The Brief

Ferguson Reaches 'Turning Point'

Tuesday marked a decline in violence between protesters and police in the St. Louis suburb 10 days after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown

Liberia Battles Spreading Ebola Epidemic

Clashes in Liberia Injure 4

The clashes happened after government laid barbed wire barricades around a densely populated slum in an attempt to contain the spread of Ebola

Michael Sheen as Dr. William Masters and Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson in Masters of Sex (season 2, episode 3)

Showtime Renews Masters of Sex for a 3rd Season

Masters of Sex, based on the real lives of sex researchers and lovers William Masters and Virginia Johnson, has five Emmy nominations this year, including a best actress nomination for Lizzy Caplan, and averages about four million viewers per week across multiple platforms

Target Bob DeRhodes

Target Profits Tumble by 62% in Second Quarter

Underwhelming sales and the continuing fallout from last year's data breach have lowered the company's year-long earnings forecast. And same-store sales in the U.S. stayed flat, despite an aggressive promotional campaign to lure in customers with steep price discounts

Teen Computer

Poll: British Teenagers Extremely Skeptical of Porn's Value

Many teenagers in Britain think porn leads to unrealistic or damaging views about sex, according to a study released by a British think tank. Nearly 80 percent of the young women polled said that porn puts pressure on girls to look and act a certain way

Emma Stone

Actress Emma Stone to Make Broadway Debut in Cabaret

The 25-year-old will debut in the current Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Cabaret, replacing Oscar nominee Michelle Williams; Stone was linked to the show in 2013 during Roundabout’s initial announcement, but scheduling conflicts forced her to back out

2014 Cleveland Browns Training Camp Practice

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Raises $8.6M in One Day

The ALS Association began posting daily donation tallies from the Ice Bucket Challenge online; the group announced on Wednesday it had raised $31.5 million since July 29, or more than 16 times the amount it received over the same period last year

Former New York Mayor Bloomberg opens the U.S.-Africa Business Forum in Washington

NRA Campaign Has Michael Bloomberg in Its Crosshairs

The National Rifle Association is launching a national ad campaign to strike back at one of the gun advocacy groups biggest detractors, business magnate and former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has spent tens of millions of dollars to counter its lobbying prowess

Denard Eaves

6 Child Hostages in Chicago Suburb Are Freed

Authorities said four hostages, including two children, who had been held in a barricaded home in suburban Harvey were released on Wednesday after 20 hours following a break-in and exchange of gunfire with police

Actor Mark Wahlberg attends the Beijing premiere"Transformers: Fall of Time"at Wanda Plaza on June 23, 2014 in Beijing.

Mark Wahlberg May Star in BP Oil Spill Movie

The actor is in talks with Lionsgate over a movie to be called Deepwater Horizon, about the deadly marine oil spill in 2010, that would have him play the part of a manager who seeks to rescue his crew members

Smoke rises following what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike in Gaza, Aug. 20, 2014.

Hopes of Prolonged Fade as Gaza Conflict Reignites

Renewed firepower between Israel and Gazan militants led to the collapse of talks between negotiators in Cairo; Hamas denied launching the initial barrage on Tuesday night but later claimed responsibility for rockets fired at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem