The Brief

President Barrack Obama speaks during a joint news conference at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on July 27. 2015.

Obama Slams GOP Criticism

President Obama let loose his most aggressive comments to date about the Republican candidates vying to succeed him in the White House, saying "the American people deserve better" than "ridiculous" and "ad hominem" attacks

Chinese benchmark index dived 8.48 per cent

Worst Chinese Share Drop in 8 Years Spooks Global Markets

The worst drop in China's stock market in eight years helped drag down other markets around the world on Monday. The tough day follows declines in U.S. markets last week, when the three major indexes fell more than 2% on disappointing earnings reports

Seattle Gay Pride Parade

Boy Scouts Officially End on Ban on Gay Leaders

The Boy Scouts of America on Monday ended its blanket ban on gay adult leaders effective immediately while also allowing church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion for religious reasons. The new policy takes effect immediately

Cardinals Female Coach Football

Arizona Cardinals Hire First Female NFL Coach

In a historic move, the Arizona Cardinals have announced that they have hired Jen Welter, the first-ever female NFL coach. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, who made the decision to hire Welter, said that gender shouldn't come into play when it comes to coaching

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U.S. Flood Risk Could Be Worse Than We Thought

U.S. coastal cities could be more vulnerable to floods than we thought, since the way scientists have traditionally analyzed storm surge and heavy rainfall may underestimate their flood risk, according to new research

Cincinnati Rads v Colorado Rockies

Colorado Rockies Trade Troy Tulowitzki for Jose Reyes

The Colorado Rockies have reportedly traded slugger Troy Tulowitzki to the Toronto Blue Jays for Jose Reyes and three pitching prospects in a stunning swap of star shortstops. Along with Reyes, the Rockies picked up reliever Miguel Castro and two minor-league pitchers

Operation Northern Watch Enforces No-Fly Zone

U.S. Prepares to Fly Deeper into Syrian Civil War

The U.S. is planning to launch "no-fly zones" over a stretch of northern Syria, with the help of neighboring Turkey. The goal is to open up a safe haven for Syrians displaced by the country’s civil war

Boston Olympics

Boston Bids Farewell to 2024 Olympics

The U.S. Olympic Committee has severed ties with Boston, ending its bid for the 2024 Games. The Boston bid soured within days of its beginning in January, beset by poor communication, low public support and an active opposition group

Launch of Bank of Ideas & Innovations

APJ Abdul Kalam, Former President of India, Dies at 83

One of India's most renowned rocket scientists, who served as the nation's 11th President, died of cardiac arrest at the age of 83. Tributes poured in from Indian luminaries, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and cricket star Sachin Tendulkar


NFL Setting New Ball-Inspection Rules

In the aftermath of Deflategate, the NFL will have game officials appointed by the referee inspect the 48 footballs for each game more than two hours before kickoff. In the past, the referee inspected the footballs

Andrew Cuomo

New York Will Rebuild LaGuardia Airport for $4 Billion

The overhaul would remake the entire footprint of the airport, which is shoehorned onto a small, oddly shaped property on the shore of the East River, complete with a large new terminal. The first remade portions of the airport would open to passengers in 2019

Bobbi Kristina Brown at the premiere of "Sparkle" in Hollywood on Aug. 16, 2012.

Bobbi Kristina Brown Autopsy Finds No Obvious Cause

The medical examiner’s office says it is ordering lab tests and has issued subpoenas for documents — likely Brown’s hospital records — to help determine a cause and manner of death. The agency says a ruling should take several weeks