The Brief

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Study Questions Merit of Breakfast

Two rigorous studies may have debunked the main claims made about the benefits of breakfast—that it helps with weight loss and boosts metabolism

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Why 'Hacktivists' Are in Ferguson

How Anonymous dealt with its affiliated member who misidentified Michael Brown's killer, and how many members are involved in Operation Ferguson

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Aaron Paul Plans Breaking Bad Scavenger Hunt for Emmys

Prizes scattered across Hollywood will include signed Breaking Bad scripts, posters, dolls, action figures and art from the show. Paul, who won two Emmys for his role as Jesse on the show in 2010 and 2012, is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor again this year

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You Can Sleep in Ikea for a Night Thanks to Airbnb

Airbnb and Ikea have partnered to allow a group of Australians to sleep in the Scandinavian furniture store for one night only on August 21 in Sydney for a mere 11 Australian dollars. They won't even have to assemble the beds themselves

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Venezuela to Have Mandatory Fingerprinting at Grocer

The measure is meant to end food shortages by preventing people from buying too much of any single item, after government claims of companies speculating and people smuggling food out of the country. Critics claims the move is equivalent to rationing food

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What Bank of America Did to Warrant a $17 Billion Penalty

It's the largest settlement ever between the U.S. government and a private corporation—restitution for BoA's role in the financial crisis. Here's what the Justice Department's breakdown of BoA's actions reveals about how bankers inflated the housing bubble

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U.S. Judge Strikes Down Florida Gay Marriage Ban

A judge in Tallahassee ruled that the ban added to Florida's constitution by voters in 2008 violates the 14th Amendment, then issued a stay delaying the effect of his order, meaning no marriage licenses will be immediately issued for gay couples

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to U.S. embassy and consular staff based in Australia following the conclusion of the AUSMIN meeting at Admiralty House in Sydney, August 12, 2014.

U.S. Diplomats Banned From Ice Bucket Challenge

Lawyers at the State Department have forbidden U.S. diplomats (like, say, John Kerry) from participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, due to an ethical issue that forbids using public office for private gain--even for a worthy cause

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Access to Screens Is Lowering Kids' Social Skills

Researchers out of UCLA have highlighted a potential downside of the prevalence of digital data in early development and education, in a study that found kids who were deprived of screens for five days got much better at reading people's emotions


Hollywood Ditches Putin

President Vladimir Putin's image in the West rapidly deteriorated after his annexation of the Ukrainian region of Crimea in March. Only die-hard Putin "fans" like Steven Seagal and Mickey Rourke continue to make public appearances, while most celebrities opt out