The Brief

Barack Obama

Obama Decries Foley Beheading

Obama said the "entire world is appalled" by the death of kidnapped American journalist James Foley, whose death was depicted in a video Tuesday

Liberia Battles Spreading Ebola Epidemic

Clashes in Liberia Injure 4

The clashes happened after government laid barbed wire barricades around a densely populated slum in an attempt to contain the spread of Ebola

Gay Marriage

High Court Blocks Same-Sex Unions in Virginia

Same-sex couples will have to wait longer to begin marrying in Virginia after the U.S. Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to delay an appeals court ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban, granting a request from a county clerk in northern Virginia

Young Woman Meditating Beside a Pool

Study: Yoga Makes You A Quicker, Better Thinker

Practice hatha yoga consistently for eight weeks and you're likely to think faster and better remember things, whereas just stretching and toning yielded no improvement, according to a new eight-week study of more than 100 adults with ages ranging from 55 to 79

American Museum of the Moving Image Salutes Billy Crystal

Billy Crystal to Honor Robin Williams at Emmys

Crystal will honor the late comedian and actor, who was found dead on Aug. 11, during the “In Memoriam” portion of the show on Aug. 25, with musical accompaniment by Sara Bareilles. Last year, Williams honored Jonathan Winters during the same Emmy segment

Smoke and fire after an Israeli air strikes over Gaza City, on 20 August 2014.

Israeli Premier: ‘We Will Not Stop’ Gaza Operation

Benjamin Netanyahu made comments signaling that a protracted period of fighting could lie ahead, in a nationwide address Wednesday, a day after talks aimed at ending Israel's monthlong war against Hamas militants collapsed in failure

Neanderthal Man

Humans and Neanderthals Were Actually Neighbors

A new paper in Nature suggests Neanderthals went extinct over a period of between 2,600 and 5,400 years or so—twice as fast as anyone had thought. And yet they evidently coexisted with humans in Europe, though "spatially separated... like a mosaic"

Michael Sheen as Dr. William Masters and Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson in Masters of Sex (season 2, episode 3)

Showtime Renews Masters of Sex for a 3rd Season

Masters of Sex, based on the real lives of sex researchers and lovers William Masters and Virginia Johnson, has five Emmy nominations this year, including a best actress nomination for Lizzy Caplan, and averages about four million viewers per week across multiple platforms

Target Bob DeRhodes

Target Profits Tumble by 62% in Second Quarter

Underwhelming sales and the continuing fallout from last year's data breach have lowered the company's year-long earnings forecast. And same-store sales in the U.S. stayed flat, despite an aggressive promotional campaign to lure in customers with steep price discounts

Teen Computer

Poll: British Teenagers Extremely Skeptical of Porn's Value

Many teenagers in Britain think porn leads to unrealistic or damaging views about sex, according to a study released by a British think tank. Nearly 80 percent of the young women polled said that porn puts pressure on girls to look and act a certain way