The Brief


No Refuge for Gazans

A deadly strike on a U.N. school that was sheltering thousands of Gazans has become an example of the loss and desperation facing many civilians


House to Boehner: Sue Away

A House GOP measure granting Speaker John Boehner the authority to sue Obama passed 225 to 201, without a single Democrat's support

Veterans Affairs Secretary nominee Robert McDonald of Ohio is sworn in during a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearings to examine his nomination to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 22, 2014.

House Approves Veterans Affairs Overhaul

The $16.3 billion measure is intended help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors, and make firing senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department easier. The 420-5 vote sends the bill to the Senate, where approval is expected by Friday


Peace Corps Exits West Africa Amid Ebola Scare

The Peace Corps announced on Wednesday that it's pulling volunteers out of parts of West Africa amid an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. Volunteers stationed in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea are being recalled until further notice

Creator and executive producer David Simon attends the "Treme" New York Premiere at The Museum of Modern Art on April 21, 2011 in New York City.

HBO Slated to Run 6-Hour David Simon Miniseries

The miniseries will be based on the 1999 book Show Me a Hero by Lisa Belkin and will star Oscar Isaac of Inside Llewyn Davis and Catherine Keener of Captain Phillips. The show is slated to run for six hours on the premium cable network

The Johnson & Johnson logo is arranged for a photograph in New York on April 15, 2013.

Doctors Urged Not to Use Hysterectomy Device

Johnson & Johnson is urging surgeons not to use a surgical tool that has been shown in studies to spread some forms of uterine cancer and lower chances of survival. The company is also urging those who have purchased the device to return it

How Richard Branson Made His First Million

Worth an estimated $5 billion, Branson has used his fortune not just to indulge in expensive hobbies but also to fund a host of humanitarian initiatives. But the tycoon got his start from an unlikely source: the 1973 horror film The Exorcist

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Study: Depression a Risk of Dementia

The two conditions have been linked before, but a new study, which looked at 1,764 people with no memory problems around age 77, and followed them for about eight years, says depression may be an independent risk factor for the disease


'Stop Laughing' Advice Makes Turkish Women LOL

Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc did not intend his Monday speech on "moral corruption" to get big laughs, but when he advised women to suppress their laughter in public, it landed on the public like a well-crafted punch line

Interstellar is an upcoming film directed by Christopher Nolan.

New Trailer for Nolan's Interstellar Is Out of This World

The visionary director behind the Dark Knight trilogy unveils more footage of his deep-space epic starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Michael Caine on a mission to explore a newly discovered wormhole and to "surpass the limitations on human space travel"

Tracey Emin's 'My Bed' To Be Auctioned At Christie's

Tracey Emin's My Bed Returns to the Tate

The artist's controversial installation — consisting of an unmade bed surrounded by piles of discarded condoms, old liquor bottles and pregnancy tests — will be exhibited at the Tate for at least 10 years, on long-term loan from its most recent owner