The Brief

Donald Trump speaks to the Veterans of Foreign Wars conference at a campaign event in Charlotte
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Trump to Russia: Hack Clinton

Donald Trump encouraged Russia to commit a cybercrime against Hillary Clinton, saying he hoped the nation could recover some of her deleted emails. "Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing," Trump said

Baltimore Police Death

Freddie Gray Charges Dropped

The remaining charges against three Baltimore officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray, whose death last year in police custody sparked days of riots, were dropped, concluding more than a year of legal battles over Gray's death with zero convictions

his 30 March 1981 file photo shows John Hinckley Jr. (L) escorted by police in Washington, DC, following his arrest after shooting and seriously wounding then US president Ronald Reagan.

John Hinckley Jr. Granted Release From Mental Hospital

A judge says the man who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan will be allowed to leave a Washington mental hospital and live full-time in Virginia. The judge ruled that John Hinckley Jr. is ready to live in the community

Mothers of the Movement stand on stage prior to delivering remarks on the second day of the Democratic National Convention, on July 26, 2016 in Philadelphia.

Democrats Launch Operation to Humanize Clinton

Hillary Clinton's campaign trotted out a procession of character witnesses to testify about the candidate's strength, kindness and tenacity at the Democratic convention, in an attempt to humanize "the most famous, least-known person in the country"

Founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange (screen), who has taken refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012, participates in a discussion by video conference, organized on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the College of Journalists of Chile, an event attended by prominent journalists, activists, social leaders and scholars from Latin America and the world in Santiago de Chile, Chile, on July 12, 2016.

Julian Assange Timed DNC Email Release

Assange said in a June 12 interview that he intended to harm Hillary Clinton's chance of winning the presidency, and timed the release of the emails to coincide with the start of the convention

Bernie Sanders supporters protest following the DNC roll call vote that ended with Hillary Clinton's nomination as Democratic presidential candidate on July 26, 2016 in Philadelphia.

Sanders Supporters Storm Out of Convention in Protest

When Bernie Sanders' hope of winning the Democratic nomination officially ended inside the Democratic convention hall, his most ardent supporters took their fury outside. “Show me what Democracy looks like,” they chanted

Shortlisted books for the Man Booker International Prize at The V&A in London on May 16, 2016.

Here Is the 2016 Man Booker Prize Longlist

The 2016 Man Booker Prize longlist is here, and this year's selection of 13 novels is roughly half men (seven) and half women (six). The longlist includes five American writers, the same number as last year

Blood bag

FDA May Update Ban on Gay Blood Donation

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration posted a request for public comment on what alternative blood donor deferral policies could look like, signalling the possibility that longstanding restrictions on gay blood donations may be lifted


iPhone Sales Fall For Second Quarter in a Row

Apple says iPhone sales fell for the second quarter in a row, putting a damper on revenue and profit for the period ending June 30. The tech giant sold 40.4 million iPhones in the quarter, down 15 percent from a year earlier