The Brief

Winter Weather
Michael Dwyer—AP

Brace Yourself

A "potentially historic" storm could dump 2 to 3 feet of snow from northern New Jersey to Connecticut starting Monday, crippling a region that has largely been spared so far this winter, the National Weather Service said

Head of radical leftist Syriza party Tsipras waves after winning elections in Athens.

The Left Wins in Greece

A radical left-wing party that is demanding an end to Greece's painful austerity measures won parliamentary elections

Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie arrives to speak at the Freedom Summit in Des Moines

It's 2016 in Iowa

Likely Republican presidential candidates gathered in Iowa over the weekend to woo would-be voters and caucus-goers at a "freedom summit"

Duke v St John's

Duke Basketball Coach Is First to Get 1,000 Wins

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski became the first NCAA Division I men's coach to reach 1,000 career wins when the Blue Devils defeated St. John's 77-68 at Madison Square Garden. "I was just trying to survive this game," he said

Police stand guard outside a Home Depot store following a shooting in the Manhattan borough of New York

2 Dead After Shooting at New York City Home Depot

An employee at a Home Depot store in Manhattan argued with a co-worker before fatally shooting him and then killing himself, police said, sending panicked workers and shoppers rushing to get away from the gunfire.

Pope Francis smiles during a meeting with young people at Manila university

Pope Francis Trades Doves for Balloons

Children visiting the Vatican released balloons instead of doves in a ritual that serves as a gesture of peace. The change follows an incident last year when doves were attacked by two other birds, a crow and a seagull

Jason Garcia

Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Seen as Disease Fix

Scientists could release millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys in an attempt to kill off insects that spread the diseases dengue and chikungunya—if their proposal wins regulatory approval

US President Barack Obama in India

Obama and India's Modi See Nuclear 'Breakthrough'

President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said they had made progress on nuclear cooperation, with Obama declaring a "breakthrough understanding" in efforts to free U.S. investment in nuclear energy in India


Deep Depp Trouble at the U.S. Box Office

Johnny Depp's critically mauled comedy Mortdecai took in only $4 million in its opening weekend at the domestic box office, as Clint Eastwood's American Sniper passed the $200 million mark, becoming the second highest-earning movie of all time in the U.S.


Obama Moves to Protect Alaskan Wildlife

The Obama Administration will ask Congress to protect millions of acres of land in Alaska from a range of human activity including drilling and road construction, officials said. The proposal will undoubtedly meet opposition in Congress


Japan Shocked By Reports of ISIS Hostage Death

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said a video circulating online purporting to show hostage Haruna Yukawa had been killed was likely authentic, and called on the Islamist militants to release a second hostage, 47-year-old journalist Kenji Goto, unharmed