The Brief

Toshio Yazawa

Japan's Population Falling

The number of people living in Japan has dropped for the fourth year in a row, bringing it to a low not seen since 2000

ITALY-IMMIGRATION-SHIPWRECK

Pope Asks Europe for Help

Pope Francis asked the European Union to do more to help the tens of thousands of migrants rescued in the Mediterranean

JELLYFISH BOUNTY

Jellyfish Invade Pacific Northwest Beaches

Millions of the bluish-purple species called Velella velalla are washing up on shore in Oregon and Washington. It's not unusual for them to turn up in the spring, but a sail fin on their body usually keeps them away from the shore

Ahmanson Theatre Opening Performance Of "The Drowsy Chaperone"

Anne of Green Gables Star Jonathan Crombie Dead at 48

The actor who played Gilbert Blythe in Anne of Green Gables died of brain hemorrhage in New York City on April 15. "He was funny, he was sweet, he loved acting, he loved comedy and singing and dancing," his sister said

MAHOGANY DECK CHAIR RECOVERED FROM TITANIC IS SEEN IN THE MARITIME MUSEUM OF THE ATLANTIC IN HALIFAX

Titanic Deckchair Sells for 100,000 Pounds at Auction

A deckchair from the first-class deck of the Titanic was sold at an auction in England on Saturday, fetching just over 100,000 pounds including taxes and fees, or nearly $150,000. A crew dispatched to gather bodies from the water found the chair in 1912

Students Protest Against Standardized Testing in Colorado

Thousands of Kids Opt Out of Standardized Tests

Students across the country are opting out of new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core standards, defying the latest attempt by states to improve academic performance. At some schools, up to 70 percent of kids are refusing to take the exams

Jarret Stoll

LA Kings Player Jarret Stoll Arrested on Drug Charges

Los Angeles Kings player Jarret Stoll was arrested Friday in Las Vegas on suspicion of possession of cocaine. The hockey forward was arrested at the Wet Republic pool at the MGM Grand hotel, according to multiple reports

Fast & Furious

Furious 7 Sets $1 Billion Worldwide Box Office Record

Furious 7 just set the record for the fastest live-action film to bring in $1 billion in global box office sales, crossing that major milestone in only 17 days, Universal announced Friday. That's faster than Avatar and Harry Potter