The Brief

NATO Preps Russia 'Spearhead'

Secretary-General of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen gives a press on Sept. 1, 2014 in Brussels.
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Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen announced that the organization plans to assemble a “spearhead” force of several thousand rotating allied troops who could “travel light but strike hard if needed” by air or sea in the face of Russia’s increasingly aggressive behavior in eastern Ukraine

FBI Probes Photo Celeb Hack

The FBI is addressing allegations that online accounts of several celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence, had been hacked, leading to the posting of private pictures

German Court Bans Uber

A court in Frankfurt has imposed a nationwide ban on Uber's ride-sharing service, ruling that the company lacked the necessary permits to pick up passengers

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U.S. Military Attacks al-Shabab in Somalia

The Pentagon said it was assessing the results of an operation that had U.S. military forces hit the extremist network in a forest south of Mogadishu, a strike that officials say targeted leader Ahmed Abdi Godane as he left a meeting of the group's top chiefs

Jimi Jamison performing in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2009.

Jimi Jamison, Soaring Voice of Survivor, Dies at 63

Jamison joined, left and rejoined Survivor many times as a powerful tenor after officially debuting with the band in 1984; in a statement on the group's Facebook page, the band said it was "very shocked and saddened by the passing of our brother"

Kenneth Bae, Jeffrey Fowle,and Mathew Miller, Sept. 1, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea.

Americans Detained in North Korea Speak Out

Foreign media was granted access to three detained Americans — Kenneth Bae, Jeffrey Fowle and Mathew Miller, who said they have been able to contact their families; the U.S. has repeatedly offered to send an envoy to seek a pardon for the detainees, but to no avail

Demonstrators take part in a protest to demand higher wages for fast-food workers outside McDonald's in Los Angeles

Fast Food Workers Plan to Strike in 150 Cities

An organizing group for the protests, Fast Food Forward, said workers are planning another set of one-day walkouts on Thursday at restaurants like McDonald’s, Wendy’s and KFC in 150 cities as part of an ongoing campaign to demand pay of $15 an hour

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, from left: Dave Bautista, Chris Pratt, 2014.

Action Movies Make You Eat More

A new study finds that the amount of food people consumed while watching TV was determined by the type of content they were exposed to; people watching an action flick ate almost twice as much as those watching a talk show

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Houston Astros Fire Manager Bo Porter

The Astros said Porter's dismissal had less to do with the team's 59-79 record than the need for "new direction" and a "united message throughout the entire organization." Tom Lawless, who worked in Houston's minor-league system, takes over as interim manager

A police officer wears a body camera at a rally for Michael Brown, Aug. 30, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.

Ferguson Cops Start Using Body Cameras

Officers in Ferguson, Mo., attached body cameras to their uniforms while policing a peaceful demonstration on Saturday, three weeks after the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a policeman sparked unrest


Cutting Carbs Improves Your Waist and Heart, Study Says

A new study in Annals of Internal Medicine finds that when people followed either a low-fat or low-carb diet for a year, those who cut carbs lost significantly more weight while lowering their heart disease risk factors than dieters who reduced the amount of fat they ate

Carrie Underwood accepts Video Of The Year Award during the 2014 CMT Music Awards in Nashville

Carrie Underwood Is Expecting Her First Child

That's according to a whimsical photo the Grammy Award–winning country star posted to Twitter on Monday. This will be the first child for Underwood and her husband, hockey player Mike Fisher, who tweeted they were considering an unusual name for the baby: Fly