The Brief

German police officers carry bags out of a house believed to belong to the parents of crashed Germanwings flight 4U 9524 co-pilot Andreas Lubitz in Montabaur on March 26, 2015.
Kai Pfaffenbach—Reuters

Co-Pilot Is Focus in Alps Crash

The motives of the young co-pilot who officials believe slammed a Germanwings jet into a French mountainside Tuesday, killing all 150 people on board, remain a mystery. Investigators searched his apartment in Düsseldorf, as well as his parents' home, for clues

<> at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on March 14, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

Takei Urges #BoycottIndiana

Star Trek actor George Takei slams Indiana Gov. Mike Pence for signing a law that allows business owners to deny same-sex couples service

Zach Auguste #30 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish dunks in the second half against Rashard Kelly #0 and Darius Carter #12 of the Wichita State Shockers during the Midwest Regional semifinal of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Quicken Loans Arena on March 26, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Notre Dame Beats Wichita State

The most intriguing matchup of the Sweet 16 didn’t live up to its billing, as Notre Dame topped Wichita State, 81-70, to earn a spot in the coveted Elite Eight

Yemenis search for survivors under the rubble of houses that allegedly were destroyed by a Saudi air strike, in Sana'a, Yemen, March 2015.

Egypt and Saudi Arabia to Lead Ground Operation in Yemen

Egyptian security and military officials say Saudi Arabia and Egypt will lead a ground operation in Yemen against Shiite rebels and their allies after a campaign of airstrikes to weaken them. But they would not specify troop numbers

In this file photo taken on Feb. 25, 2015, a family of refugees that fled their homes due to violence from the militant group Boko Haram sit inside a refugee camp in Minawao, Cameroon

More Flee Northern Cameroon to Escape Boko Haram

The surge in violence and cross-border attacks by Nigerian Islamist militants Boko Haram has doubled the number of civilians in Cameroon displaced by the conflict, with some 117,000 people from northern Cameroon fleeing their homes in March alone, according to a U.N. survey

Arctic Oil Drilling

Oil Council: Arctic Drilling Needed Now

The U.S. should immediately begin a push to exploit its enormous trove of oil in the Arctic waters off of Alaska, or risk a renewed reliance on imported oil in the future, an Energy Department advisory council says in a study to be released Friday

Iraqi security forces prepare to attack Islamic State extremist positions in Tikrit, north of Baghdad, Iraq, March 26, 2015.

Shi'ite Militias Back Out of Iraq Campaign After U.S. Air Strikes

Three key Shi’ite militias pulled out of the Iraqi assault on the Islamist-held city of Tikrit in protest of U.S. air strikes supporting the campaign. Reports indicate the groups, representing a third of the 30,000 government-led forces, are withdrawing from the front lines

Burma's Commander-in-chief Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing speaks during a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of Armed Forces Day in Naypyitaw, Burma, March 27, 2015.

Burma Army Commander Pledges Successful Elections

Burma's powerful military commander pledged Friday to work to support successful elections in November, calling it "an important landmark for democracy implementation," and warned that the army will not tolerate instability or armed threats

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MARCH 9: Apple CEO Tim Cook smiles after an Apple special event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on March 9, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Apple Inc. announced the new MacBook as well as more details on the much anticipated Apple Watch, the tech giant's entry into the rapidly growing wearable technology segment as well (Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images)

Apple's CEO Tim Cook Plans to Leave Wealth to Charity

After paying for his 10-year-old nephew’s college tuition, Apple CEO Tim Cook says, he plans on leaving all his wealth — which today amounts to $120 million — to good causes. “You want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripple for change,” he told Fortune magazine

Craig T. Nelson at the "Get Hard" Premiere at the TCL Chinese Theater on March 25, 2015 in Los Angeles.

NBC Reviving Coach With Craig T. Nelson

The 1990s sitcom, which went off the air in '97, will apparently be a sequel to the comedy series rather than a reboot. Coach Hayden Fox, who will have been retired, is called back to be assistant coach for his own grown son, who is the new head coach at an Ivy league school

USC Trojans Athletic Director Haden stands on the sidelines during the NCAA football game against the Hawaii Warriors in Los Angeles

USC AD Pat Haden: Docs Confirm NCAA Sanctions Unfair

USC athletic director Pat Haden says private emails between NCAA committee on infractions members that were made public as part of a lawsuit filed by former Trojans running backs coach Todd McNair confirm the school was treated unfairly in the Reggie Bush case

Microsoft's Windows 8.1 Goes On Sale

Microsoft Requires Contractors to Offer Paid Sick Time

Seattle-based computing giant Microsoft announced a new rule requiring that many of its contractors give their employees at least 15 days of paid sick and vacation time. Paid sick time has become an increasingly important issue in the tech industry