The Brief

U.S. President Obama delivers a speech at the Andrew P. Sanchez Community Center in Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Louisiana
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Obama Praises Big Easy

President Obama called New Orleans a beacon of resilience and strength, a city swiftly moving forward in the wake of an epic tragedy just days before the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, one of the Gulf regions’ most devastating storms

FDA Approves New Cholesterol-Lowering Drug

The U. S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new drug for treating high cholesterol levels. Evolocumab, called Repatha, is made by Amgen and is the second of a new class of lipid-lowering agents that are hitting the market

Woody Allen at "Irrational Man" press conference

Why Neurotics Might Be More Creative

A new theory suggests that the connection between neuroticism and creativity may come down to how neurotic people daydream. People whose minds tend to get stuck on a problem may be more likely to figure out a creative solution

Tropical Storm Erika is pictured in the Atlantic Ocean northeast of Venezuela in this NASA handout satellite photo

Tropical Storm Erika Kills 4 People in Dominica

Streets across Dominica turned into fast-flowing rivers that swept up cars as Tropical Storm Erika pummeled the eastern Caribbean island, unleashing landslides and killing at least four people as it headed towards Florida

County of Los Angeles Sheriff's Lt. Chris Marks poses wearing the Taser Axon Flex, on-officer camera system attached to glasses in Monterey Park on Sept. 17, 2014.

L.A. Police to Launch Largest Body Cam Program in U.S.

The LAPD, which has been studying the technology for two years, will begin introducing the first batch of a total of 7,000 cameras next week. The first 860 cameras, purchased by the department for around $1.5 million, will be gradually deployed over the next month

Customers are served at a McDonald's in Times Square in New York on July 23, 2015.

Labor Board Ruling Could Boost Fast Food Unions

The ruling makes it easier for workers at McDonald's and other fast food chains to negotiate with the corporation, not just the individual location where they work. However, some worry it could make the franchise businesses more difficult

In this image released by Disney, a scene is shown from the upcoming film, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," expected in theaters on Dec. 18, 2015.

New Star Wars Footage Shows Another Lightsaber

Star Wars' official Instagram account uploaded new footage from The Force Awakens, showing a new angle on previously seen clips and one of the movie's potential heroes activating a blue lightsaber

WDBJ Anchors Pay Silent Tribute to Their Slain Colleagues

A day after two of their colleagues were killed during a live broadcast, Virginia television station WDBJ honored them with a moment of silence. The three anchors were visibly emotional as they honored the lives of journalist Alison Parker and camera operator Adam Ward

Austria migrants

Austria Police Find Up to 50 Dead Bodies in Truck

Police discovered the partially decomposed bodies of up to 50 migrants piled up in a truck parked on the shoulder of an Austrian highway leading from the Hungarian border. Police official Hans Peter Doskozil said the truck had Hungarian license plates