The Brief

South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Pistorius holds the hands of family members after being sentenced at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria
Herman Verwey—Reuters

Pistorius Gets 5 Years in Prison

Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for the 2013 killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, eliciting charges of injustice in his native South Africa. Pistorius had claimed he thought an intruder lurked inside his Pretoria home

Professor Adrian Hill, Director of the Jenner Institute, and Chief Investigator of the trials, holds a phial containing the Ebola vaccine at the Oxford Vaccine Group Centre for Clinical Vaccinology and Tropical Medicine (CCVTM) in Oxford, southern England on Sept. 17, 2014.

Ebola Vaccine Tests May Be Soon

The World Health Organization said Tuesday that vaccine tests could begin in the next few weeks and be ready for clinical trials in West Africa by January

An airport worker fuels a JetBlue plane on the tarmac of the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York

Airlines Hike Prices

The five biggest U.S. airlines upped their base fare on domestic flights despite falling fuel prices and apprehension over the possible spread of Ebola

2014 Medal Carnegie Hall Of Excellence Gala Honoring Oscar De La Renta - Concert

Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta Dies at Age 82

World-renowned fashion designer Oscar de la Renta passed away on Monday at the age of 82. He died after a long battle with cancer, with which he was diagnosed in 2006. De la Renta shot to fame in the 1960s after he dressed First Lady Jackie Kennedy

Kurdish people observe smoke rising from the Syrian town of Kobani following an explosion as seen from the southeastern Turkish village of Mursitpinar in the Sanliurfa province on October 20, 2014.

Turkey Says It Helps Kurdish Fighters Enter Syria

Turkey claimed to help Iraqi Kurdish fighters cross into Syria to support others battling ISIS in the border town of Kobani, but activists said no forces had arrived by Monday evening, raising questions about whether the mission was really underway

Staples To Close 225 Stores

Staples Investigates Possible Credit Card Data Breach

The world's biggest office-supply retailer acknowledged Tuesday it was investigating reports of a possible data breach of customers' credit cards after banks detected a pattern of unusual charges concentrating on a group of shoppers in the northeast

Donald Sterling, V. Stiviano

Donald Sterling Withdraws Lawsuit Against the NBA

The former L.A. Clippers owner will no longer pursue his case against NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Sterling's wife, Shelly, which had accused both parties of fraud and of inflicting "severe emotional damage" during his forced sale of the team earlier this year

Brain scan, MRI scan

Scientists Find Out Why Some People Are 'Sad' in Winter

Scientists at the University of Copenhagen, who studied brain scans from more than 30 subjects, found that season affective disorder (SAD) patients had different levels of a neurotransmitter that regulates serotonin in their brains during winter and summer months

A protester holds an umbrella during a performance on a main road in the occupied areas outside government headquarters in Hong Kong's Admiralty in Hong Kong, Oct. 9, 2014.

Hong Kong's Minorities Join Democracy Protests

Tens of thousands of Hong Kongers have flooded the streets since the end of September, demanding free elections in the Special Administrative Region of China. Among the crowds are many ethnic minorities, who insist that they too belong to the Umbrella Revolution

A man stands outside JP Morgan Chase's corporate headquarters on Aug. 12, 2014 in New York City.

European Commission Fines Banking Cartel $120 Million

The European Commission levied a $120 million fine against three major banks Tuesday for manipulating key interest rates. JPMorgan incurred the largest fine, at $79 million, and UBS and Credit Suisse will pay $16 million and $12 million, respectively

Close-up of a man's hand holding a digital tablet

Amazon and Simon & Schuster Reach Deal Over E-Books

Amazon and Simon & Schuster have reached a multiyear agreement over the sale of print and digital books following the online retail giant's falling out with the Hachette Book Group. The publisher will set its own prices for e-books, while Amazon will promote titles