The Brief


Human Rights Inquiry in Gaza

The UN Human Rights Council will probe potential violations of human rights by Israel in the Gaza Strip — a move Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a "travesty."

Rebels 'Had Missiles'

A separatist commander in Ukraine admitted that pro-Russian fighters possessed the surface-to-air BUK missiles that are believed to have downed MH17

College campus

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

Mideast Israel Palestinians

FAA Lifts Ban on Flights to Israel

Under pressure from Israeli and American officials, the Federal Aviation Administration lifted a ban on flights by American carriers to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport on Wednesday. The agency said it had "carefully reviewed" measures being taken to mitigate risks to flights

Twitter's new feature

Twitter Report Shows Stark Lack of Diversity

Twitter released its long-awaited diversity report on Wednesday, and the skewed demographics are no surprise, particularly when it comes to gender balance: 10% of the company's tech employees are female, while women occupy 21% of leadership positions

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

Wal-Mart Associate Jeff Parker stocks produce at store #100 in Bentonville, Arkansas on July 2, 2003.

Walmart Managers Among Highest Paid in the U.S.

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

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during an event at Facebook headquarters on April 4, 2013 in Menlo Park, California

Facebook Stock Hits High After Earnings Report

Mobile ads made up 62% of Facebook's $2.7 billion in ad revenue, and the company generated a profit of $791 million. The social-media giant now has 1.32 billion monthly active users, an increase of about 40 million from the previous quarter

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"

Social Security Computer Woes

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

Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae Has a Secret Obama Dance Video

"I have to say nice things about her because she may be the only person in possession of a video in which I try to keep up with her and Usher on the dance floor," the President said at a fundraising event. He added that the R&B star promised it would stay secret