The Brief

A tanker travels through the Singapore Strait on July 7, 2014.
Tim Wimborne—Reuters

Here Be Pirates

The world's most perilous seas for piracy, as the U.N. recently declared, aren't the waters of the West Indian Ocean, where young Somali brigands brandish Kalashnikovs. Rather, they're in Southeast Asia — and for criminals they offer sumptuously rich pickings


Over 700 Babies Exposed to TB

The El Paso, Texas, Department of Public Health said more than 700 babies and 40 health workers were exposed to tuberculosis in a city hospital

Algeria Frenchman Kidnapped

Militants Kidnap Frenchman

A splinter group from al-Qaeda's North African branch in Algeria have taken as hostage 55-year-old Herve Gourdel, and posted a threatening video Monday


Air Strikes on ISIS Begin

U.S. and allied forces launched air strikes against Islamist militants in Syria for the first time late Monday, the Pentagon confirmed. The strikes were aimed at key targets of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), including its base of operations in Raqqa, Syria

Brent Shapiro Foundation For Alcohol And Drug Awareness' Annual "Summer Spectacular Under The Stars"

Kris Jenner Files for Divorce From Bruce Jenner

The Kardashian matriarch, 58, filed for divorce Monday, 11 months after the longtime couple announced their separation. Kris wed the former Olympian, 64, in 1991 and together they are parents to daughters Kendall, 18, and Kylie, 17


Ballsy Study Finds Narwhal Tusk Size Correlates With Verility

In a study published in Marine Mammal Science, researchers suggested that a tusk's length signals to female narwhals which males are the most fertile and would make the best mates, meaning that narwhal tusks aren't unlike peacock feathers or antlers

Elena Kagan

Elena Kagan Presides Over Same-Sex Wedding for First Time

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan officiated the ceremony of her former law clerk Mitchell Reich and his now-husband Patrick Pearsall, in Chevy Chase, Md., following in the footsteps of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

Stephen Heintz, President of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Valerie Rockefeller Wayne, the chair of the fund, and Steven Rockefeller.

Student Activists Rejoice in Rockefeller Oil Divestment

The announcement that heirs to the Rockefeller oil fortune would divest their charitable foundation from fossil fuels followed years of student activism. The move gives "a very important signal to the market," said the president of Rockefeller Brothers Fund

#FloodWallSt demonstration in downtown Manhattan

Climate Change Activists #FloodWallStreet

Activists staged a sit-down protest on Wall Street against the role of large corporations in global warming on Monday, a day after an estimated 400,000 people demonstrated at the People's Climate March in New York City.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew

Obama Administration Clamps Down on Tax Inversions

The Treasury Department said it will take steps to curb the practice of companies moving their headquarters overseas by trimming the tax benefits of those transactions. "It’s critical that this unfair loophole be closed"


Hollywood's Gender Gap Is as Gaping as Ever

According to a new report by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, only 23% of the films distributed internationally from 2010 to 2013 featured female protagonists and only 31% of the speaking characters were women

iPhone 6 Apple

Apple Sold Over 10 Million New iPhones in 3 Days

The sales are a new record for the gadgets maker and results that exceeded the company’s expectations. The company recently unveiled the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus–phones that feature trendy larger screens, faster speeds and fancier cameras