The Brief

Palestinians search for victims as people gather atop the remains of a house, which witnesses said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on July 29, 2014.
Ibraheem Abu Mustafa—Reuters

'Worst Night So Far'

Israeli forces ramped up their air offensive overnight on Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, with live broadcast feeds showing either explosions or illumination flares, in what one analyst said many Gazans felt was "the worst night of this conflict so far"

President Vladimir Putin talks to reporters during a meeting in Brasilia, Brazil, July 16, 2014.

Russia 'Violating' Missile Treaty

Russia is violating a treaty that bans medium-range missiles, the U.S. has stated, coming as Western leaders agree to wider sanctions on Moscow

The word "Bankruptcy" is painted on the side of a building in Detroit on Oct. 25, 2013.

35% of U.S. Chased for Debt

More than 35% of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released by the Urban Institute

Donald Sterling

Judge Rules Against Move to Block Clippers Sale

A judge ruled against Donald Sterling's attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Judge Michael Levanas sided with Sterling's estranged wife Shelly, who negotiated the deal and pursued the court's approval of the sale

Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit

Politicians Give Living on Minimum Wage a Whirl

Tim Ryan, Ted Strickland and Jan Schakowsky took part in the #LiveTheWage challenge, and Pat Quinn agreed to try it in the future. "Washington is in a bubble that keeps our representatives away from the experiences of those they represent," Strickland wrote

Various automatic handguns are shown in the weapons vault during a media open house at the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) National Laboratory Center in Beltsville, Md. on June 18, 2013.

Judge Strikes Down D.C. Handgun Ban

The ban on carrying handguns outside the home is unconstitutional and violates the Second Amendment, a federal judge ruled on Monday. U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin said the District of Columbia's ban violated citizens' right to self-defense

High school girl arrested for killing, dismembering friend

Japanese Schoolgirl Arrested for Classmate Murder

A 16-year-old has been arrested in Nagasaki for bludgeoning a classmate with a blunt object, then decapitating her and cutting off her left hand. "I did it all by myself," she reportedly told police. The victim's body was found in the suspect's apartment, where she lives alone

U.S. President Richard Nixon during presentation of diplomatic credentials at White House.

Nixon Asked a Reporter to Watch Panda Sex

A new book details the former President’s keen interest in making sure pandas Ling Ling and Hsing Hsing, gifted to the U.S. in 1972 by former Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai, got busy. "Now, if they don’t learn it, they’ll get over here and nothing will happen," said Nixon


New Fears About Ebola Spread After Plane Scare

Airline passenger Patrick Sawyer had a stopover in Ghana, changed planes in Togo and arrived in Nigeria, where authorities say he died days later from Ebola. Health workers are scrambling to trace those who may have been exposed to Sawyer across West Africa

Kendrick Johnson rally in Atlanta, Georgia

Family Files New Suit Over Teen's Death at School

The family of a Georgia teenager found dead in his high school gym last year has sued school officials, accusing them of ignoring patterns of harassment they believe culminated in his death. Seventeen-year-old Kendrick Johnson was murdered, claim his parents

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Final Hobbit Movie Gets an Epic First Trailer

After a relatively last-minute title change that took the final installment of the Hobbit series from There and Back Again to The Battle of the Five Armies, Peter Jackson's Tolkien adaptation is living up to its title with a suitably bellicose first teaser trailer

Southwest Airlines Reveals New Destinations For Dallas Travelers

FAA Proposes $12M Fine Against Southwest Airlines

The Federal Aviation Administration proposed a $12 million fine, the second largest in FAA history, against Southwest Airlines for allegedly not complying with regulations during jetliner repairs. In 2010, the FAA proposed a $24.2 million fine against American Airlines