The Brief

Candidates Hillary Clinton And Donald Trump Hold Second Presidential Debate At Washington University
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Bill Clinton, Inc.

A 2011 memo made public by Wikileaks revealed how former President Bill Clinton made tens of millions of dollars for himself and his wife, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, through an ethically messy amalgam of philanthropic, business and personal activities

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U.S. 4th-Graders Close Gender Gap in Science

New test results show U.S. fourth and eighth-graders have made improvements in their study of science, narrowing persistent achievement gaps based on gender and race. The exam tests students on physical science, life science and Earth and space sciences


Thousands Displaced as Powerful Earthquakes Strike Italy

Authorities scrambled to find housing for thousands of people displaced by a pair of strong earthquakes that struck the same region of central Italy hit by a deadly quake in August, hoping to prevent a second night for them on the street or in cars


MoMA Adds the 176 Original Emojis to Its Collection

The Museum of Modern Art announced that it has acquired the original set of 176 emojis. Released in 1999 by Japanese phone company NTT DoCoMo, the first emojis were simple 12-pixel-by-12-pixel images that included a smiley face


Pipeline Protesters Brace for Police Confrontation

Protesters trying to stop construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline are bracing for a confrontation with police after the demonstrators refused to leave private land in the pipeline's path. "We're going to hold this ground," one protester said

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Twitter to Lay Off 9% of Workforce as Revenue Slows

Guarterly revenue growth slowed sharply in the third quarter but topped analysts' expectations, and the company said it would cut 9 percent of its global workforce. The social network has been struggling to sign up new users amid competition from nimbler rivals

A supporter takes a selfie as he touches hands with Hillary Clinton at a rally at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth, Florida, on Oct. 26, 2016.

Millennials Favor Clinton Over Trump by 28 Points

Clinton has spent months reaching out to young voters, trying to capture the support Bernie Sanders received from millennials during the Democratic primary. Now, a new poll of 18- to 29-year-old Americans find that 49% support Clinton over 21% who support Trump

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How Warm Winters in the Arctic Make Colder Ones for You

A new study shows that the Arctic polar vortex—a large pressure system—has been shifting eastwards, causing cold temperatures to seep down, making for frigid winters in North America and the United Kingdom while the Arctic experiences unprecedented warmth

Donald Trump rally in Sanford, Fla.

Trump Looks Beyond Election

Donald Trump is still running for president. But he is also doing a lot of other things. The candidate left the campaign trail at a critical time to promote his new D.C. hotel, one of many times he's used the campaign spotlight for self-promotion

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Wildlife Populations Have Dropped 58% in 40 Years

Global populations of mammals, birds, fish, amphibians, and reptiles plummeted 58% since 1970, according to the latest Living Planet Report published by WWF. If trends continue the world could be on track to lose more than two-thirds of wildlife by 2020