The Brief

A woman cycles past a marriage equality mural on May 24, 2015, in the Liberties area of Dublin, as Ireland becomes an international advocate for gay rights.
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A 'New Normal' in Ireland

The gay couples of Ireland woke up Sunday in what felt like a nation reborn — some with dreams of wedding plans dancing in their heads. Many weren't rising too early, however, after celebrating the history-making outcome of Ireland's referendu legalizing gay marriage

A file picture dated February 14, 2007 of Noble Laureate John Nash speaking on 'Global Games and Globalization' during a function in New Delhi.

A Beautiful Mind Mathematician Killed in Crash

John Forbes Nash Jr., the subject of the 2001 Oscar-winning film A Beautiful Mind, and his wife were killed in a taxi crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, police said. "Beautiful minds, beautiful hearts," said Russell Crowe, who played Nash

U.S. activist Gloria Steinem, sixth right in front, two Nobel Peace Prize laureates Mairead Maguire, from Northern Ireland, second from right, Leymah Gbowee, from Liberia, third from right, and other activists march to the Imjingak Pavilion with South Korean activists along the military wire fences near the border village of Panmunjom, in Paju, north of Seoul

Activists Cross Demilitarized Zone Between Koreas

A international group of female activists crossed the border between North and South Korea to promote peace between the two countries, which have yet to sign a peace treaty 60 years after the Korean War ended


Tomorrowland Narrowly Beats Pitch Perfect 2

Tomorrowland has narrowly pulled ahead of blockbuster Pitch Perfect 2 at the Memorial Day box office with an estimated three-day debut of $32.2 million, putting its four-day domestic launch at a disappointing $40.7 million for powerhouse Disney

Demonstrators pause at the entrance to the Cuyahoga County Justice Center as police stand guard during a protest against the acquittal of Michael Brelo, a patrolman charged in the shooting deaths of two unarmed suspects, on May 23, 2015, in Cleveland.

Cleveland Streets Calm a Day After Protests

The streets largely remained calm Sunday morning after police in riot gear made numerous arrests overnight of protesters angered by a patrolman's acquittal in the deaths of two unarmed black suspects in a barrage of police gunfire

A firefighter looks into the window of a partially submerged car, checking to see if anyone is inside, on May 23, 2015, in Oklahoma City.

Firefighter Dies as Floods Hit Oklahoma, Texas

Flooding in Texas and Oklahoma has led to numerous evacuations and rescues and the death of a firefighter. The heavy rains were pushing into eastern Texas and eastern Oklahoma on Sunday morning

In this May 1, 2015 file photo, Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon in Washington.

U.S. Defense Chief Questions Iraq's 'Will to Fight'

The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria's takeover of Ramadi is evidence that Iraqi forces do not have the "will to fight," Defense Secretary Ash Carter said, in the harshest assessment yet from a high-ranking Obama Administration official

TV personality Sharon Osbourne appears on CTV's "The Marilyn Denis Show" at Bell Media Headquarters on May 15, 2015 in Toronto.

Sharon Osbourne Takes Leave From The Talk

Sharon Osbourne, 62, will take a month off CBS show The Talk while she recovers from exhaustion after she returned to work too soon following a hospitalization earlier this year for pneumonia, her representative said

Empty Swing in a morning light.

Woman Found Pushing Dead 3-Year-Old Son in Swing

A 24-year-old woman was found pushing her dead 3-year-old son in a swing at a Maryland park. When police went to remove the child from the swing, it was "immediately clear" he was dead. The mother was taken to a local hospital for a mental evaluation

Pilgrims carry a portrait of Roman Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero to Romero's beatification ceremony in San Salvador, El Salvador

Salvadorans Celebrate Beatification of Slain Archbishop

Huge crowds filled a square in the Salvadoran capital Saturday for a ceremony to beatify Roman Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was cut down by an assassin's bullet 35 years ago and declared a martyr for his faith this year by Pope Francis

In this image from Senate video, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and a Republican presidential contender, speaks on the floor of the U.S. Senate on May 20, 2015, at the Capitol in Washington, during a long speech opposing renewal of the Patriot Act.

Senate Blocks Patriot Act Extension

The National Security Agency's bulk collection of domestic phone records and other key surveillance activities under the USA Patriot Act are set to expire at midnight May 31. The Senate's leader scheduled a last-minute session to take up the issue again

Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds poses for a portrait in promotion of his upcoming role in the film "Woman in Gold" on Feb. 26, 2015 in New York.

Ryan Reynolds Helps a Young Cancer Patient Meet Deadpool

A young cancer patient got to meet the anti-hero Deadpool—as played by Ryan Reynolds—thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The foundation sent Tony Acevedo, who suffers from Hodgkin Disease, a type of lymphoma, up to the film's Vancouver set