The Brief

Michael Dunn

Murder Charge in Rap Fight

A Florida man was convicted of first-degree murder Wednesday in the 2012 death of a teen following an argument over loud rap music

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Facebook Apologizes For Blocking Drag Queen Profiles

Facebook apologized to drag queens after enforcement of a "real-name policy" led to LGBT users being blocked from their accounts. Meanwhile, activists met at Facebook's headquarters Wednesdays to demand change on profile treatment

A Los Angeles Police officer wears an on-body camera during a demonstration for media in Los Angeles on Jan. 15, 2014.

D.A.: Body-Cam Video Justifies Shooting

A police officer was legally justified in shooting an unarmed man, in a decision based on video from the officer's body camera--the first time the district attorney there has relied on body-cam evidence to determine whether an officer-involved shooting could be justified

Early Voting Begins In Iowa For Presidential Election

Court Blocks Parts of North Carolina Voting Law

A federal appeals court Wednesday blocked parts of a sweeping North Carolina voting law ahead of this year's midterm elections, reversing provisions that would've cut same-day-registration and casting out-of-precinct ballots

Missing Girl Rescued in Mexico 12 Years Later

An Austin girl was rescued Tuesday and delivered back to the United States, 12 years after her father, Gregory Allen, reported that his ex-wife had not brought the then-4-year-old home. Mexican police, the FBI and U.S. Marshals cooperated in the operation

Markets React To Yesterday's Corporate Earnings Reports

Stocks Tumble Amid Fears Of Mounting Global Crises

Stocks fell across the board Wednesday as the year’s final fiscal quarter opened to a market sell-off spurred by concerns over mounting global crises, including the first domestic case of Ebola, as well as the looming possibility of an interest rate hike

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FCC Could Punish Broadcasters Who Say ‘Redskins’

The Federal Communications Commission will consider punishing broadcasters for using the Washington Redskins' team name on air after a legal activist petitioned the FCC to revoke a radio station's license due to its repeated use of the nickname


Zombieland Is Getting a Sequel

Zombieland has returned from the dead: The 2009 action-comedy is getting a sequel. Sony Pictures has hired Dave Callahan (The Expendables) to pen the script, and Ruben Fleischer will return as director

A protester holds up a placard which reads "Peace is our greatest weapon", outside the venue of the official flag-raising ceremony for celebrations of China's National Day, in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Protests Overshadow Chinese National Day

Chaotic scenes stole the show from Chinese National Day celebrations in Hong Kong, as thousands of pro-democracy activists set up camp. Protesters in jeans and sneakers, many of whom had been on the streets all night, heckled a city parade