The Brief

Apple Unveils iPhone 6

Apple CEO 'Proud to Be Gay'

Tim Cook announced Thursday that he's gay, in an essay that puts him among the highest-profile publicly out business leaders in the world

Boston mayor Thomas M. Menino

Ex-Boston Mayor Menino Dies

Thomas Menino was the city’s longest-serving mayor, serving 5 terms in office before stepping down this year and being diagnosed with cancer

World Series - San Francisco Giants v Kansas City Royals - Game Seven

Giants Hold Off Royals to Win World Series

The San Francisco Giants held off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Wednesday night in Game 7 of the World Series for their third championship in five seasons. No pitcher in history had a World Series like Madison Bumgarner, writes TIME's Sean Gregory


What's Really in Your Shrimp Cocktail?

A new study by Oceana, a marine conservation advocacy group, finds that 30% of shrimp products are misrepresented — either mislabeled as the wrong species, called or implied to be "wild" when in fact it was farmed, or mixed in a bag with various species

"X-Men: Days Of Future Past" Australian Premiere - Arrivals

HBO Gives Game of Thrones Stars a Big Raise

The cast of Game of Thrones has signed on for a potential seventh season of the popular HBO series, and the actors renegotiated their contracts to include hefty pay bumps, according to a new report

Rosa Pantoja sews a bullet proof vest together in the Research and Development department of the Point Blank Body Armor factory in Pompano Beach, Fla., Sept. 19, 2014

Economy Grew Faster Than Expected Over the Summer

The U.S. posted a better-than-expected jump in growth for the third quarter, the latest indication that the world’s largest economy is performing well even as the global economy faces headwinds. GDP jumped at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 3.5%

App Tinder

Men Swipe Right on Tinder 3 Times as Much as Women

Men are almost three times as likely to swipe right on the dating app than women, doing it 46% of the time compared to just 14% for women. Co-founder and CEO Sean Rad touted its more realistic appeal to physical attraction over algorithms that others say yield compatibility

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner exits the polling place after voting in Winnetka, Ill.

Mega-Donors Give Big in State Elections

At least 29 donors have given $1 million or more to state-level campaigns, with a dozen of the big givers made up of self-funding candidates, according to an analysis of campaign finance data. Others include billionaires, corporate giants, unions and nonprofits

Hawaii Volcano

Lava Flows Near Hawaii Main Road

A breakout of the lava flow was about 100 ft. from a Pahoa residence — about the length of a basketball court — said Hawaii County civil-defense director Darryl Oliveira. Dozens of homes, business and other structures are within the area

Dissident Says He Was Tortured for Challenging Putin

From London to Berlin, exiled opponents of Russia are increasingly fearing for their safety. Not since the Cold War have Russian operatives been accused of such violence and intimidation abroad. The story of one man who says he was tortured for challenging Putin