The Brief

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Data Dilemma

The E.U.'s highest court threw out a key U.S.-European agreement called Safe Harbor, which for years has allowed companies including Facebook to transfer their customers' data back and forth across the Atlantic without having to ask their permission in advance

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Russia Struggles to Justify Syria Bombing

As Russian jets have flown bombing raids against rebels in Syria, the search to justify this military effort has strained Kremlin propagandists and bewildered audiences. Unlike the war in Ukraine, the Kremlin is struggling to sell its action in Syria to an unconvinced public


Obama to Meet With Oregon Victims' Families

President Obama will travel to Roseburg, Ore. on Friday to privately meet with families of the victims of the mass shooting on a community college campus there. The visit comes at the start of a pre-scheduled trip to the West Coast


Scientists Win Nobel Prize for Neutrino Discovery

Takaaki Kajita of Japan and Arthur McDonald of Canada won the Nobel Prize in physics for the discovery of neutrino oscillations. The two researchers had made key contributions to experiments showing that neutrinos change identities

European Council President Tusk addresses the European Parliament during a debate on the results of the last informal European Council, in Strasbourg

3 Million More Refugees Could Flee Syria

Up to 3 million additional refugees could flee the fighting in Syria, E.U. Council President Donald Tusk warned. The wave of refugees could worsen a migration crisis that has put pressure on European border facilities and strained relations between EU member states

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Israel Demolishes Homes of Palestinian Militants

The Israeli military demolished the homes of two Palestinian militants in east Jerusalem, the army's first concrete steps following a Cabinet meeting in which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised a "strong hand" to quell recent deadly attacks

Gov. Jerry Brown Announces Emergency Drought Legislation

California Inks Right-to-Die Bill

Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation Monday allowing doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs to dying patients, making the state the fifth to legalize the practice and the first since Brittany Maynard left California to end her own life last year

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Snowden Offered to Serve Prison Time in Plea Offer

The form NSA contractor says he has offered multiple times to serve prison time as part of a plea deal allowing him to return to the United States, but, he says, U.S. authorities have yet to respond to the proposed deal.

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LinkedIn to Pay $13 Million in Spam Settlement

The professional networking site LinkedIn has agreed to a $13 million out of court settlement in a class action lawsuit that claims reputations may have been damaged by multiple emails the company sent on behalf of users

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South Carolina Governor: 'This Is Not Over'

South Carolina was expecting sunshine after days of inundation, but it will still take weeks for the state to return to normal after being pummeled by a historic rainstorm, officials said, warning of the likelihood of new evacuations

Oregon college shooting suspect Chris Harper-Mercer is seen in a photo taken from his Myspace account

Mother of Oregon Gunman Loves Guns, Donald Trump

The mother of the man who killed nine people and himself at Umpqua Community College in Oregon last week wrote extensively on social media about her love of guns and her difficulty raising an autistic child