The Brief

Ranking member Sen. Bob Menendez listens to testimony during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, in Washington on March 11, 2015.

New Jersey Senator Is Indicted

Robert Menendez was indicted on corruption charges Wednesday and "temporarily" stepped down from his ranking spot on the Foreign Relations Committee

Cars move past a McDonald's in lower Manhattan on February 9, 2015 in New York City.

McWorkers Get a Pay Hike

The fast-food giant announced on Wednesday that it would hike its hourly pay for non-franchise U.S. workers to $10 per hour by the end of 2016

Weeds grow in dry cracked earth that used to be the bottom of Lake McClure in La Grange, California on March 24, 2015.

California Imposes First-Ever Mandatory Water Restrictions

California’s governor issued unprecedented mandatory water restrictions for the entire state on Wednesday in the face of a persistent drought that is growing dire, directing the State Water Resources Control Board to cut the state’s water usage by 25%

Former U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson on Dec. 21 2012, in Washington, DC.

Arkansas Governor Won't Sign Religious-Freedom Bill

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson called for the state legislature to make changes to a controversial religious-freedom bill that prompted an angry outcry from prominent businesses and activists who say it could lead to discrimination against gays

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Durst Lawyers Say FBI Illegally Searched His Hotel Room

Durst, who waived extradition to California on the murder charge, was arrested last month at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in New Orleans. He is set for a Thursday hearing on charges of possession of a firearm by a felon and illegally possessing a firearm along with an illegal drug

Frame grab of a video from the news station Noticias Ciudad del Carmen shows a fire burning at an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico on April 1, 2015

Flames Engulf Mexico Oil Platform in Gulf, Killing 4 Workers

A huge ball of flames engulfed an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, killing four people and sending terrified workers leaping into the sea. State-run oil company Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, said it had averted any significant oil spill following the blast

In this March 26, 2015 file photo, rescue workers work at site of the Germanwings crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, France.

All Remains Retrieved at Alps Crash Site Where 150 Died

Just over a week after a Germanwings plane crashed into the French Alps, investigators have finished retrieving human remains from the crash site and are trying to match them with DNA profiles, but such an arduous task could leave families waiting for months

Meet the World’s New Oldest Person

Following the death on Wednesday of Misao Okawa, a 117-year-old who lived in Japan, the world's new oldest person is an American. The Gerontology Research Group confirms the title now belongs to Gertrude Weaver, 116, who lives at a nursing home in Arkansas

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Man’s Iced-Tea Habit Caused Kidney Failure

The 56-year-old man went to the hospital last May with symptoms like weakness, fatigue, nausea and body aches. His doctors said their patient, now on dialysis, said every day he drank 16 8-oz. cups of iced black tea, which includes a chemical called oxalate

Kim Kardashian (L), Kourtney Kardashian (C) and Khloe Kardashian Odom (R) attend a benefit event in New York City on Feb. 16, 2014.

The Kardashians Are Getting Another Reality Show

The Kardashian TV empire is expanding once again. E! has ordered a new reality series, this time mainly following the Kardashian sisters’ employees. Dash Dolls will go behind the scenes of a boutique owned by Kim, Kourtney and Khloe

Military soldier with bag in airport, low section

Military Suicides Aren’t Linked to Deployment, Study Finds

Sweeping new research published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry suggests that the reasons for military suicide are much more complicated than just deployment. In the study, suicide was not associated with deployment in the U.S.’s two most recent major conflicts