The Brief

Ali Ibrahim Naimi
Kamran Jebreili—AP

Saudi Keeps the Wells Pumping

Saudi Arabia will not cut oil production to boost depressed prices, reversing the kingdom’s usual policy of moderating supply to control prices and sending a strong message about OPEC's strategy for dealing with a slumped oil market

President Obama Holds End-Of-Year News Conference At The White House

Obama: Hack Not Act of War

President Obama said he doesn't consider the Sony hack an act of war, but "an act of cyber vandalism," adding, "we take it very seriously"

Snow covered pine trees

It's Officially Winter

What you need to know about the winter solstice, which began Sunday at 6:03 p.m. E.T., marking the longest night and shortest day of the year

Two Cops Shot And Killed Execution Style In Brooklyn

NYC Mayor Faces Scrutiny

Several community and political leaders have criticized New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in the wake of Saturday's fatal ambush of two police officers by a man who posted on social media specifically about wanting to kill police

Tunisia Elections

Veteran Tunisian Statesman Claims Win

Veteran Tunisian politician Beji Caid Essebsi, who served in ousted autocrat Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali’s regime, claimed victory after a presidential run-off vote on Sunday. Tunisia is alone among Arab Spring nations in being hailed as a model for democratic reform

'The Hobbit'

The Hobbit Wins Weekend Box-Office Battle

The Peter Jackson film brought in $56.2 million over the weekend (and $90.6 million since its Wednesday opening), while Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and Annie — all films showing in more than 3,000 locations — made almost $40 million less

Guantanamo Bay

U.S. Transfers 4 From Guantánamo

The transfer marks the first repatriation of prisoners to Afghanistan since 2009. 132 detainees are still being held at the Guantánamo Bay complex, which President Barack Obama vowed to shut down early in his presidency

An orangutan named Sandra, covered with a blanket, gestures inside its cage at Buenos Aires' Zoo

Court Grants Sandra the Orangutan Basic Rights

An orangutan named Sandra has been granted certain rights by a court in Argentina. Lawyers argued that Sandra was a “nonhuman person” and was being detained illegally in a zoo. The case rested on whether the court decided the orangutan was a “person” or a “thing”

A DirecTV dish receiver sits on the roof of a home in Denver

Dish Network Drops Fox After Failed Contract Negotiations

Fox News Channel and Fox Business were blacked out Saturday on satellite TV provider Dish Network, after the two parties failed to agree on a new contract, in negotiations that had gone on for the last several weeks. Both sides are pointing fingers at each other

police shooting

Florida Authorities Say 1 Police Officer Shot and Killed

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said the shooting occurred at around 3 a.m. in the Tampa Bay–area city and that a suspect has been taken into custody after fleeing the scene of the shooting in a vehicle and crashing into a pole and another vehicle