The Brief


It's the Hottest Year Ever

The United Nations weather agency's early bird report on 2015 says it is the hottest year on record, surpassing last year's record heat. "We have really broken records almost everywhere," the World Meteorological Organization's secretary-general said

President Obama Makes Statement On Homeland Security And Thanksgiving Weekend

Obama Reassures U.S. That Thanksgiving Travel Is Safe

President Obama sought to reassure Americans that the country is safe as travelers prepare to hit the roads and the sky for Thanksgiving trips. "We are taking every possible step to keep our homeland safe," he said

President Francois Hollande (C) of France and President of the United States Barack Obama (not seen) hold a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, USA on Nov. 24, 2015.

France Extends ISIS Strikes

French lawmakers voted to continue airstrikes in Syria against ISIS, which claimed responsibility for the attacks that killed 130 people in Paris, while Germany's chancellor said her country would do more in the international fight against the group

Afghanistan Bombed Hospital

U.S. 'Misidentified' Afghanistan Hospital

The crew of a U.S. warplane that attacked a medical charity's hospital in northern Afghanistan last month misidentified the target, believing it to be a government compound taken over by the Taliban. Some involved in the strike have been suspended from their jobs


Rate of HIV Infection Is the Lowest In 15 Years

The latest global report on HIV-AIDS shows promising trends in controlling the epidemic, but some hurdles remain in improving access to life-saving treatments. There were 2 million new HIV infections around the world in 2014-15, the lowest since 2000


Eagles of Death Metal Want to Play Paris Bataclan Again

The lead singer of the band Eagles of Death Metal says that, despite the deadly attacks that targeted their concert in Paris on Nov. 13, the band "cannot wait" to return to the city to play more shows. "I want to go back there and live," says Jesse Hughes

Jennifer Lawrence plans to direct a comedy, signs on for Project Delirium

Jennifer Lawrence Will Direct Her First Movie

The actress, 25, says she plans to make herself at home in the the director's chair very soon. “I’ve signed on to direct something called Project Delirium," she says, "based on this article about mental warfare in the ’60s"

Indianapolis Colts v New York Giants

Frank Gifford's Family Says He Had CTE At Death

The family of Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford says signs of the degenerative disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy were found in his brain after his death. Dozens of former players have suffered from the degenerative condition, which can only be diagnosed posthumously

FDA Approves New Flu Vaccine Designed for Seniors

Federal regulators have signed off on a new type of flu vaccine with a booster in it, with the hope of better protecting seniors. It includes what's called an adjuvant, a compound that helps stimulate the immune system