The Brief


Holder Holds Court in Ferguson

Attorney General Eric Holder met with community leaders, 11 days after a police officer shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown

The United Parcel Service logo on the side of a delivery truck on April 23, 2009 in New York City.

UPS: We’ve Been Hacked

Malware may have affected customers' credit and debit card information at 51 franchises in 24 states, according to the United Parcel Service

Actress Winona Ryder attends special screening of "Turks and Caicos" hosted by Vogue and The Cinema Society at the Crosby Street Hotel on April 7, 2014, in New York.

Winona Ryder Will Join David Simon’s Show Me A Hero

Winona Ryder will embark on her "largest TV commitment to date," starring alongside Oscar Issac, Catherine Keener, Alfred Molina and The Walking Dead's Jon Bernthal in the new HBO miniseries Show Me A Hero, created by The Wire's David Simon

Michael Morse of the San Francisco Giants slides safely into third base against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning on August 20, 2014 at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

MLB Upholds First Team Protest in 28 Years

After protesting that the Chicago Cubs didn't tarp the field properly in a 2-0 rain-inducing loss Tuesday night, the San Francisco Giants were allowed by Major League Baseball Wednesday night to finish the game Thursday

Tony Stewart stands in the garage area after a practice session for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Watkins Glen International, in Watkins Glen, N.Y on August 8, 2014.

Tony Stewart to Miss Third Consecutive NASCAR Race

The three-time NASCAR champion won't participate in the Bristol Motor Speedway, marking the third consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup race he has missed since his car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. during a race in upstate New York on August 9

U.S. singer Beyonce and her husband, rapper Jay-Z tour Old Havana on April 4, 2013.

Feds: Jay-Z and Beyonce Did Not Violate U.S. Sanctions

The Treasury Department said that there was "no indication" that Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and her husband Jay-Z (Sean Carter) violated U.S. sanctions in Cuba in 2013, which the famous couple visited to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary

Texas Governor Rick Perry Turns Himself In For Booking Process

Rick Perry Digs in for a Fight

Texas Gov. Rick pleaded not guilty Wednesday in the abuse-of-power case against him, waiving a formal arraignment that had been scheduled for Friday and signaling again his readiness to fight a prosecution that he has decried as a "farce"

Young Woman Meditating Beside a Pool

Study: Yoga Makes You A Quicker, Better Thinker

Practice hatha yoga consistently for eight weeks and you're likely to think faster and better remember things, whereas just stretching and toning yielded no improvement, according to a new eight-week study of more than 100 adults with ages ranging from 55 to 79

Smoke and fire after an Israeli air strikes over Gaza City, on 20 August 2014.

Israeli Premier: ‘We Will Not Stop’ Gaza Operation

Benjamin Netanyahu made comments signaling that a protracted period of fighting could lie ahead, in a nationwide address Wednesday, a day after talks aimed at ending Israel's monthlong war against Hamas militants collapsed in failure

Neanderthal Man

Humans and Neanderthals Were Actually Neighbors

A new paper in Nature suggests Neanderthals went extinct over a period of between 2,600 and 5,400 years or so—twice as fast as anyone had thought. And yet they evidently coexisted with humans in Europe, though "spatially separated... like a mosaic"

Gay Marriage

Supreme Court Puts Hold on Virginia Same-Sex Marriages

Same-sex couples will have to wait longer to begin marrying in Virginia after the U.S. Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to delay an appeals court ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban, granting a request from a county clerk in northern Virginia