The Brief

APTOPIX WWCup US Germany Soccer

U.S. Heads to World Cup Final With 2-0 Win Over Germany

Carli Lloyd buried a penalty kick, Hope Solo got another shutout and the United States beat top-ranked Germany 2-0 on Tuesday night to advance to the title match at the Women's World Cup. "Just slotted it home. I knew what I had to do," Lloyd said

Security forces and rescue teams examine the wreckage of an Indonesian military C-130 Hercules transport plane after it crashed into a residential area in the North Sumatra city of Medan, Indonesia

Indonesian Plane Crash Toll Rises to 141

Officials said early Wednesday that the death toll from Tuesday's military plane crash on the Indonesian island of Sumatra had risen. "We have received 141 bodies," a police official named Agustinus Tarigan told Agence France-Presse at a local hospital

Celebrity Sightings In Los Angeles - April 24, 2015

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Split Up

The Hollywood power couple, who met on the set of Daredevil in 2003, announced their divorce Tuesday, just one day after their 10-year anniversary. "After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce," they said

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announces his candidacy for the 2016 Presidential nomination during a rally a he Pontchartrain Center on June 24, 2015 in Kenner, Louisiana.

Why 2016 Campaign Spending Is Heating Up Now

Unlike previous presidential elections, outside spending in the 2016 race is already heating up as super PACs try to boost name recognition so their candidates can make the cut at the all-important first debate.

A Greek national flag flutters atop a building as dark clouds fill the sky in Athens on June 30, 2015.

Greeks Fear a 'Haircut' on Their Savings

In the wake of a national default, many Greeks fear a "haircut" or deposit tax that would reduce their savings, causing phones to ring off the hook at accounting firms across the country.

Key Speakers At The 2015 Milken Conference

California Governor Signs Mandatory Vaccine Law

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a mandatory school vaccination bill into law Tuesday, abolishing the "personal belief" exemption that many parents use as a loophole to avoid vaccinating their children

American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa credit cards are displayed for a photograph in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, May 18, 2010. Credit-card firms caught off-guard by U.S. Senate passage of curbs on debit fees are facing what one executive sees as a "volcanic" eruption of legislation, including possible limits on interest rates. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Mastercard Stops Business With

Mastercard has agreed to withdraw as an ad payment option on the adult section of, after Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart asked credit card companies to pull support from a site that is often used for trafficking and prostitution

Vatican Pope Francis'

Inside Pope Francis’ U.S. Trip Schedule

On Tuesday morning, the Vatican and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops released the official schedule for the trip. Predictably, it is packed. Pope Francis will visit Cuba and the U.S. from Sept. 19-28, four days in Cuba, five in the U.S.

A clean-up volunteer scoops plastic waste at an open sewer in Manila on May 4, 2015. Non-governmental environmental groups are calling for national legislation to prevent plastic waste that clog waterways.

1 in 3 People Worldwide Don't Have Proper Toilets

About 2.4 billion people — or roughly one-third of the world's population — still lack access to proper toilets, according to a report published Tuesday by the World Health Organization and UNICEF