The Brief

From left: David J. Phillip—AP; Carlos Osorio—AP
Colombia Peace

Colombia and FARC Rebels to Sign Peace Accord

Colombia will take a big step toward emerging from its long nightmare of bloody violence when the government and the country's largest rebel movement sign a peace accord that emerged from four hard years of negotiations

Teachers picket outside Morgan Park High School in Chicago, Sept. 17, 2016.

Chicago Teachers Vote to Authorize Strike

Teachers in the nation's third-largest school district announced that they have overwhelming support for a strike, but several steps remain before a possible walkout could take place next month

Arnold Palmer Portrait

Arnold Palmer Dies at 87

Golfing legend Arnold Palmer, who took seven major titles between 1958 and 1964, died on Sunday at 87. The Associated Press named him “athlete of the decade,” and he was instrumental in turning sports into a marketing force

flying high. Commercial jet at altitude

Governments Take Aim at Aviation Emissions

Negotiators from around the world will craft a framework to limit future aviation emissions at a conference in Montreal this week in what they hope will be a significant step toward addressing climate change

A Houston Police Department investigator photographs a vehicle that received gunshot damage at a scene where nine were wounded in a strip mall shooting on Sept. 26, 2016 in Houston.

Gunman Shot by Police After Opening Fire at Houston Mall

Nine people were shot and wounded, one critically, in a Houston neighborhood by a lawyer who had issues with his law firm, authorities said. Police shot the man, whom authorities did not immediately identify and who later died at the scene

The tops of mailboxes barely break the surface of floodwaters from the Cedar River in the North Cedar neighborhood of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Sept. 24, 2016.

Iowa Prepares for Floods as Waters Inch Toward 23′

The Iowa floods are expected to reach levels comparable to 2008 flooding, which caused $10 billion worth of damage and left one person dead. Major flooding and mud slides have already caused damage in Wisconsin where two men died last week

Protesters Demonstrate Against Police Shooting During Panthers Football Game In Charlotte

Charlotte's Mayor Lifts City-wide Curfew

Charlotte's mayor has lifted a curfew following days of protests over the killing of a black man by police. A group of around 100 demonstrators gathered to keep up the pressure in the aftermath of the death of Keith Lamont Scott

Mexico Tanker Fire

Fuel Tanker Fire Extinguished Off Mexico's Gulf Coast

As the Burgos stopped burning a day after it erupted in flames, state-owned company Petroleos Mexicanos said the tanker's double hull had prevented a fuel spill. Meanwhile a mile of containment booms were deployed to prevent fuel from reaching the coast