The Brief

US ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert covers his face as he leaves the Sejong Cultural Institute in Seoul on March 5, 2015.

N. Korea Applauds Amb. Attack

North Korea applauded the slashing of U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert, calling it a "knife attack of justice"

Attorney General Eric Holder delivers remarks about the Justice DepartmentÕs findings related to two investigations in Ferguson, Missouri, at the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building March 4, 2015 in Washington, DC. Holder delivered the remarks for an audience of department employees who worked on the investigations after a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager, sparking weeks of demonstrations and violent clashes.

Holder Slams Ferguson Police

Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department will guarantee "corrective action" in Ferguson after a report found a pattern of racial bias

Kenneth Feld, left, CEO of Feld Entertainment Inc., and his daughters, from right, Juliette, Alana, and Nicole, feed elephants Alana and Icky at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation, in Polk City, Fla., March 3, 2015.

Ringling Bros. Circus to Eliminate Elephant Acts

The circus plans to phase out elephant acts by 2018, amid growing public concern about how the animals are treated. The circus' 43 elephants will live at the 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation in central Florida

Miriam Thimm Kelle, left, whose brother James Thimm was tortured and killed on a southeast Nebraska farm in 1985, is hugged by Byron Peterson of Scottsbluff, after she testified in favor of a law proposal to change the death penalty to life imprisonment without parole, during a hearing before the Judiciary Committee in Lincoln, Neb., March 4, 2015.

Nebraska Considers Eliminating the Death Penalty

Nebraska legislators are considering a bill that would eliminate the state’s death penalty, receiving significant support from Republican lawmakers and family members of murder victims. Nebraska currently has 11 people on death row

Ben Carson addresses the annual Conservative Political Action Conference at National Harbor, Maryland, outside Washington,DC on Feb. 26, 2015.

Ben Carson Apologizes For Comments on Homosexuality

The likely Republican presidential candidate was asked in an interview Wednesday whether homosexuality is a choice. "Absolutely," he replied. "Because a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight -- and when they come out, they're gay"

Former Denver Bronco Nate Jackson speaks during a cannabis industry expo in Denver, March 4, 2015.

Former NFLer Says the League Should Permit Pot

Former Denver Broncos tight end Nate Jackson said he thinks the NFL will eventually allow players to use marijuana. He said the drug is a safer alternative for injured players looking to medicate than highly addictive prescription pain pills

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks at nuclear negotiations with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, on March 4, 2015, in Montreux, Switzerland

Kerry Pushes Back on Israeli Criticism of Iran Nuke Talks

U.S. officials sought on Wednesday to tamp down expectations of a substantial preliminary nuclear deal with Iran by the March deadline while working to move past the political dust kicked up by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's criticism

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton checks her PDA upon her departure in a military C-17 plane from Malta bound for Tripoli on Oct. 18, 2011.

Clinton Asks for Her Emails to Be Made Public

Hillary Clinton, embroiled in a controversy over her use of personal email during her time as Secretary of State, said late Wednesday that she's asked the State Department to release some of her correspondence

Man demonstrates an e-cigarette at Vape store in Chicago in 2014.

Indiana Moves to Regulate E-Cig Liquids

Indiana moved closer this week to regulating the liquids that are used in electronic cigarettes, a regulatory focus that goes beyond the measures states and municipalities have been enacting for months. The bill would not extend a smoking ban to so-called vaping

A courtroom sketch shows Boston Marathon bombing survivor Sydney Corcoran testifying in the trial of accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at the federal courthouse in Boston, Mass., March 4, 2015.

Boston Bombing Survivors Give Testimony

Survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings appeared in a Boston federal court on Wednesday to deliver testimony of the bloodshed. "I remember thinking, this is it, I’m going to die. I’m not going to make it," recalled one

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Statins May Seriously Increase Diabetes Risk

Statins can lower cholesterol and even tamp down inflammation to keep the risk of heart disease down. But these commonly prescribed drugs may increase the risk of diabetes, and by a considerable amount