The Brief

Marijuana Pot Weed Farm Growers

Uncle Sam Wants a Gram

Calling all pot farmers: the federal government is looking to buy, soliciting proposals to “harvest, process, analyze, store and distribute” cannabis

A man displays an Apple's iPhone 5 smartphone on February 25, 2014 in the French northern city of Lille.

Apple Loses Samsung Fight

A judge rejected Apple's bid to permanently ban sales of some Samsung phones that were found to infringe Apple patents

James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano

Sopranos Creator Calls Tony Soprano Comment 'Inaccurate'

"The final scene of The Sopranos raises a spiritual question that has no right or wrong answer," David Chase said in a statement released by his publicist, responding to an interview published by Vox. "Whether Tony Soprano is alive or dead is not the point"

Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tom Frieden testifies during a hearing before the Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations Subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Aug. 7, 2014 in Washington.

CDC Director: Ebola Is ‘Worse Than I’d Feared’

In an interview with CNN on Wednesday, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Tom Frieden, said the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is a “much bigger problem than anyone anticipated.” Over 1,400 people have died in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone

Rapper Jayceon Terrell Taylor aka 'The Game' is seen out in Calabasas, CA on May 15, 2014.

'Don't Shoot': Artists Release Mike Brown Tribute Song

Artists including The Game, Rick Ross and Diddy released a song on Wednesday that pays tribute to Michael Brown, the 18-year-old unarmed black teen shot in Missouri by police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9. Money from sales will go to the Mike Brown Memorial Fund

Southern California quarterback Cody Kessler, center, and safety Josh Shaw, right, listen to their new football head coach Steve Sarkisian during a news conference on Dec. 3, 2013, in Los Angeles.

USC Suspends Football Player for Fake Drowning Story

University of Southern California's cornerback Josh Shaw said on Wednesday he lied when he told his coaches he sprained his ankles while attempting to save his drowning nephew. In response, the USC Trojans suspended Shaw indefinitely from the athletic program

Festival Supreme

Galifianakis to Play Clown in New FX Series

FX has greenlit a pilot starring Zach Galifianakis in a show called Baskets, co-created by the Hangover actor, Louis C.K. and Portlandia's Jonathan Krisel. Galifianakis plays a frustrated professional clown who’s stuck working at a local rodeo

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Erasing Bad Memories May Soon Be Possible

Using state-of-the-art laser and gas techniques, researchers working with mice have made stunning breakthroughs in stripping the painful and negative feelings associated with a traumatic memory to neutralize its effects on a subject

Palestinian men walk in a street of Gaza City's Shejaiya neighborhood in early morning dense fog among the ruins of their neighbourhood on Aug. 27, 2014.

Israel and Gaza Count War's Cost

Israeli and Palestinian leaders set out on Wednesday to explain to their constituents just what exactly was achieved during the latest fighting between the two sides, a day into a cease-fire that ended 50 days of bloody conflict

Astronomers Just Saw the Formation of an Ancient Galaxy

The scientists have dubbed the massive, newly spotted galaxy "Sparky," and say it contains twice as many stars as the Milky Way, but at just a fraction of the size. Sparky is so far from Earth that its observable light was actually created 11 billion years ago

Close-up of red wine being poured from a bottle into a glass

What Bronze Age Wine Snobs Drank

There were some fine vintages 3,000 years ago, and a new study reveals how ancient mixologists made them finer still, such as by flavoring them with honey, storax resin, terebinth resin, cedar oil, cyperus, juniper and possibly mint, myrtle and cinnamon