The Brief

White House press secretary Sean Spicer calls on a member of the media during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 27, 2017. Spicer discussed former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Trump's tax overhaul plan and other topics.
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Spicer Quits

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer abruptly resigned after President Donald Trump named former New York hedge fund executive Anthony Scaramucci as his communications director. Spicer viewed his role diminished by Scaramucci’s hire

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Can President Trump Pardon Himself?

As the special counsel investigation swirls around President Trump, the Washington Post reported that he's trying to learn about his pardoning powers. But could he actually pardon himself?


Tour Operators Say U.S. Will Ban Travel to North Korea

The U.S. government will soon ban its citizens from traveling to North Korea, according to two tour operators. The move follows the recent death of Otto Warmbier, an American tourist arrested in Pyongyang who died days after his release


Hawaii to Announce Emergency Plan for N. Korea Attack

Hawaii is launching a plan to prepare residents in case North Korea fires an intercontinental missile at the island state. The educational campaign aims to inform residents and visitors on what to do if North Korea strikes

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Fantastic Four Is Getting a Surprising Spinoff Movie

Noah Hawley announced at Comic-Con in San Diego that he is working on a Doctor Doom movie for 20th Century Fox. He revealed very few details about the project, but for fans, this might actually work for the flagging Fantastic Four franchise

OJ Simpson Bids For Freedom In Parole Hearing

O.J. Simpson Has Been Granted Parole

O.J. Simpson has been granted parole. The 70-year-old former football star will leave Nevada’s Lovelock Correctional Center as early as Oct. 1 after a board voted to approve his release Thursday


U.S. Lifts Laptop Ban on All Airlines

The U.S. has officially ended the laptop ban. Customers flying to the United States from airports in Muslim-majority countries affected by the ban can once again bring their laptops and other electronic devices on board, officials said


GOP Faces Uphill Battle on Health Care

Republican leaders pushed toward a Senate vote next Tuesday on resurrecting their health care bill. Their uphill drive was further complicated by the ailing John McCain's potential absence and a report that the number of uninsured Americans would soar

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Police Chief Says Justine Damond 'Did Not Have to Die'

The fatal shooting of an Australian woman by a Minneapolis police officer responding to her 911 call "should not have happened," police Chief Janee Harteau said in her first public remarks since the death of Justine Damond

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Earthquake Strikes Greek Island, Killing 2

A powerful earthquake shook the Greek island of Kos, damaging several buildings and the main port, killing at least two people and causing more than 120 injuries, authorities said. The 6.5-magnitude quake rattled Turkey's Aegean coast as well

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Salvador Dali's Mustache Still Intact After Body Exhumed

Forensic experts in Spain have removed hair, nails and two long bones from Salvador Dali's embalmed remains to find genetic samples for a paternity test. Officials said Friday that the artist's famous mustache has also stayed in its classic shape

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Chipotle Customer Tests Positive for Norovirus

A person who reported eating at a Chipotle in northern Virginia has tested positive for norovirus. But health officials say that's not yet enough to determine the cause of the roughly 60 reported illnesses it has identified