The Brief

Europe Nuclear Smugglers
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Nuclear Smuggling Ring Thrives

Gangs with ties to the Russian successor to the KGB are driving a thriving black market in nuclear materials in Eastern Europe, often with the explicit intent of connecting sellers to Middle Eastern extremist groups, including ISIS

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Chemistry Nobel Prize Awarded for DNA Work

Sweden's Tomas Lindahl, American Paul Modrich and U.S.-Turkish scientist Aziz Sancar won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for "mechanistic studies of DNA repair" and providing new knowledge of how our cells function

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South Carolina Braces for More Flooding

Along South Carolina's coast, residents were preparing for a second round of flooding as rivers swollen from days of devastating rains make their way toward the Atlantic. Flooding in the state has killed 15 so far

Attorney General Begins Inquiry Into Fantasy Sports

The New York attorney general has begun an inquiry into whether employees of major fantasy sports websites have won prizes using practices that appear similar to insider trading, asking two major fantasy betting websites for data on how they prevent fraud

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Syria Launches Ground Assault Amid Russian Airstrikes

Syrian official says a ground offensive has been launched in central regions of the country amid intense shelling and Russian airstrikes. The operations are concentrated in the neighboring provinces of Hama and Idlib, areas without an ISIS presence

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Department of Justice to Release 6,000 Prisoners

The Department of Justice will release about 6,000 federal prison inmates in one of the largest one-time releases of prisoners in U.S. history. The move comes as part of an effort to reduce prison overcrowding and the retroactive application of new sentencing guidelines

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E.U. to Seize Boats Used to Smuggle Migrants

European Union naval operatives will begin seizing boats suspected of being used to smuggle migrants across the Mediterranean. The move marks an escalation of efforts to stem the migrant crisis and disrupt the ability of smugglers to repeat the journey

National Geographic Will Air First Live Brain Surgery

National Geographic, in partnership with Mental Floss, plans to air the first live brain surgery on Oct. 25. "We hope to demystify brain surgery, diminishing the fear and stigma of this operation," said neurosurgeon Dr. Jonathan Miller

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Political Betting Raises Questions About Insider Trading

The average citizen can legally place real-money wagers on politics, in a marketplace approved by federal regulators. The new market for political betting has raised questions about the spread of online betting markets that have few rules to prevent insider trading


U.S. Deports Fewest Immigrants in Nearly a Decade

The Obama administration deported fewer immigrants over the past 12 months than at any time since 2006, despite President Obama's pledge to focus on finding and deporting criminals living in the country illegally

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Model Sues Bill Cosby Over Alleged 2008 Sexual Assault

Chloe Goins, a model who accused Cosby of drugging her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008, sued the comedian for sexual assault. Goins is seeking punitive damages for a variety of problems she says she has endured since the incident