The Brief

Republican National Convention, Cleveland, Ohio.
Christopher Morris—VII for TIME
President Barack Obama is joined by Hillary Clinton after Obama delivered remarks on the third day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia.

Democrats Aim for Optimism Amid National Gloom

In parallel conventions, Republicans and Democrats spoke of the dangers facing the country in starkly different terms. President Obama listed accomplishments and promised a sunny future with a President Hillary Clinton. Vice President Joe Biden previewed an American 21st century

View of the church where a priest was killed in an attack in Saint Etienne du Rouvray, Normandy, France, July 26, 2016.

France Identifies Second Church Attacker

The second man who attacked a Normandy church during a morning Mass this week, slitting the throat of the elderly priest, is a 19-year-old Frenchman from eastern France, the prosecutor's office said

Bishop Corletta Vaughn, of Holy Ghost Cathedral in Detroit and reality star on "Preachers of Detroit," attends SOAR 2016 at St. Regis Hotel in Detroit on July 15, 2016.

Black Pastors Step Up for Hillary Clinton

Concerned that Donald Trump has a head start on faith outreach, notable African-American pastors say they are getting ready to spread the message for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton as the presidential race heats up

This Is Janet Yellen’s Biggest Problem

As the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy committee pointed out in the statement following its July meeting, job growth has been quite strong of late, but one of the most important factors holding back the U.S. economy is weak “business fixed investment”

Wing Commander Rob Shearer, captain of the Royal New Zealand Air Force P3 Orion, left, and Sgt. Sean Donaldson look out the cockpit windows during search operations for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean, April 4, 2014.

Captain of MH370 May Have Planned Off-Course Route

Australia confirmed Zaharie Ahmad Shah's simulator showed that "someone had plotted a course to the southern Indian Ocean." This did not prove that he planned to steer the plane off course but showed "the possibility of planning"

Baltimore Police Death

Freddie Gray Charges Dropped

The remaining charges against three Baltimore officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray, whose death last year in police custody sparked days of riots, were dropped, concluding more than a year of legal battles over Gray's death with zero convictions


U.S.-Backed Fighters Recover Trove of ISIS Documents

In a development that could provide significant insight into the workings of the Islamic State (ISIS), U.S.-backed forces fighting the extremist group in Syria have recovered a large collection of its documents and data

person cutting phone cord

U.S. Regulators Propose Debt Collection Overhaul

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed new rules aimed at curbing bad practices by the $13.7 billion debt collection industry -- and limiting debt collectors' attempts to collect based on faulty information

honeybee decline pesticide

This Common Pesticide Is Reducing Sperm in Bees

A commonly-used pesticide is making it harder for bees to reproduce, reducing sperm count and viability, according to new research. Drones in colonies exposed to neonicotinoids produced 39% fewer sperm than their non-exposed counterparts.

Chain link fence with barbed wire and razor wire.

Australia Suspends Use of Juvenile Restraint Chairs

Australian authorities have suspended the use of mechanical restraint chairs and hoods at juvenile detention centers. The move comes in the wake of footage broadcast by ABC program Four Corner, which showed young inmates allegedly being abused by guards