The Brief

The U.S. Capitol As GOP Senators Weigh Short-Term Government Funding Bill
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Just Hours to Go

President Donald Trump and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer met Friday in an eleventh-hour effort to avert a government shutdown, with a bitterly divided Washington locked in stare-down over federal spending and immigration issues

Street vigil in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Shooting Motive Still Unclear

Almost four months after Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and wounded more than 800 others with a barrage of bullets from the Mandalay Bay, investigators still have not answered the key question: Why did he do it?

Just Breathing May Be Enough to Spread the Flu

For years, you've been told to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, especially when you're sick. But a new study finds that it may be possible to spread the flu just by breathing — no coughing or sneezing required

Baby Killed, 15 Injured in Rio de Janeiro Car Crash

An 8-month-old baby was reportedly killed and 15 others injured after a car crashed into a crowd on Rio de Janeiro's famous Copacabana beach in Brazil. The driver fled the scene of the crash, but was arrested soon after

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Trump Appointee Resigns Over Bigoted Comments

A Trump administration appointee has resigned from his post as communications chief for the federal agency overseeing National and Community Service after media reports suggested he had made a series of racist, homophobic and sexist comments on radio in 2013 and 2014

Supreme Court Dismisses Case Against Trump's Travel Ban

Supreme Court to Rule on Trump Travel Ban

The Supreme Court has agreed to consider the latest version of President Donald Trump's ban on travel to the United States by residents of six majority-Muslim countries. A decision could come by June

Hot Year

2017 Was One of the Hottest Years Ever

Earth last year wasn't quite as hot as 2016's record-shattering mark, but it ranked second or third, depending on who was counting. Either way, scientists say it showed a clear signal of man-made global warming

Birth Control Pills May Help Prevent Some Cancers

For those taking the pill for 10 years or more, the risk of ovarian cancer was 40% lower compared to women who had never used the pill or used them for less than a year, and 34% lower for endometrial cancer