The Brief

The packaging process at the Amazon fulfillment center in Tracy, Calif. on Nov. 21, 2014.
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Prime Numbers

Amazon's fourth-quarter earnings beat analysts' expectations but missed on revenue. The Internet retail giant turned a profit of $214 million, a stark reversal from last quarter. The big number is 53%, or the increase in paid membership, worldwide, for Amazon Prime

Senate Votes On Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

Keystone Bill Passes Senate

The Senate passed a bill Thursday that would authorize construction of a pipeline linking the Canadian tar sands with Gulf Coast oil refineries

Armed police officers stand outside the Grand Mosque on Jan. 9, 2015 in Paris.

Europe's Gun-Smuggling Problem

Police quickly traced the source in the Paris attacks but stopping criminals and other jihadist cells from acquiring assault weapons might not be so easy

Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks speaks during a Super Bowl XLIX media event on Jan. 28, 2015 in Chandler, Arizona.

Seahawks Star's Son Due Super Bowl Weekend

Richard Sherman said he has not thought about the possibility of skipping the Super Bowl for the birth of his son. Sherman's girlfriend in Arizona, Ashley Moss, is pregnant with their first child and expected to give birth within the next week

Apple Unveils iPhone 6

Apple Zeros In on Samsung's Smartphone Sales

Apple’s latest earning report reveals that the company may have finally beat Samsung’s historical advantage of individual smartphone sales. Apple sold a record 74.5 million iPhones last quarter, while Samsung said it sold between 71 and 76 million smartphones


Deadly Gas Explosion Rocks Mexico City Children's Hospital

A powerful gas tank truck explosion shattered a maternity and children's hospital in Mexico City on Thursday, killing at least three adults and one baby and injuring dozens. The blast apparently was caused by a leak in the hose carrying gas from the truck to the hospital

Baker Hall stands on the campus of Dartmouth College, the sm

Dartmouth Bans Hard Alcohol on Campus

Dartmouth President Philip Hanlon said on Thursday that all students, regardless of age, would be banned from consuming and possessing hard alcohol on campus, while warning the college’s fraternities that they would need to reform or disband

Jack Ma, billionaire and chairman of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Jan. 23, 2015.

Alibaba Takes a Dive on Disappointing Earnings

Shares in the Chinese e-commerce giant slumped 10% early Thursday after a quarterly earnings call missed expectations — but more seriously, Chinese regulators accused the company of selling fake goods and misleading customers

Mike Pence

Indiana Gov. Backs Away From State-Run News

Gov. Mike Pence was widely criticized after recently announcing a plan to launch “Just IN,” a website that would include hard news stories written by press secretaries and described in internal memos as competing with other media outlets

An Indonesian diver and an official examine the wreckage from AirAsia flight QZ8501 after it was lifted into the Crest Onyx ship at sea, near Indonesia on Jan. 10, 2015.

Co-Pilot Was Flying AirAsia Flight When It Crashed

Indonesian investigators have concluded that the co-pilot of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 was controlling the plane before it crashed in the Java Sea. The plane, which crashed en route from Surabaya to Singapore on December 28, had 162 people on board

Afghan relatives weep for the victims as they arrive at the hospital following a suicide attack which targeted funeral prayers in Mehtarlam city, of Laghman province on Jan. 29, 2014.

Kabul Suicide Bomber Strikes Funeral For Taliban Victims

Sixteen people were killed and 39 wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up among mourners gathered for a funeral on Thursday. The funeral was for a police commander and three other people killed earlier in the day in a roadside bombing