The Brief

This May 23, 2014, file photo shows a sign at a Taco Bell in Mount Lebanon, Pa.
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Fast Food Freshens Up

Taco Bell and Pizza Hut say they're getting rid of artificial colors and flavors, making them the latest big food companies scrambling to distance themselves from ingredients people might find unappetizing

Hays County Precinct 4 Deputy Constable John Ellen patrols River Road at the 7A Resort in Wimberley, Texas

7 States at Risk as Unprecedented Floods Hit Texas

Flash-flood watches and warnings were issued across seven states early Tuesday as an unprecedented downpour of torrential rain triggered "extremely dangerous and potentially life-threatening" conditions in Houston

Time Warner Cable

Charter Buying Time Warner Cable in $55 Billion Deal

Charter Communications will spend $55.33 billion to acquire Time Warner Cable in a deal that would instantly create one of the largest pay-television and broadband operators in the U.S., after Comcast abandoned a deal amid regulatory opposition

Gallery assistant Sandra Handley poses for photographs with a lock of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's hair, contained in a 19th-century gilt locket at the Sotheby's auction house in London

Mozart’s Hair Is Going Up for Auction

Auctioneer Sotheby's is selling a lock of hair from the head of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, resting in a gilt locket, with an estimated price of $15,400 to $18,450. Taking composers' hair as keepsakes was common in the 18th and 19th centuries

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake speaks during a news conference in front of the burned CVS in the Sandtown neighborhood on May 7, 2015 in Baltimore.

28 Shot in Baltimore Over Memorial Day Weekend

At least 28 people were shot in Baltimore this weekend and nine of them were killed, making May the city's deadliest month this century. Those who were injured in shootings this weekend include a 9-year old boy shot in the leg and a teenager shot in the arm

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. signage is displayed outside of a store in Louisville, Ky.

2 Killed in North Dakota Walmart Shooting

Two people, including the gunman, died and another person was injured in a shooting early Tuesday at a Walmart store in Grand Forks, N.D., police said. The shooter was the only person with a gun

Taylor Swift at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards held at MGM Grand Garden Arena, in Las Vegas, Nev.

Taylor Swift's Mom Got Some Lyrics Confused

Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” includes one of the great misheard lyrics from the last year: “All the lonely Starbucks lovers.” But apparently even the artist's mom got tripped up by the line

"Rosewater" New York Premiere

Jon Stewart Helps Veterans Break Into TV Industry

Jon Stewart is running a five-week industry training session for army veterans who want to get into the television business. The longtime host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show has developed the program over the last three years

Local residents and Sunni tribal fighters welcome newly arriving Iraqi Shi'ite Hizballah Brigade militiamen, who are joining the fight against ISIS militants in Khalidiya, west of Baghdad, Iraq.

Iraq Launches Operation to Drive ISIS From Anbar

Iraq announced the launch of a military operation to drive the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) out of the western Anbar province, where the extremists captured the provincial capital, Ramadi, earlier this month

Pope Francis holds the pastoral staff as he leaves at the end of a mass of Pentecost in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican

Pope Francis Hasn't Watched TV Since 1990

The leader of the Roman Catholic Church, who has made waves waves reaching out to disaffected Catholics and insisting on making the poor a top priority, hasn't watched TV since July 15, 1990, he revealed in an interview

B.B. King performs in Los Angeles on November 11, 2011.

Attorney Dismisses Claims That B.B. King Was Poisoned

Two of B.B. King's daughters are claiming their father was poisoned by two aides who worked closely with him, but an attorney for King's estate says the allegations are ridiculous. Homicide detectives from the Las Vegas police department are investigating