The Brief

Palestinian mourners cry at Gaza City's al-Shifa hospital after an explosion killed at least seven children in a public playground in the beachfront Shati refugee camp on July 28, 2014.
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Bloody Day in Gaza

A call by the UN Security Council for an immediate cease-fire failed to prevent violence, as Israel and Hamas traded blame on Monday for explosions at a refugee camp and hospital in Gaza that left at least 10 children dead and scores wounded

Ebola in Liberia

Liberia Closes Borders

All non-major entry points were sealed off in a bid to curb the largest Ebola outbreak on record that has killed scores in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone

A Dollar Tree store in Westminster, Colo., on Feb. 26, 2014.

Dollar Tree Now Has Fistful of Dollar Stores

The $8.5 billion cash-and-stock deal will give Dollar Tree more than 13,000 stores in North America, about three times as many as Wal-Mart Stores Inc.; the customer base for bargain retailers has been among the hardest hit by the recession and aftermath

Scarlett Johansson as Lucy

Lucy Out-Muscles Hercules for Weekend Box Office

This past weekend's debut of Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson as a drug mule out for revenge, brought in $44 million to mark a career-high for the actress as a lead; the thrilled easily overrun Hercules, starring Dwayne Johnson, which pulled in $29 million


Another Reason to Bump Fists, Not Shake Hands

Study says: It's healthier. New research to be published in the American Journal of Infection Control finds that greeting someone with your knuckles rather than shaking their whole hand—a much smaller contact area—results in the transfer of 90 percent fewer germs

Severe Weather

Tornado Rips Off Roofs, Downs Trees Near Boston

Severe storms that wreaked havoc across the eastern U.S. spawned a tornado north of Boston on Monday, causing extensive damage in coastal Revere, home to about 53,000, where roofs were ripped off buildings but no serious injuries reported

Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks

LeBron James to Bring Old Jersey Number Back

The four-time MVP announced on Sunday that he will ditch No. 6, which he wore during four seasons with the Heat, to return to jersey No. 23, which he wore as a high school standout and during his first seven seasons with the Cavaliers

Lightning strikes over downtown in Knoxville, Tenn., on July 27, 2014.

Tumultuous Storms Batter Millions Across U.S.

Severe weekend weather from New Hampshire to North Carolina and Michigan to Louisiana continued on Monday; six tornadoes were reported on Sunday, more than 200,000 customers were left without power and thousands of flights were canceled or delayed

An Uber app is seen on an iPhone in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Dec. 19, 2013.

Uber Patches Glitch That Let Riders See Client Rating

A software engineer revealed step-by-step instructions on how to find your client ranking, via some very quick skullduggery on Uber's mobile website. But the app's software team quickly repaired the glitch and passenger rankings are once again controversially private

From right: Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Richard Blumenthal during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on July 24, 2014.

Veterans Affairs Reform Deal Struck

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Florida Rep. Jeff Miller have struck a deal to reform the scandal-plagued department, addressing long patient wait times and dishonest federal employees who have doctored records to make hospitals appear more efficient

2014 Winter TCA Tour - Day 2

Sarah Palin Unveils Online TV Network

The former VP candidate will be the star of her own Internet TV network, likely geared toward a conservative audience, after Sunday night's launch of The Sarah Palin Channel; in an introductory video, she digs at the status quo of information and politics in the U.S.