The Brief

Gov. Jerry Brown Announces Emergency Drought Legislation

California Governor Signs Right-to-Die Bill

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Monday allowing doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs to dying patients, making the state the fifth to legalize the practice and the first since Brittany Maynard left California to end her own life after being diagnosed with terminal cancer

Pacific trade talks near landmark deal

U.S. and Pacific Nations Reach Landmark Trade Deal

The United States reached a landmark trade agreement with 11 Pacific Rim nations, setting global commerce and worker standards that would bind together 40% of the world's economy. The Trans-Pacific Partnership still faces a congressional fight

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India's 'God of Cricket' Is Coming to the U.S.

Sachin Tendulkar, one of the sport's all-time greats, will join up with fellow cricket legend Shane Warne of Australia to host a ten-day, three-city all-star exhibition tour of the United States, in the hopes of sparking interest in the game

Victims of the U.S. Airstrike on Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Kunduz, receive treatment at the Mazar-e-Sharif Regional Hospital in Balkh, Afghanistan on October 04, 2015.

White House Seeks Answers on Afghan Hospital Bombing

President Obama thinks investigations by the Pentagon, NATO and Afghan security forces will provide answers on why an Afghan hospital was bombarded Saturday, but he does not think an independent investigation is necessary.

Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a town hall event at Manchester Community College October 5, 2015 in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Democrats Push for Gun Control Ahead of 2016

After years of working to carefully avoid alienating gun owners and in the wake of a deadly mass shooting in Oregon, the party's presidential candidates are racing to outdo each other with strict gun control proposals

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Russia Struggles To Justify Bombing Syria

As Russian jets have flown bombing raids against rebels in Syria, the search to justify this military effort has strained Kremlin propagandists and bewildered audiences. Unlike the war in Ukraine, the Kremlin is struggling to sell its action in Syria to an unconvinced public

Volkswagen Emission Testing

Volkswagen Testing Center Comes Under Scrutiny

With VW admitting that it manipulated emissions results in 482,000 U.S. diesel vehicles to make them seem more environmentally friendly, questions are swirling around Volkswagen's only test center in North America

House Of Representatives Allows Media Rare View Of House Chamber

John Boehner Sets Date for Election of His Replacement

House Republicans had planned to vote for a new leadership team but owing to disarray in the wake of Boehner's sudden retirement a secret-ballot election will be held only for speaker this week and a full House vote will follow on Oct. 29


Car Bombs Across Iraq Kill at Least 36

Explosions in the Shiite-majority town of al-Khales, in Iraq's southern Basra province and in the capital Baghdad on Monday killed at least 36 people and wounded dozens as the government continued its efforts to combat extremism across the country