The Brief

Pepsi and Coke

Soda Slimdown

The country's three largest soda companies promised Tuesday to reduce the calories in sugary drinks by 20% over the next decade

The Holy Bible

Envoy Under House Arrest

The Vatican says it has put its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic under house arrest following allegations he sexually abused young boys

Apple Store Soho Presents Meet The Actor: Vince Vaughn

Vince Vaughn Joins HBO's True Detective Season 2

HBO announced that Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn will serve as the leads in the second season of the network's hit drama, ending what feels like years of speculation. Justin Lin (The Fast & The Furious, Community) will direct the first two episodes

Rahm Emmanuel

Chicago Mayor Pushes Illinois To Decriminalize Pot

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is called on the Illinois state legislature Tuesday to decriminalize marijuana possession and to make all arrests for those caught with one gram or less of any drug a misdemeanor instead of a felony

Columbine HS Massacre Remembered Ten Years Later

One of the Columbine Shooters’ Mothers Is Writing a Book

The mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the two Columbine High School shooters who opened fire on their fellow classmates 15 years ago and killed 13 people before committing suicide, will write a memoir of the "indescribable grief and shame" she has lived with


70% Of Violent Crime Victims Suffer After Incident

7 out of 10 people endure severe social or emotional problems after being the victim of a violent crime, but only about 12% of those who had problems received help from victim services, according to a new report from the Department of Justice

HeForShe Campaign Launch

Group Threatens Emma Watson After Feminism Speech

Some users on the notorious 4chan message board have allegedly threatened to expose nude pictures of the actress, following her speech at the UN Women's HeforShe launch, which called on men to support women and saw 68,000 men worldwide sign on

President Nicolas Maduro talks during a meeting with ministers at Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Sept. 3, 2014.

New Venezuelan President Courts Hugo Chavez Faithful

In the absence of serious political opposition, Nicolás Maduro's real challenge since he came to power last year has been keeping the left—particularly supporters of the late Hugo Chávez—united behind his leadership

Ban Ki-moon

United Nations Climate Summit Sees Big Pledge

Some 120 world leaders announced plans to devote more than $200 billion to fund clean energy and call for a deal to cap greenhouse gas emissions. The summit is seen as the beginning year-long negotiations that should culminate with a deal in Paris next year

Apple Said To Be In Talks To Purchase Beats Headphones Company

Apple Denies It Will Kill Beats Music Service

Apple issued a rare public denial of a report that the company is shuttering the Beats Music streaming service, which it acquired along with the rest of Beats in a $3-billion deal earlier this year. But there's reason to think that'll happen sooner or later