The Brief

Planned Parenthood Shooting
Michael Biesecker—AP

Gunman Described as Loner

Police identified the man who attacked a Colorado Planned Parenthood, killing three, as Robert Lewis Dear, a 57-year old living near Asheville, North Carolina. People who know him said he liked to spend time in his mountain cabin and rarely made eye contact

Russian President Vladimir Putin Meets French President Francois Hollande

Putin Orders Sanctions Against Turkey

Russian President Vladimir Putin called for sanctions against Turkey, following the downing this week by Turkey of a Russian warplane. The decree came hours after Turkey's President had voiced regret over the incident, saying his country was "truly saddened"

NSA Surveillance

NSA Ends Phone Data Collection Program

The federal government's collection of bulk data from the telephone calls of virtually every American has ended, closing a controversy that began with disclosures about the secret program. The government will now have to request data from telephone companies

The Ackerman Institute's Gender & Family Project's "A Night of a Thousand Genders"

School Cancels Book Reading About Transgender Teen

A Wisconsin elementary school has cancelled plans to read a book about a transgender girl after it was threatened with a lawsuit. The Mount Horeb Primary Center had planned to read and discuss the book “I Am Jazz."


3 Killed in Mortar Attack on Mali U.N. Base

A mortar attack on a U.N. base in northern Mali killed at least three people, including two U.N. peacekeepers and a contractor, said the mission spokesman. No one claimed responsibility for the attack but Islamic extremists are suspected

The head of the local chamber of lawyers, Tahir Elci was killed in Diyarbakir

Prominent Pro-Kurdish Lawyer Killed in Attack in Turkey

A prominent lawyer and human rights defender, who faced a criminal charge for supporting Kurdish rebels, was killed in an attack in southeast Turkey in which a police officer also died. It wasn't immediately clear who was behind the attack

Musical guest Adele performs on Saturday Night Live in New York City on Nov. 21, 2015.

Adele's 25 Surges Past 3 Million in Sales in the U.S.

On Tuesday, iAdele’s 25 broke the single-week sales record previously held by *NSYNC’s No Strings Attached, which sold 2.416 million in the U.S. when released in March 2000. Now Billboard reports that 25 has surpassed 3 million sales

People drapped in the national flag walk past a building decorated with French flags in Paris on Nov. 27, 2015.

Suspected Arms Dealer Arrested in Germany

A 34-year-old-man has been arrested on suspicion of arms dealing in the southern city of Stuttgart, Germany, prosecutors say. They however did not confirm a report he supplied guns to the Paris attackers who killed 130 people on Nov. 13