The Brief

Marijuana Pot Weed Farm Growers

Uncle Sam Wants a Gram

Calling all pot farmers: The federal government is looking to buy, solicting proposals to “harvest, process, analyze, store and distribute” cannabis

A man displays an Apple's iPhone 5 smartphone on February 25, 2014 in the French northern city of Lille.

Apple Loses Samsung Fight

A judge rejected Apple's bid to permanently ban sales of some Samsung phones that were found to infringe Apple patents

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Erasing Bad Memories May Soon Be Possible

Using state of the art laser and gas techniques, scientists working with mice have made stunning breakthroughs in stripping the painful and negative feelings associated with a traumatic memory to neutralize it

Festival Supreme

Galifianakis to Play Clown in New FX Series

FX has greenlit a pilot starring Zach Galifianakis in a show called Baskets co-created by the Hangover actor, Louis C.K. Portlandia's Jonathan Krisel, which follows a frustrated professional clown but who’s stuck working at a local rodeo

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY attends a press conference calling for the creation of an independent military justice system to deal with sexual harassment and assault in the military, in the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on Feb. 6, 2014.

Sen. Says Male Colleague Told Her Don't Get 'Porky'

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) says in a new book that she has faced several sexist encounters with her male colleagues, being nicknamed everything from “Honey Badger” to “hottest member of the Senate"

Astronomers Just Saw the Formation of an Ancient Galaxy

The scientists have dubbed the massive, newly spotted galaxy "Sparky," and say it contains twice as many stars as the Milky Way, but at just a fraction of the size. Sparky is so far from Earth that its observable light was actually created 11 billion years ago

Kids look over a ledge as a trash fire burns in the Mangueira community, or 'favela', which overlooks the famed Maracana Stadium on June 5, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Burning Trash Causes Serious Health Problems, Study Says

More than 40% of trash produced around the world is burned without regulation or oversight in a process that damages public health and contributes to climate change, according to a new study. "No one is tracking open-fire burning of trash," one researcher said

U.S. Thinks 2nd American Died Fighting for ISIS

The State Department is investigating reports that a second American jihadist was killed last weekend in Syria fighting for the militant group ISIS, following the death of Douglas McAuthur McCain

David Barajas

Man Acquitted of Shooting Drunk Driver Who Killed Sons

David Barajas was on trial for fatally shooting Jose Banda, who drove into Barajas and his 11-and-12-year-old sons, killing the young boys. The prosecutors in the case said Barajas went home to get a gun and returned to shoot and kill Banda

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter stands guard at the Bakirta frontline near the town of Makhmur, south of Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan on Aug. 27, 2014.

Iran Arms Kurds in Fight Against ISIS

Iran is arming Kurdish fighters in Iraq for their battle against the militant group ISIS, in an enemy-of-my-enemy arrangement that followed months of Kurdish pleas for U.S. support. Iran is looking to halt the militants' spread across the Iraqi border


Sports

US Open Day 15
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Being a U.S. Open Ballperson

Veteran U.S. Open ballboys and ballgirls--athletic young men and women who silently crouch on the edges of the courts, retrieving balls, handing players towels, and shielding them from the sun--relive their best and worst moments on the court