The Brief


Fewest U.S. Smokers in 5 Decades

The percentage of adult smokers fell from 20.9% in 2005 to 17.8% in 2013, per a new report, the lowest rate since the CDC began its tracking in 1965

Inside Reagan National Airport As Winter Storm Cato Disrupts Thanksgiving Travel

Storms Disrupt Holiday Travel

Over 4,000 flights were delayed or canceled around the U.S., due to a wintry mix of snow and rain, on one of the busiest travel days of the year

Members of the burial team carry a body to his grave at King Tom Cemetery in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on Nov. 19, 2014.

Ebola Cases in Sierra Leone Will ‘Soon Eclipse’ Liberia

Sierra Leone will "soon" dethrone Liberia as the hardest-hit country in West Africa's Ebola outbreak, the World Health Organization cautioned Wednesday. Nearly one-fifth of its total cases were reported in a three-week period that ended Sunday

Eleanor Copeman, diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, at her home in Elkins, W.Va., on March 3, 2013.

How Parkinson's Disease Changed One Family

“Taking Care” is a series intimately covering the lives of caregivers and the people they care for. Photographer Abby Kraftowitz, who has been documenting one family since 2012, offers a deep look into those affected by the disease

Pakistan v Australia - 1st Test Day Five

Cricket Star Phillip Hughes Dies

Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes has died at Sydney’s St. Vincent's Hospital. The 25-year-old was hospitalized in critical condition after he was hit on the head by a ball while batting during an important domestic tournament on Tuesday

50 Shades of Grey

Meet Christian Grey's Family in New Fifty Shades Photos

The first Fifty Shades of Grey photos of Christian Grey’s adoptive family have been released. The images depict Rita Ora, Marcia Gay Harden and Andrew Airlie as sister, mother and father, respectively, to the lead character

Operations Inside A Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Location Ahead Of Black Friday

Labor Group Plans Strike of Walmart Stores on Black Friday

Employees at Walmart stores in at least six states and Washington, D.C., plan to strike on one of the busiest shopping days of the year to protest workers’ wages and hours. For the third year in a row, OUR Walmart is organizing a massive strike on Black Friday

Amazon Holds News Conference

Amazon Slashes Kindle Prices for Black Friday

Amazon's $79 Kindle e-reader will be on sale for $49, and the company's Kindle Fire tablets are also dramatically cheaper, with the Fire HD 6 going for a mere $79 (vs. its usual $99 price tag) and the Fire HD 7 on sale for $109 (vs. $139)

Premiere Of "All You Need Is Love" - Arrivals

Avatar Sequels Will Be 'Bitchin'' Cameron Says

James Cameron has divided Avatar sequel scripts to a team that includes Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silva, Josh Friedman and Shane Salerno. “I can tell you one thing,” Cameron told Empire magazine, “they’re gonna be bitchin'"

FOX's "Masterchef" - Season Five

MasterChef Judge Joe Bastianich to Exit

Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that Bastianich is exiting the franchise after MasterChef Junior's third season. Producers are still searching for someone to replace him alongside returning judges Gordon Ramsay and Graham Elliot