The Brief

Hong Kong Protests

Hong Kong Protesters Up Ante

Pro-democracy demonstrators clogged central Hong Kong as their leaders vowed to keep up their civil disobedience until the city's Chief Executive resigns


Phelps Busted on DUI Charge

Police said Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps was arrested in Maryland early Tuesday and charged with driving under the influence

Plastic Bag

California Becomes the First State to Ban Plastic Bags

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday that makes the state the nation's first to ban single-use plastic bags, a restriction that will go into effect in July 2015 for large grocery stores and in 2016 for smaller businesses

Washington DC: facade of US Capitol building

Political Groups Turn to Fibs for 2014 Fundraising

Campaigns and outside political groups are moving beyond the terrifying ALL-CAPS subject lines and pleas of poverty in their fundraising emails, instead resorting to bold-faced lies about matched donations and membership perks

Apple Inc.'s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Go On Sale

Apple's iPhone 6 Is Headed to China After Delay

China has become a critical market that now comprises 16% of Apple's sales. The iPhone 6 launch was reportedly delayed there because the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology was slow to approve the new device. Pre-orders begin on Oct. 10

Woman Jail

Prison Bankers Profit From Inmates, Squeeze Families

Companies that effectively serve as prison bankers collect tens of millions of dollars every year from inmates’ families in fees for basic financial services. To make payments, some forego medical care, skip utility bills and limit contact with their imprisoned relatives

Beauty and the Beast

Perks of Being a Wallflower Author to Adapt Disney Classic

Stephen Chbosky will reportedly script a new draft of the 1991 classic Beauty and the Beast to make an updated live-action version. Disney has not yet commented on the matter but appears ready to capitalize on its success earlier this year with Maleficent

Ebola Liberia

5 Reasons We May Never Know Ebola's True Impact

A recent CDC report estimates cases in West Africa would reach 1.4 million by January if current trends in the outbreak continue without a ramped up effort. Here's why we may never know Ebola's true impact, despite health experts' best efforts to grasp its potential

Husain Abdullah

Player Shouldn't Have Been Penalized for Prayer, NFL Says

An NFL spokesman said Kansas City Chiefs player Husain Abdullah, a devout Muslim, shouldn't have been penalized for celebrating a touchdown with an end-zone prayer. He was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct — excessive celebration, resulting in a 15-yard penalty

Ashraf Ghani Afghanistan

Afghanistan, U.S. Sign Long-Awaited Security Pact

The deal, which will allow U.S. forces to remain in the country past the end of the year, was signed in Kabul on Tuesday. President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, sworn into office a day earlier, said it signaled a fundamental shift in Afghanistan's relations with the world


EBay Unveils Plan to Spin Off PayPal Next Year

The web giant plans to separate eBay and PayPal into independent, publicly traded companies focused on their strengths — e-commerce and payments — a separation that activist investor Carl Icahn called for earlier this year