The Brief

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Data Dilemma

The E.U.'s highest court threw out a key U.S.-European agreement called Safe Harbor, which for years has allowed companies including Facebook to transfer their customers' data back and forth across the Atlantic without having to ask their permission in advance

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Russia Struggles to Justify Syria Bombing

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


Obama to Meet With Oregon Victims' Families

President Obama will travel to Roseburg, Ore. on Friday to privately meet with families of the victims of the mass shooting on a community college campus there. The visit comes at the start of a pre-scheduled trip to the West Coast


Scientists Win Nobel Prize for Neutrino Discovery

Takaaki Kajita of Japan and Arthur McDonald of Canada won the Nobel Prize in physics for the discovery of neutrino oscillations. The two researchers had made key contributions to experiments showing that neutrinos change identities

Gov. Jerry Brown Announces Emergency Drought Legislation

California Inks Right-to-Die Bill

Governor 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 last year

LinkedIn Corp. Expands in China With Local Site Limiting Content

LinkedIn to Pay $13 Million in Spam Settlement

The professional networking site LinkedIn has agreed to a $13 million out of court settlement in a class action lawsuit that claims reputations may have been damaged by multiple emails the company sent on behalf of users

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South Carolina Governor: 'This Is Not Over'

South Carolina was expecting sunshine after days of inundation, but it will still take weeks for the state to return to normal after being pummeled by a historic rainstorm, officials said, warning of the likelihood of new evacuations

Oregon college shooting suspect Chris Harper-Mercer is seen in a photo taken from his Myspace account

Mother of Oregon Gunman Loves Guns, Donald Trump

The mother of the man who killed nine people and himself at Umpqua Community College in Oregon last week wrote extensively on social media about her love of guns and her difficulty raising an autistic child

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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

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

Preparations Continue Ahead Of The Nato Summit 2014

NATO Slams Russia’s Violation of Turkish Airspace

Incursions into Turkey’s airspace on Saturday and Sunday by Russian military SU-30 and SU-24 aircraft have been roundly condemned by NATO, which in a statement Monday called on Moscow to “immediately explain these violations”