor to “come home to the United States, and be judged by a jury of his peers”

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Obama: Africa Can't Let Tradition Hinder Progress

President Obama wrapped up his four-day visit to Africa with a rousing address to the African Union, at its headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He called for the empowerment of African youth and women and an end to the “cancer of corruption”

UNITED STATES - JULY 23: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., during an event in the Capitol on the Equality Act that bans discrimination against LGBT people in federal law, July 23, 2015. Also appearing, from left, are Reps. John Lewis, D-Ga., David Cicilline, D-R.I.,  Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Reps. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., Mike Honda, D-Calif., Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., and Cory Booker, D-N.J. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Corporate Giants Back LGBT Law

The makers of Cheerios cereals and Nike sneakers are joining the makers of iPhones and Ziploc baggies in supporting proposed sweeping legislation that would ban discrimination against gay and lesbian Americans at their jobs, homes and schools

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Virgin Galactic Crash Blamed on Co-Pilot Error

Federal safety investigators said Tuesday the crash of a Virgin Galactic spaceship last year was triggered when the co-pilot unlocked the craft's braking system early. The accident killed the co-pilot and left the pilot seriously injured

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Meteor Shower to Light Up Skies

The Delta Aquarid meteor shower will be visible across the globe with shooting stars in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. The time between moonset and sunrise is slated to be the best time to see the shower.

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Why Turkey Sees the Kurds as a Bigger Threat than ISIS

Last week, the Turkish government announced it was joining the war against ISIS. Since then it has arrested more than 1,000 people. But most of those arrests, say Kurdish leaders, have hit Kurdish and left wing groups, not ISIS

Mary-Kate Olsen (L) and Ashley Olsen at 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards Announcement Party in New York City on March 16, 2015.

Olsen Twins May Still Join Full House Revival

Will the Olsen twins show up in Netflix’s Full House reunion? Even though the revival is already shooting, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos says its still possible Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen will join the rest of the cast.