The Brief

Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama
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Hillary and Michelle's Reunion

As Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has entered the last stretch of the election, her campaign has liberally deployed First Lady Michelle Obama as its most popular political surrogate. On Thursday, they campaigned together for the first time

Venezuela Political Crisis

Pro-Government Mobs Clash With Opposition in Venezeula

Pro-government demonstrators massed outside Venezuela's congress Thursday as lawmakers inside debated how to remove the socialist president from office. Opposition lawmakers reported being hit with sticks and pipes by red-shirted government supporters

Mideast Iraq Mosul

Iraqi Forces Find Bomb Factory and Tunnels Near Mosul

Iraqi forces explored a network of tunnels and uncovered a bomb-making facility in a village near Mosul that was recently retaken from the Islamic State, offering a glimpse of the challenge they will face as they move closer to the city

Apple MacBook Pro

Apple's New Laptop Kills the Function Keys

Apple is killing the function keys. The company unveiled a new version of the MacBook Pro with a thin touch display that sits above the keyboard. This screen, called the Touch Bar, will display different keys and icons depending on the app that's being used

Ranching Standoff

Jury Acquits Leaders of Oregon Standoff

The leaders of an armed group that took over a national wildlife refuge in rural Oregon have been found not guilty of conspiracy and possession of firearms at a federal facility. A jury exonerated brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy and five others

The Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp office building is seen in McLean

Booz Allen Reviewing Security After Arrest of NSA Contractor

Booz Allen Hamilton said it had hired a former FBI chief to conduct an external review of its security practices, after the consulting firm learned that a second employee working with the NSA had been charged with stealing classified information

Philippines Duterte 100 Days

Filipino Mayor Among 10 Dead in Latest Police Killings

Philippine anti-narcotics officers gunned down Mayor Samsudin Dimaukom of Datu Saudi Ampatuan town along with nine others. The mayor has been publicly named by Duterte who accused him of involvement in illegal drugs as part of a shame campaign

Lab technician with blood samples and medical chart

'Serious Failings' in Doping Tests at Rio 2016 Olympics

A new report by the World Anti-Doping Agency claims that there were “serious failings” in the anti-doping program at the 2016 Rio Olympic Summer Games. Many athletes were not tested simply because they could not be located

A Malagasy boy shelters his younger brother from the heat while their mother lines up for food aid in Amboassary

Drought in Madagascar Leaves 1.4 Million Facing Hunger

This year’s El Niño weather pattern has amplified the effects of consecutive droughts in southern Madagascar, ravaging crops and leaving 1.4 million people desperately short of food. Of that number, 850,000 are said to be in need of urgent humanitarian assistance

Mike McQueary

Former Penn State Coach Awarded $7.3M

A jury awarded a former Penn State assistant football coach $7.3 million in damages, finding the university defamed him after it became public that his testimony helped prosecutors charge Jerry Sandusky with child molestation

Antarctica, Riiser-larsen Ice Shelf, Emperor Penguins On

Countries Okay World's Largest Marine Reserve in Antarctica

The countries that decide the fate of Antarctica reached an historic agreement to create the world's largest marine protected area in the ocean next to the frozen continent. The agreement covers an area about twice the size of Texas in the Ross Sea