The Brief


Special Report: Go Inside ISIS

The militant group is more than a network of terrorist cells: it's almost a nation. It collects taxes and delivers government services while slaughtering prisoners and demanding ransoms. Here are 12 dispatches from around the world on the rising global threat

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler speaks during a FCC hearing on the net neutrality on Feb. 26, 2015 in Washington.

Feds Upvote Open Internet

The vote marks the culmination of a yearlong struggle that pitted Internet advocates and Silicon Valley tech giants against the titans of the telecom industry

Minor clashes in Athens

Violent Protests in Greece

Violence broke out on Thursday for the first time since the new government came to power, a day before Germany is set to vote on a bailout plan

Google Reports Quarterly Earnings

Google Flights Gets Updated With New Features

Google has updated its flight-search tool and included an array of cool options. A new feature lets users plug in countries or whole regions. And if you don't even know what region to travel to, you can hit the "I’m Feeling Lucky" button

US Army Medevac Tends To The Wounded In Afghanistan

U.S. Has Longest Period Without Combat Death Since 9/11

The U.S. military is currently enjoying its longest stretch without a combat death since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Wednesday marked the 75th day since American forces suffered its last fatality, when two soldiers were killed in Afghanistan’s Parwan province

Police forensics investigate the scene where U.S. blogger of Bangladeshi origin was hacked to death by unidentified assailants in Dhaka on February 27, 2015.

American Atheist Writer Killed in Bangladesh

A well-known atheist blogger was hacked to death on Thursday in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka. Two unidentified assailants attacked Avijit Roy and his wife Rafida Ahmed Bonna with machetes as the couple returned from a book fair

Lewis Reynolds, 85, was involuntarily sterilized at age 13.

Virginia to Compensate Forced-Sterilizations Victims

Virginia will now compensate victims of the eugenics program. Advocates for surviving victims won a three-year fight on Thursday when the Virginia General Assembly budgeted $400,000 to compensate them at the rate of $25,000 each

Bill Cosby

Another Woman Accuses Bill Cosby of Sexual Assault

Heidi Thomas is one of many women who’ve come forward in recent months claiming Bill Cosby drugged and/or sexually assaulted them. Thomas is coming forward with her story because she recently learned her mom knew about the alleged incident all along


Michelle Obama Wages War Against Unhealthy-Food Ads

This week marks five years since First Lady Michelle Obama launched the Let's Move campaign, which sought to reduce childhood obesity and get kids eating healthier. Now she wants more pushback on unhealthy-food ads aimed at kids

Earl Lloyd

First Black NBA Player Passes Away

Earl Lloyd, the first black professional NBA player, passed away Thursday at the age of 86. Known as "the Big Cat," the forward made his league debut in October 1950, playing for the Washington Capitals. Lloyd averaged 8.4 points during 560 regular-season NBA games