The Brief

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 31: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a news conference at Trump Tower where he addressed issues about the money he pledged to donate to veterans groups following a skipped a debate in January before the Iowa caucuses on May 31, 2016 in New York City. Trump had previously said he had raised $6 million at the nationally broadcast fund-raiser he attended instead of the debate and that he would donate it all to veterans groups. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Trump Defends Vets Donations

Presumptive Republican White House nominee Donald Trump stood in his gold-plated skyscraper lobby, defending claims that he raised millions for veterans groups and criticizing journalists for trying to verify the claim

California Gov. Jerry Brown gestures as he speaks at the 91st Annual Sacramento Host Breakfast Wednesday, May 18, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California Gov. Jerry Brown Backs Hillary Clinton

California Gov. Jerry Brown said he will vote for Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders in the state's Democratic primary next week, urging Democrats and independents in an open letter to unite around Clinton and put an end to the party's protracted nominating contest

Iraqi security forces members gesture near Falluja, Iraq

Iraqi Forces Repel ISIS Attack

Iraqi forces battling their way into Fallujah repelled a four-hour attack by ISIS in the city's south, a day after first moving into the southern edges of the militant-held city with the help of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes

Social Media Illustrations

Tech Companies Promise to Fight Hate Speech Online

Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Microsoft have agreed to work with European officials to crack down on hateful speech published on their respective platforms. Each company has agreed to remove offending content within 24 hours

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a debate in Detroit, on March 3, 2016.

Conservatives Struggle to Find 3rd-party Trump Alternative

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are historically weak and unlikable nominees. But the odds of any other candidate having a legitimate shot at winning the White House are close to nil, as conservative attempts to filed a third-party challenger continue to yield no takers

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors reacts in the third quarter of Game Seven of the Western Conference Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the 2016 NBA Playoffs in Oakland, Calif. on May 30, 2016.

How the Golden State Warriors Survived the West

It was vintage Warriors; a graceful onslaught of offense. Golden State rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to beat Oklahoma City Thunder 96-88 in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals. Up next, the NBA's series of the century

Aedes aegypti mosquito, the species which transmits the dengue virus, chikungunya fever and zika is photographed on March 04, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

WHO Issues New Safe-Sex Guidelines for Zika

People returning from areas where the Zika virus is found should follow safe sex practices or abstain from sex for at least eight weeks rather than just four, the World Health Organization said

SAN JOSE, CA - Democratic Candidate for President former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to and meets California voters during a rally in downtown San Jose, California on Thursday, May 26, 2016. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Hillary Clinton Email Claims Scrutinized

Hillary Clinton has misstated key facts about her use of private email and her own server for her work as secretary of state, the department's inspector general reported. Here's a detailed look at the findings

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during an event at the annual Rolling Thunder "Ride for Freedom" parade ahead of Memorial Day in Washington, DC, on May 29, 2016.

North Korea Praises Donald Trump as a 'Wise Politician'

A North Korean state media outlet has praised Donald Trump as a “wise politician” and “far-sighted candidate" who can reunify the Korean peninsula. The DPRK Today editorial welcomed his willingness to talk to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

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Animal Rights Outrage Grows Over Gorilla's Death

Dozens of people gathered at a vigil for the gorilla killed by Cincinnati Zoo officials to protect a 4-year-old boy who fell into the animal's enclosure, as animal rights activists said the death was avoidable

South Korea Koreas Tensions

North Korea Missile Launch Likely Failed

A North Korean missile launch likely failed according to South Korea's military, the latest in a string of high-profile failures that tempers recent worries that Pyongyang was pushing quickly toward its goal of a nuclear-tipped missile

Severe Weather

8 Dead as U.S. Prepares for Severe Storms

Funnel clouds and twisters swept through Nebraska and Colorado on Monday as several other states in the country's mid-section prepared for potentially powerful wind gusts, hail and heavy rain. The forecast came after a "siege of severe thunderstorms"