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

Afghan relatives weep for the victims as they arrive at the hospital following a suicide attack which targeted funeral prayers in Mehtarlam city, of Laghman province on Jan. 29, 2014.

Kabul Bomber Strikes Funeral

An Afghan official said a suicide bomber struck a funeral for the victims of an earlier Taliban attack, killing 16 and wounding 39

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

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

Mike Pence

Indiana Gov. Backs Away From State-Run News

Indiana Governor Mike Penc was widely criticized after announcing a plan to launch “Just IN,” a website that would include stories written by press secretaries and described in internal memos as competing with other media outlets

An Indonesian diver and an official examine the wreckage from AirAsia flight QZ8501 after it was lifted into the Crest Onyx ship at sea, near Indonesia on Jan. 10, 2015.

Co-Pilot Was Flying AirAsia Flight When It Crashed

Indonesian investigators have concluded that the co-pilot of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 was controlling the plane before it crashed in the Java Sea. The plane, which crashed en route from Surabaya to Singapore on December 28, had 162 people on board

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

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Performs At The Forum

Tom Petty Has No Hard Feelings About Sam Smith

The artists reached an agreement announced this week over similarities between a song of Petty's and Smith’s recent hit, Stay With Me. "Sam did the right thing and I have thought no more about this," Petty said in a statement

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

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