The Brief

Palestinian mourners cry at Gaza City's al-Shifa hospital after an explosion killed at least seven children in a public playground in the beachfront Shati refugee camp on July 28, 2014.

Bloody Day in Gaza

Israel and Hamas traded blame for explosions at a refugee camp and a hospital in Gaza that left at least 10 children dead and scores wounded


D.C. Gun Ban Struck Down

The ban on carrying handguns outside the home is unconstitutional and violates the Second Amendment, a federal judge ruled on Monday

High school girl arrested for killing, dismembering friend

Japanese Schoolgirl Arrested for Murdering Classmate

A 16-year-old has been arrested in Nagasaki for bludgeoning a classmate with a blunt object, then decapitating her and cutting off her left hand. "I did it all by myself," she reportedly told police. The victim's body was found in the suspect's apartment, where she lives alone


Nixon Asked a Reporter to Watch Panda Sex

A new book details the former President’s keen interest in making sure pandas Ling Ling and Hsing Hsing, gifted to the U.S. in 1972 by former Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai, got busy. "Now, if they don’t learn it, they’ll get over here and nothing will happen," said Nixon


New Fears About Ebola Spread After Plane Scare

Airline passenger Patrick Sawyer had a stopover in Ghana, changed planes in Togo and arrived in Nigeria, where authorities say he died days later from Ebola. Health workers are scrambling to trace those who may have been exposed to Sawyer across West Africa


Judge Rules Against Move to Block Clippers Sale

A judge ruled against Donald Sterling's attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Judge Michael Levanas sided with Sterling's estranged wife Shelly, who negotiated the deal and pursued the court's approval of the sale

Rights Group Urges Iran to Release U.S. Journalist

Iran should immediately free or charge three journalists, including Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian, who were detained a week ago in Tehran, says Human Rights Watch. He and three others have been detained for one week at an undisclosed location

A Southwest Airlines Co. Terminal Ahead Of Earnings Figures

FAA Proposes $12M Fine Against Southwest Airlines

The Federal Aviation Administration proposed a $12 million fine, the second largest in FAA history, against Southwest Airlines for allegedly not complying with regulations during jetliner repairs. In 2010, the FAA proposed a $24.2 million fine against American Airlines

Mars Rover

NASA Mars Rover Breaks Driving Record

Opportunity Mars Rover has driven 25 miles since it reached the planet in 2004. It is traveling along the rim of the Endeavor Crater, where NASA has gathered evidence of ancient water supply that was less acidic than those studied elsewhere on the planet

French military helicopters fly above the crash site of Air Algerie flight AH5017 near the northern Mali town of Gossi

Air Algérie Crew Asked to Turn Back Before Crash

Shortly before ground controllers lost contact with Air Algérie Flight 5017, the airliner's crew requested to abandon its journey to Algiers and head back to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, eyeing foul weather on the radar. The plane eventually crashed in Mali

Christopher Walken leaves the "Late Show with David Letterman" at Ed Sullivan Theater on June 11, 2014 in New York City.

Christopher Walken Joins Disney's New Jungle Book

The actor has signed to work on the upcoming feature film, alongside Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba and Ben Kingsley. Giancarlo Esposito, better known as Gus from Breaking Bad, has also joined the cast