The Brief

Senators to Introduce Cuba Bill

A bipartisan group of eight senators will introduce legislation Thursday to lift all travel restrictions between the U.S. and Cuba

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

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Apple Zeros In on Samsung's Smartphone Sales

Apple’s latest earning report reveals that the company may have finally beat Samsung’s historical advantage of individual smartphone sales. Apple sold a record 74.5 million iPhones last quarter, while Samsung said it sold between 71 and 76 million smartphones


Deadly Gas Explosion Rocks Mexico City Children's Hospital

A powerful gas tank truck explosion shattered a maternity and children's hospital in Mexico City on Thursday, killing at least three adults and one baby and injuring dozens. The blast apparently was caused by a leak in the hose carrying gas from the truck to the hospital

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Dartmouth Bans Hard Alcohol on Campus

Dartmouth President Philip Hanlon said on Thursday that all students, regardless of age, would be banned from consuming and possessing hard alcohol on campus, while warning the college’s fraternities that they would need to reform or disband

Jack Ma, billionaire and chairman of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Jan. 23, 2015.

Alibaba Takes a Dive on Disappointing Earnings

Shares in the Chinese e-commerce giant slumped 10% early Thursday after a quarterly earnings call missed expectations — but more seriously, Chinese regulators accused the company of selling fake goods and misleading customers

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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 stock photos Computer Keyboard Typing Hack

FTC Shuts Down 'Revenge Porn' Operator

The FTC is banning the alleged owner of a 'revenge porn' website from publicly sharing more nude photographs or videos of women without their express consent. The FTC is also requiring him to destroy the images and personal contact information he collected while running the site

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

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