The Brief

Jonathan Pollard

Israeli Spy Will Go Free

Lawyers for convicted spy Jonathan Pollard said Tuesday the U.S. has granted his parole and he will be released in November. Pollard, sentenced to life in prison following his 1985 arrest, has served 30 years for spying for Israel

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Minnesota Dentist Named as Killer of Beloved Lion

U.S. citizen Walter James Palmer allegedly paid $50,000 to kill Cecil on a game hunting trip, according to Zimbabwean authorities. The dentist said in a statement that he had "no idea" the lion was a local favorite


Marvel Will Release New Netflix Show Every 6 Months

Netflix announced on Tuesday that it will be rolling out a new Marvel superhero series every six months. Jessica Jones will be the next superhero to appear on Netflix before the end of 2015, followed by Iron Fist and Luke Cage


Man Inspired by ISIS Plotted Florida Backpack Bombing

A criminal complaint unsealed Tuesday charges 23-year-old Harlem Suarez of Key West with attempting to detonate a bomb on a Florida beach. Authorities say Suarez came to the FBI's attention through his online posts praising the Islamic State

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California Teen Accused of Killing 8-Year-Old Girl

A teenage boy lured 8-year-old Madyson Middleton into his apartment and killed her before hiding her body in a recycling bin at the housing complex where they lived, authorities said Tuesday. Middleton was reported missing on Sunday evening

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Kerry Urges Congress to Support Iran Deal

Secretary of State John Kerry warned skeptical lawmakers not to nix the contentious nuclear deal with Iran, insisting that it includes strict inspections and other safeguards to deter cheating by Tehran. Congress has begun a 60-day review of the agreement

Donald Trump

Trump Lawyer Sorry for Spouse Rape Comment

Donald Trump's lawyer and top aide apologized after he ensnared the candidate in controversy by responding to years-old rape allegations against Trump—since retracted—by saying that sexual intercourse with a spouse can never legally be considered rape

Edward Snowden

White House Urges Snowden to Take the Rap

The White House responded to a petition calling for President Obama to pardon Edward Snowden on Tuesday by calling for the former National Security Agency contractor to “come home to the United States, and be judged by a jury of his peers”

UNITED STATES - JULY 23: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., during an event in the Capitol on the Equality Act that bans discrimination against LGBT people in federal law, July 23, 2015. Also appearing, from left, are Reps. John Lewis, D-Ga., David Cicilline, D-R.I.,  Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Reps. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., Mike Honda, D-Calif., Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., and Cory Booker, D-N.J. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Corporate Giants Back LGBT Law

The makers of Cheerios cereals and Nike sneakers are joining the makers of iPhones and Ziploc baggies in supporting proposed sweeping legislation that would ban discrimination against gay and lesbian Americans at their jobs, homes and schools

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Meteor Shower to Light Up Skies

The Delta Aquarid meteor shower will be visible across the globe with shooting stars in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. The time between moonset and sunrise is slated to be the best time to see the shower.