The Brief


Holder Holds Court in Ferguson

Attorney General Eric Holder met with community leaders, 11 days after a police officer shot and killed unarmed black teenager 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

U.S. singer Beyonce and her husband, rapper Jay-Z tour Old Havana on April 4, 2013.

Feds: Jay-Z and Beyonce Did Not Violate U.S. Sanctions

The Treasury Department said that there was "no indication" that Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and her husband Jay-Z (Sean Carter) violated U.S. sanctions in Cuba in 2013, which the famous couple visited to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary

Texas Governor Rick Perry Turns Himself In For Booking Process

Rick Perry Digs in for a Fight

Texas Gov. Rick pleaded not guilty Wednesday in the abuse-of-power case against him, waiving a formal arraignment that had been scheduled for Friday and signaling again his readiness to fight a prosecution that he has decried as a "farce"

Gay Marriage

Supreme Court Puts Hold on Virginia Same-Sex Marriages

Same-sex couples will have to wait longer to begin marrying in Virginia after the U.S. Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to delay an appeals court ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban, granting a request from a county clerk in northern Virginia

Young Woman Meditating Beside a Pool

Study: Yoga Makes You A Quicker, Better Thinker

Practice hatha yoga consistently for eight weeks and you're likely to think faster and better remember things, whereas just stretching and toning yielded no improvement, according to a new eight-week study of more than 100 adults with ages ranging from 55 to 79

American Museum of the Moving Image Salutes Billy Crystal

Billy Crystal to Honor Robin Williams at Emmys

Crystal will honor the late comedian and actor, who was found dead on Aug. 11, during the “In Memoriam” portion of the show on Aug. 25, with musical accompaniment by Sara Bareilles. Last year, Williams honored Jonathan Winters during the same Emmy segment

Smoke and fire after an Israeli air strikes over Gaza City, on 20 August 2014.

Israeli Premier: ‘We Will Not Stop’ Gaza Operation

Benjamin Netanyahu made comments signaling that a protracted period of fighting could lie ahead, in a nationwide address Wednesday, a day after talks aimed at ending Israel's monthlong war against Hamas militants collapsed in failure

Neanderthal Man

Humans and Neanderthals Were Actually Neighbors

A new paper in Nature suggests Neanderthals went extinct over a period of between 2,600 and 5,400 years or so—twice as fast as anyone had thought. And yet they evidently coexisted with humans in Europe, though "spatially separated... like a mosaic"

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