The Brief

Supreme Court Gay Marriage
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SCOTUS Considers Gay Marriage

Supreme Court justices are set to meet Tuesday for the second time in two years to debate the constitutionality of gay and lesbian marriage bans. The case could lead to a decision that would outlaw same-sex marriage bans this June

A rioter stands atop a burning car as another man pours fuel onto the fire while Baltimore firefighters behind them fight fires in mutliple burning buildings set ablaze by rioters during clashes in Baltimore

Crisis in Baltimore

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency after Baltimore erupted in scenes of rioting, arson and looting

Workers load humanitarian aid from German Red Cross (DRK) for victims of the earthquake in Nepal, into an aircraft at Schoenefeld airport outside Berlin April 27, 2015.

Global Aid to Nepal Ramps Up

As the death toll from Saturday's 7.8-magnitude quake surpasses 4,350, aid agencies and governments are scrambling to deliver assistance


NASA Wants Your Help Solving a Mystery

The space agency has asked the public to vote on the likeliest cause of mysterious bright spots on the surface of Ceres, a dwarf planet that it recently captured in mystifying photographs

South Korea Ship Sinking

South Korea Ferry Captain Gets Life in Prison

The South Korean ferry captain responsible for last year's disaster that killed more than 300 people, mostly schoolchildren, was given an increased sentence of life in prison on Tuesday by an appellate court that convicted him of homicide

woman at work

Women Earn 24% Less Than Men, U.N. Report Finds

The U.N. Women report shows that even though more women are in the workplace and taking on leadership positions worldwide, pay levels are nowhere near reaching equality worldwide. The report finds women earn just half of the income men earn over a lifetime

Missouri defensive lineman Shane Ray (56) walks off the field after being ejected from the game for a late hit against Alabama quarterback Blake Sims during the first half of the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, in Atlanta

Projected NFL 1st-Round Pick Shane Ray Cited for Weed

Former Missouri Tiger football player Shane Ray, projected to be drafted early in the 2015 NFL draft, was cited on Monday for possession of marijuana and a traffic violation. He was given a misdemeanor but was not detained

Viola Davis arrives at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles

Viola Davis Will Play Harriet Tubman in HBO Biopic

Oscar-nominated actress Viola Davis will play Harriet Tubman in an HBO Films and Amblin TV production. The untitled project is based on Kate Clifford Larson’s book Bound for the Promised Land, the 2003 biographic novel on the Civil War–era abolitionist

Loretta Lynch Confirmation Hearing

Loretta Lynch Sworn In as 83rd Attorney General

Loretta Lynch officially became the 83rd Attorney General of the U.S. after a historically long wait of more than 150 days. “It’s about time this woman is being sworn in,” Vice President Joe Biden said

Water, CO2 and green power are the ingredients for Audi e-diesel

Audi Invents Fuel Made From Carbon Dioxide and Water

An Audi research facility in Dresden, Germany, managed to create the first batches of diesel fuel with a net-zero carbon footprint made from carbon dioxide, water and renewable energy sources such as wind or solar power

In this April 26, 2015 photo, workers load coffins that will be delivered to the prison island of Nusakambangan onto a truck ahead of the imminent executions of drug convicts on death row, in Cilacap, Central Java, Indonesia

Coffins Arrive at Indonesian Prison as Executions Near

Ambulances carrying coffins arrived on Tuesday at a prison island, and relatives paid final visits to their condemned loved ones in a sign that Indonesia will imminently execute eight foreigners and one Indonesian man, despite an international outcry