The Brief

French-Polish film director Roman Polanski arrives to attend a press conference at the Bonarowski Palace Hotel on October 30, 2015 in Krakow, Poland.

Poland Will Not Extradite Roman Polanski to the U.S.

Poland will not extradite Oscar-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski to the U.S. to serve a sentence for unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl after prosecutors declined to challenge a court ruling against it

Retailers Open On Thanksgiving Evening, Starting Black Friday Sales Early

Holiday Shoppers Get a Head Start

Black Friday used to kick off the holiday shopping season, but now Thanksgiving Day is the tradition for some shoppers. Overall, the National Retail Federation predicted about 30 million people would be shopping on Thanksgiving

Musical guest Adele performs on Saturday Night Live in New York City on Nov. 21, 2015.

Adele's 25 Surges Past 3 Million in Sales in the U.S.

On Tuesday, iAdele’s 25 broke the single-week sales record previously held by *NSYNC’s No Strings Attached, which sold 2.416 million in the U.S. when released in March 2000. Now Billboard reports that 25 has surpassed 3 million sales

Drought Hits South Africa

Support for Climate-Change Deal Falters: Poll

A new poll released ahead of the U.N.-led climate change conference in Paris says that global support for a climate change deal has slipped in recent years. Less than half of the people surveyed in 20 countries considered climate change a "very serious" issue

Malian soldiers and special forces stand guard at the entrance the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako on November 20, 2015.

Mali Arrests 2 Over Bamako Hotel Attack

Malian special forces have arrested two men over last week's attack on a luxury hotel in the capital that killed 19 people, which was claimed by the al-Mourabitoun extremist group, according to a statement distributed by the government


Saudi Arabia to Behead 50 on Terrorism Charges

Authorities in Saudi Arabia are preparing to behead 50 men convicted on charges of terrorism, reports say. Among them are political activists who were arrested before they turned 18. Amnesty International has condemned the move

A Caltrans snowplow clears Highway 88 in Woodford, California

Ice Throws Thanksgiving Into a Skid for Travelers

The rain that swamped the middle of the United States was running into a frigid weather system sweeping from the north, setting up a holiday weekend travel nightmare. "This storm is really going to be an ice and rain maker" a forecaster said

A woman, supporter of Bulgarian ultra-nationalist Ataka party, holds a picture of downed Russian president Vladimir Putin during a protest supporting Russia in front of the Turkish embassy in Sofia on November 26, 2015. Tensions have soared between Moscow and Ankara following the downing of the Russian jet on the Syrian border on November 24. Moscow has already warned its nationals against visiting Turkey and stepped up controls of Turkish agricultural imports. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFFDIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images

Russia Plans Sanctions on Turkey

Russia plans to retaliate against Turkey for the downing of a warplane by imposing sanctions, cutting economic ties and scrapping major investment projects, threatening billions of dollars of trade as well as further complicating the Syrian conflict

Actor Paul Walker walks the runway at the Samuel Cirnansck show during Sao Paulo Fashion Week Summer on March 21, 2013 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Paul Walker's Father Sues Porsche

In the court documents, the actor's father — who is the executor of Walker's estate — alleges that the Porsche Carrera GT lacked safety features that could have saved the lives of Walker and his friend Roger Rodas

Pope Francis blesses the crowd at the Church of Saint Joseph the worker in the Nairobi shanty town of Kangemi on November 27, 2015 in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

Pope Calls Slum Conditions in Nairobi an Injustice

Pope Francis denounced the conditions slum-dwellers are forced to live in during a visit to one of Nairobi's many shantytowns , saying that access to safe water is a human right and that everyone should have adequate housing.