The Brief

Russia Opposition Leader Killed
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Putin Critic Assassinated

A leading opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin was shot and killed in central Moscow. Boris Nemtsov, a deputy prime minister under President Boris Yeltsin, was killed by an unidentified attacker. Nemtsov, 55, was a prominent opposition member

APTOPIX Winter Weather

Coldest. Month. Ever.

February was the coldest month ever recorded in parts of the country; Bangor, Maine saw average temperatures of just 6 degrees

House Passes Stopgap Bill Funding Homeland Security Department For Short Term

Shutdown Crisis Averted

Congress passed a 1-week extension to fund the Department of Homeland Security and prevent 30,000 federal employees going on furlough

Rand Paul speaks at CPAC in National Harbor, Md. on Feb. 27, 2015.

GOP Presidential Race Takes Off at CPAC

There’s still a straw poll winner to announce, but the biggest story lines at this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference have already unfolded. Here are the 12 big takeaways from the annual Republican gathering.

87th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals

Lupita Nyong'o's Stolen Oscar Dress Recovered

The as-yet-unidentified thief who stole the 12 Years a Slave star's dress apparently returned it to the London Hotel in Los Angeles. "We believe this dress is the dress that was stolen from the London Hotel," a police spokesman said.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi visits the Iraqi National Museum in Baghdad

Iraqi Museum Looted During War Reopens

The Baghdad museum, which places back on display priceless artifacts from ancient Mesopotamia, was intentionally re-opened ahead of schedule as a response to the recent destruction by the militant group ISIS of sculptures at a museum in Mosul.

FBI Release Images Of Boston Marathon Bombing Suspects

Marathon Bombing Trial Will Stay in Boston

A federal appeals panel ruled Friday that publicity hasn't jeopardized Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's right to an impartial jury. Opening statements are set to proceed next week in the city where the attacks took place.

That Weird Dress Is Selling Like Crazy Right Now

A spokesperson for Roman Originals said the company’s sales are up 347% Friday compared to expectations as people came to look at the dress that sparked a social media sensation to see what color it actually was — and then stuck around to do some shopping

Palestinian members of al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, display weapons during a military parade marking the 27th anniversary of Hamas' founding, in Gaza City

Egypt Court Rules Hamas 'Terrorist Organization'

The ruling further isolates Hamas, which once found open support under Egypt's toppled Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Egypt's new government recently began to destroy a cross-border network of Hamas tunnels along its border with Gaza.

Smaller-dose pot-infused cookies, called the Rookie Cookie, sit on the packaging table at The Growing Kitchen, in Boulder. Colorado on Sept. 26, 2014.

Colorado Sold Almost 5 Million Marijuana Edibles

Colorado just got its first year-long batch of data on the state's grand experiment with legal marijuana, and it turns out 4.8 million edible marijuana products and nearly 150,000 lbs. of marijuana flowers were sold in 2014

Prince Harry at a Remembrance Sunday service at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan on Nov. 9, 2014.

Prince Harry To Leave the Armed Forces This Year

The prince, who is known as Capt. Harry Wales in the military and served two tours of Afghanistan, wants to devote himself to continuing his work helping injured servicemen and women find new jobs or continue to contribute in the services