The Brief

IDF soldiers of the Paratroopers Brigade guarding and neutralizing tunnels that were dug by the Hamas organization and leading into Israel, Khan Younis, Gaza, July 30, 2014.
Ziv Koren—Polaris

'Determined' to Destroy Tunnels

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to keep up the offensive against Palestinian militants in Gaza, until the tunnels it claims are facilitating Hamas' attacks on Israel are destroyed, continuing a three-week war that has taken a heavy toll on civilians

Medical staff working with Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) prepare to bring food to patients kept in an isolation area at the MSF Ebola treatment centre in Kailahun, Sierra Leone on July 20, 2014.

Ebola Emergency in Sierra Leone

The declaration of a public health emergency allows for a tougher fight against an outbreak that has killed 729 people across West Africa


House to Boehner: Sue Away

A House GOP measure granting Speaker John Boehner the authority to sue Obama passed 225 to 201, without a single Democrat's support


Exclusive: Holder to Oppose Data-Driven Sentencing

The Attorney General told TIME in an interview he now opposes certain statistical tools used to determine jail time, citing concerns about equal justice in sentencing, which puts the White House at odds with an increasingly effective method for managing prison populations

Rooftops in suburban development in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The Rise of Suburban Poverty in America

The suburbs aren't the middle-class haven many imagine them to be, with a report released Thursday by the Brookings Institution showing a significant rise in suburban Americans who are living beneath the poverty line

Then - Sam's Club CEO Brian Cornell talks about his company's operation during an interview and tour of a Sam's Club store in Bentonville, Arkansas, April 13, 2011.

Target's New CEO to Lead Data Breach Recovery

The retail giant announced on Thursday that PepsiCo exec Brian Cornell, the former head of Sam’s Club, will begin as new CEO as Target prepares to rebound from the fallout wrought by last year's massive data breach that prompted then-CEO Gregg Steinhafel to resign

A patron demonstrates an e-cigarette at Vape store in Chicago, April 23, 2014.

Study: E-Cig Benefits Outweigh Their Harms

A new paper looking at more than 80 studies on e-cigarettes' safety and their effects on users plays devil's advocate, as not smoking altogether is the healthiest but that e-cigs are much less harmful to smokers and bystanders compared to regular cigarettes

Recording artist Alicia Keys attends the 2014 Essence Music Festival on July 4, 2014 in New Orleans.

Alicia Keys Pregnant With Her Second Child

Alicia Keys and her husband Swizz Beatz announced via Instagram on Thursday that they're expecting a second child, with Swizz posting a photo of his clearly pregnant wife alongside a birthday message that included the good news

Veterans Affairs Secretary nominee Robert McDonald of Ohio is sworn in during a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearings to examine his nomination to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 22, 2014.

House Approves Veterans Affairs Overhaul

The $16.3 billion measure is intended help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors, and make firing senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department easier. The 420-5 vote sends the bill to the Senate, where approval is expected by Friday

Evan Reed of the Detroit Tigers baseball team.

Former Detroit Tiger Charged With Sexual Assault

Evan Reed is accused of sexually assaulting a 45-year-old woman in Michigan in late March, while knowing the victim was "physically helpless or mentally incapacitated or mentally incapable to consent." Reed's lawyer called the charges "ridiculous"

Interstellar is an upcoming film directed by Christopher Nolan.

New Trailer for Nolan's Interstellar Is Out of This World

The visionary director behind the Dark Knight trilogy unveils more footage of his deep-space epic starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Michael Caine on a mission to explore a newly discovered wormhole and to "surpass the limitations on human space travel"

A. Michael Khoury at Leading Insurance Agency enrolls Hisham Uadadeh in a health insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act on Feb. 13, 2014 in Miami.

HealthCare.Gov Diagnosis: Overpriced, Inefficient

Feds badly managed the development of a website to sell health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, potentially costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars in cost overruns, according to testimony that will be delivered to a House subcommittee Thursday