The Brief

Demonstrators gather outside the City County Building in Indianapolis, Indiana on March 30, 2015.

No Cheers for Indiana

Final Four host state Indiana is stealing the spotlight, thanks to controversial new legislation that Gov. Mike Pence signed last week

A prisoner identified as Wossen Assaye in an undated photo released by the Fairfax County Police Department in Fairfax, Va., on March 31, 2015.

Manhunt for Virginia Prisoner

A prisoner armed with a gun and wearing just a hospital gown escaped from custody in a northern Virginia hospital Tuesday morning

The logo of US online retail giant Amazon.

Amazon Launches STEM Toy Shop

Amazon on Tuesday introduced a new online store focusing on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) toys that help children develop valuable skills in in-demand fields. The top pick on the store’s front page was a child-friendly microscope


Germanwings Motive Remains a Mystery

Prosecutors said they have so far found no indications in Andreas Lubitz's family, his personal surroundings or in his work environment of any motive that might have prompted him to deliberate crash the Airbus A320 he was flying in the French Alps last Tuesday

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Gay Marriage

Fight Over Religious-Objection Proposals Shifts to Arkansas

The fight over "religious freedom" proposals facing increasing criticism from advocates who call them a license to discriminate against gays and lesbians has shifted toward Arkansas, which was poised to become the second state this year to enact such a measure

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton takes part in a roundtable discussion in Washington, DC, on March 23, 2015.

Hillary Also Used iPad Despite Claims of Single Device

Hillary Clinton emailed her staff on an iPad as well as a BlackBerry while secretary of state, despite her explanation she exclusively used a personal email address on a homebrew server so that she could carry a single device, according to new documents

The main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Mohammadu Buhari speaks to the press as he arrives for registration at Gidan Niyam Sakin Yara polling station in Daura district of Katsina, Nigeria on March 28, 2015.

Nigeria Elections Down to Wire

The second day of vote counting in a bitterly contested presidential vote started late on Tuesday and electoral officials hope to announce later in the day who will be governing Africa's richest and biggest nation

Jay-Z attends the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Jay Z Launches Music-Streaming Service

Rap superstar Jay Z launched his own subscription-based music streaming service on Monday, with the support of other titans of the music industry including his wife Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Kanye West and Deadmau5

San Quentin Prison shown on July 10, 2013, in Larkspur, Califo.

America's Largest Death Row Is Nearly Full

California’s death row has not seen an execution for nearly a decade and, with an anticipated 20 new arrivals per year, the largest execution system in the U.S. has almost run out of room, with 708 out of 715 death-row cells at San Quentin now occupied

US First Lady Michelle Obama during an event in the East Room of the White House on March 3, 2015 in Washington, DC.

New Book Explores Role of Race for First Lady

Author paints the First Lady as the President's rock, notes the impact her background would have on her future as the nation's first black First Lady. "If Barack was a helium balloon," author Peter Slevin writes, "Michelle was the one holding the string"