The Brief

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Democratic Showdown

The first Democratic debate Tuesday will be less a time for the candidates to spar, and more a crucial evening for all the candidates to show they are the best person to take on the Republicans in 2016—or the best person to beat Hillary Clinton

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Jerusalem at Boiling Point

One of the oldest cities in the world is yet again the focal point of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with more bloodshed in Jerusalem when three Israelis and two Palestinian attackers were killed in near-simultaneous attacks

Supreme Court Juvenile Life Sentences

Supreme Court Weighs Life Sentences for Teens

The Supreme Court heard arguments about whether hundreds of inmates imprisoned for life for murders they committed as teenagers should have a chance to seek their freedom. Several justices also suggested they might dismiss the case on technical grounds

Marlon James Wins the 2015 Man Booker Prize

Jamaican author Marlon James has been announced as the winner of the prestigious 2015 Man Booker Prize, for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings. The prestigious British award brings with it £50,000 (about $76,000)


ACLU Sues Psychologists Over CIA Interrogation Techniques

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of three interrogation subjects against the psychologists who allegedly helped design a program of intense interrogation for terror suspects, claiming the psychologists profited from a "war crime"


Taliban Withdraw From Afghan City of Kunduz

The Taliban said they are withdrawing from Kunduz, a strategic northern Afghanistan city that briefly fell to the insurgents last month, to avoid further civilian casualties. An Afghan official said life there is returning to normal

Playboy Enterprises Inc. In Talks To Sell

Playboy to Stop Publishing Naked Pictures

The lifestyle magazine that, for more than six decades, has both cornered and revolutionized the American market for prurience will stop publishing the photographs of nude women that made it famous

Planned Parenthood Hearing

Planned Parenthood Won't Take Money for Fetal Tissue

The group said it would no longer accept payments to cover the cost of programs that use fetal tissue for research, in response to a series of videos that spurred a conservative campaign to withdraw federal funding from the group

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Ex-Head of Chicago Schools Pleads Guilty

Barbara Byrd-Bennett, former head of Chicago Public Schools, pleaded guilty to a fraud charge in an alleged scheme to steer $23 million in no-bid contracts to education firms for $2.3 million in bribes and kickbacks

Reconstructed wreckage of the MH17 airplane is seen after the presentation of the final report into the crash of July 2014 of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine, in Gilze Rijen, the Netherlands

Flight MH17 Downed By Russian Missile

The Dutch investigators said the missile exploded less than a yard from the MH17 cockpit, killing three crew in the cockpit and breaking off the front of the plane. The aircraft broke up in the air and crashed over a large area controlled by rebel separatists


What Race Has to Do With Breast Cancer

Researchers provide the most detailed look yet at why minority women tend to fare worse with breast cancer, and while biology and genetics certainly play a role, scientists have found some other factors that are just as important

Numerous Stabbings Throughout Jerusalem As The Violence Escalates

Death Toll Mounts After New Jerusalem Attacks

A pair of Palestinian men began shot and stabbed passengers on a bus, while another assailant rammed a car into a bus stop before stabbing bystanders, in attacks that escalated a monthlong wave of violence. Three Israelis and two attackers were killed