The Brief

An armed police officer stands guard on a road near the Curtis Culwell Center where a provocative contest for cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad was held Sunday, May 3, 2015, in Garland, Texas.
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Shooting at Muhammad 'Contest'

Police shot and killed two gunmen who opened fire on a security officer outside a suburban Dallas venue hosting a provocative contest for Prophet Muhammad cartoons, and a bomb squad searched the gunmen's vehicle as a precaution, authorities said

A McDonald's restaurant logo and golden arch is lit on Chicago's near North Side.

McDonald's Slims Down

CEO Steve Easterbrook says he's stripping away layers of bureaucracy so the company can move faster to keep up with changing tastes

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton speaks at Georgetown University in Washington on April 21, 2015.

Bill Clinton Defends Foundation's Foreign Money

The Clinton family's charity has never done anything "knowingly inappropriate," former President Bill Clinton said in a new interview, as the controversy surrounding foreign donations rattles Hillary Clinton's weeks-old presidential bid

Elephant Rhino

Elephants, Rhinos and Other Herbivores Face Extinction

The world's largest plant-eating animals like elephants and rhinoceroses are facing dramatic population losses due to poaching and resource destruction, with 60% of large herbivores threatened by extinction, according to a new study

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake speaks at a news conference outside the Mondawmin Mall in Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore Lifts Curfew Imposed 6 Days Ago After Riots

Baltimore residents expressed pleasure Sunday that officials were lifting the curfew in place since Tuesday, a day after rioting broke out over the death of Freddie Gray. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said the reopening of a looted mall was a reason for hope

Actress Grace Lee Whitney, best known as Yeoman Rand on the original Star Trek television series, died at the age of 85 in Coarsegold, Calif. on May 3, 2015.

Star Trek Actress Dead at 85

Grace Lee Whitney, 85, the futuristic-clipboard-bearing Yeoman Janice Rand on the original series of Star Trek, died this weekend in the town of Coarsegold, California, her family confirmed. No cause of death was reported

Members of the Los Angeles County Fire Department inspect the ruins of a collapsed building in Gangabu, Kathmandu on April 30, 2015.

Nepal Urges Foreign Rescue Workers to Return Home

Nepal's government urged foreign rescue workers in the capital to return home on Monday as people to marked the birthday of Gautama Buddha. Since the April 25 earthquake, 4,050 rescue workers from 34 different nations have flown in to help in rescue operations

First Minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon campaigns in South Queensferry on the outskirts of Edinburgh on April 28, 2015.

Meet the Future of U.K. Politics

Nicola Sturgeon and her Scottish Nationalist Party are predicted to wipe out all opposition in Scotland and become the United Kingdom's third biggest party when voters head to the polls on May 7

The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Depart The Lindo Wing With Their Daughter

Why a Princess Could Be a Boon for U.K. Retailers

Baby boutiques, clothing stores and fashion designers received a gift that will keep on giving when the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a girl, and all the marketing opportunities she provides, instead of another boring boy, retail experts say

Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson campaigning at Hollis Pharmacy in Hollis, NH on April 6, 2015.

Ben Carson, Famed Neurosurgeon, Running for President

Ben Carson, retired neurosurgeon turned conservative star, has confirmed that he will seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. Carson is expected to be the only high-profile African American to enter the GOP's presidential primary

Israelis members of the Ethiopian community run with an Israeli flag during a protest against racism and what they say is excessive aggression by Israeli police, in Tel Aviv on May 3, 2105.

Israeli Protest Against Racism Turns Violent

Several thousand people from Israel's Jewish Ethiopian minority protested in Tel Aviv against racism and police brutality on Sunday, shutting down a major highway and clashing with police on horseback long into the night