The Brief

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Israel Steps Up Air Strikes

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

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Holder Holds Court in Ferguson

Attorney General Eric Holder met with community leaders, 11 days after a police officer shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown

The United Parcel Service logo on the side of a delivery truck on April 23, 2009 in New York City.

UPS: We’ve Been Hacked

Malware may have affected customers' credit- and debit-card information at 51 franchises in 24 states, according to the United Parcel Service

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 militants, including slain American journalist James Foley, the Pentagon said Wednesday, a day after the Sunni extremist group released a graphic video showing the execution of Foley

U.S. singer Beyonce and her husband, rapper Jay-Z tour Old Havana on April 4, 2013.

Feds: Jay Z and Beyoncé Did Not Violate U.S. Sanctions

The Treasury Department said there was "no indication" that Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and her husband Jay Z (Sean Carter) violated U.S. sanctions in Cuba in 2013, which the famous couple visited to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary

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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

Shakira Hit Breaks Copyright Law

A federal judge in New York has found that the Spanish-language version of Shakira's "Loca" breaks copyright laws. The song, which has sold millions of copies since 2010, was found to indirectly infringe on a 1990s recording by Dominican singer Roman Arias Vazquez

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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

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Little League Sensation Mo’ne Davis Benched

Blame it on the pressure of the Little League series, an overnight media blitz or the Sports Illustrated cover jinx: Mo’ne Davis, star of this year’s Little League World Series, was pulled from Wednesday’s game after allowing three runs against Las Vegas’ Mountain Ridge

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Rick Perry Digs in for a Fight

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

Michael Morse of the San Francisco Giants slides safely into third base against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning on August 20, 2014 at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

MLB Upholds First Team Protest in 28 Years

After protesting that the Chicago Cubs didn't cover the field properly with a tarp in a 2-0, rain-induced loss on Tuesday night, the San Francisco Giants were allowed by Major League Baseball to finish the game on Thursday