The Brief

Crisis Talks On Ukraine Are Held In Geneva
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Sanctions Against Russia Ready

John Kerry accused the Russian government of "distraction, deception and destabilization" in eastern Ukraine Thursday, laying the groundwork for the U.S. to impose painful economic sanctions and warning that the "window to change course is closing"

Merida's Royal Celebration

Disney World's Homeless Issue

At the "happiest place on earth," many minimum wage employees at the theme park and other local businesses say they can't afford the area's high rent

Benjamin Netanyahu

Peace Talks Mired in Doubt

Analysts say Netanyahu's announcement that Israel was suspending negotiations with the Palestinians could simply be a tactical move

Premiere Of Open Road Films' "Justin Bieber's Believe" - Arrivals

Justin Bieber Detained by Customs at LAX

Sorry folks, but it doesn't look like he's being deported. The singer was held for "routine secondary questioning," spending two hours at the airport while his entourage waited for him, after he arrived on a flight from Tokyo

Pope Francis Visits The Church of St. Ignatius

Pope's Private Conversations Aren't Church Policy

The Vatican denies that the pope wants to change the rule on whether divorcees and their new spouses can take the sacrament, after he reportedly told an Argentine woman whose first marriage had ended in divorce that she could take communion

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VICE Journalist Freed in Ukraine

Simon Ostrovsky, a reporter for VICE News, was freed on Thursday evening by the militants who captured him during his reporting trip in eastern Ukraine. The militants in Slavyansk are still holding numerous prisoners, including Ukrainian journalists

The Surprising Damage of a Misdemeanor

Convictions for misdemeanors like drug possession often trigger the same longterm consequences in the form of legal hindrances that felonies do. And there are fewer ways to remove them from criminal records

A Google trademark is reflected in Apple logo in this photo illustration taken in Berlin

Google and Apple Settle in Wage Fixes Lawsuit

Four major tech companies, including Intel and Adobe as well, were accused of agreeing not to poach each other's employees in order to drive down wages. The companies admitted to having a no-hire agreement but denied that wages was their motivation

A woman smokes an "Blu" e-cigarette in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 25, 2013.

E-Cig Execs Thrilled With FDA Rules

Makers of e-cigarettes have hailed proposed new FDA regulations as fair and moderate and a sign of a business-friendly approach. "They’ve hit the ball right down the middle of the fairway," says Miguel Martin, president of Logic Premium Electronic Cigarettes

Asian workers wear mouth and nose masks while on duty during a football match at the King Fahad stadium, on April 22, 2014 in Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia Reports 4 More MERS Deaths

Nearly 300 people have been infected so far, including a 65-year-old Turkish pilgrim in Mecca, a city to which millions of Muslims will make the Hajj later this year, worrying health experts about the virus's spread internationally

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FDA Approves a More Precise HPV Test

A new human papillomavirus DNA test for women aged 25 or older uses samples of women's cervical cells to look for 14 high-risk HPV strains, specifically at the strains with the greatest risk for developing into cervical cancer

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NY Super PAC Limits Abolished

A Federal judge ruled that state restrictions could not overcome First Amendment scrutiny, given Supreme Court's stance on campaign finance