The Brief

California Wildfire

Thousands Evacuated in California Wildfires

Fire officials called for thousands of evacuations as numerous homes remained threatened by Northern California wildfires, while more than 9,000 firefighters battled 21 major fires in the state, officials said


Obama's 'Biggest' Move to Combat Climate Change

President Obama will unveil regulations to curtail greenhouse-gas emissions from power plants and eventually revamp the energy industry, which he bills as "the biggest, most important step" ever taken to address climate change

Apple Unveils iPhone 6

Apple Could Kill Voicemail for Good

Apple is testing a way for its phones' virtual assistant, Siri, to transcribe voicemails left on Apple iPhones to text that Apple's iCloud service sends to the voice mails' recipient. The process could do away with voicemails for altogether

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry talks with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim before their meeting at the Diwan Palace in Doha

John Kerry Pushes Iran Nuclear Deal With Gulf States

John Kerry will meet the foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the six-member bloc of Sunni-ruled Gulf Arab nations that fear Shiite Iran's increasing assertiveness in the region and the implications of the agreement

After Three Weeks Of Forced Closure Greek Banks Reopen Ahead Of Tax Rises

Athens Stock Exchange Drops 22.8% at Reopen

The Athens Stock Exchange reopened Monday morning to a huge loss, with the Athex dropping by 22.8% to 615.16 points — a total loss of 182.36 points — within minutes. Analysts blame Greek bank shares for the plunge

Child Food

Picky Eating in Kids Could Be a Sign of Distress

Parents of picky eaters take heart: New research suggests the problem is rarely worth fretting over, although in a small portion of kids it may signal emotional troubles that should be checked out

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Mission: Impossible Attracts Rogue Nation of Viewers

Mission: Impossible is still box-office gold. Rogue Nation debuted to a solid $56 million this weekend, exceeding expectations and outstripping everything else in theaters. Meanwhile, Vacation opened with an undercooked $14.9 million for the weekend

Kraft Challenges Starbucks' Attempt To End Agreement

Kraft Recalls Cheese Due to Plastic Problem

Kraft has recalled some American cheese singles after reports of several customers choking on plastic wrapping. Some sections of the plastic may remain connected to the cheese after it's unwrapped, causing three Americans to choke and 10 complaints


Drug-Testing Data Suggests Pervasive Cheating in Athletics

Doping in athletics is much more pervasive than previously believed, according to a recent investigation disputing the accuracy of drug tests carried out by the International Association of Athletics Federations. The World Anti-Doping Agency is investigating further

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This is Why Most Etsy Sellers are Women

According to the company’s second annual seller report, 86% of Etsy sellers are female. That’s a dramatic departure from overall trend: Only about a third of U.S. small businesses are women-owned

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Katie Ledecky Beats Her Own Swimming World Record

American teenager Katie Ledecky has improved her own world record in the 1,500-m freestyle at the swimming world championships. The 18-year-old Ledecky completed the marathon-like race in 15 minutes, 27.71 seconds