The Brief

Families of missing passengers in the sinking of the Incheon-Jeju Island ferry Sewol look at the waters close to the sinking site from a port on Jindo Island in southwestern South Korea, 17 April 17, 2014.

Korea Searches for Answers

The Sewol's sinking is being called one of South Korea's worst peacetime disasters as survivors question why they weren't quickly evacuated

Wisconsin Governor Mellencamp

Wisconsin Passes Custody Law

Wisconsin has passed a first-in-the-nation law that prevents parents from handing over custody of their adopted children without judicial approval

Taylor Schilling as Piper on Orange Is The New Black

Orange Is the New Trailer

Crazy Eyes, Tastee, Red and more of your favorite characters from Netflix's Orange Is the New Black are still behind bars in the show's second season, per a new trailer released on Thursday. All 13 episodes will be freed on June 6

Japan’s most powerful leader in Years, Shinzo Abe aims to reclaim his country’s place on the world stage. That makes many Asians—including some Japanese—uncomfortable

Shinzo Abe Talks to TIME on Patriotism, WWII & More

Japan's Prime Minister spoke to TIME's Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs and East Asia Correspondent Hannah Beech on a wide range of topics, from his country's relationships with the U.S. and China to the lessons he took from his own family's political past

A McDonald's restaurant February 9, 2009 in San Francisco.

Fast Food Favorites Cook Up a Breakfast War

It's not just Taco Bell and McDonald's who are duking it out to win over America's early diners. Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, Jack in the Box, Hardee's and Carl's Jr. have all stepped up to the plate recently with new marketing campaigns or menu items

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Alleged Heartbleed Hacker Arrested in Canada

Authorities in Canada have made what appears to be the first arrest related to the Heartbleed encryption bug that pushed millions of people to change their passwords, taking a teenager into custody this week for allegedly hacking into the country's tax agency website

Portland to Flush Tank After Teen Pees in Reservoir

The city plans to dump 38 million gallons of water after authorities say a 19-year-old urinated in a large, uncovered reservoir during an early morning jaunt with two other friends, even though the contamination likely poses little risk

Justin Bieber performs at Staples Center on June 24, 2013 in Los Angeles.

Justin Bieber Leads TIME 100 Poll

Canadian singer Justin Bieber holds first place in TIME's reader poll for the year's most influential people, followed closely by Lady Gaga and Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, Egypt's former Army chief who is now running for the presidency

Exclusive World Premiere Of AC/DC "Live At River Plate" Presented By DeLeon Tequila

Highway to Health: Sick AC/DC Guitarist on Hiatus

The legendary rock group announced this week that its longtime guitarist Malcolm Young, 61, is taking some time off due to concerns over an illness, but his remaining veteran bandmates plan to keep making music in his absence

Biden Obama Selfie

Biden Starts Instagramming With Presidential Selfie

Eleven hours after opening the Instagram account @vp, Vice President Joe Biden uploaded a snap featuring President Barack Obama with the caption "Found a friend to join me." He really couldn’t have featured a more prominent guest star

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry speaks at news conference with Moroccan Foreign Minister Mezouar in Rabat

Kerry: Sanctions on Russia Will Affect U.S. Too

Secretary of State John Kerry warns that with U.S. giants like ExxonMobil and Coca-Cola investing or earning billions of dollars in Russia, imposing sanctions on Russian banking, energy, mining, arms and other industries will affect the American economy