The Brief

U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter

U.S. Air Strikes in Iraq

U.S. officials said the country took the first step in the planned expanded fight against Islamic State militants on Monday to aid Iraqi security forces

General Motors CEO Mary Barra Testifies Before Senate Committee About GM's Recalls

Death Toll From GM Cars Increased

A lawyer for the carmaker has raised from 13 to 19 the number of eligible compensation claims for deaths related to defective ignition switches


U.S. to Commit $500 Million, 3,000 Troops in Ebola Fight

On Tuesday, President Obama will announce more efforts by the U.S. to lead a global battle against the spread of the deadly virus. Obama has called America's response to the disease a "national security priority," with top officials leading the government's efforts

Britain Scotland

U.K. Politicians in Final Fight for Union

Prime Minister David Cameron implored Scottish voters on Monday not to let their dissatisfaction with his government lead them to opt out of the U.K. "If you don't like me — I won't be here forever," he said ahead of the Thursday referendum vote

U.S. troops carry the dead body of a member of an international troop at the site of suicide attack in Kabul

NATO Convoy Attacked in Kabul

A suicide bomber attacked a NATO convoy in Kabul on Tuesday morning, killing three soldiers and injuring 16 civilians. The explosion took place at around 8 a.m. local time in heavy traffic on the airport road near the Supreme Court in Afghanistan

An Air France Airbus A330 aircraft takes off at Charles-de-Gaulle airport

Massive Flight Cancellations as Air France Pilots Go on Strike

A weeklong workers' strike that began on Monday has caused Air France to cancel over half of its flights, as pilots protest the airline's cost-cutting plan to move much of its operations in Europe to a cheaper subsidiary and base some flights out of foreign countries

David Tovar

Walmart Spokesman Quits Over Résumé

Walmart’s vice president of communications David Tovar has said he will resign, after it was found that he represented himself as a graduate of the University of Delaware but in fact had no such degree. Neither Tovar nor Walmart has spoken publicly about the allegations

Rapper Kanye West gestures as he arrives with TV personality Kim Kardashian at a fashion designer workshop in Paris

Kanye Hits Back Over Wheelchair Gaffe

Kanye West hit back at criticism of his stopping a concert in Sydney to castigate two audience members for not dancing, not realizing they were disabled. “It makes you just want to reflect on what are the things that are, uh, a little bit more sensationalized,” he said

Alan Moore

New Alan Moore Comics Coming in December

The force behind Watchmen and V for Vendetta has a six-issue project in the works — a spinoff of Garth Ennis' sci-fi-horror series Crossed, which takes place approximately 100 years after the outbreak of a plague that reduces humanity to its most evil thoughts


Here’s the Best Way to Get Someone to Quit Smoking

A new study shows that the graphic tactic, in which companies use images of cancerous lungs and other head-turning pictures on their cigarette packaging to terrify smokers into kicking the habit, might not work so well and instead recommends a different strategy


Charles Barkley
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Sports Anchors React to NFL Abuse

Charles Barkley, Hannah Storm and Cris Carter share personal stories in reaction to last week's NFL news about Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice knocking out his now-wife, Janay and Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson being indicted for child injury charges