The Brief

A pro-equality mural by artist Joe Caslin on the side of the Mercantile building in Dublin on April 18, 2015.
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Gay Marriage Faces Ireland Test

Ireland may become the first country to support gay marriage by a popular vote when it holds a referendum on Friday. The proposed constitutional amendment would allow marriages "by two persons without distinction as to their sex"

Caesar R. Goodson Jr., Garrett E. Miller, Edward M. Nero, William G. Porter, Brian W. Rice, Alicia D. White

6 Baltimore Officers Indicted in Freddie Gray's Death

Six officers charged in the April death of Freddie Gray have been indicted by a grand jury, Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby said Thursday, the latest milestone in a case that brought riots to the city and reignited the national debate over police force

House Fire

Suspect in Killings of Wealthy D.C. Family Arrested

A former Marine and ex-convict accused in the slayings of a wealthy Washington family and their housekeeper was arrested on Thursday, a week after authorities said the family was killed in their mansion that was later set on fire

Josh Duggar speaks during the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on February 28, 2015 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Josh Duggar Resigns From Family Research Council

Reality-television star Josh Duggar, the eldest son in TLC's 19 Kids and Counting, resigned from Christian lobbying group the Family Research Council on Thursday in the wake of serious child-molestation allegations

Activists hold placards as they take part in a vigil in what organizers said was in "remembrance of black women and girls killed by the police," in Union Square, Manhattan, New York May 20, 2015.

Topless Women Rally Against Perceived Police Brutality

A group of black women staged a topless protest in downtown San Francisco on Thursday against the killing of black women and girls by police. Protesters held signs with the hashtag #SayHerName and posters with the names and pictures of those who have died

Former Korean Air Vice President Cho Hyun Ah appearing at South Korea's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport in Seoul on Dec. 12, 2014

South Korea Court Suspends Nut-Rage Exec's Prison Term

A South Korean court has suspended the prison term for the Korean Air chairman's daughter whose onboard "nut rage" delayed a flight last year. The court sentenced Cho Hyun-ah to 10 months in prison that will be suspended for two years

Junior United States Senator from Connecticut Chris Murphy addresses journalists in Budapest on Jan. 31, 2014.

Senator Says GOP Plan After Obamacare Is ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

A Democratic Senator used a popular Internet symbol on Thursday to describe what he says is the Republican plan should the Supreme Court strike down the Affordable Care Act. "The Republicans plan," he said, "is essentially a shrug of the shoulders"

Bikers at Twin Peaks restaurant, May 17, 2015 in Waco, Texas

The Generation Gap Behind the Waco Biker Shootout

In the wake of a shootout between motorcycle clubs and cops in Waco, Texas, that left nine dead, experts say the melee traces its roots to a generational shift in the makeup of the clubs, with a new wave of members putting pressure on the old guard

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Compromise Floated to End NSA Bulk Collection of Records

The proposal by the Senate intelligence committee's chairman came as the White House and House leaders from both parties urged the Senate to take up a House-passed bill that would end NSA bulk collection after six months while preserving other powers set to expire

California Oil Spill Refugio State Beach Goleta

Biologists Eyeing Extent of Damage After California Oil Spill

It could be weeks before the beach near Santa Barbara is cleaned up, scientists say as officials work to clean up some 105,000 gallons of crude oil that are thought to have leaked this week, and years before the damage to the water and wildlife is realized