The Brief

California Legalizes Bitcoin

Calif. Enacts Gun-Safety Law

California residents can now petition a judge to temporarily remove a close relative's firearms if they fear their family member will commit gun violence

Barack Obama

Ex-Con Rode Elevator With Prez

An armed security contractor with three prior criminal convictions was allowed to ride with Obama, a violation of Secret Service protocol

Electron micrograph of Ebola virus

Ebola Comes to America

Doctors have confirmed the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the U.S. Until now, the only cases of Ebola in the country have been in Americans who were infected abroad and came back for treatment. Here's everything you need to know

Prime Minister David Cameron returns to his hotel after giving radio interviews on the third day of the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, central England Sept. 30, 2014.

U.K. Edges Toward Departure From E.U.

As Britain's Conservative Party holds its last party conference ahead of May's general elections, the Euroskeptic message looks like a winning one, with polls suggesting a sizeable majority would vote to leave the union under the current terms of membership

Free Syrian Army

The Challenges of Turning Syria's Rebels Into a Fighting Force

American efforts are aimed at degrading ISIS’s infrastructure and capabilities, but the U.S. has ruled out putting any of its own troops on the ground in Syria. Instead, the plan is to arm and train moderate rebels there, which is proving difficult

Crouching Tiger

AMC Theaters Will Boycott New Netflix Film

AMC joined two other major theater chains, Regal and Cinemark, that are refusing to show Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, which Netflix produced with Weinstein Co. Together, the three chains operate 247 of the 400 IMAX theaters in North America

Bell Gardens Mayor Shot

California Mayor Shot to Death by Wife, Investigators Say

The mayor of the Los Angeles–area city of Bell Gardens, Calif., was shot and killed on Tuesday during what authorities said was a domestic dispute with his wife and son. Daniel Crespo Sr. was mayor of the town of about 42,000 people

Approximately 1500 walrus gather on the northwest coast of Alaska on Sept. 23, 2014

Tens of Thousands of Walruses Gather in Alaska

Nearly 35,000 walruses were discovered this month on a northwest Alaskan shore as result of being unable to find sea ice to rest upon, a problem aggravated by climate change, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Professional football running back running through defenders crowded stadium in background

Study: 96% of Deceased NFL Players' Brains Had CTE

A study by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ brain repository in Massachusetts found that the instance of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a brain condition that causes dementia and other cognitive problems, was present in 76 out of 79 (96%) brains


Int'l Hacking Ring Charged With Major Xbox Data Theft

Four members of an international hacking ring were charged with the theft of over $100 million worth of software and data related to the Xbox One and Xbox Live consoles and other technologies, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday

Joshua Bell performs in Union Station in Washington, D.C. on September 30, 2014.

World-Famous Violinist Joshua Bell Performs in Union Station

The world-famous violinist again performed inside a Washington Metro stop on Tuesday--an appearance that heavily contrasted his social experiment in 2007, when he posed as a street performer for what would become a Pulitzer-winning article by Gene Weingarten