The Brief

OPEC Secretary-General al-Badri addresses a news conference after a meeting of OPEC oil ministers at OPEC's headquarters in Vienna

Oil Prices Plummet

Oil prices fell to their lowest level in five-plus years as OPEC kept its self-imposed output ceiling at 30 million barrels a day

Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby Made 2005 Deal to Hush Sex Allegations

Bill Cosby testified in 2005 that he gave an exclusive interview to the National Enquirer in exchange for the paper's promise to drop an interview with model Beth Ferrier, who accused him of sexually assaulting her

Members of the burial team carry a body to his grave at King Tom Cemetery in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on Nov. 19, 2014.

Ebola Cases in Sierra Leone Will ‘Soon Eclipse’ Liberia

Sierra Leone will "soon" dethrone Liberia as the hardest-hit country in West Africa's Ebola outbreak, the World Health Organization cautioned Wednesday. Nearly one-fifth of its total cases were reported in a three-week period that ended Sunday

Scottish St. Andrew's Flags In London

Scotland to Be Handed 'Biggest Transfer of Powers'

The Smith Commission, set up after Scotland's independence referendum, has urged for Scotland to have responsibility for an estimated £14 billion of income tax and welfare benefits, the biggest transfer of power in the country's history

Oxford Literary Festival

Crime Novelist P.D. James Dies at 94

James, who wrote more than 20 books, was known as “the Queen of Crime,” for her fiction. Some of her best-known works included The Children of Men, which was adapted into a film in 2006, The Murder Room and Death Comes to Pemberley


U.S. Smoking Rate Hits Historic Low

The percentage of smokers over the age of 18 dropped from 20.9% in 2005 to 17.8% in 2013, according to a new CDC report, the lowest rate since the federal agency began its tracking in 1965

A Google logo is seen at the garage where the company was founded on Google's 15th anniversary in Menlo Park, California

European Parliament Calls for Possible Google Breakup

The European Parliament passed a non-binding resolution Thursday calling for a possible division of Google’s product offerings, suggesting that the company uncouple its search engine from its other commercial services

Premiere Of "All You Need Is Love" - Arrivals

Avatar Sequels Will Be 'Bitchin' Cameron Says

James Cameron has divided Avatar sequel scripts to a team that includes Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silva, Josh Friedman and Shane Salerno. “I can tell you one thing,” Cameron told Empire magazine, “they’re gonna be bitchin'"

Amazon Holds News Conference

Amazon Slashes Kindle Prices for Black Friday

Amazon's $79 Kindle e-reader will be on sale for $49, and the company's Kindle Fire tablets are also dramatically cheaper, with the Fire HD 6 going for a mere $79 (vs. its usual $99 price tag) and the Fire HD 7 on sale for $109 (vs. $139)