The Brief

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Garcia Marquez Dead at 87

The Nobel-winning author was a literary Columbus discovering a New World. His famous work One Hundred Years of Solitude established him as the defining member of what was called the “boom” in Latin American writing and a movement known as “magic realism”

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks from the Brady Press Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., April 17, 2014.

8M Enrolled in Obamacare

President Obama said Thursday that over 8 million Americans have signed up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act, exceeding projections

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Chelsea Clinton Is Pregnant

The former first daughter is expecting just as her mom, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is mulling another presidential campaign


Ukraine's Jews Can Breathe Easily

A few anti-Semitic fliers in eastern Ukraine made global news after the U.S. Secretary of State spoke out against them. But on the evidence on display in Donetsk, the Jews of eastern Ukraine are in little danger

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GM Will Not Have to Take Recalled Cars Off the Road

A judge ruled that the embattled car company's recalled vehicles can stay on the road, as GM faces an legal battle related to 2.6 million vehicles recently recalled over malfunctioning ignition switches linked to 13 deaths

Justin Bieber performs at Staples Center on June 24, 2013 in Los Angeles.

Bieber Edges al-Sisi in TIME 100 Reader Poll

Canadian singer Justin Bieber holds first place in TIME's reader poll for the year's most influential people, followed closely by Lady Gaga and Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, Egypt's former military chief who is now running for the presidency

Coast guard members search for passengers near a South Korean ferry that capsized on its way to Jeju island from Incheon on April 16, 2014.

Ferry Captain: I'm 'Really Sorry'

Lee Joon-seok apologizes to survivors and relatives after the Sewol capsized off South Korea Wednesday, leaving at least 14 dead and more than 280 unaccounted for. Divers are still searching for survivors that may be trapped inside the vessel

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Michaels: 2.6M Payment Cards Possibly Compromised

The arts and craft chain said that as many as 2.6 million payment cards used at its stores may have been affected by a security breach via sophisticated malware, though it has not yet heard many reports of fraud


Name That Tune, Siri

A report said the next version of Apple's iPhone software will have built-in features to tell you what song is playing within earshot. Such a move would be a bit of catch-up for Apple, as similar song identifying features are baked into Android via the Google Now app

From left: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talks with Russian Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov at the start of a bilateral meeting to discuss the ongoing situation in Ukraine on April 17, 2014 in Geneva.

Obama: Military Options Off the Table in Ukraine

The President said that the United States would not intervene in Ukraine's crisis, after the U.S., E.U., Ukraine and Russia agreed to a plan that includes disarming illegal militants. Obama, however, expressed skepticism that Russia will adhere to the deal

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Ex-NFL QB McNabb Freed From Jail

Former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb served a one-day sentence following a DUI arrest that took place last year. He pled guilty to a DUI on March 27, and nine days of his sentence were suspended

Japan’s most powerful leader in Years, Shinzo Abe aims to reclaim his country’s place on the world stage. That makes many Asians—including some Japanese—uncomfortable

Shinzo Abe Talks Patriotism, WWII

Japan's Prime Minister spoke to TIME's Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs and East Asia Correspondent Hannah Beech on a wide range of topics, from his country's relationships with the U.S. and China to the lessons he took from his own family's political past