The Brief

A protester holds up a placard which reads "Peace is our greatest weapon", outside the venue of the official flag-raising ceremony for celebrations of China's National Day, in Hong Kong

HK Protests Cloud National Day

Chaotic scenes stole the show from Chinese National Day celebrations in Hong Kong on Wednesday, as thousands of pro-democracy activists set up camp

California Legalizes Bitcoin

Calif. Enacts Gun-Safety Law

California residents can now petition a judge to temporarily remove a close relative's firearms if they fear their family member will commit gun violence

BESTPIX US And Arab Allies Launch Airstrikes Against ISIL In Syria

The Cost of War Against ISIS Nears $1 Billion

U.S. military operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) have cost up to $930 million as of Sept. 24, according to a report released Monday. That figure is set to rise as the Pentagon's air campaign broadens

Cast member Kristen Stewart poses on the red carpet as she leaves after the screening of the film "Sils Maria"  in competition at the 67th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes

Twilight to Get Facebook Release

Lionsgate and Twilight author Stephenie Meyer will rekindle the vampire-themed saga with a series of films posted on Facebook. The short films are to be made by aspiring female film directors selected by a group of female panelists, including actress Kristen Stewart

Barack Obama

Ex-Con Rode Elevator With President Obama

An armed security contractor with three prior criminal convictions was allowed to ride with Obama, a violation of Secret Service protocol. Reports add another line to the program's growing list of blunders, the focus of congressional scrutiny

Afghanistan

Taliban Suicide Bombers Kill 7 in Kabul, Wound 21

Taliban suicide bombers struck two buses carrying Afghan soldiers in Kabul early on Wednesday, killing seven people and wounding 21, just a day after the signing of a key U.S.-Afghan security pact. The deal allows U.S. forces to remain in the country past 2014

Crouching Tiger

AMC Theaters Will Boycott New Netflix Film

AMC joined two other major theater chains, Regal and Cinemark, that are refusing to show Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, which Netflix produced with Weinstein Co. Together, the three chains operate 247 of the 400 IMAX theaters in North America

Bell Gardens Mayor Shot

California Mayor Shot to Death by Wife, Investigators Say

The mayor of the Los Angeles–area city of Bell Gardens, Calif., was shot and killed on Tuesday during what authorities said was a domestic dispute with his wife and son. Daniel Crespo Sr. was mayor of the town of about 42,000 people

A rebel fighter walks on a street in the Syrian city of Aleppo following a reported bombardment with explosive-packed "barrel bombs" by the government forces on April 27, 2014

The Challenges of Turning Syria's Rebels Into a Fighting Force

American efforts are aimed at degrading ISIS’s infrastructure and capabilities, but the U.S. has ruled out putting any of its own troops on the ground in Syria. Instead, the plan is to arm and train moderate rebels there, which is proving difficult

Panama Gehry Museum

Panama Opens Frank Gehry–Designed Museum

Panama has opened a biodiversity museum designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry. It's his first project in Latin America and a long time coming, construction having started in 1999. The Biomuseo presents a tour of the Central American nation’s diverse ecosystems

Approximately 1500 walrus gather on the northwest coast of Alaska on Sept. 23, 2014

Tens of Thousands of Walruses Gather in Alaska

Nearly 35,000 walruses were discovered this month on a northwest Alaskan shore as result of being unable to find sea ice to rest upon, a problem aggravated by climate change, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration