The Brief

Mars Maven

NASA Ship Enters Mars Orbit

The MAVEN craft entered Mars orbit Sunday, beginning a yearlong mission to discover what happened to the Martian atmosphere


Climate Change Makes Us Sick

An analysis of 56 studies on climate change-related issues shows that global temps and severe weather will keep having a major impact on global health

Oil Industry

Rockefeller Charity to Pull Out of Fossil Fuels

After making an immense fortune off oil, the Rockefeller family is set to divest its charity foundation from fossil fuels. The Rockefeller Brothers Fund—an $860 million philanthropic organization—has already replaced its investments in coal and tar sands

IRS'S Lerner Invokes Her Constitutional Right To Silence

Former IRS Official Says Politics Didn’t Affect Her Work

Lois Lerner, the IRS official at the center of a scandal over alleged targeting of conservative groups, said in her first interview since the scandal first broke more than a year ago that her personal political leanings never impacted her work

'Somebody Knows' What Happened to Missing Student

The first wave of volunteers, numbering more than 1,600, spread out around Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday to search for missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, who vanished a week earlier after an off-campus party

Delaware Bus Crash

Bus Crash in Delaware Kills 2, Injures 48

Police said a sightseeing tour bus crashed in Delaware on Sunday, killing two people and injuring 48. The bus, owned by New York-based company AM USA Express, was traveling from Washington, D.C. to New York City at the time of the crash

Clinton Global Citizen Awards at 2014 Clinton Global Initiative

Bill Clinton Drops a Hint About Chelsea’s Due Date

President Bill Clinton is really looking forward to next week, because by that time, he may be welcoming his first grandchild into the world. “I hope by the first of October, I’ll be a grandfather,” Clinton said in an interview that aired Sunday. “I can’t wait”


At Least 100,000 Flee ISIS in Syria for Turkey

At least 100,000 refugees flooded across the border into Turkey over the weekend as Islamist militants launched an offensive against Kurds in northern Syria. Activists say the militants routed dozens of towns and executed at least 11 people

2014 Creative Arts Emmy Awards - Arrivals

Joseph Gordon-Levitt May Play Edward Snowden in Film

Director Oliver Stone reportedly already offered the part of the asylum-seeking NSA leaker Edward Snowden to Gordon-Levitt, who in turn has said he'd come aboard for the upcoming biopic, but no formal deal has been signed yet

Sierra Leone Ebola

Ebola Lockdown in Sierra Leone Finds 100 New Deaths

A three-day lockdown instituted to help contain the virus in one of the three West Africa nations hit hardest by the outbreak ended late Sunday with officials hailing it as a "huge" success after workers found almost 100 victims and 56 others who had been infected