The Brief

President Barack Obama speaks on counterterrorism at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida on Dec. 6, 2016.
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Obama Takes on Hackers

President Obama has directed intelligence officials to conduct a "full review" of efforts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, the president's Homeland Security advisor Lisa Monaco said. Monaco said the review would "capture lessons learned"

President-Elect Donald Trump Holds Meetings At His Trump Tower Residence In New York

Giuliani Won't Be in Trump's Cabinet

President-elect Donald Trump says Rudy Giuliani is taking himself out of consideration for a position in his administration. Giuliani, a loyal Trump supporter throughout the campaign, was an early front-runner to be secretary of state

Dylann Roof appears at Centralized Bond Hearing Court on June 19, 2015 in North Charleston, South Carolina.

Dylann Roof Laughed During Church Slaying Confession

Dylann Roof hesitated for about 20 seconds when an FBI agent asked him what he was doing on the night nine black church members were killed during Bible study. As he talked, he chuckled and said, "Well, I killed them, I guess"


It’s About to Get Really Cold in the U.S.

Brace yourselves: Over the next seven days, a cold weather blast will cause temperatures in 80% of the United States to drop below freezing. From Montana to South Texas, the cold will sweep through more than half of continental U.S.

S. Korean President Park Pledges To Work For Strong Sanctions On N. Korea

South Korea President Impeached

South Korean President Park Geun-hye was impeached by the nation’s National Assembly, signaling an ignominious end to a term that had become mired in a corruption scandal. The nation’s Prime Minister takes over her responsibilities in the interim

A chunk of amber - fossilized resin - shows the tip of a preserved dinosaur tail section in this image released by the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in Canada on Dec. 8, 2016.

Here's More Proof that Dinosaurs Had Feathers

Palaeontologists have discovered a 1.4-inch dinosaur's tail, complete with delicate feathers, bones and soft tissue, preserved in amber. The lump of resin was recovered at an amber market in northern Burma, where it was destined to become jewelry

Donald Trump Is TIME’s Person of the Year

Every December, TIME names the person who had the greatest influence, for better or worse, on the events of the year. So which is it this year: Better or worse? The challenge for Donald Trump is how profoundly the country disagrees about the answer

Views Of Sochi Ahead Olympic Games

Report: Over 1,000 Russian Athletes Took PEDs

The second part of a major report into doping in sport has concluded that more than 1,000 Russian athletes benefited from a state-sponsored doping program from 2011 to 2015, an operation its author calls an "institutional conspiracy"

Astronaut John Glenn in a Mercury program pressure suit and helmet, Florida 1959.

John Glenn Dies at 95

Glenn was just one of seven men selected by NASA to both calm and thrill a frightened country—a country that was at nuclear dagger-points with the Soviet Union and was, by a lot of measures, losing that contest

Geert Wilders appears at the high security court in Schiphol

Holland's Geert Wilders Guilty of Hate Speech

A Dutch court convicted the anti-Islam politician of hate speech at the end of a trial he branded a politically motivated "charade." But the judge would not impose a sentence, calling the conviction punishment enough for a democratically elected lawmaker


The Giraffe Is Now Vulnerable to Extinction

The giraffe is now "vulnerable" to extinction following a population decline due to a slew of different human activities, according to a new report. The giraffe population in southern and eastern Africa has declined by as much as 40% in the past three decades


Oakland Warehouse Was Missing From Fire-Inspection Lists

The illegally occupied Oakland warehouse where dozens of partygoers perished in a blaze does not appear in a database fire inspectors use to schedule inspections and may never have been checked for fire hazards, a firefighter said