The Brief

Charlie Glover leaves a two foot tall path as he uses a snow blower to dig himself out of the snow on Jan. 27, 2015 in New Bedford, Mass.
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The Big Dig

New Englanders savaged by a blizzard packing knee-high snowfall and hurricane-force winds began digging out as New Yorkers and others spared its full fury questioned whether forecasts were overblown

Israeli soldiers stand next to a mobile artillery unit near the border with Syria in the Golan Heights, Jan. 28, 2015.

Hizballah Attack Kills 2 Israelis

At least two Israeli soldiers were killed when missiles were fired at an Israeli convoy on the Golan Heights from Lebanon on Wednesday

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gives the annual State of the State address on Jan. 13, 2015 in Trenton, New Jersey.

Meet the Kingmakers

A new analysis by the Center for Public Integrity reveals that the top 50 political contributors spent more than $440 million in 2014

An American Airlines plane is seen at the Miami International Airport in Miami in 2013.

Fake Twitter Bomb Threats to Airlines On the Rise

Airline bomb threats on Twitter have disrupted at least sixteen flights in the past five days, according to a new report. Just Tuesday, a tweet claiming to be from ISIS said there was a bomb on board an American Airlines flight in Chicago

Mother of ISIS captive Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh holds his picture as she takes part in a demonstration demanding that the Jordanian government negotiate with Islamic state and for the release of her son, in front of the prime minister's building in Amman, Jan. 27, 2015.

Jordan Ready for ISIS Prisoner Exchange

Jordan's information minister says his government is set to swap an Iraqi woman held in Jordan for a Jordanian pilot captured by extremists from the Islamic State group — but made no mention of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, who is also being held by ISIS

As Deadline On Debt Reduction Impasse Looms, Super Committee Meets Over Weekend

Budget Cuts Hit Red States Hardest, Say Analysts

Funding for a range of discretionary grant programs has fallen 40% in Republican states compared to a drop of only 25% in swing states or states that tend to support the Democrats, according to new research

Switzerland UN WHO

WHO Appoints New Africa Chief

The World Health Organization appointed Botswana’s Dr. Matshidiso Moeti to head its Africa region on Tuesday. The physician is tasked with revamping the organization’s operations on the continent in the wake of the Ebola outbreak

Old Solar System

Ancient Solar System Discovered

Astronomers have discovered an ancient solar system very similar to our own that dates back to the “dawn of the galaxy." Using NASA’s Kepler telescope, a team of international scientists found a star and five orbiting planets that are similar in size to Earth

Elton John Performs His First New Year's Eve Concert In New York City

Elton John to Do Musical-Drama Pilot for HBO

The music legend is producing the pilot of a musical drama to be named Virtuoso, set in 18th century Vienna. True Blood creator Alan Ball is set to write and direct the show, which follows a class of young musical prodigies at the Academy of Musical Excellence

Apple Introduces iPhone 5

Apple Shines With Record Earnings

A larger-than-expected bump in holiday iPhone sales propelled Apple to record sales and the best quarterly earnings of any company ever. The tech giant racked up $74.6 billion in revenue last quarter, a 29.5% gain on the same period a year before