The Brief

U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter

U.S. Air Strikes in Iraq

U.S. officials said the country took the first step in the planned expanded fight against Islamic State militants on Monday to aid Iraqi security forces

General Motors CEO Mary Barra Testifies Before Senate Committee About GM's Recalls

Death Toll From GM Cars Increased

A lawyer for the carmaker has raised from 13 to 19 the number of eligible compensation claims for deaths related to defective ignition switches


U.S. to Commit $500 Million, 3,000 Troops in Ebola Fight

On Tuesday, President Obama will announce more efforts by the U.S. to lead a global battle against the spread of the deadly virus. Obama has called America's response to the disease a "national security priority," with top officials leading the government's efforts

David Beckham

David Beckham Wants Scots to Vote ‘No’

The soccer icon and husband of Posh Spice has endorsed the No vote for Scottish independence, calling for the U.K. to maintain its "historic bond" ahead of its referendum this week. "What unites us is much greater than what divides us," he wrote in an open letter


Philippine Volcano May Erupt

An ominous glow from the Philippines’ most active volcano — Mount Mayon in the country’s Bicol region — has prompted an evacuation of more than 12,000 people from its surrounding areas. Mayon has erupted nearly 50 times in the past 600 years

An Air France Airbus A330 aircraft takes off at Charles-de-Gaulle airport

Massive Flight Cancellations as Air France Pilots Go on Strike

A weeklong workers' strike that began on Monday has caused Air France to cancel over half of its flights, as pilots protest the airline's cost-cutting plan to move much of its operations in Europe to a cheaper subsidiary and base some flights out of foreign countries

David Tovar

Walmart Spokesman Quits Over Résumé

Walmart’s vice president of communications David Tovar has said he will resign, after it was found that he represented himself as a graduate of the University of Delaware but in fact had no such degree. Neither Tovar nor Walmart has spoken publicly about the allegations

Alan Moore

New Alan Moore Comics Coming in December

The force behind Watchmen and V for Vendetta has a six-issue project in the works — a spinoff of Garth Ennis' sci-fi-horror series Crossed, which takes place approximately 100 years after the outbreak of a plague that reduces humanity to its most evil thoughts


Here’s the Best Way to Get Someone to Quit Smoking

A new study shows that the graphic tactic, in which companies use images of cancerous lungs and other head-turning pictures on their cigarette packaging to terrify smokers into kicking the habit, might not work so well and instead recommends a different strategy


Robin Thicke Didn't Really Write 'Blurred Lines'

Robin Thicke admitted in court that he didn't really help write the 2013 smash hit, in part because he was high on the painkiller Vicodin when the song was being written. Instead, Thicke testified, it was producer Pharrell Williams who really wrote the song