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.

Nothing But the Best

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

Birth rates drop

Most Americans Want Birth Control Coverage

A new survey published 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

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

Pujols Joins '500 Club' After Two Homers

First baseman Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels joined the few who have hit 500 home runs in their careers, during a win over the Washington Nationals, making him the third-youngest player to accomplish the feat in the history of Major League Baseball

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

Arrested Development Creator Signs Up for Netflix

Mitch Hurwitz has signed a multi-year deal to not only create and produce a new show for Netflix, but to also serve as a non-writing executive producer for other projects and advise the online streaming service on comedy series development

Saudi medical staff leave the emergency department at a hospital in the center of the Saudi capital Riyadh on April 8, 2014.

Fears Rise Over Saudi Arabia's MERS Outbreak

The deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome has neither no definitive origin, nor a known cure, so global public health officials are becoming increasingly concerned by the Saudi government's sluggish response as the number of human cases continues to rise

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Gun Silencers Are Selling Like Hot Cakes

A new report shows gun owners are eager to accessorize despite silencers often costing more than the weapons they're meant to hush. Sales to civilians in the U.S. rose to about 500,000 units in 2013, nearly 37 percent above the 360,000 sold a year earlier