The Brief

File photo of Tunisia's National Dialogue Quartet leaders before a news conference in Tunis

Tunisia Activists Win Peace Prize

The National Dialogue Quartet won the Nobel Peace Prize for its contributions to the Arab Spring movement. "It established an alternative, peaceful political process at a time when the country was on the brink of civil war," the committee said in its citation

Northern Arizona University Shooting

1 Dead in Shooting at Northern Arizona University

An early morning fight between two groups of students escalated into gunfire in the parking lot outside an Arizona university dormitory, leaving one person dead and three others wounded. The 18-year-old shooter was in custody

US Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter

Obama Administration Will End Syrian Rebel Training

Defense officials say the Obama administration will end the program to train and equip Syrian rebels in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS). The program, which cost $500 million, has not been effective in combating the terrorist group

Scientists Discover 4,500-Year-Old Human DNA in Africa

Scientists have found a complete assemblage of DNA from an ancient human in Africa for the first time. Archaeologists from the University of South Florida recovered the 4,500-year-old skeleton, which they have dubbed Mota, from a cave in Ethiopia

Operations Inside A Starbucks Corp. Coffee Shop

Starbucks Will Soon Accept Apple Pay

Starbucks is among several new retailers that will soon start accepting Apple Pay, Apple's mobile payments system. Best Buy, KFC and Chili's are also rolling out Apple Pay support, Apple Vice President Jennifer Bailey said at a technology conference

Los Angeles Philharmonic's Walt Disney Concert Hall Opening Night Gala - Performance

John Williams to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

John Williams will be the first composer to receive the American Film Institute's highest honor: the group's Life Achievement Award. In addition to composing the music for Star Wars, the 88-year-old has created the soundtracks to E.T., Jaws and many more

Saudi Arabia Hajj

Hajjj Stampede Killed at Least 1,453 People

A new tally based on information from 19 countries shows last month's crush and stampede at the Saudi Arabia hajj was the deadliest event to ever strike the annual pilgrimage: at least 1,453 people died Sept. 24 in Mina near the holy city of Mecca

California Governor Jerry Brown speaks at a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping and five United States governors to discuss clean technology and economic development  in Seattle, Washington

California Law Will Ban Products With Plastic Microbeads

California Governor Jerry Brown approved a measure that will phase out exfoliating microbeads in California by 2020, prohibiting the sale of toothpaste, soaps, facial and body scrubs, and other personal care products with polluting plastic microbeads