The Brief

on October 3, 2015 in Roseburg, Oregon.

Gunman Spared 'Lucky One' to Give Police a Message

After fatally shooting several people during his rampage at an Oregon Community College, gunman Christopher Sean Harper-Mercer spared a student and gave the "lucky one" something to deliver to authorities


Portugal's Government Wins Another Term

Portugal's center-right coalition government earned another four-year term, winning a general election behind an improving economy that weathered the austerity measures contested across Europe, but falling short of a crucial outright majority in Parliament


The Martian Has $55 Million Opening Weekend

The 20th Century Fox release, starring Matt Damon as an astronaut left for dead on Mars, pulled in an impressive haul and proved moviegoers remain drawn by the gravitational pull of space adventures


Israeli Police Bar Palestinians from Jerusalem's Old City

In an unprecedented measure, Israeli police barred Palestinians from Jerusalem's Old City on Sunday in response to stabbing attacks that killed two Israelis and wounded three others, as Israel's prime minister vowed a "harsh offensive" to counter rising violence

San Francisco's Last Gun Store

San Francisco’s Last Gun Store Is Closing

The only gun store in San Francisco is shuttering for good, saying it can no longer operate in the city's political climate of increased gun control regulations and vocal opposition to its business, according to the manager


Guatemala Mudslide Kills 131 People

Hope faded for finding any survivors of a mudslide that killed at least 131 people as the smell of rotting bodies spread across the enormous mound of earth and rescuers reported that the buried dwellings they reached were filled with water

45th Annual Legislative Conference Congressional Black Caucus - Phoenix Awards Dinner

Hillary Clinton Jokes Around in SNL Skit

Hillary Clinton took on the role of Val the bartender last night in a Saturday Night Live skit, making fun of herself, her history, and her desire to win the 2016 election with cameos from Miley Cyrus and "Bill Clinton"

France Floods

French Riviera Flash Floods Kill at Least 16

Flash flooding around the French Riviera has killed at least 16 people, some drowned in a retirement home and others trapped in cars and campsites, while emergency crews worked to rescue survivors

World Leaders Address The UN General Assembly

Iraqi Leader Opens Green Zone to All Citizens

Iraq's Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi declared the heavily fortified Green Zone in central Baghdad open to all of his citizens for the first time in 12 years amid efforts to cut spending and appease citizens who have been protesting for public services

Google Illustration

New Google Parent Company Drops 'Don't Be Evil' Motto

Alphabet, which took over as Google's new holding company on Friday, has dropped the tech giant's "Don't Be Evil" mantra from its code of conduct. Google used the motto as a showcase of their company's independence