The Brief

Uber Pulls Out of Kansas

The ride-hailing service halted its operations Tuesday after state lawmakers overrode the Governor's veto of a bill that would impose stricter rules

Huckabee Launches 2016 Run

Mike Huckabee launched his second presidential bid in the Arkansas town that formed the basis of his small-town, Christian worldview

A Sunni fighter who has joined Shi'ite militia groups known collectively as Hashid Shaabi (Popular Mobilization), allied with Iraqi forces against the Islamic State, looks at an Islamic State flag and ammunition displayed in al-Alam Salahuddin province, March 15, 2015.

Experts Doubtful ISIS Was Mastermind of Texas Shooting

The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria claimed that the gunmen at a Texas cartoon exhibition were “soldiers of the caliphate,” but experts say that it’s still unclear if and what ties really existed. “What proof has ISIS offered?” said one longtime member of the CIA

Drought-Stricken California Community Close To Running Out Of Water

California Fell Far Short of Water-Saving Target

Californians conserved little water in March and local officials were not aggressive in cracking down on waste, state regulators reported Tuesday, saying residents and communities again fell short of Gov. Jerry Brown's voluntary water savings target

A Panera Bread Restaurant Ahead Of Earnings Figures

Panera to Drop 150 Ingredients From Its Menu

Panera Bread is cleaning up its menu. The fast-casual restaurant chain will drop or change 150 of the 460 ingredients on its menu to fit new standards the company set to provide a healthier dining experience to customers

French surveillance measures vote in Parliament

French Lawmakers Approve Controversial Surveillance Bill

France's lower house of Parliament has approved a bill aimed at legalizing broad surveillance of terrorism suspects that has drawn an outcry from advocates of civil liberties. The bill was passed Tuesday with 438 votes in favor and 86 against

Hillary Clinton Begins New Hampshire Election Campaign

Democrats to Face Off in Six Primary Debates

Each of the four early states — Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina — will host debates, the party announced. The move follows the Republican Party's effective takeover the debates process following an internal review of its 2012 defeat

Bob Hirst, general editor of the Mark Twain Project, shows a letter from Twain to his brother Orion Clemens and sister-in-law Mollie Clemens from October 1865.

Scholars Discover New Mark Twain Letters

Scholars at the University of California, Berkeley have pieced together a collection of dispatches written by Mark Twain when the author was a young newsman in San Francisco. Some carried his flair for embellishment and may not be entirely true

A banner fixed to a fence on Anibare Lodge, the main camp for refugee families on Nauru, reads "Cambodia, never, ever," March 7, 2015.

Refugees Spurn Australian Resettlement Offer

Australia has reached a deal with Cambodia to resettle an unlimited number of asylum seekers, currently in Australian government detention on the Pacific island of Nauru, in exchange for $31 million. However, the move has been met with resistance by refugees