The Brief

Demonstrators hold a banner during a march to protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's proposed border wall, and to call for unity, in Mexico City, Mexico
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Mexico: We Won't Play by U.S. Rules

As Tillerson and Kelly arrive in Mexico, its government has signaled it is in no mood to be lectured by the new U.S. administration. Foreign minister Luis Videgaray insisted that his country would not "accept unilateral decisions imposed by one government on another"

President Donald Trump Meets With Economic Advisors

The Bathroom Battle Is Back

The Trump Administration took what LGBT-rights groups view as a big step back from protecting transgender students when it rolled back Obama-era guidelines that advised schools to allow transgender bathroom access

Scott Pruitt

Emails Show EPA Chief's Close Ties to Fossil Fuel Industry

While serving as Oklahoma's attorney general, new Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt coordinated closely with fossil-fuel companies and special interest groups that were working to undermine federal efforts to curb planet-warming carbon emissions, newly released emails show

Dave Brat

GOP Politicians Face Anger at Town Halls

GOP members of Congress returning home for town halls found protesters angry with President Trump, probing lawmakers to see if they will veer from his more controversial stands, and if they will promise coverage for those served by the Affordable Care Act

An artist’s impression of three of the seven planets orbiting Trappist-1. One planet is in the foreground; the other is a small silhouette as it transits the red dwarf star; the third is a tiny crescent off to the right.

NASA: Single Star Is Home to At Least 7 Earthlike Planets

NASA has announced that a single star relatively close to Earth is home to no fewer than seven Earthlike planets. If you're looking for extraterrestrial life, there may be no place better, according to the new findings published in Nature


North Korea Says That It Did Not Kill Kim Jong Nam

North Korea denies its agents masterminded the assassination of the half brother of leader Kim Jong Un, saying a Malaysian investigation into the death is full of "holes and contradictions." The statement comes a day after Malaysian police said they were seeking two more North Korean suspects

Jewish cemetery vandalized

Muslims Support Jewish Families After Vandalism

A Muslim-American group in the U.S. helped raise more than $77,000 in a single day to help a historic Jewish cemetery in Missouri repair hundreds of gravesites desecrated in what is being condemned as an apparent act of anti-Semitism

Campers set structures on fire in preparation of the Army Corp's 2pm deadline to leave the Oceti Sakowin protest camp on Feb. 22, 2017 in Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

Remnants of DAPL Camp Engulfed in Flames

Some of the last remnants of the Dakota Access pipeline protest camp went up in flames as opponents of the project set fire to makeshift wooden housing as part of a leaving ceremony ahead of a government deadline to get off the federal land

Charleston Church Shooting

Dylann Roof Drove Toward Second Black Church

Dylann Roof, who was convicted of killing nine worshippers during Bible study at a black church, drove toward a second black church after the shootings, according to South Carolina prosecutors who oversaw the federal case against him

Visitors At Trump Tower During President-Elect's Transition To The White House

The Steep Costs of Protecting Trump Tower

It cost New York City about $24 million to provide security at Trump Tower, President Donald Trump's skyscraper home in Manhattan, from Election Day to Inauguration Day, or $308,000 per day, New York's police commissioner said

Table And Chairs Arranged In Restaurant

Restaurants Are Suffering as People Eat Out Less

A third of U.S. adults are eating out less frequently than three months ago, mostly because of cost, according to a new survey that illustrates the challenge for U.S. restaurants seeking to revive traffic after zero growth in 2016