The Brief

Police officers stop to speak to a man next to a poster in favour of same sex marriage in Temple Bar, central Dublin as Ireland holds a referendum on gay marriage, May 22, 2015.

Ireland Holds Historic Gay Marriage Referendum

Ireland may become the first country to support gay marriage by a popular vote when it holds a referendum on Friday. The proposed constitutional amendment would allow marriages "by two persons without distinction as to their sex"

\Iceberg, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica.

Glaciers Are Crumbling Quickly in Southern Antarctica

Multiple large glaciers on the southern Antarctic Peninsula’s coastline that were previously not thought to be in danger of melting have been crumbling since 2009, according to a new study. Some are dwindling by as much as 13 feet per year

Defensive End Michael Sam, from Missouri, arrives before the NFL Super Regional Combine football workout on March 22, 2015 in Tempe, Ariz.

Michael Sam Signs With Canadian Football League Team

Former NFL player Michael Sam has joined the Canadian Football League, signing with the Montreal Alouettes to a two-year deal, the team announced Friday. He was previously the first openly gay player to be picked in the NFL draft

Democratic presidential hopeful and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hosts a small business forum with members of the business and lending communities at Bike Tech bicycle shop on May 19, 2015 in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Archives Show Clinton Endorsed Tax Breaks for Nonprofits

As first lady, Hillary Clinton endorsed a White House plan to give tax breaks to private foundations and wealthy charity donors at the same time the William J. Clinton Foundation was soliciting donations for her husband's presidential library

Crews in oil recovery operations in the Santa Barbara Channel off Refugio State Beach in Goleta, Calif. on May 21, 2015.

Bad Weather Slows Cleanup of California Oil Spill

Weather has slowed cleanup efforts at the site of an oil spill that fouled a California shoreline. Crews have yet to excavate the section of pipeline that broke Tuesday, spilling an estimated 105,000 gallons of crude


Eiffel Tower Closed as Workers Protest Rise in Pickpockets

The Eiffel Tower closed to the public Friday as workers protested a rise in aggressive pickpockets around the Paris landmark that attracts thousands of visitors daily. The walkout came a day after Paris authorities said crime against tourists had dropped


Suspect in Killings of Wealthy D.C. Family Arrested

A former Marine and ex-convict accused in the slayings of a wealthy Washington family and their housekeeper was arrested on Thursday, a week after authorities said the family was killed in their mansion that was later set on fire

Josh Duggar, executive director of FRC Action, speaks at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark.on Aug. 29, 2014.

Josh Duggar Resigns From Family Research Council

Reality-television star Josh Duggar, the eldest son in TLC's 19 Kids and Counting, resigned from Christian lobbying group the Family Research Council on Thursday in the wake of serious child-molestation allegations