The Brief

Operations Inside The Ford Motor Co. Kentucky Truck Manufacturing Facility
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Economy Picks Up Speed

The U.S. economy grew at a 2.9 percent rate in the July-September quarter, the strongest pace in two years, as the battered export sector rebounded and businesses finally began restocking their shelves at a faster clip

Fighting Between ISIS, Iraq Forces Inflicts Hardships

ISIS Uses Human Shields in Mosul

The United Nations' human rights office says ISIS appears to be using tens of thousands of civilians in and around the Iraqi city of Mosul as "human shields," with reports of more than 200 killed for refusing to comply with ISIS orders

Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, answers questions during the first televised debate with Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, in what's considered a crucial race that could determine which party controls the Senate, on Oct. 27, 2016, at the University of Illinois in Springfield, Ill.

Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk Mocks Rival's Asian Heritage

When Rep. Tammy Duckworth said her ancestors fought in the American Revolution, the incumbent said: "I had forgotten that your parents came all the way from Thailand to serve George Washington." In fact, her American father traces his ancestry back to the Founding Fathers' era

Mike Pence on the third day of the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

Pence's Plane Skids Off Runway at NYC Airport

A plane carrying Republican Vice President candidate Mike Pence slid off a runway at a New York City airport. There were no immediate reports of any injuries, according to reporters who were on board the aircraft with Pence

Apple MacBook Pro

Apple's New Laptop Kills the Function Keys

Apple is killing the function keys. The company unveiled a new version of the MacBook Pro with a thin touch display that sits above the keyboard. This screen, called the Touch Bar, will display different keys and icons depending on the app that's being used

Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama Joins Hillary Clinton on the Trail

As Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has entered the last stretch of the election, her campaign has liberally deployed First Lady Michelle Obama as its most popular political surrogate. On Thursday, they campaigned together for the first time

Ranching Standoff

Jury Acquits Leaders of Oregon Standoff

The leaders of an armed group that took over a national wildlife refuge in rural Oregon have been found not guilty of conspiracy and possession of firearms at a federal facility. A jury exonerated brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy and five others

Venezuela Political Crisis

Pro-Government Mobs Clash With Opposition in Venezeula

Pro-government demonstrators massed outside Venezuela's congress Thursday as lawmakers inside debated how to remove the socialist president from office. Opposition lawmakers reported being hit with sticks and pipes by red-shirted government supporters

The Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp office building is seen in McLean

Booz Allen Reviewing Security After Arrest of NSA Contractor

Booz Allen Hamilton said it had hired a former FBI chief to conduct an external review of its security practices, after the consulting firm learned that a second employee working with the NSA had been charged with stealing classified information

Mike McQueary

Former Penn State Coach Awarded $7.3M

A jury awarded a former Penn State assistant football coach $7.3 million in damages, finding the university defamed him after it became public that his testimony helped prosecutors charge Jerry Sandusky with child molestation