The Brief

Gendarmes and rescuers from the Gendarmerie High-Mountain Rescue Group working at the crash site of the Germanwings Airbus A320 near Le Vernet, French Alps, on March 31, 2015.
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Co-Pilot Rehearsed Descent

The co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 4525 tried a controlled descent on the previous flight that morning to Barcelona before the plane crashed into a mountainside in March on its way back to Germany, French investigators said in a new report released Wednesday

In this April 12, 2015 file photo, water flows from a leaking pipe in a Los Angeles street gutter.

Calif. Approves Water Cutbacks

Water regulators adopted sweeping restrictions on how people, governments and businesses can use water amid the state's ongoing drought

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at an event at Rancho High School on May 5, 2015, in Las Vegas.

Hillary's Immigration Plan

Hillary Clinton drew a sharp distinction Tuesday between herself and the 2016 Republican hopefuls on immigration reform

Head shot of Elton Simpson from preseason media shoot of the 2002-03 Yavapai College basketball team in Prescott, Arizona.

Gunman's Hashtag Hinted at Texas Cartoon Contest Plot

About 20 minutes before the shooting at a Texas cartoon contest that featured images of the Prophet Muhammad, a final tweet posted on an account linked to one of the gunmen said: "May Allah accept us as mujahideen," or holy warriors

Baltimore Police Department Commissioner Anthony Batts.

Baltimore Top Cop Says 'We Are Part of the Problem'

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said in a new interview Tuesday that police need to acknowledge "we are part of the problem" in the wake of charges brought against cops in the high-profile death of Freddie Gray

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U.S. Ranks Worst Developed Country for Maternal Health

A woman in the U.S. faces a 1 in 1,800 risk of maternal death, according to a new report, the worst of any developed country. The U.S. ranked No. 42 on children's well-being, No. 61 on maternal health and No. 89 for political status

Frank Freshwaters, 79, of Akron, Ohio, United States, is seen in 1959 and 2015 photos released by the Brevard County Sheriff's Office in Florida.

'Shawshank' Fugitive Arrested 56 Years After Escape

A fugitive who spent time at the penitentiary featured in prison-escape film 'The Shawshank Redemption' was finally apprehended in Florida after 56 years on the lam. Authorities arrested 79-year-old Frank Freshwaters after receiving a tip from U.S. Marshals

Kaleo Ramos, left, and Rebecca Copeland, right, react outside a legislative hearing room on April 30, 2015, in Honolulu.

Hawaii Bill for Birth-Certificate Gender Change Passes

The Hawaii legislature passed a bill that could make it a lot easier for transgender people to change gender on their birth certificates, joining a growing number of states to make the change. "This really is the beginning for trans equality," said a transgender man

A Sunni fighter who has joined Shi'ite militia groups known collectively as Hashid Shaabi (Popular Mobilization), allied with Iraqi forces against the Islamic State, looks at an Islamic State flag and ammunition displayed in al-Alam Salahuddin province, March 15, 2015.

Experts Doubtful ISIS Was Mastermind of Texas Shooting

The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria claimed that the gunmen at a Texas cartoon exhibition were “soldiers of the caliphate,” but experts say that it’s still unclear if and what ties really existed. “What proof has ISIS offered?” said one longtime member of the CIA

Floyd Mayweather Jr. exchange punches with Manny Pacquiao during their welterweight unification championship bout, May 2, 2015 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Manny Pacquiao Is Facing a $5 Million Class-Action Lawsuit

Manny Pacquiao has been named in a $5 million class-action lawsuit filed on Tuesday claiming the boxer had failed to disclose his shoulder injury to the Nevada Athletic Commission prior to his May 2 match against Floyd Mayweather Jr., as required by law

Mountain bike team member hands out tarpaulin in villages in need of relief after the Nepal earthquake of April 25, 2015

Nepal's Cyclists Reach Inaccessible Villages

With an expert knowledge of mountain tracks and the stamina to make it through the mountains, Nepal's small mountain-biking community is proving to be an invaluable source of relief, bringing food and supplies to villages cut off by the recent earthquake