The Brief


Winners of the 2014 AMAs

The American Music Awards honored the most popular acts of the year, based on polling and chart performance. These artists took home trophies

US President Barack Obama

Obama: Voters Want 'Fresh Start'

President Barack Obama said in an interview aired Sunday that voters will be looking for a "fresh start" when they vote in 2016 to select his successor

Protestors march in front of the Ferguson Police Department in Ferguson, Mo on Nov. 23, 2014.

Ferguson Awaits a Decision

A grand jury deliberating whether to charge a white police officer whose deadly shooting of an unarmed black teenager sparked violent protests is set to reconvene Monday, despite preparations for a weekend decision that has the Missouri town on edge

D.C. Council Member Marion Barry gives a news conference in Washington D.C. on Aug. 2, 2010.

D.C. Mourns 'Mayor for Life'

Washington D.C. mourns former mayor Marion Barry, who died on Sunday at age 78. Barry served as the city's second elected mayor from 1979 until 1991. In 1990, the FBI and Washington police busted him in a drug sting


12-Year-Old Fatally Shot by Cleveland Police

A 12-year-old boy who was shot by police Saturday on a playground after officers mistook his replica airsoft gun for the real thing died Sunday. Police reportedly fired two shots, and the boy was hit in the torso

Snow removal at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Evacuation Plans Readied as Buffalo Flooding Looms

Residents of flood-prone areas around Buffalo should move valuables up from the basement, pack a bag and prepare to for the possibility of evacuation as up to 7 ft. of melting snow posed the threat of flooding, Governor Andrew Cuomo warned on Sunday

Tunisia Polls Headed for Runoff

Neither of the two main candidates is likely to win an outright majority in the first free Tunisian presidential election, with a runoff likely. Former Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi appears to be in front for the Dec. 28 second round


Sting Joins Cast of His Own Show

Sting will take the leading role of the musical The Last Ship between Dec. 9 and Jan. 10 in a bid to boost failing ticket sales. The show, for which Sting wrote both music and lyrics, has been losing $75,000 a week since it premiered on Sept. 29

City Of Chicago Prepares For Another Winter Storm

Vodka Leftovers Remove Highway Snow

Cold-climate researchers at Washington State University are using barley residue from vodka distilleries to develop environment-friendly deicers to combat highway snow. Scientists are looking to curb the use of road salt, which damages roads, vehicles and the environment


Powerful Women Show More Signs of Depression

Symptoms of depression become more prevalent for women as they obtain job authority but less prevalent for men, a new study from the University of Texas at Austin suggests. One reason is that women must battle stereotypes and resistance to their leadership

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

New Hunger Games Wins the Box-Office Weekend and Year

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 won not only the weekend box office but also the year: it had a stronger opening than any other film so far in 2014, beating out Transformers: Age of Extinction’s $100 million debut