The Brief

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, far left, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, second from left, South Carolina Gov. Nikki R. Haley, second from right, listens as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, far right, speaks during a news conference at the Republican Governors Association's quarterly meeting on Wednesday May 21, 2014 in New York.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Christie Becomes Target

On paper, New Jersey's Chris Christie leads the nation's Republican governors. In practice, he is becoming a favored target of his peers

Hospital Shooting

Hospital Shooter Kills 1

A shooter opened fire in the psychiatric unit of Mercy-Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pennsylvania, killing one female employee and injuring a doctor

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Amazon’s Q2 Earnings Lower Than Expected

Amazon shares tumbled over six percent in after-hours trading after the company reported losing 27 cents per share on revenue of $19.34 billion--Wall Street had been expecting, on average, a loss of 15 cents per share. The Bezos operation had a net loss of $126 million

Teen Pilot Crash Haris Suleman

17-Year-Old Pilot Haris Suleman’s Tragic Quest

The teenage pilot who died in a plane crash on Tuesday, while attempting to circumnavigate the world in 30 days, was less intent on breaking a world record than he was in "raising awareness about impoverished children" in his father's home country of Pakistan, friends say

A burned-out star, called a white dwarf.

The Search for Extraterrestrial Air Pollution

A team of scientists from Harvard has determined that industrial air pollution from alien factories could be a sign of life outside our solar system, an outside-the-box idea that is setting the astrophysics community abuzz

A Swiftair MD-83 airplane is seen in this undated photo.

'No Trace' of Algerian Jet

Aviation officials lost contact on Thursday with an Air Algérie plane carrying more than 110 people between Burkina Faso to Algiers, as the jet flew over Mali

Dakota Johnson at the Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015 Chanel show at Grand Palais on July 8, 2014 in Paris.

Fifty Shades of Grey Star Hopes Her Parents Don't See It

While presenting the trailer for the Beyoncé-approved adaptation of E.L. James' wildly popular erotic novel on the TODAY show Thursday, Dakota Johnson told co-host Savannah Guthrie that she doesn't want her mom and dad to check out her acting talents

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Boob Tube Makes Busy People Feel Like Boobs

While some research shows that watching media can make you more relaxed, providing momentary escape from life's stressors, researchers found that particularly busy and fatigued people actually felt guilty about spending so much time in front of the TV

Rodney McKeithan. owner of Custom Kutz barbershop in Norfolk, Virginia gives sailor David Rollins a haircut at his shop outside the Norfolk Naval Station.

The Shave That Saves: CDC's Barber Shop Initiative

In the Mississippi Delta, African-American men are learning about high blood pressure while they get their hair cut, thanks to the CDC's program B.R.O.T.H.E.R.S (Barbers Reaching Out to Help Educate Routine Screenings)

Ray Rice Press Conference

Ray Rice Suspended For 2 Games Over Assault Charge

The National Football League confirmed the temporary suspension of the Baltimore Ravens player, who was also given a $58,000 fine after a grand jury indicted Rice with assaulting a woman he later married, saying that Rice violated the league's personal conduct policy

An armed pro-Russian separatist stands on part of the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane after it crashed near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region, July 17, 2014.

Russia to Comply With Dutch-Led MH17 Probe

Russia’s ambassador to Malaysia said his country will cooperate with a Dutch-led investigation into last week's downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine, following reports that Russia-backed separatists felled it with a surface-to-air missile