The Brief

U.S. Shutdown Starts As Senate Democrats Block GOP Funding Plan
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Women's March

Women Nationwide March to Protest Trump

Democratic women are turning their heartbreak over Hillary's loss into political action. 'What you're seeing is an emphasis on the fact that women can make a change in the midterms,' says one marcher

View of the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan

Gunmen Attack Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul

An Afghan official says that a group of gunmen have attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in the capital Kabul. Afghan Special Forces arrived at the hotel in response. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack

Today - Season 66

Ed Sheeran Announces He Is Engaged

Ed Sheeran is engaged to his longtime girlfriend Cherry Seaborn, the singer confirmed on Instagram. The "Shape of You" singer on Saturday posted a photo of himself kissing and embracing Seaborn

White House - Washington, DC

Trump's First Year Has Been a Can't-Miss Drama

In his first year in office, Donald Trump proved to be a singular figure, casting aside norms and traditions, fighting with Republicans and Democrats alike and changing how the nation and the presidency are viewed

Jamaica's sweet lodgings over the water, atop the sea

Tourists in Jamaica Warned Not to Leave Resorts

Tourists in Jamaica have been warned to stay on their resorts after a recent spell of violence in Montego Bay. St. James Parish, which includes the popular vacation destination, has seen an uptick in violent crime lately

Sheron Lawin (L), a member of the Board of Prison

Manson Follower Leslie Van Houten Denied Parole

One of late cult leader Charles Manson's youngest followers will remain in prison, after California Gov. Jerry Brown again denied her request for parole. Leslie Van Houten is now 68 years old

Leading Bipartisan Senators Hold Press Conference On Section 702 FISA Reform

Prosecutors Share Motive in Rand Paul Attack

A neighbor who allegedly attacked Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul over a lawn care dispute will plead guilty after being charged with assaulting a member of Congress, a felony offense. Rene Boucher has signed a plea deal

Ana Martinez

Flu Season in the U.S. Is Getting Worse

Health officials last week said flu was blanketing the country but they thought there was a good chance the season was already peaking. But the newest numbers out Friday show it grew even more intense

Firefly Music Festival - Day 2

Tom Petty Died of an Accidental Drug Overdose

The coroner's office said that a mix of fentanyl, oxycodone, temazepam, alprazolam, citalopram, acetylfentanyl and despropionyl fentanyl caused the singer to go into multisystem organ failure