The Brief

Demonstrators take part in a protest to demand higher wages for fast-food workers outside McDonald's in Los Angeles
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Fast Feud

Fast-food workers across the country are planning another set of one-day walkouts this Thursday, with strikes set to take place in 150 cities at restaurants such as McDonald’s, Wendy’s and KFC. Workers are seeking $15 an hour

Secretary-General of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen gives a press on Sept. 1, 2014 in Brussels.

NATO Preps Russia 'Spearhead'

The western military alliance announced plans to form a rapid-response force in the face of Russia’s aggressive behavior in Ukraine

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor

Eric Cantor Cashes In

The former House Majority Leader joined the board of an investment bank after resigning in the wake of a stunning primary defeat by a Tea Party candidate

Actress Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscars Party in West Hollywood

FBI Probes Hack of Nude Celebrity Photos

The FBI said Monday it was addressing allegations that online accounts of several celebrities, including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, had been hacked, leading to the posting of their nude photographs online

The sign for a Family Dollar store across the street from a Dollar General store, in Jackson, Miss on Aug. 19, 2014.

Dollar General Boosts Offer to Buy Family Dollar

The discount retailer sweetened its deal for Family Dollar to an all-cash offer of $80 per share, up from $78.50 and above the $74.50 cash-and-stock offer by Dollar Tree; Dollar General also promised to divest more stores in a bid to ease antitrust concerns


Low-Carb Diet Beats Low-Fat for Weight Loss

A new study in Annals of Internal Medicine finds that when people followed either a low-fat or low-carb diet for a year, those who cut carbs lost significantly more weight while lowering their heart disease risk factors than dieters who reduced the amount of fat they ate

Recording artist Chris Brown attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California.

Chris Brown Pleads Guilty to Assault in D.C. Court

The Grammy-winning pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and was sentenced to time served on Tuesday, stemming from an altercation outside a Washington hotel that occurred while he was on probation for attacking his then-girlfriend Rihanna

United States Somalia

6 Militants Killed in U.S. Strike in Somalia

A member of al-Shabab said its leader, Ahmed Abdi Godane, was targeted while traveling in one of two vehicles hit in a U.S. military strike against the extremist network in a forest south of Mogadishu but would not say if he was among the six militants who were killed

Jimi Jamison performing in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2009.

Jimi Jamison, Soaring Voice of Survivor, Dies at 63

Jamison joined, left and rejoined Survivor many times as a powerful tenor after officially debuting with the band in 1984; in a statement on the group's Facebook page, the band said it was "very shocked and saddened by the passing of our brother"

Kenneth Bae, Jeffrey Fowle,and Mathew Miller, Sept. 1, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea.

Americans Detained in North Korea Speak Out

Foreign media was granted access to three detained Americans — Kenneth Bae, Jeffrey Fowle and Mathew Miller, who said they have been able to contact their families; the U.S. has repeatedly offered to send an envoy to seek a pardon for the detainees, but to no avail

Marco Rubio Speech On Innovation At Uber's DC Offices

German Court Imposes Nationwide Ban on Uber

A court in Frankfurt instituted a nationwide ban on Uber's ride-sharing service, ruling that the company lacked the necessary permits to pick up passengers through its UberPop service, a cheaper alternative to its black car offering

A police officer wears a body camera at a rally for Michael Brown, Aug. 30, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.

Ferguson Cops Start Using Body Cameras

Officers in Ferguson, Mo., attached body cameras to their uniforms while policing a peaceful demonstration on Saturday, three weeks after the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a policeman sparked unrest