The Brief


Trump Sends Top Aides to Wary Mexico

President Donald Trump has dispatched his top diplomat and homeland security chief to Mexico, where they will face a Mexican government anxiously rethinking its relationship with its more powerful neighbor. Ties between the countries have nosedived under Trump

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

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

SpaceX launches supplies to space station

SpaceX ISS Shipment Delayed Due to Error

A navigation error forced SpaceX to delay its shipment to the International Space Station, following an otherwise flawless flight from NASA's historic moon pad. SpaceX's supply ship was less than a mile from the outpost when a problem cropped up in the GPS system

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