The Brief

President Obama walks off Air Force One as he arrives at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, on April 23, 2014.
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Asia Pivot 2.0

President Obama arrives in Tokyo on the first stop in a week-long tour of Japan, Malaysia, South Korea and the Philippines, aiming to both reassure allies and position the U.S. as a leader in the region

Tributes Recall Ferry Heroes

Tales of crew helping passengers escape the doomed Sewol ferry are emerging in the aftermath of its sinking off South Korea as the death toll climbs

A New York City police officer stands in Times Square on Aug. 12, 2013 in New York City.

NYPD’s Twitter Fail

A call for users to post photos with officers and the hashtag #myNYPD is met with images of police brutality after Occupy Wall Street mocks the request

Birth rates drop

Most Americans Want Birth Control Coverage

A new survey published in the journal of the American Medical Association finds that an overwhelming majority of Americans—69 percent—say all health plans in the U.S. should be required to cover the cost of birth control

Pujols Joins '500 Club' After Two Homers

First baseman Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels joined the few who have hit 500 home runs in their careers, during a win over the Washington Nationals, making him the third-youngest player to accomplish the feat in the history of Major League Baseball

The Supreme Court in Washington, DC, seen in 2013.

Supreme Court Weighs Truth in Politics

The justices appear ready ahead of the midterm elections later this year to knock down laws in 16 states that aim to prevent lying in political races, likely claiming they violate the First Amendment's guarantees of free speech

Masked pro-Russia protesters stand guard outside a regional government building in Donetsk

Tensions High in Eastern Ukraine as Easter Truce Ends

The escalating crisis in Ukraine continues as Kiev promises new efforts to oust pro-Russian separatists from government buildings around the eastern region and Moscow dismisses Vice President Joe Biden’s threat of additional sanctions

Arrested Development Creator Signs Up for Netflix

Mitch Hurwitz has signed a multi-year deal to not only create and produce a new show for Netflix, but to also serve as a non-writing executive producer for other projects and advise the online streaming service on comedy series development

Saudi medical staff leave the emergency department at a hospital in the center of the Saudi capital Riyadh on April 8, 2014.

Fears Rise Over Saudi Arabia's MERS Outbreak

The deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome has neither no definitive origin, nor a known cure, so global public health officials are becoming increasingly concerned by the Saudi government's sluggish response as the number of human cases continues to rise

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Gun Silencers Are Selling Like Hot Cakes

A new report shows gun owners are eager to accessorize despite silencers often costing more than the weapons they're meant to hush. Sales to civilians in the U.S. rose to about 500,000 units in 2013, nearly 37 percent above the 360,000 sold a year earlier