The Brief

St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office undated evidence photo from August 9 Ferguson Police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri shows officer Darren Wilson

Ferguson Cop Won't Police Again

Darren Wilson, the officer who killed Michael Brown in August, setting off months of protests, will likely never be in law enforcement again, his lawyer said

OPEC Secretary-General al-Badri addresses a news conference after a meeting of OPEC oil ministers at OPEC's headquarters in Vienna

Oil Prices Plummet

Oil prices fell to their lowest level in five-plus years as the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries kept its output ceiling at 30 million barrels a day


The Thanksgiving Blackout

A dangerous mix of snow and rain in the northeast downed power lines and left at least 400,000 people — more than half of them in New Hampshire, Maine and New York — without electricity on Thursday, one of the biggest cooking days of the year

Volunteers paint a mural on boarded-up businesses before a third night of protests in reaction to the grand jury verdict in the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson

Ferguson Gives Thanks After a Quiet Night

Protesters in Ferguson pressed pause on Thursday as the city welcomed Thanksgiving, decorating boarded-up storefronts and gathering for church services — a stark contrast to previous days of outrage over the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case

Australia Storm

Worst Storm in Decades Smashes Into Brisbane

Thousands of residents in Queensland, Australia, have been left without power after the worst storm in decades battered the country’s third largest city on Thursday. Golf-ball-sized hailstones and winds of up to 90 m.p.h. tore roofs from buildings

Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby Made 2005 Deal to Hush Sex Allegations

Bill Cosby testified in 2005 that he gave an exclusive interview to the National Enquirer in exchange for the paper's promise to drop an interview with model Beth Ferrier, who accused him of sexually assaulting her

Nathan, Bloodhound (Best in Show, Hound Group Winner)

National Dog Show Winner Having Best Thanksgiving Ever

A 4-year-old bloodhound named Nathan took home the title of Best in Show at the 2014 National Dog Show on Thursday, besting his fellow comrades in the hound category before beating out Freda the French bulldog and Bogey the samoyed

Brazilian soccer legend Pele laughs during the inauguration of a refurbished soccer field at the Mineira slum in Rio de Janeiro

Brazilian Soccer Legend Pelé Is ‘Doing Fine’ in Hospital

Brazilian soccer star Pelé says he is “doing fine” after he was transferred to a special care unit on Thursday for monitoring after being treated for a urinary infection. Earlier reports indicated the three-time World Cup winner was in intensive care

Jamie Cooper-Hohn, wife of top hedge fund boss Chris Hohn, leaves the High Court after a divorce hearing, in central London

U.K. Divorce Settlement Sets Record

A hedge-fund couple has reached what is believed to be the largest divorce settlement on legal record in Britain. A London court has ordered British billionaire Chris Hohn to pay his estranged American-born wife Jamie Cooper-Hohn about $530 million


Uber Is Squeezing Taxi Owners, Too

Amid the rapid rise of ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft, the cost of running taxis across major U.S. cities has dropped significantly over the past year. Prices in Chicago and New York City dropped by 17% while Boston's went down 20%

France Egypt

Ancient Egyptian Artifacts Smuggled Into Paris Are Returned

Some 250 ancient Egyptian artifacts that were found in the luggage of passengers arriving in Paris four years ago were returned on Thursday. The antiques date back as far as 2,000 B.C. and include rings, amulets, clay posts, funeral statues and other objects