The Brief

Wisconsin Governor Mellencamp

Wisconsin Passes Custody Law

Wisconsin has passed a first-in-the-nation law that prevents parents from handing over custody of their adopted children without judicial approval


First Heartbleed Arrest

In what appears to be the first arrest related to the Heartbleed bug, a teenager is in custody for allegedly hacking into Canada’s tax agency website

Three Killed, 13 Injured in Ukrainian Skirmish

Three pro-Russian demonstrators were killed as a mob tried to overrun a National Guard base in eastern Ukraine. The violence occurred just hours ahead of meeting between American, European and Russian envoys in Geneva aimed at diffusing the crisis

Director Bryan Singer

X-Men Director Bryan Singer Faces Teen Sex Lawsuit

Court papers filed Wednesday allege the Hollywood icon sexually abused a teenage boy in 1998 and 1999. The plaintiff claims to have been coerced into sexual acts with the promise of a role in an X-Men film. Singer denies all allegations

Milwaukee Bucks to be Sold for $500 Million

The team’s owner of 29 years, former U.S. Senator Herb Kohl, is selling the Bucks to Marc Lasry of Avenue Capital Management and Wesley Edens, co-founder of Fortress Investment Group LLC. The deal is still subject to the approval of the owners of the NBA’s 29 other teams

Colin Keating

20 Years Later, an Apology for the Rwandan Genocide

The New Zealand diplomat who was president of the Security Council in April 1994 admits the U.N. "utterly failed" to prevent the slaughter of up to one million people in Rwanda. He was speaking at a council meeting held to mark the 20th anniversary of the genocide

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry speaks at news conference with Moroccan Foreign Minister Mezouar in Rabat

Kerry: Sanctions on Russia Will Affect U.S. Too

Secretary of State John Kerry warns that imposing sanctions on Russian banking, energy, mining, arms and other industries will affect the American economy, with U.S. giants like ExxonMobil and Coca-Cola investing or earning billions of dollars in Russia

Cable Giant Comcast To Acquire Time Warner Cable

Netflix Called on to Scupper Comcast-TWC Merger

Vocal merger critic Senator Al Franken has called on Netflix CEO Reed Hasting to take a public stance on the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable, warning of "an anticompetitive advantage in the content market" if it goes ahead

Biden Obama Selfie

Joe Biden’s First Selfie Is Just Awesome

Eleven hours after opening an Instagram account, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden wrote "Found a friend to join me." He really couldn’t have featured a more prominent guest star. Want to see more scenes from the Veep’s life? Then follow "vp" on Instagram


Fall in Heart Attacks Related to Type 2 Diabetes

In a new study, researchers found that the rates of heart attacks and deaths related to high blood sugar dropped 60% from 1990 to 2010. The rates of lower extremity amputations, as well as strokes, dropped by about 50%

Online dating

Online Matchmaker Zoosk Files $100M IPO

While it has yet to log a profit, the popular dating site boasts 26 million members and a top iTunes App. It filed papers with the Securities and Exchange Commission Wednesday announcing a planned $100 million initial public offering