The Brief

An armed police officer stands guard on a road near the Curtis Culwell Center where a provocative contest for cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad was held Sunday, May 3, 2015, in Garland, Texas.
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2 Dead at Muhammad 'Contest'

Two armed men who opened fire on a security officer outside a provocative contest for cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad have been killed, authorities in the Dallas suburb of Garland said on Sunday night


Pacquiao Still a 'Champion' at Home

Despite losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Saturday's "fight of the century," Manny Pacquiao is due a hero's welcome when he returns to General Santos City

A North Korean soldier stands on the river bank in Sinuiju, North Korea, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong

North Korea Holds NYU Student

South Korea said one of its nationals, a student at NYU, is detained in North Korea after its state news agency said he tried to illegally enter

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake speaks at a news conference outside the Mondawmin Mall in Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore Lifts Curfew Imposed 6 Days Ago After Riots

Baltimore residents expressed pleasure Sunday that officials were lifting the curfew in place since Tuesday, a day after rioting broke out over the death of Freddie Gray. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said the reopening of a looted mall was a reason for hope

Potential Republican 2016 presidential candidate Ben Carson in Mobile, Ala. on April 30, 2015.

Ben Carson, Famed Neurosurgeon, Running for President

Ben Carson, retired neurosurgeon turned conservative star, has confirmed that he will seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. Carson is expected to be the only high-profile African American to enter the GOP's presidential primary

A Turkish Red Crescent member carries a package during Turkish Red Crescent dispatch foods, blankets and bottled clean water to the people affected by the devastating earthquake in the Smjung Village of the Gorkha District where is approximately 12 hours away from Kathmandu, on May 04, in Gorkha, Nepal.

Nepal Urges Foreign Rescue Workers to Return Home

Nepal's government urged foreign rescue workers in the capital to return home on Monday as people to marked the birthday of Gautama Buddha. Since the April 25 earthquake, 4,050 rescue workers from 34 different nations have flown in to help in rescue operations

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leaves the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in London on May 2, 2015 with her newborn baby daughter.

Why a Princess Could Be a Boon for U.K. Retailers

Baby boutiques, clothing stores and fashion designers received a gift that will keep on giving when the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a girl, and all the marketing opportunities she provides, instead of another boring boy, retail experts say


Australian Jailed for Killing 9 Puppies While on Meth

A 25-year-old man, Nathan Thompson — who brutally bludgeoned to death nine puppies in March while high on meth — has been sentenced to 18 months in jail by a court in the eastern Australian state of New South Wales

Israelis members of the Ethiopian community run with an Israeli flag during a protest against racism and what they say is excessive aggression by Israeli police, in Tel Aviv on May 3, 2105.

Israeli Protest Against Racism Turns Violent

Several thousand people from Israel's Jewish Ethiopian minority protested in Tel Aviv against racism and police brutality on Sunday, shutting down a major highway and clashing with police on horseback long into the night

Former US business executive and potential Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina speaks at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington on April 6, 2015.

Carly Fiorina Gets Personal in New Book

The day after she launches her campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO will release a book that details the personal struggles she's faced, including the loss of a daughter, rediscovering her faith and battling cancer

The Los Angeles city skyline stands in front of the snow covered San Gabriel Mountains after a snowstorm hit the region

Small Morning Earthquake Rattles Los Angeles

The greater Los Angeles area was rattled Sunday morning by a small earthquake centered just north of Inglewood and Culver City. It was the second earthquake in less than a month along that fault; a magnitude-3.5 quake hit the same area on April 12

Victor Espinoza aboard American Pharoah celebrates winning the 141st Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, in Louisville, Ky

American Pharoah Wins 141st Kentucky Derby

Victor Espinoza rode the horse for his second straight win Saturday at the Kentucky Derby before a record-setting crowd of 170,513 at Churchill Downs. "He's been a special horse since I first rode him," said Espinoza, who now has three Derby wins