The Brief

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, far left, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, second from left, South Carolina Gov. Nikki R. Haley, second from right, listens as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, far right, speaks during a news conference at the Republican Governors Association's quarterly meeting on Wednesday May 21, 2014 in New York.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Christie Becomes Target

On paper, New Jersey's Chris Christie leads the nation's Republican governors. In practice, he is becoming a favored target of his peers

Hospital Shooting

Hospital Shooter Kills 1

A shooter opened fire in the psychiatric unit of Mercy-Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pennsylvania, killing one female employee and injuring a doctor

A burned-out star, called a white dwarf.

The Search for Extraterrestrial Air Pollution

A team of scientists from Harvard has determined that industrial air pollution from alien factories could be a sign of life outside our solar system, an outside-the-box idea that is setting the astrophysics community abuzz

A Swiftair MD-83 airplane is seen in this undated photo.

'No Trace' of Algerian Jet

Aviation officials lost contact on Thursday with an Air Algérie plane carrying more than 110 people between Burkina Faso to Algiers, as the jet flew over Mali

Dakota Johnson at the Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015 Chanel show at Grand Palais on July 8, 2014 in Paris.

Fifty Shades of Grey Star Hopes Her Parents Don't See It

While presenting the trailer for the Beyoncé-approved adaptation of E.L. James' wildly popular erotic novel on the TODAY show Thursday, Dakota Johnson told co-host Savannah Guthrie that she doesn't want her mom and dad to check out her acting talents

Television set

Boob Tube Makes Busy People Feel Like Boobs

While some research shows that watching media can make you more relaxed, providing momentary escape from life's stressors, researchers found that particularly busy and fatigued people actually felt guilty about spending so much time in front of the TV

Rodney McKeithan. owner of Custom Kutz barbershop in Norfolk, Virginia gives sailor David Rollins a haircut at his shop outside the Norfolk Naval Station.

The Shave That Saves: CDC's Barber Shop Initiative

In the Mississippi Delta, African-American men are learning about high blood pressure while they get their hair cut, thanks to the CDC's program B.R.O.T.H.E.R.S (Barbers Reaching Out to Help Educate Routine Screenings)

Facebook Holds f8 Developers Conference

Facebook Stock Doubles IPO Price on Strong Earnings

Two years after its dysfunctional debut as a public offering, Facebook's riding high, beating analysts' expectations in its latest quarterly earnings report, generating revenue of $2.9 billion and earnings per share of 42 cents, sending its stock soaring. Here's why

Ray Rice Press Conference

Ray Rice Suspended For 2 Games Over Assault Charge

The National Football League confirmed the temporary suspension of the Baltimore Ravens player, who was also given a $58,000 fine after a grand jury indicted Rice with assaulting a woman he later married, saying that Rice violated the league's personal conduct policy

An armed pro-Russian separatist stands on part of the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane after it crashed near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region, July 17, 2014.

Russia to Comply With Dutch-Led MH17 Probe

Russia’s ambassador to Malaysia said his country will cooperate with a Dutch-led investigation into last week's downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine, following reports that Russia-backed separatists felled it with a surface-to-air missile

Tents are viewed at the Khazair camp where Iraqi's who have fled recent fighting near the city of Mosul are being housed in a temporary displacement camp on July 3, 2014 in Khazair, Iraq.

U.N. Official Says Extremists Order FGM in Mosul

A U.N. official said Thursday that Sunni militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, who control a large swath of eastern Syria and northern Iraq, have ordered nearly 4 million girls and women in and around the city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation