The Brief

An airplane sits after crash landing at Penmar Golf Course in Venice, California on March 5, 2015.

Harrison Ford Injured in Crash

The 72-year-old actor was hospitalized—"Battered, but ok!" his son said—after his small plane crash-landed on a golf course near Santa Monica Airport

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300 GOPers for Gay Marriage

More than 300 veteran Republican lawmakers, operatives and consultants filed an amicus brief at the Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage

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Ferguson Police Look to Rebuild Department

The Department of Justice has recommended reforms so extensive that it’s as if the troubled police force in Ferguson, Mo., would be best served by tearing the whole thing down and starting from scratch. Here's how they could do it

A man walks his dog in falling snow in Riverside Park in upper Manhattan in New York City

'Last Hurrah' Winter Storm Hits Mid-Atlantic

Winter weather slammed the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Thursday, with the governors of Alabama, Mississippi, West Virginia and New Jersey all declaring states of emergency — but one of the worst winters in recent memory may be relenting

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Ringling Bros. Circus Says Goodbye to Elephants

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced they would phase out their iconic elephant acts by 2018. The decision was spurred by public concern about the treatment of elephants in circuses — and perhaps the emotional damage done to the animals

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Mars Likely Had Ocean Larger Than Atlantic

Mars likely had a body of water larger than the Arctic Ocean, according to a new study. The size of the Martian ocean is significantly larger than previously thought and provides further evidence that the planet may have once had the ability to support life

Pope Francis attends a special audience for the Cassano allo Jonio diocese at the Vatican on Feb.21, 2015.

Pope Francis Is More Popular Than Ever in the U.S.

Pope Francis is more popular than ever in the U.S. A new survey indicated 7 in 10 Americans of all faiths rate Pope Francis favorably. Two-thirds of people with no religious affiliations also support the pope of the Catholic church.

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Uber, Lyft Plan to Leave San Antonio

The ride-sharing companies said Thursday they plan to shut down their operations there after the city council passed an ordinance, requiring their drivers to pass city-reviewed background checks, which was meant to keep them in the city

California's Drought Becomes Critical

El Niño Arrival Too Late for California Drought

The cyclical climate pattern is back, but officials say the precipitation won't alleviate California's severe drought. NOAA's Climate Prediction Center said it's likely too little, too late and too weak to provide much relief for drought-stricken California"

Jodi Arias looks toward the gallery during the sentencing phase retrial in Phoenix

Jodi Arias Escapes the Death Penalty

Jodi Arias, who was convicted in 2013 of murdering her ex-boyfriend, will avoid the death penalty after the jury in her sentencing could not agree on a verdict. The court's judge will decide if she receives life in prison or life with the possibility of early release