The Brief

Demonstrators gather outside the City County Building in Indianapolis, Indiana on March 30, 2015.
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March Sadness

Indiana—more specifically Indianapolis, the Final Four host city—is stealing the spotlight, thanks to controversial new legislation that Gov. Mike Pence signed last week. Critics of the new law say it gives businesses license to discriminate against LGBT residents

A prisoner identified as Wossen Assaye in an undated photo released by the Fairfax County Police Department in Fairfax, Va., on March 31, 2015.

Manhunt for Virginia Prisoner

A prisoner armed with a gun and wearing just a hospital gown escaped from custody in a northern Virginia hospital Tuesday morning

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stands after arriving for a meeting with air force commanders and officers in Tehran on Feb. 8, 2015.

Iran Nuke Talks Target July

Iran and six world powers prepared Tuesday to issue a general statement agreeing to continue negotiations in a new phase this summer


Germanwings Motive Remains a Mystery

Prosecutors said they have so far found no indications in Andreas Lubitz's family, his personal surroundings or in his work environment of any motive that might have prompted him to deliberate crash the Airbus A320 he was flying in the French Alps last Tuesday

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Gay Marriage

Fight Over Religious-Objection Proposals Shifts to Arkansas

The fight over "religious freedom" proposals facing increasing criticism from advocates who call them a license to discriminate against gays and lesbians has shifted toward Arkansas, which was poised to become the second state this year to enact such a measure

San Quentin Prison shown on July 10, 2013, in Larkspur, Califo.

America's Largest Death Row Is Nearly Full

California’s death row has not seen an execution for nearly a decade and, with an anticipated 20 new arrivals per year, the largest execution system in the U.S. has almost run out of room, with 708 out of 715 death-row cells at San Quentin now occupied

The main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Mohammadu Buhari speaks to the press as he arrives for registration at Gidan Niyam Sakin Yara polling station in Daura district of Katsina, Nigeria on March 28, 2015.

Nigeria Elections Down to Wire

The second day of vote counting in a bitterly contested presidential vote started late on Tuesday and electoral officials hope to announce later in the day who will be governing Africa's richest and biggest nation

US First Lady Michelle Obama during an event in the East Room of the White House on March 3, 2015 in Washington, DC.

New Book Explores Role of Race for First Lady

Author paints the First Lady as the President's rock, notes the impact her background would have on her future as the nation's first black First Lady. "If Barack was a helium balloon," author Peter Slevin writes, "Michelle was the one holding the string"

Trevor Noah

Meet the New Host of The Daily Show

South Africans bequeathed yet another star to the international pantheon of household names with the news that Soweto-born comedian Trevor Noah is to take over The Daily Show when host Jon Stewart steps down later this year

Eloi Vazquez

UC Berkeley Soccer Player Found Dead Near L.A. Freeway

The body of a missing University of California, Berkeley, soccer player was found by police near a Los Angeles freeway on Saturday. Eloi Vasquez, 19, was reportedly hit by a car on California's Interstate-10 after he attended a fraternity party

Britain's Queen Elizabeth on March 26, 2015 in Folkestone, England.

The Queen of England Is Facing a Staff Revolt

For the first time in history, the Queen of England's household staff may take industrial action on Tuesday. They are frustrated by paltry wages, and will cast ballots to determine if they will continue with certain services they currently perform without pay