The Brief

Malaysia Plane

Malaysia Calls MH370 An Accident

Malaysia on Thursday declared the crash of Flight MH370 an accident, clearing the way for victims' relatives to proceed with compensation claims

The Supreme Court

Supreme Court Halts 3 Executions

Justices on Wednesday delayed the execution of three Oklahoma inmates who are part of a case that may decide the future of U.S. lethal injections

A window reflects an image of Fidel Castro in Havana, Dec. 2014.

Castro Demands U.S. Hand Back Guantanamo Bay

Cuban President Raul Castro has demanded that the U.S. hand back its Guantanamo Bay military base before full diplomatic relations between the countries can be restored. The land on which the base stands was leased to the U.S. in 1903 by Cuba's then-rulers

Mehcad Brooks in West Hollywood in 2014.

Mehcad Brooks to Play Jimmy Olsen in Supergirl

The upcoming CBS superhero series Supergirl has cast Mehcad Brooks as young photojournalist Jimmy Olsen. The 34-year-old will be playing the love interest of the title lead, depicted by Glee star Melissa Benoist

A girl pays for her mother's groceries using Electronic Benefits Transfer tokens, more commonly known as Food Stamps, at the GrowNYC Greenmarket in Union Square in New York in 2013.

1 in 5 U.S. Kids Now Rely on Food Stamps

Twenty percent of children in the U.S. need food stamps to eat, according to federal data released on Wednesday. Data compiled by the U.S. Census shows that 16 million children in the country used food stamps in 2014 — a jump from prerecession levels

Gadget Show Sony

Sony and Spotify to Unveil New Music Service on PlayStation

Spotify and Sony are launching a premium music service called PlayStation Music, offering over 30 million songs to listen to in the background of a PlayStation game. It will initially only be accessible on Sony game consoles and Xperia devices

Electron micrograph of Ebola virus

The Ebola Virus Is Mutating, Say Scientists

Scientists at a French research institute say the Ebola virus has mutated, and they are studying whether it may have become more contagious. Although virus mutations are common, researchers are concerned that Ebola could eventually morph into an airborne disease if given enough time

The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., Nov. 24, 2014. A Rolling Stone article last week alleged a gang rape at the house which has since suspended operations.

UVA Sororities Protest Mandate to Avoid Frats

Members of sororities at the University of Virginia are outraged after their national chapters ordered them to avoid fraternity parties over the weekend. An online petition to remove the order had over 2,000 signatures by Thursday morning

Australian Open Tennis

Williams, Sharapova to Meet in Australian Open Final

Top-ranked Serena Williams beat Madison Keys to set up an Australian Open final against second-seeded Maria Sharapova. Sharapova, who beat Ekaterina Makarova in an all-Russian semifinal, has lost her last 15 head-to-head matches to Williams

Taylor Swift performs during New Year's Eve 2015 in Times Square at Times Square on Dec. 31, 2014 in New York City.

Taylor Swift’s 1989 Heads Back to the Top

Taylor Swift’s 1989 could be topping the Billboard 200 chart again. After two weeks out of the top spot, the singer’s smash-hit album is currently sitting at No. 2, and those in the know believe it has the power to reach No. 1 for a 10th week