The Brief

Consumers Shop At An Apple Inc. Store Ahead Of Earnings Figures

One Big Apple

Tech giant reports beat analyst expectations with strong sales of iPhones and Mac computers. Sales of iPads fell, however

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Mexican Feds Take Over Town

Authorities learned of possible connections between local law enforcement and organized crime during an investigation into the disappearance of 43 students

The new Banksy depicting the painting 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' by Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer is see on a wall in Bristol Harbourside, England on Oct. 20, 2014.

Banksy Parodies Girl with a Pearl Earring in New Painting

The famous and elusive street artist has parodied Johannes Vermeer's famous Girl with a Pearl Earring in a new painting in the English city of Bristol. Banksy posted a picture of the work, reportedly titled Girl with a Pierced Eardrum, to his website

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Amazon and Simon & Schuster Reach Deal Over E-Book Prices

Amazon and Simon & Schuster have reached a multi-year agreement over the sale and pricing of print and digital books following the online retail giant's falling out with the Hachette Book Group. The publisher will set its own prices for e-books, while Amazon will promote titles

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Toys R Us ‘Breaks Bad’ With New Crystal Meth Toys

Parents aren't happy that the toy retailer is selling drug dealer dolls, complete with bags of crystal meth and sacks of cash, a la Walter White in Breaking Bad. A petition for the chain to pull the dolls had attracted signatures more than 2,200 supporters Monday

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Microsoft CEO: We Pay Men and Women Equally

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who was criticized earlier this month for saying women should not ask for raises, said Monday that his company pays men and women equally, though that's difficult to verify, as Microsoft does not make its pay structure public

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Turkey to Help Iraqi Kurds Join Fight Against ISIS in Syria

Turkey, which has come under pressure to increase its support for the coalition battling fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, said Monday that it will help Iraqi Kurdish fighters cross its border to fight the militants who have besieged a Syrian city

Slava Voynov of the Los Angeles Kings celebrates with the Stanley Cup after the Kings 3-2 double overtime victory against the New York Rangers in Game Five of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 13, 2014 in Los Angeles.

NHL Suspends Kings Player

The NHL suspended defenseman Slava Voynov indefinitely after he was arrested on domestic violence charges Monday morning. There were no immediate details on the exact nature of Voynov's arrest. He will continue to be paid while suspended

Rapper Pitbull performs at Staples Center on Oct. 10, 2014 in Los Angeles.

Pitbull to Host American Music Awards on Nov. 23

The platinum-selling rapper will perform at the event at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, to air live on ABC, Dick Clark Productions announced Monday. Later that week, he'll perform during the halftime show on Thanksgiving Day when the Dallas Cowboys play the Philadelphia Eagles

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Rioting Keene State Students May Be Expelled

The New Hampshire school will take serious action against students who participated in recent riots at an annual pumpkin festival. College President Anne Huot said authorities were “actively working to identify the individuals who participated in unlawful behavior"

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Football Players Recall Abusive Hazing at N.J. High School

Older players on the Sayreville War Memorial High School team, which has drawn national headlines for a hazing scandal, allegedly pinned younger players to the floor and punched, kicked and sexually groped their bodies, according to a new report