The Brief

Car with headlights on driving along foggy snow covered road

Thanksgiving Travel Chaos...

A nor’easter could disrupt Thanksgiving travel plans for millions of Americans planning to take to the roads and skies on Wednesday

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...But Gas Prices Plummet

Despite the bad weather, travelers will enjoy the lowest holiday gas prices in years, down an average 46 cents from last year

Nutritional Information Label

FDA Beefs Up Calorie Count Requirements

Regulators on Tuesday will announce new rules mandating that a wider array of businesses than ever before display calorie counts for their food and alcoholic beverages, including chain restaurants, movie theaters, and even vending machines

A member loyal to the ISIL waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa

ISIS Got Up to $45M in Ransoms, U.N. Says

A U.N. expert told a meeting of the Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee that an estimated $120 million in ransoms were paid to terrorist groups between 2004 and 2012. She called kidnapping "the core al-Qaeda tactic for generating revenue"

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Internet Users Surge to Almost 3 Billion Worldwide

The International Telecommunications Union revealed in its annual report that the number of Internet users grew 6.6% in 2014, from 2.7 billion to almost 3 billion. Five years ago, just 2 billion people were online. Today, 40% of the world is plugged in

Obama Statement On Ferguson Grand Jury Verdict

Americans Divided Over Obama's Immigration Moves

Americans are sharply split on their reaction to President Barack Obama's recent executive actions to protect about five million undocumented immigrants from deportation and give them temporary legal status, according to a new poll

Apple Unveils iPhone 6

Apple’s Market Value Just Hit $700 Billion

Apple hit a major symbolic milestone Tuesday morning as its market capitalization topped $700 billion for the first time. The tech giant’s market cap has doubled since Tim Cook took over as CEO three years ago when Steve Jobs stepped down from the role

Oklahoma School-Rape Allegations

#YesAllDaughters Anti-Bullying Campaign Goes Viral

Hundreds of students at an Oklahoma high school walked out of their classes to protest the school's alleged mishandling of bullying directed toward three teenage rape victims, and the Twitter hashtag #YesAllDaughters is bringing national attention to their efforts

The Voice - Season 7

Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Are at It Again

The pair are no strangers—most memorably, they collaborated together on Stefani’s 2005 hit “Hollaback Girl”—and they’re at it again, this time for her latest single, “Spark the Fire.” Stefani hasn’t released a new album since 2006’s The Sweet Escape

Pope Francis delivers his speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, Nov. 25, 2014.

Pope Urges Europe to Accept Migrants and Reject Hunger

The Pontiff argued to the European Parliament that migrants need "acceptance and assistance" as an "aged and weary" Europe faces soaring unemployment in the midst of global economic instability, the problems of the euro zone, and war

A pro-democracy protester chants at an occupied area before the barricade is removed in Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on Nov. 25, 2014.

Hong Kong Police Clash With Protesters

Police charged, and used pepper-spray cannons, on peaceful pro-democracy protesters Tuesday night local time in a bid to clear streets in the teeming Mong Kok district. Dozens were arrested, including a prominent lawmaker