The Brief

Why Waiting Makes You Happy

Several studies published in the journal Psychological Science suggest that people are more excited when they wait to buy an experience

The sign of victory as people gather in the streets to celebrate after a deal had been reached between Hamas and Israel over a long-term end to seven weeks of fighting in the Gaza Strip on Aug. 26, 2014 in Gaza City.

Gaza Cease-Fire Deal Reached

The truce ends the seven-week war between Israel and Hamas, but it's an open question whether longer-term political talks will continue

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Time Warner Cable Outage Affects Users Nationwide

Reports of connectivity issues for Internet and television services emerged from coast to coast in the early hours of Wednesday, with some of the blackouts spanning several hours and customer hotlines returning busy signals

Napa Area Businesses Continue Recovery Effort From Earthquake

How 10 Seconds Could Save Lives During Earthquakes

California is looking to develop an early warning system for earthquakes, and the quake that rocked the Napa area last weekend has brought new urgency to the project; experts say even 10 seconds would be enough to mobilize precautionary measures

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American Writer Freed From Syrian Captivity Arrives in U.S.

Peter Theo Curtis returned home to the U.S. on Tuesday, two days after being released by al-Nusra Front, the Syrian extremist group that held him hostage for 22 months. Curtis said he was "deeply indebted" to the U.S. officials who worked to get him released

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Apple Appears Slated to Launch Larger iPad in Early 2015

Apple is reported to have been developing larger touch-screen devices in order to turn around sluggish sales; the new 12.9-in. iPad will apparently be launched in the spring, following the company’s release of a larger 4-in. iPhone next month

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9-Year-Old Accidentally Kills Instructor in Uzi Accident

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said the girl, who was with her parents, was being shown how to use an automatic Uzi when she pulled the trigger and lost control of the weapon; the instructor was shot in the head and died of his injuries

A group of young volunteers wear special uniforms sterilize round the house after Baindu Koruma died due to the Ebola virus, in Lango village, Kenema, Sierra Leone on Aug. 25, 2014.

Ebola Forces Closure of WHO Lab in Sierra Leone

The World Health Organization shut down a lab in Sierra Leone and pulled its staff after a health worker contracted the virus, in a closure that is likely to impede efforts to contain a massive outbreak that has killed at least 1,427 people so far

Vancouver Whitecaps v Los Angeles Galaxy

Landon Donovan to Join U.S. Soccer Team One Last Time

Donovan will make his final appearance for the U.S. men’s national team in an international friendly match against Ecuador in October. The game will allow fans to thank him for “all the memories he’s provided over the years,” said U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati

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Doug Ducey Wins GOP Primary for Arizona Governor

The state treasurer and former CEO won the Republican primary for Arizona's governorship on Tuesday, riding to victory with a campaign that focused on his experience in serving as a state official and building an ice cream company into a national brand

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Doll Play Predicts Couples' Parenting Style, Study Finds

Researchers at Ohio State University videotaped almost 200 dual-earner couples playing with a "doll" — actually pajamas filled with 7 lb. of rice and a green fabric head attached — that they were told represented the child they were about to have