The Brief

DC Councilman Marion Barry may be facing censure after a council vote today.
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Marion Barry Dead at 78

Divisive and flamboyant, maddening and beloved, Marion Barry outshone every politician in the 40-year history of District of Columbia self-rule. But for many, his legacy was not defined by the accomplishments and failures of his four terms as mayor and long service on the D.C. Council


Police Shoot 12-Year-Old

A 12-year-old boy who was shot by police Saturday on a playground, after they mistook his replica airsoft gun for a real gun, died Sunday

US President Barack Obama

Obama: Voters Want 'Fresh Start'

President Barack Obama said in an interview aired Sunday that voters will be looking for a "fresh start" as they go to the polls in 2016 to select his successor

Winnie The Pooh Receives A Star On Hollywood Walk of Fame

Polish Town Opposes Naming Park After Winnie the Pooh

A Polish town appeared to oppose naming a park after Winnie the Pooh because of its "inappropriate" wardrobe, with one official saying the character was "disturbing." Officials later said they were joking after the discussion about the playground went on too long

Laura Dunn

New Jersey Looks at 'Yes Means Yes' College Policy

A new proposal in New Jersey makes it the latest state moving to require college campuses to define when "yes means yes" in an effort to stem the tide of sexual assaults. Big supporters include a woman heading a sexual assault survivors' group

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

New Hunger Games Wins the Box Office Weekend and Year

Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 won not only the weekend box office but also the year: It had a stronger opening than any other film so far in 2014, beating out Transformers: Age of Extinction’s $100 million debut

Rare Deep-Sea Angler Fish Caught on Film

The 9-centimeter long Black Seadevil, or Melanocetus, was caught on video in November by researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California, in what is believed to be the first time a living fish was filmed at its depth of 600 meters

University of Virginia

UVA Suspends Fraternities After Rape Article

University President Teresa A. Sullivan issued a statement saying all "fraternal organizations and associated social activities" were suspended until Jan. 9, the beginning of spring semester

Businessman pulling rolling suitcase

Hell on Wheels: Venice May Ban Rolling Suitcases

Venice's city council is considering a ban on rolling suitcases in response to residents' complaints about the loud noise tourists make ambling about the streets with their stuffed racket-makers, leading to "progressive deterioration" of centuries-old paving slabs

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry is surrounded by security as he leaves after a meeting in Vienna

Iranians Ponder Future as Nuclear Talks Near Deadline

An accord with world powers over the future of Iran’s nuclear program could ease the way for foreign investment and free up the country’s assets frozen abroad. But others warn against overstating the potential economic impact of any deal


Deadly Suicide Bombing in Afghanistan

Afghan officials say that a suicide bomber has killed "at least 45" people in an attack on a volleyball tournament in the country's east. The attack happened during an inter-district tournament attended by a large crowed in the Yahyakhail district late Sunday afternoon

Bill Cosby

Florida Audience Cheers an Embattled Cosby

The comedian, currently enveloped in growing accusations of rape and sexual assault and a derailed career comeback, performed Friday night in Melbourne, Fla., before an adoring audience that gave him a standing ovation