The Brief

South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Pistorius holds the hands of family members after being sentenced at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria
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Pistorius Gets 5 Years in Prison

Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for the 2013 killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, eliciting charges of injustice in his native South Africa. Pistorius had claimed he thought an intruder lurked inside his Pretoria home

Airlines and the CDC Oppose Ebola Flight Bans

Behind the Ebola Fear Outbreak

The almost-zero probability of acquiring the deadly virus in the U.S. often doesn’t register at a time of mass paranoia. Rather, it's human nature

An airport worker fuels a JetBlue plane on the tarmac of the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York

Airlines Hike Prices

The five biggest U.S. airlines upped their base fare on domestic flights despite falling fuel prices and apprehension over the possible spread of Ebola

2014 Medal Carnegie Hall Of Excellence Gala Honoring Oscar De La Renta - Concert

Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta Dies at Age 82

World-renowned fashion designer Oscar de la Renta passed away on Monday at the age of 82. He died after a long battle with cancer, with which he was diagnosed in 2006. De la Renta shot to fame in the 1960s after he dressed First Lady Jackie Kennedy

Kurdish people observe smoke rising from the Syrian town of Kobani following an explosion as seen from the southeastern Turkish village of Mursitpinar in the Sanliurfa province on October 20, 2014.

Turkey Says It Helps Kurdish Fighters Enter Syria

Turkey claimed to help Iraqi Kurdish fighters cross into Syria to support others battling ISIS in the border town of Kobani, but activists said no forces had arrived by Monday evening, raising questions about whether the mission was really underway

Brain scan, MRI scan

Scientists Find Out Why Some People Are 'Sad' in Winter

Scientists at the University of Copenhagen, who studied brain scans from more than 30 subjects, found that season affective disorder (SAD) patients had different levels of a neurotransmitter that regulates serotonin in their brains during winter and summer months

Close-up of a man's hand holding a digital tablet

Amazon and Simon & Schuster Reach Deal Over E-Books

Amazon and Simon & Schuster have reached a multiyear agreement over the sale of print and digital books following the online retail giant's falling out with the Hachette Book Group. The publisher will set its own prices for e-books, while Amazon will promote titles

A protester holds an umbrella during a performance on a main road in the occupied areas outside government headquarters in Hong Kong's Admiralty in Hong Kong, Oct. 9, 2014.

Hong Kong's Minorities Join Democracy Protests

Tens of thousands of Hong Kongers have flooded the streets since the end of September, demanding free elections in the Special Administrative Region of China. Among the crowds are many ethnic minorities, who insist that they too belong to the Umbrella Revolution

A man stands outside JP Morgan Chase's corporate headquarters on Aug. 12, 2014 in New York City.

European Commission Fines Banking Cartel $120 Million

The European Commission levied a $120 million fine against three major banks Tuesday for manipulating key interest rates. JPMorgan incurred the largest fine, at $79 million, and UBS and Credit Suisse will pay $16 million and $12 million, respectively

A girl plays with the water curtains that have been installed by firemen to bring relief to local people suffering from scorching heat on Piotrowska Street in Lodz, Poland on May 24, 2014.

2014 Could Be the Hottest Year on Record

The earth could be heading for its warmest year since measurements began, meteorologists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced on Monday. Last month was the warmest September in 135 years of record keeping

The Cinema Society With Men's Fitness And FIJI Water Host A Special Screening Of Marvel's "Guardians Of The Galaxy"

Guardians of the Galaxy Tunes to Get Cassette Release

The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack is getting a rerelease on cassette on Nov. 17, giving film fans their own version of the 1970s mixtape the film’s star, played by Chris Pratt, is never without. The Marvel film's soundtrack topped the Billboard 200 over the summer