The Brief

Tributes Recall Ferry Heroes

Tales of crew helping passengers escape the doomed Sewol ferry are emerging in the aftermath of its sinking off South Korea as the death toll climbs

U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the National Organizing summit in Washington on Feb. 25, 2014.

Obama Eats $300 Sushi

President Obama begins his week-long Asia trip by dining with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the world's only three Michelin star sushi restaurant

A pro-Russia activist hangs a flag of the so-called "People's Republic of Donetsk" on the regional administration building seized by separatists as armed men in military fatigues guard the premises in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on April 21, 2014.

TIME, VICE Journalists Detained in Eastern Ukraine

TIME's Berlin Correspondent and three other journalists were freed an hour after being detained at a checkpoint in the separatist-held town of Slavyansk on Monday but a VICE News correspondent is still being held, highlighting the threat to media in the region

Various automatic handguns are shown in the weapons vault during a media open house at the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) National Laboratory Center in Beltsville, Md. on June 18, 2013.

Georgia Governor to Sign 'Guns Everywhere Act'

Radical new gun legislation due to be signed into law on Wednesday will allow licensed owners to carry guns in more public places than ever before, as places like churches can opt in to permit the weapons and bars can opt out if they want them banned

U.S. Army Private First Class Chelsea Manning in 2010.

Judge Approves Chelsea Manning Name Change

A Kansas judge has approved a petition by Army Pfc. Chelsea Manning, the private known as Bradley Manning who was sentenced to 35 years in prison for handing classified U.S. documents to WikiLeaks, to officially change her name as she now identifies as a woman


Today Might Be Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday

The playwright's birth is marked every April 23 but experts disagree on whether that's true, as some believe baptism records from April 26, 1564, suggest he was born three days earlier, as was typical, but others say it might not have occurred so quick or long afterward

From right: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia address a news conference on Feb. 11, 2014 in New Delhi.

Indian Politician Kejriwal Wins TIME 100 Readers' Poll

Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal took first place after more than 3.2 million votes were cast, followed by Narendra Modi, the frontrunner in the Indian elections, and celebrities like Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and Laverne Cox

Birth rates drop

Most Americans Want Birth Control Coverage

A new survey published Tuesday in the journal of the American Medical Association finds that an overwhelming majority of Americans—69 percent—say all health plans in the U.S. should be required to cover the cost of birth control

The Supreme Court in Washington, DC, seen in 2013.

Supreme Court Weighs Truth in Politics

The justices appear ready ahead of the midterm elections later this year to knock down laws in 16 states that aim to prevent lying in political races, likely claiming they violate the First Amendment's guarantees of free speech