The Brief

A group of young volunteers wear special uniforms for the burial of Ebola victims in Kenema, Sierra Leone on Aug. 24, 2014.
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Human Ebola Trials Begin

An experimental Ebola vaccine will soon enter phase one of a clinical trial on humans, the National Institute of Health said Thursday. The NIAID/GSK vaccine will be tested in a small number of healthy adults who do not have the Ebola virus to see if their bodies create an immune response. It has already been successfully tested on monkeys

A Malaysia Airlines plane prepares to go out onto the runway and passes by a stationary Chinese Ilyushin 76 aircraft (top) at Perth International Airport on March 25, 2014 in Perth, Australia.

New Clue in Plane Search

Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 turned south earlier than previously thought, Australian authorities said Thursday

President Barack Obama delivers a statement from Martha's Vineyard, Mass. during his vacation on Aug. 20, 2014.

Washington Wrestles Over Syria

President Barack Obama and Congress are mulling whether he needs formal authorization to expand the fight against the militant group ISIS

World Premiere Of Disney's "Maleficent"

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Got Married Last Weekend

Superstar couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were secretly married in France on Saturday, a spokesperson said Thursday. The duo reportedly first came together on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith about a decade ago, but they were only engaged in 2012

Nigeria Ebola

Nigeria Confirms First Ebola Death Outside Lagos

Nigeria confirmed Thursday its first Ebola-related death outside Lagos, the country's main international transit hub. The victim, a doctor who died in the southeastern oil city of Port Harcourt, marks Nigeria's sixth Ebola death in an outbreak primarily affecting West Africa

Pedestrians walk past JPMorgan Chase & Co. headquarters in New York, April 13, 2012.

Feds Investigating Cyberattack on JPMorgan Chase

Federal authorities are helping to investigate reported cyberattacks against JPMorgan Chase and other banks, the FBI said. News outlets report that the banks were infiltrated by hackers who stole gigabytes of data, some of which would let them siphon money from accounts

A group of Russian servicemen, who are detained by Ukrainian authorities, attend a news conference in Kiev

Russia Blasted for Escalating Ukraine War

Ukrainian and U.S. officials accused Moscow of sending heavily armed columns across the border into southeastern Ukraine on Wednesday — a move seen as part of a “Russian-directed counteroffensive” against Ukrainian forces in the five-month-old conflict

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

Apple Loses Bid to Ban Sales of Samsung Phones

A U.S. judge rejected Apple's bid to permanently ban sales of some Samsung phones that were found to infringe Apple patents. Apple and Samsung agreed earlier this month to drop patent disputes against each other outside the U.S.

Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw lines up against California defensive back Isaac Lapite during the first quarter of a NCAA college football game in Berkeley, Calif.

USC Suspends Football Player for Fake Drowning Story

University of Southern California's cornerback Josh Shaw said on Wednesday he lied when he told his coaches he sprained his ankles while attempting to save his drowning nephew. In response, the USC Trojans suspended Shaw indefinitely from the athletic program

Marijuana Pot Weed Farm Growers

Uncle Sam Wants a Gram

Calling all pot farmers: the federal government is looking to buy. The NIH seeks growers who can develop plants with altered versions of THC, the main psychoactive component of pot, and CBD, which is known for its medicinal properties


What it Really Takes for Schools to Go Digital

President Obama hailed Mooresville, N.C., as a model for the future of public education. But the neighboring Iredell-Statesville Schools District offers a more accurate picture of the challenges most schools face in bridging the technological divide

James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano

Sopranos Creator Calls Tony Soprano Comment 'Inaccurate'

"The final scene of The Sopranos raises a spiritual question that has no right or wrong answer," David Chase said in a statement released by his publicist, responding to an interview published by Vox. "Whether Tony Soprano is alive or dead is not the point"