The Brief

Julia Pierson

Secret Service Under Fire

A report revealed that the White House fence jumper got farther in than thought, on the eve of a congressional hearing on presidential security

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Women's Colleges Turn to Men

Women's colleges are going co-ed in an effort to combat years of decline in revenue. Enrollment at women-only colleges fell 29% since 2000

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Wildlife Populations Have Dropped by More Than Half

A WWF report that measured more than 10,000 representative populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish found a 52% decline between 1970 and 2010, with even grimmer statistics for some species like freshwater dwellers

Actress Taylor Schilling poses on the red carpet as Netflix launches its video streaming service in France, in Paris

Netflix Plans to Release First Original Movie

Netflix is planning to release its first original movie, a sequel to Ang Lee’s martial-arts epic Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and so charting new territory for the Internet-streaming firm. “The moviegoing experience is evolving quickly and profoundly," said the film's producer

A Glock .40 caliber handgun is displayed in Woodbury, Minnesota on May 28, 2011.

Louisiana Restaurant Gives a 10% Discount for Packing Heat

"I just need to see a weapon. I need you to be carrying a gun," said the cajun restaurant owner, who said he's frustrated by the trend of corporate chains banning firearms, as Target did in July when it requested that customers not bring their guns into stores

The painting by Leonardo Da Vinci  called "The Lady with Ermine", that goes on exhibit later this mo..

Scientist Reveals Secrets Behind Da Vinci Masterpiece

A French scientist has revealed that one of Leonardo Da Vinci’s most famous paintings originally did not look as it does today. The Lady With an Ermine is believed to have been painted in 1489 or 1490 but was actually the Italian's third attempt

First Legal Marijuana Sales in Colorado

Marijuana Legalization Spreads Across 2014 Ballots

Referendums on legalizing marijuana across the country this year, from Florida to Alaska, have the power to shape the ongoing fight ahead of an even bigger battle in 2016. Here are the pot votes that will matter most in 2014

Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr

Va. Kidnapping Suspect May Be Linked to 2009 Murder

Authorities say Jesse L. Matthew Jr., the main suspect in the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, may be connected to the abduction and murder of another young woman in the area five years ago


No, Snapchat Hasn’t Been Hacked

Snapchat denied being hacked after some users reported receiving spam messages from their friends advertising a weight-loss site. User login data may have been taken from other sites and used to access Snapchat for the spam

Iceland's Foreign Minister Sveinsson addresses the 68th session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York

Iceland's Men-Only Gender-Equality Conference

Iceland has plans to organize a gender-equality conference that won’t have any female attendees. The conference will be conducted in January and will be co-hosted by the South American nation of Suriname, according to the Icelandic government

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Judge Holds Argentina in Contempt of Court

A U.S. judge made the ruling after Argentina defied his rulings that the country repay some $1.6 billion to holdout creditors — largely American hedge funds — before it pays other bondholders. Argentina’s Foreign Ministry called it a "defamation campaign"