The Brief

The planet Proxima b orbiting the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our Solar System, is seen in an undated artist's impression
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The Planet Next Door

Scientists have discovered a planet in the star system next door that may have certain similarities to Earth. The planet orbits the star Proxima Centauri and is in the safe zone: neither too hot nor too cold for water, and therefore, potentially life

Rescuers work in the night at a collapsed house following an earthquake in Pescara del Tronto, central Italy, August 24, 2016. REUTERS/Remo Casilli - RTX2MXEQ

159 Dead in Italian Quake

A 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck the Apennine regions of central Italy on Wednesday, leaving at least 159 dead and causing "apocalyptic scenes" near the epicenter. Amatrice, a small town of about 2,600, was worst hit

LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 12: Former U.S. President Bill Clinton speaks on behalf of his wife and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during a 2016 Presidential Election Forum, hosted by Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) and Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace August 12, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The forum provided an opportunity for presidential candidates or their representatives to speak to Asian voters directly. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Bill Clinton Defends Clinton Foundation

Bill Clinton is defending the work of the Clinton Foundation. The former president told reporters in Atlanta: "If there's something wrong with creating jobs and saving lives, I don't know what it is"


Trump Asked Florida Gov. to Appoint Attorney

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has bragged about his influence with politicians, urged Gov. Rick Scott to give a judgeship to a Florida attorney whose work appears at odds with Trump's hard-line stance on immigration, newly released emails show

Torrential Rains Bring Historic Floods To Southern Louisiana

Louisiana Governor: 'Historic' Flooding Is Being Ignored

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards defends President Obama's visit to the flood-ravaged region and says the nation needs to focus on his state's plight, following the "immense" disaster that left 13 dead and tens of thousands homeless


1 Dead in Attack on American University in Kabul

Officials said a militant attack on American University's campus in Kabul killed one and wounded 18. Witnesses say they heard explosions and automatic gunfire, and security forces are still looking for the attackers

Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks from a telepromter while addressing supporters on August 23, 2016 in Austin, Texas.

This Super PAC Airs Ad in Florida Every 15 Minutes

A super PAC backing Hillary Clinton has aired 36,000 TV ads since mid-May, every single one of which has attacked Republican rival Donald Trump. On average in Florida one of its ads airs every 15 minutes

old man water

Old People Are Happier Than People In Their 20s

Despite of the physical ravages of age, older people are actually happier than younger adults. So finds a new study, in which researchers analyzed data collected from a random sample of 1,546 people from ages 21 to 99 in San Diego

Donald Trump speaks to voters during a campaign rally, on Aug. 20, 2016 in Fredericksburg, Va.

Trump Signals 'Softening' of Immigration Position

Donald Trump signaled a reversal on one of his key policy issues, suggesting he would be open to a "softening" of his positions on illegal immigration. "There certainly can be a softening because we're not looking to hurt people," Trump said

Clashes at the Jarablus-Karkamis border

Turkish Tanks Enter Syria to Free ISIS-Held Town

Turkey's military launched an operation before dawn Wednesday to clear a Syrian border town from Islamic State militants, and the country's state-run news agency said Turkish tanks had crossed into Syria as part of the offensive

Lucas St. Clair, the son of Burt's Bees founder Roxanne Quimby, poses on land proposed for a national park in Penobscot County, Maine. President Barack Obama on Aug. 24, 2016 declared a new national monument in Maine on 87,000 acres donated by Quimby, fulfilling the conservationist's goal of gifting the land during the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

Obama Declares New National Monument in Maine

President Barack Obama declared a new national monument in Maine on 87,000 acres donated by the founder of Burt's Bees, fulfilling conservationist Roxanne Quimby's goal of gifting the land during the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service