The Brief

U.S. Adds 209,000 Jobs in July

The new figure neither meets the 233,000 jobs that some analysts expected, nor did it prevent unemployment from slightly rising to 6.2%

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The Key to Containing Ebola

A former CDC official says curbing the outbreak—720 dead in West Africa—is a "huge logistical undertaking" but that good old-fashioned legwork is crucial

Beats Is Now Officially Part of the Apple 'Family'

The tech giant has closed its biggest-ever acquisition to bring high-end headphone maker and music-streaming service Beats into the company; Apple reportedly offered jobs to all Beats employees but conceded that some of them were for a "limited period" only

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Congress Stalls on Immigration as Time Runs Out

Republicans in the Senate stymied a bill that would have allotted $2.7 billion to resolving the issue of Central American minors illegally crossing the border, delaying Congress' August recess by one day for an issue that many politicians have deemed a national crisis

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Philly Narcotics Cops Arrested in Corruption Probe

The FBI arrested six Philadelphia officers in an ongoing federal corruption probe and charged them with stealing more than a half-million dollars worth of property, drugs and cash between February 2006 and November 2012


Cantor to Resign Months Before Term Ends

Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, whose term would have continued through a lame duck session until January, said he is stepping down on Aug. 18 and has asked Virginia's governor for a special election in November to pick his replacement

Director Spike Jonze attends the Premiere of HBO's "Vice" Season 2 at El Rey Theatre on March 13, 2014 in Los Angeles.

Spike Jonze Set to Appear in Next Season of Girls

There's not much information yet, but a sneak peek behind the fourth season of HBO's Girls, due to air in 2015, includes the Her writer and director making a guest appearance as a character called Marcos

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This Shark Didn't Tank: Sharknado 2 Reels in Viewers

The campy action/comedy by Syfy drew 3.9 million viewers on Wednesday night, 183% more than the 1.4 million people who tuned in for the original in July 2013, beating CBS's Halle Berry drama Extant and Fox's So You Think You Can Dance

Chandrakant Zanjare, who said he lost 13 family members to a landslide, wails near the site where his house stood in Malin village, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra on Aug. 1, 2014.

Search teams continue to dig through the mud from an evening landslide on Wednesday that buried the small village of Malin in western India as the death toll has reached 66, nearly half of its residents; officials said no survivors have been found in the past 48 hours

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Ex-Leaders of Gay Conversion Movement Apologize

Nine former leaders of a movement that works to convince men and women that they could stop being gay, lesbian, or bisexual through suppression and therapy have apologized and are joining a campaign to expand state bans on conversion therapy

A rooftop view shows a road after an explosion in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan

Gas Explosions Kill 25, Injure 267 in Taiwan

A series of underground gas explosions killed 25 people and injured 267 others late on Thursday in Kaohsiung, Taiwan's second-largest city. The director of the Central Disaster Emergency Operation Center said the leaking gas was most likely to be propene