The Brief

President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel embrace during a press conference to announce Hagel's departure at the White House on Nov. 24, 2014 in Washington, DC.
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Why Chuck Hagel Resigned

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is stepping down less than two years into the job after he and President Barack Obama concluded that his low-key style isn’t well-suited for the expanding war against the militant group ISIS, TIME's Mark Thompson writes

Darren Wilson

Ferguson Cop Gets Married

The police officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager sparked violent protests this year quietly married a fellow officer in October

A section of the Tehran Research Reactor in Tehran on Nov. 23, 2014.

Iran Nuclear Talks to Be Extended

Negotiators gave up on last-minute efforts to get a nuclear deal by the Monday deadline and extended their talks for another seven months

People walk down a street flowing with water after a water main broke in Buffalo

Western New York Prepares for Floods

New York officials warned that the record-breaking amount of snow blanketing the western parts of the state might wreak more havoc, as warmer weather threatens to inundate the area with water

Attendees Visit The Commercial UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) Show

You'll Need a Pilot's License to Fly That Drone

The U.S. is set to restrict use of drones to within 400 feet of the ground and forbid flights beyond the eyesight of the operator, according to a new report, rules far less permissive than what companies like Amazon had hoped for


Israel Advances Bill to Define as Jewish State

The Israeli Cabinet, backed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on Sunday approved draft legislation to call Israel the nation-state of the Jewish people, a measure that critics say could further strain the state’s frayed relationship with its Palestinian population

Brain, artwork

Brain Abnormalities Found in 40% of SIDS Cases, Study Says

A team of researchers reported that many of infants who died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) shared a brain abnormality that affects the area of the brain called the hippocampus, which is responsible for basic functions like breathing and heart rate

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See the Winners of the 2014 American Music Awards

The American Music Awards honored the most popular acts of the year, based on polling data and chart performance. One Direction won Artist of the Year, while Taylor Swift received the Dick Clark Award for Excellence

Anton Siluanov Russia Finance Minister

Russian Official Says Sanctions Hurt

Russia’s Finance Minister said the combined cost of western sanctions and the recent fall in world oil prices to Russia’s economy this year would be a massive $140 billion. “If you’re talking about the consequences of geopolitics, they are, of course, substantial,” he said

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

New Hunger Games Wins the Weekend Box Office

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