The Brief

Plane Lost Over Mali

A Swiftair MD-83 airplane is seen in this undated photo.
Xavier Larrosa—Reuters

Aviation officials in West Africa and Europe said contact with an Air Algérie-operated plane carrying more than 110 people from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers was lost early on Thursday over Gao, Mali, and that French military jets were dispatched in the search

Human Rights Inquiry in Gaza

The U.N. Human Rights Council will probe potential violations by Israel in Gaza, a move Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a "travesty"

Russia to Comply With Probe

Russia’s ambassador to Malaysia said his country will cooperate with a Dutch-led investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine

John Zemblidge

Inside Arizona's Agonizingly Long Execution

Joseph Wood’s lethal injection, almost two hours long, is the third execution this year widely considered "botched," raising new questions surrounding the efficacy of the method as state officials once again pledge an investigation into why it went awry

The display of a smartphone with the app Snapchat in Schwerin, Germany on April 12, 2013.

For Snapchat's First Stars, It Pays to be Viral

Shaun McBride and Jerome Jarre are among the first stars of the popular mobile app that allows friends to send photos, videos or doodles that quickly self-destruct; as businesses aim to tap into Snapchat's audience, some users are earning $100,000 paychecks

College students taking test in classroom

Students May Have Been Denied Federal Aid by IT Flub

The Department of Education believes unnecessary decimal points and cents entered on Free Application for Federal Student Aid forms that went unrecognized may have resulted in some students being denied aid and others receiving it when they weren’t eligible

Action Comics #1 comic book of 1938 is pictured on February 23, 2010 in New York which had sold for USD 1 million, making it the first ever million dollar comic book.

For Sale: Near-Perfect Copy of Action Comics #1

In a little less than a month, anyone looking to get his or her hands on a copy of the comic book that introduced the world to Superman will have an opportunity to vie for the legendary relic as Action Comics #1 will be auctioned off on eBay from Aug. 14 to 24

Shoppers put bags in a car at a Walmart store on March 29, 2011 in Valley Stream, New York.

Walmart Managers Among Highest Paid in U.S. Retail

While Walmart store managers make an average salary of $92,462 per year, according to new research, Walmart cashiers only earn about $8.48 an hour and are paid less than their counterparts at the other chains like Whole Foods and Costco

Meriam Ibrahim, from Sudan, right, holds her baby girl Maya, accompanied by Italian deputy Foreign Miinister Lapo Pistelli, holding her son Martin, followed by Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini, second from right, Italian Premier Matteo Renzi, second from left, and his wife Agnese Landini, after landing from Khartoum, at Ciampino's military airport, on the outskirts of Rome, Thursday, July 24, 2014.

Woman Escapes Sudan After Refusal to Deny Faith

Mariam Yahya Ibrahim and her family landed in Italy en route to a new life in the U.S. after she had been imprisoned for apostasy in February under Sudan’s strict Islamic law and faced the death sentence for refusing to renounce Christianity

John Walsh

Senator Plagiarized Final Paper for Master's Degree

Montana Democratic Senator John Walsh plagiarized portions of a final paper required for his Army War College master's degree, which he earned in 2007, his campaign confirmed on Wednesday. A spokeswoman told time the plagiarism was a "mistake"

Tents are viewed at the Khazair camp where Iraqi's who have fled recent fighting near the city of Mosul are being housed in a temporary displacement camp on July 3, 2014 in Khazair, Iraq.

U.N. Official Says Extremists Order FGM in Mosul

A U.N. official said Thursday that Sunni militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, who control a large swath of eastern Syria and northern Iraq, have ordered nearly 4 million girls and women in and around the city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation


Social Security Spent $300 Million on 'IT Boondoggle'

Six years ago the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. Nearly $300 million later, the new system is nowhere near ready