The Brief

Bank Of America Reports Loss Due 6 Billion Dollar Legal Charge
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Biggest Settlement Ever

The Justice Department announced Thursday that Bank of America will pay a record $16.65 billion fine to settle allegations that it sold toxic mortgages to investors. The sum is the largest settlement between the government and a private corporation in U.S. history

Dr. Kent Brantly seen working at an Ebola isolation ward at a mission hospital outside of Monrovia, Liberia.

Ebola Patient Discharged

One Ebola patient at an Atlanta hospital was discharged Tuesday, while another is set to be released later Thursday

Journalist James Foley covers the civil war in Aleppo, Syria, in November 2012.

U.S. Attempted Hostage Rescue

The U.S. launched a rescue operation this summer to free hostages held by ISIS, including slain American journalist James Foley, the Pentagon said

Demonstrators protest the killing of teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 20, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.

Ferguson Protests Stay Peaceful

A visit by Attorney General Eric Holder and a spell of bad weather produced a smaller, more subdued crowd on Wednesday in Ferguson, Mo., as nighttime protests remained peaceful for the first time in nearly a week

Spotify Map Shows When 2 People Listen to the Same Song

The music-streaming service Spotify unveiled an online map called "Serendipity" that shows when people in different cities are listening to the same song at the exact same time, regardless of the city, timezone or hemisphere

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Israeli Air Strike Kills 3 Senior Hamas Leaders

An Israeli air strike in Gaza killed three senior leaders of the Hamas military wing on Thursday, the group said. The attack near the town of Rafah was one of 20 the Israeli military said it carried out after midnight on Wednesday

A McDonald's restaurant sign is seen at a McDonald's restaurant in Del Mar, California

Russia Is Cracking Down on McDonald's

Russian regulators are targeting McDonald’s restaurants, citing food safety. But this increased pressure on the American chain comes on the heels of tit-for-tat sanctions between Russia and Western countries over the ongoing conflict in Ukraine

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Get Ready, SoundCloud Users: Ads Are Coming

SoundCloud, the popular free music-sharing platform that's helped artists like Lorde skyrocket to fame, is introducing advertisements. The company said Thursday that select content creators will be able to play ads beside their tracks and collect some of the revenue

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Blood Transfusions May Help Kids With Sickle-Cell Anemia

Regular blood transfusions could significantly reduce the risk of strokes in children who have sickle-cell anemia. A study of nearly 200 children with the condition found that monthly transfusions could reduce the chance of strokes by more than half

Texas Governor Rick Perry enters the booking area at the Travis County courthouse in Austin, Texas, Aug. 19, 2014.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry Digs in for a Fight

Perry pleaded not guilty on Wednesday in the abuse-of-power case against him, waiving a formal arraignment that had been scheduled for Friday and again signaling his readiness to fight a prosecution that he has decried as a "farce"

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Study: Yoga Makes You a Quicker, Better Thinker

Practice hatha yoga consistently for eight weeks, and you're likely to think faster and better remember things, whereas just stretching and toning yielded no improvement, according to a new study of more than 100 adults with ages ranging from 55 to 79

Actress Winona Ryder attends special screening of "Turks and Caicos" hosted by Vogue and The Cinema Society at the Crosby Street Hotel on April 7, 2014, in New York.

Winona Ryder Will Join David Simon's Show Me a Hero

Winona Ryder will embark on her "largest TV commitment to date," starring alongside Oscar Issac, Catherine Keener, Alfred Molina and The Walking Dead's Jon Bernthal in the new HBO miniseries Show Me a Hero, created by The Wire's David Simon