The Brief

Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama
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Hillary and Michelle's Reunion

As Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has entered the last stretch of the election, her campaign has liberally deployed First Lady Michelle Obama as its most popular political surrogate. On Thursday, they campaigned together for the first time

Ranching Standoff

Jury Acquits Leaders of Oregon Standoff

The leaders of an armed group that took over a national wildlife refuge in rural Oregon have been found not guilty of conspiracy and possession of firearms at a federal facility. A jury exonerated brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy and five others

Oil Pipeline Protest

Police Begin Arresting Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters

Authorities have begun arresting some Dakota Access pipeline protesters at a camp the demonstrators set up on private land in the path of pipeline construction. Police and soldiers launched the operation at midday to oust the protesters, a day after they refused to leave voluntarily

Apple MacBook Pro

Apple's New Laptop Kills the Function Keys

Apple is killing the function keys. The company unveiled a new version of the MacBook Pro with a thin touch display that sits above the keyboard. This screen, called the Touch Bar, will display different keys and icons depending on the app that's being used

Candidates Hillary Clinton And Donald Trump Hold Second Presidential Debate At Washington University

Bill Clinton, Inc.

A 2011 memo made public by Wikileaks revealed how former President Bill Clinton made tens of millions of dollars for himself and his wife, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, through an ethically messy amalgam of philanthropic, business and personal activities


Thousands Displaced as Powerful Earthquakes Strike Italy

Authorities scrambled to find housing for thousands of people displaced by a pair of strong earthquakes that struck the same region of central Italy hit by a deadly quake in August, hoping to prevent a second night for them on the street or in cars

Clarence Thomas Groping Allegation

Clarence Thomas Denies New Groping Accusation

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has denied a sexual assault accusation leveled against him by a one-time female dinner guest. Moira Smith said that Thomas had grabbed her buttocks multiple times during a 1999 dinner party

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at an evening performance of BET's "Love and Happiness: A Musical Experience" on the South Lawn of the White House on October 21, 2016, in Washington, DC.

President Obama Commutes Sentences for 98 Inmates

Ninety-eight federal inmates will return home sooner than expected after President Barack Obama commuted their sentences, part of a clemency push that has sped up dramatically in Obama's final months

Pakistan Famed Afghan Woman

'Afghan Girl' Arrest Highlights Pressures on Refugees

Sharbat Gula, who appeared on the cover of National Geographic in 1985, is facing up to 14 years in prison after she was arrested in Pakistan on charges of possessing fake identity documents — part of a wider crackdown on Afghan immigrants

schoolgirl in front of wipe board, science equations

U.S. 4th-Graders Close Gender Gap in Science

New test results show U.S. fourth and eighth-graders have made improvements in their study of science, narrowing persistent achievement gaps based on gender and race. The exam tests students on physical science, life science and Earth and space sciences


MoMA Adds the 176 Original Emojis to Its Collection

The Museum of Modern Art announced that it has acquired the original set of 176 emojis. Released in 1999 by Japanese phone company NTT DoCoMo, the first emojis were simple 12-pixel-by-12-pixel images that included a smiley face