The Brief

The Delta Airlines Charter at the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on January 2, 2013.
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Israel Flights Grounded

The Federal Aviation Administration has banned U.S. flights to Israel for 24 hours after after Delta diverted a Tel Aviv-bound flight to Paris on Tuesday amid reports of a rocket strike near Ben Gurion International Airport. Some airlines already canceled flights

Police officers secure a refrigerated train loaded with bodies of the passengers of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 as it arrives in a Kharkiv factory for a stop on July 22, 2014.

Bodies Headed Home

A train holding remains of victims from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 arrived in Kharkiv from where the jet was shot down last week in southeastern Ukraine

Israeli soldiers stand near their tank while smoke due to airstrikes and shelling rises from Gaza on July 22, 2014 near Sderot, Israel.

Gaza Hit Hard Amid Truce Calls

Israeli forces continue to strike targets across Gaza as Secretary of State John Kerry and the U.N.'s chief accelerated diplomatic efforts for a cease-fire

Russia's President Vladimir Putin talks to reporters during a meeting in Brasilia

Inside Russian President Vladimir Putin's PR Bubble

The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 last week, thought to be the result of a surface-to-air missile fired by Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, exposes the truth about the English-language propaganda outlet that has become Putin's mouthpiece

U.S. President Barack Obama during a Ceremony to Commemorate D-Day 70 on Sword Beach on June 6, 2014 in Ouistreham, France.

Court Deals Blow to Obama Health Law

A federal appeals court delivered a big setback to President Obama's health care law and, if upheld, could mean premium increases for some four million Americans who purchased taxpayer-subsidized insurance under the law


Research Indicates Deadly Virus Could Be Airborne

Researchers in Saudi Arabia state in a new paper that Middle East Respiratory Syndrome may be able to spread through the air, following an analysis of samples from a camel barn the virus had plagued. Still, others say it's premature to note whether it can be transmitted that way

A man holds a bottle of water as he joins other demonstrators protesting against the Detroit Water and Sewer Department July 18, 2014 in Detroit.

Detroit Temporarily Stalls Water Shutoffs

More than 7,500 customers had their water shut off in April and May as part of a crackdown on unpaid bills following a long period of lax enforcement, but now they're getting 15 days to come forward and show they cannot pay

Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook addresses the crowd during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2013 in San Francisco

Your Next iPhone May Have a Way Larger Screen

Apple could be increasing the size of the iPhone display from 4 inches (diagonal) to 4.7 or 5.5, keeping in line with competitors like Samsung, amid it reportedly asking suppliers to manufacture between 70 and 80 million units of these versions

Children try to do their homework at an evacuation shelter in a high school gymnasium in Kentwood, Louisiana on August 30, 2012.

The Five Worst States for a Child's Well-Being

A new report released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation on kids' well-being finds that child poverty rates are rising across the country. Here are the five states that rank the highest and lowest for kids' overall well-being—with northern states faring better than southern ones

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Comcast Pulls in $2 Billion in Profit in Q2

The communications giant, which is generating more money as it prepares to try to merge with Time Warner Cable, posted overall revenue of $16.8 billion in Q2, a 3.5 percent increase from the same quarter last year but just shy of analysts' projection

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Netflix Crosses 50 Million Customer Streams

Netflix’s customer base passed 50 million members, adding 1.69 million new members during its second quarter and generating $1.1 billion in revenue. The company touted the success of its original programming, including the hit show Orange Is the New Black

A supporter holds a photo cutout of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling while standing in line for the NBA Playoff game 5 between Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center in Los Angeles

Donald Sterling, Steve Ballmer Meet for the First Time

No progress was made on Ballmer's bid to buy the L.A. Clippers, but it was otherwise reported to be a "friendly conversation." If nothing's certain by Sept. 15, the league has the option to take matters into its own hands and sell the team itself