The Brief

Lear Marijuana Pot Weed Private Security California

California's Private Pot Police

Security contractors in California are flying around in helicopters and wearing body armor, clearing illegal marijuana gardens from private property

Cardinals Deactivate Dwyer

Running back Jonathan Dwyer was deactivated by Arizona after he was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of aggravated assault

Mideast Syria

House Passes Bill to Train and Equip Syrian Rebels

The House passed legislation on Wednesday to authorize the training and equipping of Syrian rebels, approving a key part of President Barack Obama's strategy for fighting Islamist militants in the region. More than 70 members from each party voted against the bill

Petro Poroshenko, Arseniy Yatsenyuk

Ukraine: Moscow Welcomes More Autonomy for Separatists

Russia has welcomed a new Ukrainian law granting autonomy to separatist-held eastern regions as "a step in the right direction." However, some Kiev politicians criticize the move as unpatriotic, with former PM Yulia Tymoshenko threatening to challenge it in court

Texas Execution

Texas Executes Woman for Murder of 9-Year-Old

A Texas woman convicted of starving and torturing her girlfriend's 9-year-old son to death was executed on Wednesday. Lisa Coleman, the ninth person executed in Texas this year, was put to death after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a final appeal from her legal team

Electron micrograph of Ebola virus

Sierra Leone on Nationwide Lockdown During Ebola Crisis

Sierra Leone has begun a three-day nationwide lockdown as it struggles to contend with the Ebola virus’ unprecedented, lethal thrust across West Africa. But some experts fear such measures only spread mistrust and actually do more harm than good


Senate Passes Bill for Better Sunscreen

The passed bill requires the FDA to respond to current pending sunscreen ingredients within a shorter period of time — an important factor in ensuring that people have the most up-to-date ways to protect their skin from cancer-causing UVA rays

Occupy Wall Street Activists Mark 2 Year Anniversary Of Movement

Occupy Wall Street Activists Suing Over Twitter Account

A group of Occupy activists are suing one of their ex-members for locking them out of the group's Twitter account. "It is our wish that this person be stopped and not allowed to exploit any more people in his path," said member in a statement

Magdala Destima (left) a member of the United States Air Force from the Bahamas, Keith Bacchus, (center) a member of the U.S. Navy from Guyana and Emmanuel Cira (right) a member of the U.S. Navy from the Dominican Republic, take their oaths during a naturalization ceremony aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Barque Eagle in New York on August 5, 2011.

'So Help Me God' No Longer Required During Oath

The U.S. Air Force said Wednesday that enlisted members and officers are permitted to omit the phrase “so help me God” from their oaths if they so chose, after an airman who was prohibited from re-enlisting until he uttered the phrase threatened to sue last week

Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea Suing Ex-Boyfriend for Releasing Old Music

The Australian "Fancy" emcee alleges Maurice Williams (also a rapper) downloaded the contents of her computer without consent several years ago and has been using a forged contract to release some of the music he obtained

China's President Xi Jinping attends a meeting with Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro (unseen) at Miraflores Palace in Caracas on July 20, 2014.

Xi Jinping's New Delhi Visit Marred by Protests

China's President Xi Jinping arrived in New Delhi on Thursday, to be greeted by violent pro-Tibet demonstrations and reports that Chinese troops had crossed about 5 km into Indian territory. "There is an ongoing situation," an Indian army official told media