The Brief

From the toll of war in Gaza to the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and from the border between Mexico and the U.S. all the way to Mongolia, Afghanistan and Sierra Leone

Muhammad Ali attends the 2014 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards at the Louisville Marriott Downtown on Sept. 27, 2014 in Louisville.

Muhammad Ali Hospitalized

Ali, widely considered the greatest fighter in boxing history, has been hospitalized with a 'mild case' of pneumonia, reports said

Guantanamo Bay

U.S. Transfers 4 From Gitmo

The transfer marks the first repatriation of prisoners to Afghanistan since 2009. 132 detainees are still being held at the Guantanamo complex, which President Barack Obama vowed to shut down early in his presidency

Antarctica, South Orkney Islands, Laurie Island, Gentoo

Antarctic Tourism Could Pose Threat to Penguins

A boom in Antarctic tourism--more than 37,000 people visited the continent in 2013--could introduce new, infectious diseases to the continent's penguin colonies, scientists warned in a new study

Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles, Ca. on Dec. 4, 2014.

North Korea Denies Role in Hack

North Korea on Saturday warned of "serious" consequences if Washington rejects a probe into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, which it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack

Madonna Unexpectedly Releases 6 New Tracks

Madonna called the surprise release--from her newest album, Rebel Heart--an "early Christmas gift" to her fans, adding that she hoped the completed tracks might deter fans from listening to unfinished songs that had leaked

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell News Conference

Report: No NFL Team for LA

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Roger Goodell has informed teams around the NFL that there will be no franchise relocating to Los Angeles in 2015, though the “NFL to Los Angeles” talks probably won’t be going away anytime soon

Raul Castro

Raul Castro Salutes 'New Chapter' With U.S.

Cuban president Raul Castro saluted U.S.-Cuban relations on Saturday, while also insisting that the diplomatic thaw will not break Cuba from its Communist past. “Every country has the inalienable right to choose its own political systems," he said

US-ECONOMY-STAPLES

Staples Hack May Involve 1.16 Million Credit Cards

A preliminary investigation found evidence of malware installed in the point-of-sales systems at 115 locations. The malware may have given hackers access to cardholder names, credit card numbers and verification codes

Suspended Baltimore Ravens Ray Rice Attends Appeals Hearing In New York

Third Ray Rice Video Surfaces

A third video of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice on the night of his assault against his then-fiancée, Janay Palmer, has emerged. Footage shows the couple, handcuffed by police, kissing before they're separated