The Brief

Boston mayor Thomas M. Menino

Ex-Boston Mayor Menino Dies

Thomas Menino was the city’s longest-serving mayor, serving five terms in office before stepping down this year and being diagnosed with cancer

Wendy Davis

2014 Campaigns Get Desperate

Candidates running in the midterm elections are turning to Hail Mary TV ads to swing voters with only days to go before Election Day

Jose Manuel Barroso, Guenther Oettinger, Alexander Novak, Andriy Kobolev , Alexey Miller, Maros Sefcovic, Yuriy Prodan

Ukraine, Moscow Clinch Deal on Russian Gas Supply

Moscow and Kiev on Thursday clinched a multibillion-dollar deal that will guarantee that Russian gas exports flow into Ukraine and beyond to the E.U. throughout the winter despite their intense rivalry over the fighting in eastern Ukraine

President Obama at Portland Expo

Obama Campaigns in Maine, Away from the Spotlight

President Obama was in the 41st most populated state wading into a contentious three-way race for governor, days before voters go to the polls to determine the fate of the Senate. Even before he left, the modest nature of the trip on behalf of Democrats was readily apparent

Apple Unveils iPhone 6

Apple CEO 'Proud to Be Gay'

Tim Cook announced Thursday that he's gay, in an essay that puts him among the highest-profile publicly out business leaders in the world. "I'm proud to be gay," he said, "and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me"

Handout of Matthew Eric Frein, 31, of Canadensis, Pennsylvania

Accused Cop Killer Eric Frein Arrested

Eric Frein, 31, who is accused of shooting dead state trooper Bryon Dickson and seriously wounding another trooper, is now in the custody of Pennsylvania police after a seven-week manhunt. The FBI had named him on its 10 most wanted list

Hawaii Kilauea Volcano Lava

Hawaii Enlists National Guard in Volcano Threat

A delegation of 83 National Guard troops headed to Hawaii on Thursday to prevent looters ransacking evacuated houses in the Big Island community of Pahoa, as a river of molten lava from the Kilauea volcano continues to creep toward the small town

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Presents Democalypse 2014: South By South Mess

Jon Stewart Explains Why He Said No to Meet the Press

The comedian confirmed Thursday that NBC had approached him about a hosting gig at its Sunday morning political show following David Gregory's exit, but he cut talks off before they began. "I don't necessarily think that's the best direction for it"

Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., takes her seat for the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on "The Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress" with Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen on July 15, 2014.

2014 Election: Four Things to Keep Your Eyes On

With Election Night days away, the two parties' top Senate strategists — Rob Collins, executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and Guy Cecil, his Democratic counterpart — gathered on Thursday in Washington to preview the drama

A masked Palestinian youth throws a rock during clashes with Israeli security forces in east Jerusalem on Oct. 30, 2014.

Israel Closes Jerusalem's Holiest Site

Israel closed all access Thursday to Jerusalem's most sensitive religious site, a rare move that ratcheted up tensions after the attempted assassination of a Jewish religious activist and the killing of his suspected Palestinian assailant by police

Prostestors enter the parliament in Ouagadougou on Oct. 30, 2014.

State of Emergency Declared in Burkina Faso

President Blaise Compaore, who has led Burkina Faso for nearly three decades after taking power in a coup, declared a state of emergency on Thursday, hours after protesters who oppose his bid for another term stormed the parliament and set part of it on fire