The Brief

Demonstrators pause at the entrance to the Cuyahoga County Justice Center as police stand guard during a protest against the acquittal of Michael Brelo, a patrolman charged in the shooting deaths of two unarmed suspects, on May 23, 2015, in Cleveland.
John Minchillo—AP

Cops Calm Cleveland Protests

The streets largely remained calm Sunday morning after police in riot gear made numerous arrests overnight of protesters angered by a patrolman's acquittal in the deaths of two unarmed black suspects in a barrage of police gunfire

A firefighter looks into the window of a partially submerged car, checking to see if anyone is inside, on May 23, 2015, in Oklahoma City.

Firefighter Dies as Floods Hit Oklahoma, Texas

Flooding in Texas and Oklahoma has led to numerous evacuations and rescues and the death of a firefighter. The heavy rains were pushing into eastern Texas and eastern Oklahoma on Sunday morning

People celebrate a landslide victory of a Yes vote after a referendum on same sex marriage was won by popular ballot vote by a margin of around two-to-one at Dublin Castle on May 23, 2015 in Dublin.

Ireland Celebrates Same-Sex Marriage Victory

Ireland made global history on Saturday by becoming the first country in the world to approve same-sex marriage through popular vote—sending thousands of people out into the streets of Dublin to celebrate as a sea of emotion engulfed the city

TV personality Sharon Osbourne appears on CTV's "The Marilyn Denis Show" at Bell Media Headquarters on May 15, 2015 in Toronto.

Sharon Osbourne Takes Leave From The Talk

Sharon Osbourne, 62, will take a month off CBS show The Talk while she recovers from exhaustion after she returned to work too soon following a hospitalization earlier this year for pneumonia, her representative said

In this May 1, 2015 file photo, Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon in Washington.

U.S. Defense Chief Questions Iraq's 'Will to Fight'

The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria's takeover of Ramadi is evidence that Iraqi forces do not have the "will to fight," Defense Secretary Ash Carter said, in the harshest assessment yet from a high-ranking Obama Administration official

Pilgrims carry a portrait of Roman Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero to Romero's beatification ceremony in San Salvador, El Salvador

Salvadorans Celebrate Beatification of Slain Archbishop

Huge crowds filled a square in the Salvadoran capital Saturday for a ceremony to beatify Roman Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was cut down by an assassin's bullet 35 years ago and declared a martyr for his faith this year by Pope Francis

Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds poses for a portrait in promotion of his upcoming role in the film "Woman in Gold" on Feb. 26, 2015 in New York.

Ryan Reynolds Helps a Young Cancer Patient Meet Deadpool

A young cancer patient got to meet the anti-hero Deadpool—as played by Ryan Reynolds—thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The foundation sent Tony Acevedo, who suffers from Hodgkin Disease, a type of lymphoma, up to the film's Vancouver set

In this image from Senate video, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and a Republican presidential contender, speaks on the floor of the U.S. Senate on May 20, 2015, at the Capitol in Washington, during a long speech opposing renewal of the Patriot Act.

Senate Blocks Patriot Act Extension

The National Security Agency's bulk collection of domestic phone records and other key surveillance activities under the USA Patriot Act are set to expire at midnight May 31. The Senate's leader scheduled a last-minute session to take up the issue again

In this Nov. 11, 2011, file photo, B.B. King performs at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.

B.B. King Viewing Draws More Than 1,000 in Las Vegas

Hundreds of people turned out during a public chance to say goodbye to B.B. King in Las Vegas ahead of a weekend memorial service and a final King of the Blues road tour leading back home to the Mississippi Delta


93-Year-Old World War II Veteran Gets High School Diploma

J.D. Sexton, 93, a World War II veteran, finally received a diploma this week from the high school he attended in Alabama before he had to drop out because he was drafted into the Army. His wife arranged for the diploma as a present for his birthday this month

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks to a Republican luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington

Senate Approves Trade Bill in Victory for Obama

The Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the Obama administration's hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House