The Brief

A Honda Motor Co. Fit Hybrid vehicle sits on display outside the company's headquarters in Tokyo, Oct. 23, 2014.

Know if You’re Safe From Recalls

2014 isn't over, but it's already broken the record for most auto recalls ever, as automakers have recalled an estimated all-time-high of 56 million in the U.S.

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Connecticut Monitoring 9 for Ebola

Nine people in Connecticut who could have been exposed to Ebola have been ordered to stay home for 21 days, the state's Public Health Department said

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Royals Beat Giants 7-2 to Take Game 2 of World Series

Kansas City beat San Francisco on Wednesday for its first World Series victory since beating St. Louis in 1985. They haven't won the series yet, but they did something more important: they showed why they belonged here

Smoke and dust rise over Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrike, as seen from the Mursitpinar crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc

Coalition Air Strikes in Syria Have Killed 500

The U.S.-led air campaign designed to degrade and destroy the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria has killed hundreds of militants throughout Syria — but it's just a fraction of the group's ground strength. Dozens of civilians have also died

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North Carolina Releases Report on Academic Scandal

The University of North Carolina report details how a lack of oversight allowed the creation of so-called "paper classes" that student athletes were encouraged to take and in which they received high grades with "little regard" for the quality of their work

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U.S. Murder Suspect Unaware Filipina Was Transgender

A friend of murdered Filipina Jennifer Laude testified that the American suspect, who went out with the two on the night of the crime, didn’t know they were transgender. The witness made her statement during a Philippine Senate hearing on Wednesday

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Experts Assess Prospect of Ebola Falling in Wrong Hands

The virus is considered a bioterrorism agent — a “select agent and toxin” that has the “potential to pose a severe threat to public health and safety." But massive fines, jail time and a risk of deadly exposure may be enough of a deterrent

Former Blackwater Worldwide guard Nicholas Slatten leaves federal court in Washington on June 11, 2014.

Blackwater Guards Found Guilty in Iraq Shootings

Four former Blackwater guards were found guilty on Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, and a federal judge ordered them immediately to jail. The shootings caused an international uproar over the role of defense contractors in warfare

What Hong Kong's Poor Are Fighting for

The city's three-week-long democracy causes are partly rooted in the desire of lower-income groups for a say in the way Hong Kong is run. Hong Kong's leader, Leung Chun-ying, has said if free elections are held, the financial hub's poor would dominate politics

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Newly Discovered Fossils Reveal Goofy-Looking Dinosaur

Scientists in Mongolia's Gobi Desert have for the first time built a complete picture of one of the more bizarre-looking dinosaurs. Deinocheirus mirificus was humpbacked, had a ”beer belly,” tufts of feathers and wide hips and feet that caused it to waddle