The Brief

The sign of victory as people gather in the streets to celebrate after a deal had been reached between Hamas and Israel over a long-term end to seven weeks of fighting in the Gaza Strip on Aug. 26, 2014 in Gaza City.
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Gaza Cease-Fire Deal Reached

Truce ends the seven-week war between Israel and Hamas, but it's an open question whether longer-term political talks will resume. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he would soon present a plan to establish a Palestinian state along the 1967 lines

Napa Area Businesses Continue Recovery Effort From Earthquake

Calif. Eyes Early Quake Warning

California is looking to develop an early-warning system, and the quake that rocked the Napa area has brought new urgency to the project

Michael Brown Sr, yells out as his son's  casket is lowered into the ground at St. Peter's Cemetery in St. Louis

Ferguson's New Chapter

The town faces uncertainty as it figures out how to turn a tragic moment into a lasting movement in the days after Michael Brown's funeral

A man looks at his Apple iPad in front an Apple logo outside an Apple store in downtown Shanghai

Apple Slated to Launch Larger iPad in Early 2015: Reports

Apple has been developing larger touch-screen devices in order to turn around sluggish sales, inside sources told Bloomberg. The new 12.9-in. iPad will apparently be launched in the spring, following the company’s release of a larger 4-in. iPhone next month

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Journalist Held Captive in Syria Arrives in the U.S.

Peter Theo Curtis returned home to the U.S. on Tuesday, two days after being released by al-Nusra Front, the Syrian extremist group that held him hostage for 22 months. Curtis said he was "deeply indebted" to the U.S. officials who worked to get him released


Reports Say Snapchat Is Valued at Roughly $10 Billion

Multiple news outlets are reporting that Snapchat is raising funds from investors based on a $10 billion valuation for the disappearing-messaging service. If the reports are true, this represents an enormous valuation for a company that has effectively no revenue source

Actress Lake Bell arrives at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica

Lake Bell to Direct The Emperor's Children Film

Actress and promising auteur Lake Bell is booked to direct the film adaptation of Claire Messud’s 2006 novel The Emperor's Children, according to the Hollywood Reporter. But there is no word yet on when the movie will hit theaters

Fashion-Wearable Tech

The Polo Shirt Goes Polo Tech at the U.S. Open

Fashion guru Ralph Lauren has sought to morph trendy sportswear into wearable technology with the launch of the Polo Tech smart shirt, being debuted by some ball boys at this year’s U.S. Open tennis meet. The garment measures a wearer's heart rate, breathing and activity

Sheepdog herds flock

GPS Data Has Finally Solved the ‘Sheepdog Mystery’

With a GPS tracking device attached to its back, an Australian sheepdog has finally revealed how a single canine can control a rebellious flock, claim scientists. Researchers say a trained canine can turn a roaming multitude into a cohesive bunch by following two simple steps

Infant training

Doll Play Predicts Couples' Parenting Style, Study Finds

Researchers at the Ohio State University videotaped almost 200 dual-earner couples playing with a "doll" — actually pajamas filled with 7 lb. of rice and a green fabric head attached — that they were told represented the child they were about to have

85th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals

Dennis Kucinich Is Going to Burning Man

The former Democratic Representative from Ohio and two-time presidential candidate announced on Thursday on Twitter that he plans to speak at the annual celebration of self-expression, community and the arts held in Nevada's Black Rock Desert


SpaceX Delays Launch Days After Test Mishap

The private space firm founded by Elon Musk was set to launch the AsiaSat 6 satellite on its Falcon 9 rocket early on Tuesday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, but the launch was delayed 24 hours while the company reviews the failed test flight