The Brief

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen arrives at a Board of Governors meeting at the Federal Reserve in Washington on Nov. 30, 2015.

Fed Votes to Stop Bailouts of Failing Firms

Federal Reserve officials have moved to prevent the central bank from bailing out failing companies, a power it exercised during the 2008 financial crisis. The Fed governors voted 5-0 at a public meeting to downsize the Fed's emergency lending powers

Climate Change Demonstrations Take Place In Paris Ahead of COP21

200 Arrested Amid Protests at Paris Climate Talks

French police arrested over 200 people in the country's capital Paris, after protests against global warming that broke out on the sidelines of this week's climate talks turned violent, forcing police to deploy tear gas

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World’s Tallest Tower Gets Funding in Saudi Arabia

The roughly 3,280-foot Jeddah Tower, also known as the Kingdom Tower, will have 200 floors and 59 elevators overlooking the Rea Sea when it opens in 2020. It will be the first building to exceed 1 kilometer in height

U.S. President Obama and French President Hollande pay their respect at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris

Obama Mourns Paris Dead at Bataclan Concert Hall

President Obama is paying tribute to those killed in the terrorist attacks in Paris two weeks ago at the French concert hall, the Bataclan. French President François Hollande and the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, joined Obama in laying flowers

September 28, 2015; El Segundo, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is interviewed during media day at Toyota Sports Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports - RTX1SYIV

NBA Great Kobe Bryant Announces He Will Retire

The basketball great, who has played for the Los Angeles Lakers for two decades, wrote a poem announcing his decision. "This season is all I have left to give," the 37-year-old wrote. "My body knows it’s time to say goodbye"

A sign in support of Planned Parenthood stands just south of the clinic as police investigators gather evidence near the scene of Friday's shooting at the clinic Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, in northwest Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Victims Named in Planned Parenthood Shooting

An Iraq War veteran and a mother of two were identified Sunday as victims of a shooting rampage at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs. Jennifer Markovsky and Ke'Arre Stewart were each accompanying friends to the clinic

Brock Osweiler

Broncos End Patriots Winning Streak 30-24

Quarterback Brock Osweiler, making his first career start in Denver, felt right at home in the snow globe that was Sports Authority Field, where the Denver Broncos handed the New England Patriots their first loss of the season, 30-24 in overtime

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Pope Speaks at Central African Republic Mosque

Pope Francis told crowds gathered at the main mosque of Central African Republic's capital that Muslims and Christians are brothers. On a trip into the volatile neighborhood, the Pope recalled how Christians and Muslims llived together peacefully in Bangui

Saturday Night Live - Season 41

Adele’s 25 Debuts at No. 1 With Record-Smashing Sales

Adele’s record-shattering first-week album sales for 25 have earned her the No. 1 spot on Billboard 200 chart. The set earned 3.48 million equivalent album units in its first week — 3.38 million of which were pure album sales.

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Facebook Expanding Parental Leave to Four Months

The social media giant announced that global employees will receive four months of paid parental leave, days after co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg announced he would take leave following the forthcoming birth of his child

Hunger Games Wins at Thanksgiving Box Office

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 held on to its first-place spot in its second weekend in theaters, earning $51.6 million to top The Good Dinosaur and Creed in their Thanksgiving weekend debuts