The Brief

Taliban fighters pose with weapons in an undisclosed location in Afghanistan

Afghan Taliban Elects New Leader

Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour — a longtime deputy of the deceased Mullah Omar — has been chosen to take his place at the head of the Afghan Taliban, according to two commanders of the Islamic militant organization

Ray Tensing

Former Campus Cop Makes Bail and Is Released From Jail

Ray Tensing posted 10% of his $1 million bail, according to the Hamilton County Clerk's office, not long after pleading not guilty to murder and involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of unarmed 43-year-old Sam DuBose

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Atlanta Hawks Forward Mike Scott Arrested for Drugs

Professional basketball player Mike Scott was arrested in Atlanta on drug charges on Thursday, police said. Scott, a 27-year-old backup forward for the Atlanta Hawks, was allegedly caught with more than an ounce of marijuana and 10.9 g of MDMA or "Molly"

Donald Trump Holds Campaign Rally And Picnic In Iowa

Republicans Debate the Best Way to Debate Donald Trump

Begrudgingly, Donald Trump’s rivals recognize they cannot continue to shrug him off. Republican presidential candidates are trying to figure out how to treat Trump at the upcoming debate, and may have to treat him like a real candidate

(Left to right) Kit Harington, Kristofer Hivju, Ben Crompton in Season 5 of Game of Thrones on HBO

Game of Thrones Will Last at Least Another 3 Seasons

Even though Game of Thrones showrunners have repeatedly declared they only want to make seven seasons of the fantasy hit, HBO programming president Michael Lombardo for the first time firmly announced the series will go at least eight seasons

"Once Upon A Time In America" Photo Call - 52nd New York Film Festival

James Woods Sues Twitter User for $10 Million

Actor James Woods has reportedly sued a Twitter user for defamation after allegedly accusing the actor of being a cocaine addict. Now deleted Twitter user @abelisted, the suit claims, "jeopardized Woods' good name and reputation on an international scale"

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Uber Wants Your Parents to Be Drivers

Ageism might be rampant in Silicon Valley, but some of the Bay Area's leading companies are now actively trying to engage the senior crowd, recognizing the huge potential of experienced workers and responsible adults

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South Korean Car Tycoon Aims for FIFA's Presidency

President of the Korea Football Association Chung Mong-joon, a 63-year-old South Korean billionaire who has a controlling stake in car company Hyundai, says he will throw his hat into the race to replace Sepp Blatter as FIFA's chief

Activists unfurl colored banners while hanging from the St. Johns bridge in Portland, Ore. on July 29, 2015, to protest the departure of Royal Dutch Shell PLC icebreaker Fennica, which is in Portland for repairs. The icebreaker is a vital part of Shell's exploration and spill-response plan off Alaska's northwest coast. Greenpeace officials say the activists have enough water and food to last for days, and can hoist themselves to allow other marine traffic to pass.

Police Force Greenpeace Protesters Off Portland Bridge

A controversial oil ship bound for a drilling site in the Arctic managed to sail past a group of Greenpeace protesters hanging from a bridge in Portland after police and Coast Guard officers forced the activists from the area