The Brief

Missouri Gov. Nixon Announces Creation Of Independent Commission On Ferguson

Ferguson Commission Formed

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced Tuesday the formation of a commission to address inequality in Ferguson, Mo., the site of ongoing protests

Dallas Cowboys practice squad player Michael Sam makes his first appearance at the team's practice facility on Sept. 3, 2014 in Irving, Texas.

Michael Sam Waived From Cowboys' Practice Squad

The Dallas Cowboys have waived defensive end Michael Sam from their practice squad, the team announced Tuesday. Sam, the first openly gay player in the NFL, was signed to the team's practice squad Sept. 3. He never made it to the Cowboys' active roster

An airport worker fuels a JetBlue plane on the tarmac of the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York

The Five Biggest Airlines Hiked Prices This Week

The five biggest U.S. airlines all increased their base fare on domestic flights in the past week, despite declining fuel prices and apprehension over Ebola. JetBlue initiated a $4 fare increase last Thursday, and United, Delta, American and Southwest followed suit

Oscar Pistorius after he is sentenced at the Pretoria High Court on October 21, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa.

Oscar Pistorius Gets 5 Years in Prison

Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for the 2013 killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, eliciting charges of injustice in his native South Africa. Pistorius had claimed he thought an intruder lurked inside his Pretoria home

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi

Super PAC Concedes Democrats Won't Win the House

The Nancy Pelosi-backed super PAC campaigning for House Democrats has thrown in the towel on the party's chances to retake the majority this year, telling donors that it it's "an uphill climb" and that it instead needs their help for 2016

2014 Medal Carnegie Hall Of Excellence Gala Honoring Oscar De La Renta - Concert

Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta Dies at Age 82

World-renowned fashion designer Oscar de la Renta passed away on Monday at the age of 82. He died after a long battle with cancer, with which he was diagnosed in 2006. De la Renta shot to fame in the 1960s after he dressed First Lady Jackie Kennedy

Kurdish people observe smoke rising from the Syrian town of Kobani following an explosion as seen from the southeastern Turkish village of Mursitpinar in the Sanliurfa province on October 20, 2014.

Turkey Says It Helps Kurdish Fighters Enter Syria

Turkey claimed to help Iraqi Kurdish fighters cross into Syria to support others battling ISIS in the border town of Kobani, but activists said no forces had arrived by Monday evening, raising questions about whether the mission was really underway

Hundreds of pro-democracy protesters watch a live broadcast of a meeting between student leaders and government officials on a road blocked by them at Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong

TV Inflates Gulf Between Hong Kong Protesters, Officials

Massive crowds in Hong Kong were transfixed Tuesday night, local time, by their screens and mobile devices as they followed the live broadcast of a historic, two-hour meeting between black-clad rebel students and suited officials

Brain scan, MRI scan

Scientists Find Out Why Some People Are 'Sad' in Winter

Scientists at the University of Copenhagen, who studied brain scans from more than 30 subjects, found that season affective disorder (SAD) patients had different levels of a neurotransmitter that regulates serotonin in their brains during winter and summer months

Staples To Close 225 Stores

Staples Investigates Possible Credit Card Data Breach

The world's biggest office-supply retailer acknowledged Tuesday it was investigating reports of a possible data breach of customers' credit cards after banks detected a pattern of unusual charges concentrating on a group of shoppers in the northeast