The Brief

US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney as he speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland on March 15, 2013.
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Mitt: Hillary's 'Clueless'

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will make his most forceful public case yet against likely Democratic contender Hillary Clinton's presidential ambitions in a speech Wednesday at Mississippi State University

Charlie Glover leaves a two foot tall path as he uses a snow blower to dig himself out of the snow on Jan. 27, 2015 in New Bedford, Mass.

Northeast Digs Out

Millions of Americans scrambled to return to normal after a blizzard pounded locations from Long Island to New England with up to three feet of snow

Burning vehicles are seen near the village of Ghajar on Israel's border with Lebanon, Jan. 28, 2015.

Israel and Hizballah Step Back

Israel appeared to expect Wednesday's exchange of fire between Hizballah and the Israeli army, and was satisfied with a limited response

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Researchers Claim Peanut Allergy Breakthrough

Researchers in Australia say they are one step closer to finding a cure for people with severe peanut allergies after a daily combination of peanut protein and a probiotic helped 80 percent of children in a study

An American Airlines plane is seen at the Miami International Airport in Miami in 2013.

Fake Twitter Bomb Threats to Airlines On the Rise

Airline bomb threats on Twitter have disrupted at least sixteen flights in the past five days, according to a new report. Just Tuesday, a tweet claiming to be from ISIS said there was a bomb on board an American Airlines flight in Chicago

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Stieg Larsson Sequel Set for 35 Country Release in August

A new novel in late Swedish author Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy will hit shelves in 35 countries this August, the book's publisher announced Tuesday. That Which Does Not Kill, was completed by Swedish journalist and author David Lagercrantz

Mother of ISIS captive Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh holds his picture as she takes part in a demonstration demanding that the Jordanian government negotiate with Islamic state and for the release of her son, in front of the prime minister's building in Amman, Jan. 27, 2015.

Jordan Ready for ISIS Prisoner Exchange

Jordan's information minister says his government is set to swap an Iraqi woman held in Jordan for a Jordanian pilot captured by extremists from the Islamic State group — but made no mention of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, who is also being held by ISIS

Shoppers And Retail Economy As German Investor Confidence Jumps

H&M to Open 400 New Stores in 2015

The new store openings for this year will mostly occur in China and the U.S., although H&M said it will debut in several new markets this year, including South Africa, India, and Peru. The Swedish retailer says its profit leapt 17% in 2014

As Deadline On Debt Reduction Impasse Looms, Super Committee Meets Over Weekend

Budget Cuts Hit Red States Hardest, Say Analysts

Funding for a range of discretionary grant programs has fallen 40% in Republican states compared to a drop of only 25% in swing states or states that tend to support the Democrats, according to new research

Apple iPad Arrives In Stores

Feds Tell Hotels They Can’t Block Your Wi-Fi

The Federal Communications Commission issued an enforcement advisory Tuesday explicitly prohibiting hotels from interfering with Wi-Fi hotspots that customers may set up using their mobile phones and data plans. The ban also extends to convention centers and other commercial establishments

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WHO Appoints New Africa Chief

The World Health Organization appointed Botswana’s Dr. Matshidiso Moeti to head its Africa region on Tuesday. The physician is tasked with revamping the organization’s operations on the continent in the wake of the Ebola outbreak