The Brief


'A Leprosy in Our House'

Pope Francis reportedly called the Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal "a leprosy in our house," also saying one in 50 clergy members is a pedophile

Israeli soldiers from the Nahal Infantry Brigade walk across a field near central Gaza Strip

Israel Deploys Ground Troops

Israel raided the Gaza Strip on land Sunday, suggesting neither Israeli forces nor Hamas seem interested in the UN's proposed cease-fire

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry waits for the start of a meeting with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Vienna

Kerry: 'Significant Gaps' Remain on Iran Nuclear Deal

Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Vienna Sunday to participate in nuclear negotiations with Iran, attempting to finalize an interim deal that halted the expansion of Iran's nuclear program in exchange for eased sanctions

Scott Walker

Governors Divided on How to Handle Border Crisis

Though governors agreed the U.S. must address unaccompanied minors illegally crossing the border at a meeting this weekend, they showed little consensus over what Washington should actually do to mitigate the situation

Houston Suburban Shooting

Texas Shooting Survivor Quotes Harry Potter at Memorial

"Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light," 15-year-old Cassidy Stay said, quoting Harry Potter, at a memorial service for her parents and four siblings killed in a shooting rampage


Back-to-Back Lightning Deaths in Colorado Park

For the second day in a row, lightning has been blamed in the death of a visitor Saturday at Rocky Mountain National Park, after lightning had killed another visitor on Friday and injured several others, park officials said

FILE - Olympic Swimmer Ian Thorpe Reveals He Is Gay On An Interview With Michael Parkinson On Australian Television

Australian Swimmer Ian Thorpe Comes Out as Gay

After years of denials, Australian swimmer and five-time Olympic gold medalist Ian Thorpe announced he is gay this weekend in a tell-interview that aired in Australia Sunday night. "I don't want young people to feel the same way that I did," he said

65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals

Tracy Morgan Released From Rehab After Deadly Crash

Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan has been released from a medical rehabilitation center more than a month after being critically injured in a car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. Morgan will continue treatment at home

Apple iPhone China

Apple: Your Data Is Safe With Us, China

Apple on Saturday denied claims made on Chinese state media that its iPhone presents a security risk to customers by compromising location data via GPS. The company said it has never tried to "create a backdoor" in its products

Organic produce

Organic Produce Has Fewer Pesticides, More Antioxidants

Organically-grown fruits, vegetables and grains have substantially higher levels of antioxidants and lower levels of pesticides than conventionally-grown produce, according to a comprehensive review of earlier studies on the matter