The Brief

Elon Musk speaks during the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, on Sept. 27, 2016.
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Donald Trump speaks as Hillary Clinton listens during their first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, Sept. 26, 2016.

Diligent Clinton Upstages Trump at Crucial Moment

Perhaps you can’t wing your way to the White House. At the first debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, authenticity proved to be no substitution for preparation and strong words faded in the face of solid experience

Cuba Amb. Jeffrey DeLaurentis, on Sept. 19, 2016 in New York City.

Obama Nominates U.S. Ambassador to Cuba

President Barack Obama announced career diplomat Jeffrey DeLaurentis as his choice to become the first U.S. ambassador to Cuba in more than a half-century, a move that sets up a possible fight with congressional critics of Obama's overtures to the communist island nation

Capitol, seat of United States Congress, Washington DC, District of Columbia, USA, 18th-19th century

Senate Blocks Spending Bill That Would Prevent Shutdown

The Senate blocked a bill needed to keep the government open beyond Friday's midnight deadline. Most Democrats and at least 10 Republicans voted to block the bill, which also funds the fight against Zika. Democrats are demanding money to help Flint's water crisis

People dig in the rubble in an ongoing search for survivors at a site hit by an airstrike in the rebel-held Tariq al-Bab neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria, Sept. 26, 2016.

Battle for Besieged Syrian City of Aleppo Intensifies

With international diplomacy in tatters and the U.S. focused on its election, the Syrian government and its Russian allies are seizing the moment to wage an all-out campaign to recapture Aleppo, unleashing the most destructive bombing of the past five years

World’s First Baby Born With DNA From Three Parents

A baby has been born with DNA from three biological parents. Ibtisam Shaban and Mahmoud Hassan, were treated by a U.S. team based in Mexico using a controversial technique that allows parents with rare genetic mutations to have healthy babies

Wells Fargo Bank

Wells Fargo Claws Back $41 Million From CEO

Wells Fargo says CEO John Stumpf and the executive who ran the bank's consumer banking division will forfeit tens of millions of dollars in bonuses as it tries to stem a scandal over its sales practices. Both are also giving up any bonuses for 2016

2016 Republican National Convention - Day 2

Chris Christie Seemed Happy About Bridgegate, Ex-Aid Says

Gov. Chris Christie was told about the epic 2013 traffic jam at the George Washington Bridge while it was underway, seemed happy about it and joked sarcastically that there was nothing political going on, a former loyalist testified

ABC's "Modern Family" - Season Eight

Modern Family to Feature Transgender Child Actor

U.S. sitcom Modern Family is set to air an episode that will feature the first openly transgender child actor on television. 8-year-old Jackson Millarker will feature in a first for trans-visibility on television

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Farm Kids Have Fewer Allergies

People who grow up on a farm tend to have lower allergy risk than their rural and urban counterparts, according to new research. Women who lived on a farm before age 5 consistently also had stronger lungs as adults

Charlotte protests

Charlotte City Council Blasted Over Police Shooting Reaction

Angry Charlotte residents verbally lashed City Council members, complaining about what they called unaccountable police officers and civilian leaders who have failed to force change as the city marked a week of protests since a police officer fatally shot a black man