The Brief

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.
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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

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

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

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"

Company Signs

E. Coli Tied to Costco Worse Than Chipotle Outbreak

The strain of E. coli linked to Costco chicken salad that sickened 19 people in seven states is more likely to be life-threatening than a recent outbreak that closed some Chipotle restaurants in the Northwest

Belgium Paris Attacks

Brussels Schools Reopen Despite Threat Alert

Though the Belgian capital continues to be under the highest-level threat alert, meaning that authorities fear a serious and imminent attack, schools and subways began reopening across Brussels, restoring a sense of normality in the city

Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, greets attendees during a rally following the Democratic presidential candidate debate at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015.

Clinton's Middle-Class Tax Pledge Divides Democrats

Hillary Clinton has pledged not to raise taxes on families making less than $250,000 but critics say it is a crafty political move that would limit the ambition of proposals on everything from expanding Social Security to healthcare reform

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