The Brief

In this May 1, 2015 file photo, Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon in Washington.
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U.S. Defense Slams Iraq Forces

The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria's takeover of Ramadi is evidence that Iraqi forces do not have the "will to fight," Defense Secretary Ash Carter said, in the harshest assessment yet from a high-ranking Obama Administration official

A file picture dated February 14, 2007 of Noble Laureate John Nash speaking on 'Global Games and Globalization' during a function in New Delhi.

A Beautiful Mind Mathematician Killed in Crash

John Forbes Nash Jr., the subject of the 2001 Oscar-winning film A Beautiful Mind, and his wife were killed in a taxi crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, police said. "Beautiful minds, beautiful hearts," said Russell Crowe, who played Nash

A woman cycles past a marriage equality mural on May 24, 2015, in the Liberties area of Dublin, as Ireland becomes an international advocate for gay rights.

Gays Wake Up to Changed Ireland, Let 'New Normal' Sink In

The gay couples of Ireland woke up on Sunday in what felt like a nation reborn — some with dreams of wedding plans in their heads. Many weren't rising too early, however, after celebrating the history-making outcome of Ireland's referendum legalizing gay marriage

U.S. activist Gloria Steinem, sixth right in front, two Nobel Peace Prize laureates Mairead Maguire, from Northern Ireland, second from right, Leymah Gbowee, from Liberia, third from right, and other activists march to the Imjingak Pavilion with South Korean activists along the military wire fences near the border village of Panmunjom, in Paju, north of Seoul

Activists Cross Demilitarized Zone Between Koreas

A international group of female activists crossed the border between North and South Korea to promote peace between the two countries, which have yet to sign a peace treaty 60 years after the Korean War ended

IndyCar driver Juan Pablo Montoya takes the checkered flag to win the running of the the Greatest Spectacle in Racing the 99th Indianapolis 500 in Indianapolis on May 24th, 2015.

Montoya Beats Power for Second Indy 500 Win

Juan Pablo Montoya beat Will Power for his second Indianapolis 500 win. Montoya last won Indy in 2000, and the 15 years between victories are a record for a driver. "I'm glad I am proving them right, that they made the right choice," he said

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Bird Flu Spreading as Scientists Look Everywhere for Clues

Federal agriculture officials are looking everywhere they can think of for H5N2 bird flu, which has spread to poultry flocks in 14 states and killed or forced the slaughter of more than 39 million birds. Highly pathogenic avian influenza has never spread like this before in the U.S.

Anna and Josh Duggar at the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort Hotel and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., on Feb. 28, 2015.

Duggars Shut Down Website Amid Molestation Reports

Josh and Anna Duggar’s official website has been taken down, three days since Josh responded to allegations that he molested five underage girls as a teenager. TLC has pulled 19 Kids and Counting from the air in light of accusations against the reality-TV star

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Tomorrowland Narrowly Beats Pitch Perfect 2

Tomorrowland has narrowly pulled ahead of blockbuster Pitch Perfect 2 at the Memorial Day box office with an estimated three-day debut of $32.2 million, putting its four-day domestic launch at a disappointing $40.7 million for powerhouse Disney

Demonstrators pause at the entrance to the Cuyahoga County Justice Center as police stand guard during a protest against the acquittal of Michael Brelo, a patrolman charged in the shooting deaths of two unarmed suspects, on May 23, 2015, in Cleveland.

Cleveland Streets Calm a Day After Protests

The streets largely remained calm Sunday morning after police in riot gear made numerous arrests overnight of protesters angered by a patrolman's acquittal in the deaths of two unarmed black suspects in a barrage of police gunfire

A firefighter looks into the window of a partially submerged car, checking to see if anyone is inside, on May 23, 2015, in Oklahoma City.

Firefighter Dies as Floods Hit Oklahoma, Texas

Flooding in Texas and Oklahoma has led to numerous evacuations and rescues and the death of a firefighter. The heavy rains were pushing into eastern Texas and eastern Oklahoma on Sunday morning

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World’s Biggest Hotel to Open in Mecca in 2017

The world’s biggest hotel is set to open in Mecca in 2017, offering an unprecedented level of luxury to travelers and royalty alike in Saudi Arabia. The Abraj Kudai will cost about $3.6 billion, featuring 10,000 bedrooms, 70 restaurants and four helipads

TV personality Sharon Osbourne appears on CTV's "The Marilyn Denis Show" at Bell Media Headquarters on May 15, 2015 in Toronto.

Sharon Osbourne Takes Leave From The Talk

Sharon Osbourne, 62, will take a month off CBS show The Talk while she recovers from exhaustion after she returned to work too soon following a hospitalization earlier this year for pneumonia, her representative said