The Brief

Jeb Bush Miami

Bush Makes 2016 Moves

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has begun to wind down his business affairs as he considers a run for president in 2016

Russian President Vladimir Putin Christmas

Putin's Lump of Coal

Russian President Vladimir Putin canceled holiday vacations for members of the government amid an economic crisis in the country

Celebrities Visit Broadway - December 22, 2014

Taylor Swift Bought Hugh Jackman's Shirt

Taylor Swift was in the audience for Hugh Jackman's new Broadway play and managed to leave with the X-Men star's t-shirt. It cost her $6,000 but it's all for charity. Jackman got another $2,000 for his belt

Playstation Xbox Hack

Xbox Recovers From Christmas Hack, PlayStation Down

Microsoft's Xbox Live was "up and running" on Friday while Sony Corp's PlayStation remained offline for a second day after a hacker group claimed responsibility for attacking the two Internet gaming services

Dustin Diamond Screech

Saved By the Bell Actor Arrested on Weapons Charge

The actor best known for playing Screech on Saved by the Bell was arrested in Wisconsin, police said. Dustin Diamond was charged with possession of a switchblade, carrying a concealed weapon and recklessly endangering safety

Apple To Report Quarterly Earnings

Apple Wins the Holiday Shipping War

Retailers angling to give shoppers more time to place frantic, last-minute Christmas orders online were mostly able to deliver the goods on time this holiday season, and Apple was among four companies that performed the best

INDONESIA. Banda Aceh, Sumatra. January, 2005.

Remembering the Tsunami’s Wake

Ten years after a historic natural disaster claimed the lives of 230,000 people across Asia, the vibrations can still be felt. "I didn’t know what a tsunami was,” one survivor recalls. "Nobody did"

Christmas Day Search for Jayden Morrison Missing Child

Body of Missing 4-Year-Old Austic Boy Found in Pond

The body of a 4-year-old autistic boy who went missing while visiting his grandparents in South Carolina was found in a pond, the local coroner's office said. Jayden Morrison was last seen at his grandmother's house near Myrtle Beach

Ireland Abortion

Pregnant Woman Taken Off Life Support in Ireland

A brain-dead pregnant woman was taken off life support after a court ruled that her 18-week-old fetus was doomed to die—a case that exposed fear and confusion among doctors over how to apply Ireland's strict ban on abortion

Underground Subway

Philly Cops Help Mom Deliver a Christmas Baby on Subway

Not all Christmas gifts are delivered by FedEx. Two Philadelphia transit cops helped a woman deliver her baby son on an underground subway train on Christmas night. "Everything just happened so quick but it was amazing," one said

Ukraine Donetsk Soldiers

Ukraine, Pro-Russia Rebels Swap War Prisoners

Ukrainian authorities and pro-Russia rebels exchanged nearly 370 prisoners, a major step toward easing hostilities in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine handed over 222 prisoners and the rebels released 145 people