The Brief

Secret Service Director Pierson testifes on Capitol Hill in Washington
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In the Line of Fire

Julia Pierson, director of the Secret Service, faces questioning by a congressional panel in the wake of several security lapses and a recent report that finds the man who jumped the White House fence on Sept. 19 got further inside than previously thought

Hong Kong Protests

Hong Kong Protesters Up Ante

Pro-democracy demonstrators clogged central Hong Kong as their leaders vowed to keep up their civil disobedience until the city's Chief Executive resigns


eBay to Spin Off PayPal

The web giant plans to separate eBay and PayPal into independent, publicly traded companies focused on their strengths: e-commerce and payments

Husain Abdullah

Player Shouldn't Have Been Penalized for Prayer, NFL Says

An NFL spokesman said Kansas City Chiefs player Husain Abdullah, a devout Muslim, shouldn't have been penalized for celebrating a touchdown with an end-zone prayer. He was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct — excessive celebration, resulting in a 15-yard penalty

Woman Jail

Prison Bankers Profit from Inmates, Squeeze Families

Companies that effectively serve as prison bankers collect tens of millions of dollars every year from inmates’ families in fees for basic financial services. To make payments, some forego medical care, skip utility bills and limit contact with their imprisoned relatives

Apple Inc.'s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Go On Sale

Apple's iPhone 6 Is Headed to China After Delay

China has become a critical market that now comprises 16% of Apple's sales. The iPhone 6 launch was reportedly delayed there because the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology was slow to approve the new device. Pre-orders begin on Oct. 10

Beauty and the Beast

Perks of Being a Wallflower Author to Adapt Disney Classic

Stephen Chbosky will reportedly script a new draft of the 1991 classic Beauty and the Beast to make an updated live-action version. Disney has not yet commented on the matter but appears ready to capitalize on its success earlier this year with Maleficent

Ebola Liberia

5 Reasons We May Never Know Ebola's True Impact

A recent CDC report estimates cases in West Africa would reach 1.4 million by January if current trends in the outbreak continue without a ramped up effort. Here's why we may never know Ebola's true impact, despite health experts' best efforts to grasp its potential

Ashraf Ghani Afghanistan

Afghanistan, U.S. Sign Long-Awaited Security Pact

The deal, which will allow U.S. forces to remain in the country past the end of the year, was signed in Kabul on Tuesday. President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, sworn into office a day earlier, said it signaled a fundamental shift in Afghanistan's relations with the world

Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr

Va. Kidnapping Suspect May Be Linked to 2009 Murder

Authorities say Jesse L. Matthew Jr., the main suspect in the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, may be connected to the abduction and murder of another young woman in the area five years ago

A Glock .40 caliber handgun is displayed in Woodbury, Minnesota on May 28, 2011.

Louisiana Restaurant Gives a 10% Discount for Packing Heat

Kevin Cox, owner of Bergeron's Restaurant in Port Allen, is bucking a corporate trend by encouraging, rather than banning, firearms in his Cajun food establishment. "I just need to see a weapon. I need you to be carrying a gun," he said

Polar Bear

Wildlife Populations Have Dropped by More Than Half

A new WWF report that measured more than 10,000 representative populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish found a 52% decline between 1970 and 2010, with even grimmer statistics for some species like freshwater dwellers