The Brief

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum speaks to guests gathered for the Republican Party of Iowa's Lincoln Dinner at the Iowa Events Center on May 16, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Rick Santorum Starts Presidential Run Looking Back

Leaning on Republican traditions, Rick Santorum makes the case that 2016 is his turn to shine for the GOP. But history alone is not going to overcome Santorum’s significant obstacles as he seeks the White House for a second time


Storms in Texas Test Government's Emergency Response

Deadly severe weather over the long holiday weekend tested government alert and evacuation procedures, as officials scrambled to deal with storms and historic flooding that left more than a dozen people dead and a similar number missing

Herpes virus

How Herpes Is Being Used to Fight Cancer

A genetically modified strain of herpes can kill cancer cells and stop tumors from growing, according to new research that found that patients who used the virus to treat their melanoma were 8 times more likely to survive than the control group


Elon Musk’s SpaceX Is About to Tap a Huge New Market

The U.S. Air Force certified SpaceX to launch satellites for the Pentagon, which means Elon Musk's 13-year-old aerospace company can now compete with United Launch Alliance, a venture formed in 2006 by Lockheed Martin and Boeing Defense, Space & Security


The Radical Education of Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders, the populist and self-proclaimed socialist running for President, has a solid shot at second place in the Democratic nomination fight. Win or lose, he will force the frontrunner, Hillary Clinton, to take a serious look at his progressive platform

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin at the World Premiere of "Grace and Frankie" in Los Angeles on April 29, 2015.

Netflix Renews Grace and Frankie for a Second Season

Grace and Frankie, the Netflix series starring Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda as enemies who find solidarity when their husbands leave them for each other, will live to see a second season—possibly thanks to Miley Cyrus

Hamas security officers, front, stand guard as Egyptian soldiers are posted in the Egyptian side of the Rafah border crossing, as seen from Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, May 26, 2015

Israeli Jets Launch Air Strikes on Gaza Strip

Israeli fighter jets carried out air strikes in the Gaza Strip early on Wednesday, just hours after a rocket was fired at southern Israel, an Israeli military spokesman said. The rocket hit an open area in the Lakhish regional council, and no injuries were reported

Apple Unveils iPhone 6

This Bizarre New Bug Is Causing iPhones to Melt Down

A specific text message, when sent to an iPhone from any device, causes the phone to crash, shut down, and turn back on—and in some cases, some users are still unable to access messages again until the offending sender sends another text message

Guantanamo Bay Cuba

No More Outside Food for Guantánamo Inmates

New military regulations will prevent attorneys from bringing food to inmates being held in custody at the U.S. naval base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Effective this week, the ruling will reverse a long-standing policy that allowed lawyers to bring food during legal conferences

A man views a fleet of Malaysia Airline planes on the tarmac of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, in Malaysia, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015.

Malaysia Airlines Prepares for Overhaul

Malaysia Airlines has struggled to repair its image after two high-profile air disasters last year — the disappearance of MH370 in March and the shooting down of MH17 over Ukraine in July. It's now banking on total restructuring and a brand overhaul to help it overcome