The Brief

Smoke rises following what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike in Gaza, Aug. 20, 2014.

Israel-Gaza Conflict Reignites

Renewed firepower between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip has led to the collapse of talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Cairo

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Video Claims Journalist Execution

A video posted online Tuesday purportedly shows an Islamist extremist beheading American journalist James Foley, who was kidnapped in Syria in 2012

NRA Campaign Has Michael Bloomberg in Its Crosshairs

The National Rifle Association is launching a national ad campaign to strike back at one of the gun advocacy groups biggest detractors, business magnate and former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has spent tens of millions of dollars to counter its lobbying prowess

Actor Mark Wahlberg attends the Beijing premiere"Transformers: Fall of Time"at Wanda Plaza on June 23, 2014 in Beijing.

Mark Wahlberg May Star in BP Oil Spill Movie

The actor is in talks with Lionsgate over a movie to be called Deepwater Horizon, about the deadly marine oil spill in 2010, that would have him play the part of a manager who seeks to rescue his crew members

Yogacharya BKS Iyengar performing Yoga at his Yoga Institute in Pune, Maharashtra, India, in 2007.

Yoga Guru BKS Iyengar Dies at 95

The Indian yoga guru, who began practicing after a series of childhood illnesses and started teaching in the 1930s, helped make yoga popular in the U.S.; he died at the age of 95 on Wednesday after reportedly being admitted to a hospital in Pune for breathlessness

A Liberian burial team wearing protective clothing retrieves the body of a 60-year-old Ebola victim from his home on Aug. 17, 2014 near Monrovia, Liberia.

Aid Group Slams Global Response to Ebola Outbreak

Brice de le Vingne, operations director of MSF, has slammed the world's "lack of willingness and professionalism" to tackle Ebola in West Africa: “We have been screaming for months. Now the situation is even worse," he says, as the crisis threatens to spiral out of control

Brain

Exercise Makes Kids’ Brains More Efficient

A new study finds, for the first time, that children who are more fit have more white matter in their brains — a key factor for attention and memory — but whether the bulkier white matter actually translates into higher IQ or better school grades isn’t clear yet

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Patient Tested for Ebola at California Hospital

Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center has not divulged details of the patient or stated if the patient has recently been in West Africa, the disease's epicenter. But all precautions are being taken, and the patient is housed in a specially equipped room

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Hacking Traffic Lights Is Apparently Really Easy

Security researchers at the University of Michigan reveal vulnerabilities in crucial roadway infrastructure, which make traffic control systems susceptible to a system-wide attack that would have been impossible in a precomputerized era

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Perry Booked in Politically Charged Abuse-of-Power Case

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has vowed to contest the two felony charges stemming from a threat and ultimate veto of funding to the state’s public integrity unit, surrendered himself to sheriff’s deputies to be fingerprinted and have his mug shot taken

Jordan Belfort Speaks At The Gold Coast Convention Centre

The Real Wolf of Wall Street Is Co-Writing a TV Show

Jordan Belfort, now a motivational speaker and author, is co-writing a show with Rush Hour director Brett Ratner and Australian billionaire James Packer. The upcoming series will be based on the excesses of Wall Street in the 1980s