The Brief

People walk past a building damaged by shelling in Snizhne (Snezhnoye), Donetsk region

U.S. Warns Against Ukraine Travel

The State Department warned Americans to avoid travel to eastern Ukraine, amid ongoing clashes between Ukraine and Russia-backed separatists

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Rand: Bill Would Fire Hillary

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said that even Hillary Clinton's husband Bill would have fired her for her handling of the Benghazi attacks

Abortion rights activists protest outside a U.S. federal court in Austin

Federal Judge Halts Key Part of Texas Abortion Law

A federal judge Friday threw out new Texas abortion restrictions that would have effectively closed more than a dozen clinics in the state. The law would have required abortion facilities in Texas to meet hospital-level operating standards

Joan Rivers Remains in 'Serious' Condition

The day after comedy legend and “Fashion Police” co-host Joan Rivers was rushed to a New York hospital, she remains in “serious” condition, according to a statement issued by her daughter, Melissa Rivers, through the Mount Sinai Health System

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Tsarnev Asks To Delay Boston Bombing Trial

Lawyers for Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev filed a petition Friday asking a federal judge to delay his trial to September 1, 2015. The defense argues that it needs more time to prepare given the volume of evidence to sort through and the severity of the charges

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Tops $100 Million

Donations from the Ice Bucket Challenge broke the $100 million mark Friday as people around world continue to dump ice on their heads and donate to the ALS Association to help combat Lou Gehrig’s disease. More than 3 million people have donated

File photo of Pakistan's PM Sharif speaking with the media during a news conference in New Delhi

Pakistan's Army Steps in as Politicians Squabble

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif asked Pakistan’s army chief to step in on Thursday night to assume a political role and mediate with anti-government protestors, just 15 months after the country's first ever successful transition from one elected government to another

Beef to Tomato Send July 4 Food Cost to Record

Kraft Voluntarily Recalls Cheese Slices

Kraft Foods Group voluntarily recalled nearly 8,000 cases of its American Singles cheese Friday because a supplier “did not store an ingredient used in this product in accordance with Kraft’s temperature standards.” No customer illness has been reported

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Beyoncé's Dad Claims Elevator Fight Was a PR Stunt

After elevator footage leaked showing Jay-Z and Solange fighting while Beyonce stood by, it was all anyone could talk about. Now Mathew Knowles is saying that was the whole point. “[They needed something to] ignite that tour,” Knowles told a Houston radio talk show

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McDonald's Objects to Russia Restaurant Closures

McDonald’s on Friday objected to the Russian government’s decision to close 12 of its restaurants, following weeks of investigations into health and safety at the fast food giant’s locations, as the U.S. and Russia face heightened tensions over Ukraine

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Volcano Erupts in Papua New Guinea, Diverting Flights

A volcanic eruption in Papua New Guinea on Friday sent smoke and ash spewing high over the South Pacific island nation, leading some aircraft to alter their flight paths. Mount Tavurvur on East New Britain Island erupted hours before dawn