The Brief

Marijuana Pot Weed Farm Growers

Uncle Sam Wants a Gram

Calling all pot farmers: The federal government is looking to buy, solicting proposals to “harvest, process, analyze, store and distribute” cannabis

A man displays an Apple's iPhone 5 smartphone on February 25, 2014 in the French northern city of Lille.

Apple Loses Samsung Fight

A judge rejected Apple's bid to permanently ban sales of some Samsung phones that were found to infringe Apple patents

Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tom Frieden testifies during a hearing before the Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations Subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Aug. 7, 2014 in Washington.

CDC Director: Ebola Is ‘Worse Than I’d Feared’

In an interview with CNN on Wednesday, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Tom Frieden said the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is a “much bigger problem than anyone anticipated.” Over 1,400 people have died in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone

Festival Supreme

Galifianakis to Play Clown in New FX Series

FX has greenlit a pilot starring Zach Galifianakis in a show called Baskets co-created by the Hangover actor, Louis C.K. Portlandia's Jonathan Krisel, which follows a frustrated professional clown but who’s stuck working at a local rodeo

Blank photo

Erasing Bad Memories May Soon Be Possible

Using state of the art laser and gas techniques, scientists working with mice have made stunning breakthroughs in stripping the painful and negative feelings associated with a traumatic memory to neutralize it

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY attends a press conference calling for the creation of an independent military justice system to deal with sexual harassment and assault in the military, in the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on Feb. 6, 2014.

Sen. Says Male Colleague Told Her Don't Get 'Porky'

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) says in a new book that she has faced several sexist encounters with her male colleagues, being nicknamed everything from “Honey Badger” to “hottest member of the Senate"

Palestinian men walk in a street of Gaza City's Shejaiya neighborhood in early morning dense fog among the ruins of their neighbourhood on Aug. 27, 2014.

Israel and Gaza Count War's Cost

Israeli and Palestinian leaders set out Wednesday to sell their constituents on what was achieved during the latest fighting between the two sides, a day into a cease-fire that ended 50 days of war

Astronomers Just Saw the Formation of an Ancient Galaxy

The scientists have dubbed the massive, newly spotted galaxy "Sparky," and say it contains twice as many stars as the Milky Way, but at just a fraction of the size. Sparky is so far from Earth that its observable light was actually created 11 billion years ago

Kids look over a ledge as a trash fire burns in the Mangueira community, or 'favela', which overlooks the famed Maracana Stadium on June 5, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Burning Trash Causes Serious Health Problems, Study Says

More than 40% of trash produced around the world is burned without regulation or oversight in a process that damages public health and contributes to climate change, according to a new study. "No one is tracking open-fire burning of trash," one researcher said

David Barajas

Man Acquitted of Shooting Drunk Driver Who Killed Sons

David Barajas was on trial for fatally shooting Jose Banda, who drove into Barajas and his 11-and-12-year-old sons, killing the young boys. The prosecutors in the case said Barajas went home to get a gun and returned to shoot and kill Banda

Close-up of red wine being poured from a bottle into a glass

What Bronze Age Wine Snobs Drank

There were some fine vintages 3,000 years ago, and a new study reveals how ancient mixologists made them finer still, such as by flavoring them with honey, storax resin, terebinth resin, cedar oil, cyperus, juniper and possibly mint, myrtle and cinnamon