The Brief

Heavy Snow Falls On Boston As Blizzard Moves Through Northeast

Boston Gets Buried

A powerful winter blizzard that spared New York City the worst of its wrath still wreaked havoc across much of New England on Tuesday

El Capitolio, the National Capitol Building in Havana, Dec. 2014.

Fidel Castro Backs U.S. Talks

The former Cuban leader makes it clear in a letter not only that he's still alive, but also that he won't stand in the way of diplomacy with Washington


Japan's Abe Calls Latest Hostage Deadline 'Despicable'

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed outrage at the latest threat purportedly by Islamic State militants to kill a Japanese journalist, as secret talks in Jordan sought the release of the man and a Jordanian pilot also being held hostage

Apple Watch Will Be Released in April

Apple's long-awaited smart watch will ship in April, CEO Tim Cook told investors, after Apple posted better-than-expected earnings of $3.06 per share on revenue of $74.6 billion. Apple's quarterly report blew past Wall Street's expectations

Switzerland UN WHO

WHO Appoints New Africa Chief

The World Health Organization appointed Botswana’s Dr. Matshidiso Moeti to head its Africa region on Tuesday. The physician is tasked with revamping the organization’s operations on the continent in the wake of the Ebola outbreak

Elton John Performs His First New Year's Eve Concert In New York City

Elton John to Do Musical-Drama Pilot for HBO

The music legend is producing the pilot of a musical drama to be named Virtuoso, set in 18th century Vienna. True Blood creator Alan Ball is set to write and direct the show, which follows a class of young musical prodigies from across Europe at the Academy of Musical Excellence


GoDaddy Pulls Controversial Super Bowl Ad

Website-building service GoDaddy decided to pull its commercial and delete it from YouTube after people accused it of condoning the sale of puppies online. The commercial caused outrage on social media, with many raising concerns about animal cruelty

Super Bowl XLIX Media Day Fueled by Gatorade

Marshawn Lynch Is at Media Day So He 'Won't Get Fined'

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch answered every question from reporters at Super Bowl media day with a variation of "I'm here so I won't get fined." Lynch was fined $100,000 for not complying with the league's media policy earlier in the season


Madison Keys Beats Venus Williams in Australian Open

Nineteen-year-old Madison Keys booked her spot in the Australian Open semifinals with a hard-fought win over Venus Williams on Wednesday. With the win, Keys could make her top 20 debut when the new rankings come out on Monday

Mexico's Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam speaks during a press conference in Mexico City on Jan. 27, 2015.

Mexico Says Investigators Certain 43 Students Are Dead

Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam acknowledged for the first time Tuesday that investigators believe all 43 students missing from southern Guerrero state are dead, saying they were all "kidnapped, killed, burned and thrown into the river"

Warren Lee Hill

Supreme Court Refuses to Halt Georgia Man's Execution

The Supreme Court refused to halt the execution of Warren Lee Hill, whose lawyers say he is ineligible to be executed because he is intellectually disabled. Hill was put to death by an injection of pentobarbital at the state prison in Jackson, Ga.