The Brief

Mike Pence
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Pence Gets Pinched

An uproar over a new law meant to protect religious freedom has put Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on the defensive against business leaders who fear its perception as anti-gay will hurt the state, tripping up the Republican in his first big foray onto the national stage


Co-Pilot Had Been Suicidal

Prosecutors say the co-pilot of the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps had received treatment for suicidal tendencies

Iran Nuclear Deal John Kerry

Iran Talks Near Deadline

Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program reached a critical phase with diplomats struggling to overcome substantial differences just a day before a deadline

Trevor Noah

Meet the New Host of The Daily Show

South Africans bequeathed yet another star to the international pantheon of household names with the news that Soweto-born comedian Trevor Noah is to take over The Daily Show when host Jon Stewart steps down later this year

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy delivering his budget address to the senate and house inside the Hall of the House at the State Capitol in Hartford, Conn., on Feb. 18, 2015.

Connecticut to Ban State-Funded Travel to Indiana

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy said Monday he intends to sign an executive order that will ban state-funded travel to Indiana as a protest to that state's new religious objections law, which critics are slamming as discriminatory

Chicago Mayoral Candidates Campaign One Day Before Election

Chicago Mayor's Race Reverberates Nationally

As Jesus "Chuy" Garcia emerges to challenge Rahm Emanuel, the progressive left is looking to Chicago for inspiration—and a workable model—on how to challenge Hillary Clinton for the national Democratic nomination in 2016


An Apple a Day Keeps the Pharmacist Away, Study Says

Researchers who set out to see if "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" say it's a bit more complicated. People who consumed apples daily weren't less likely to stay a night at a hospital, but they were likely to use fewer prescription meds

In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center, is depicted between defense attorneys Miriam Conrad, left, and Judy Clarke, right, during his federal death penalty trial in Boston on March 5, 2015.

Prosecution Rests Case Against Boston Marathon Bomber

Prosecutors rested their case against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Monday after jurors saw gruesome autopsy photos and heard a medical examiner describe the injuries suffered by the three people who died in the 2013 attack

An aerial view of a shooting scene at the National Security Agency at Fort Meade in Maryland is pictured in this still image take from video, March 30, 2015.

1 Dead in Shooting Outside NSA Headquarters

One person is dead and two people have been hospitalized after a violent incident at the National Security Agency in Fort Meade, authorities said. The FBI said terrorism not believed to be the cause


Spain to Offer Citizenship to 2.2 Million Jews

It may have taken more than half a millennia, but Madrid is finally about to make amends for forcing Spain's Jewish community to convert to Catholicism or leave the country by offering citizenship to the estimated 2.2 million descendants of those expelled

Martin O'Malley

Martin O'Malley Takes on Hillary Clinton

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley seems ready for the first time to put up a real fight for the 2016 Democratic nomination, portraying himself as the party's true progressive warrior and slamming Clinton, albeit with glancing blows