The Brief

Escaped Prisoners

Prison Chief, 11 Staffers Put on Leave After Escape

The superintendent at the northern New York prison where two killers escaped three weeks ago and his deputy in charge of security are among 12 more staff who have been put on administrative leave, officials said Tuesday

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Christie acknowledges supporters during a kickoff rally in Livingston, New Jersey

Chris Christie Launches Presidential Bid

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie started his campaign for the White House telling supporters that Democrats and fellow Republicans alike are to blame for the dysfunction in Washington and only a strong leader who tells the truth can fix it

Celebrity Sightings In Los Angeles - April 24, 2015

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Split Up

The Hollywood power couple, who met on the set of Daredevil in 2003, announced their divorce Tuesday, just one day after their 10-year anniversary. "After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce," they said

A customer is reading on an iPad at an Apple store Barcelona on May 28, 2010.

Court Ruling Finds Apple Guilty of Fixing Book Prices

An appeals court in New York on Tuesday upheld a 2013 verdict that Apple organized an illegal conspiracy with five book publishers to raise the price of ebooks, noting that so-called horizontal price-fixing is “the supreme evil of antitrust"

2012 Miss Universe Pageant

Mexico Pulls Out of Trump's Miss Universe Pageant

Two weeks after the real estate mogul angered many Mexicans with inflammatory remarks about immigrants to the United States, Mexican media conglomerate Televisa, which sends contestants to the pageant for the country, said it would not be taking part in Miss Universe

President Obama Joins Mourners At Funeral Of Rev. Clementa Pinckney

Obama's Approval Rating Cracks 50%

A new poll found that 50% of Americans approve of President Obama's handling of the country's highest office, after a week that included Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage and the Affordable Care Act

CIA Headquarters Torture Report

CIA Lags in Recruiting Diverse Workforce

The Central Intelligence Agency’s efforts to bring more minorities into its workforce haven’t been as effective as hoped, according to a new internal report. Racial and ethnic minorities make up about 24% of the entire CIA workforce.

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Brian Who? Lester Holt Proves Ratings Hit for NBC

Lester Holt, the Dateline anchor who took Brian Williams' seat after the star anchor's suspension in February for exaggerating his experiences during the Iraq War, drew in 8 million viewers in his first official week as chief anchor

2015 Tony Awards - Alternative Views

Misty Copeland Breaks Ballet Color Barrier

The American Ballet Theater has promoted Misty Copeland to principal ballerina, making her the first black female principal ballerina in the company's 75-year history. She has been with the company for 14 years and danced as a soloist for 8

Vatican Pope Francis'

Inside Pope Francis’ U.S. Trip Schedule

On Tuesday morning, the Vatican and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops released the official schedule for the trip. Predictably, it is packed. Pope Francis will visit Cuba and the U.S. from Sept. 19-28, four days in Cuba, five in the U.S.

Europe Greece Bailout Yanis Varoufakis

Greece Will Not Pay IMF Debt Due Tuesday

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis confirmed that the country will not make its payment due Tuesday to the International Monetary Fund. Chancellor Angela Merkel has ruled out further negotiations with Greece before the country holds a referendum on Sunday