The Brief

The Puerto Rican flag flies in front of Puerto Ricoís Capitol as in San Juan, Puerto Rico, July 29, 2015.
Ricardo Arduengo—AP

Puerto Rico's Debt Crisis

Puerto Rican officials say the island's default on a $422 million bond payment is only the beginning if the U.S. Congress doesn't help resolve the situation soon. Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla says Puerto Rico did not make nearly $370 million of the payment

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WhatsApp Blocked in Brazil for 72 Hours

A judge in Brazil ordered that phone companies block Facebook's messaging service WhatsApp throughout the country for 72 hours in response to its refusal to cooperate in a police investigation

Ted Cruz addresses his supporters during a rally with his vice presidential running mate, Carly Fiorina in Fort Wayne, IN, on April 28, 2016.

Ted Cruz Doubles Down in Indiana

Ted Cruz may find his last chance at snagging the Republican presidential nomination in the Indiana primary on Tuesday, but it's not going to be easy. Polls show him behind Donald Trump by as much as 15 points

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Playground Concussions on the Rise

Playground concussions are on the rise, according to a new government study, and monkey bars and swings are most often involved. Most injuries studied were mild, but all concussions are potentially serious and the researchers say the trend raises concerns

Carnival's Adonia cruise ship arrives from Miami in Havana, Cuba, May 2, 2016.

First U.S. Cruise in Decades Arrives in Cuba

The first U.S. cruise ship in nearly 40 years crossed the Florida Straits from Miami and docked in Havana, restarting commercial travel on waters that served as a stage for a half-century of Cold War hostility

Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, center, leaves the Centre County Courthouse after a hearing of arguments on his request for an evidentiary hearing as he seeks a new trial in Bellefonte, Pa., May 2, 2016.

Jerry Sandusky Presses Child Molestation Appeal

Jerry Sandusky's effort to get his child molestation convictions thrown out ran into tough questioningfrom a judge who voiced doubt about defense lawyers are entitled to question witnesses—including some of the former Penn State assistant football coach's victims

The U.S. Supreme Court is shown March 29, 2016 in Washington, DC.

Court Rejects Challenge to Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage

The Supreme Court is turning away a challenge to Seattle's $15 an hour minimum wage from franchise business owners who say the law discriminates against them. The order leaves in place a federal court ruling in favor of Seattle

Paul McCartney performs on stage during the 'One on One' tour in Seattle, Washington, April 17, 2016.

Rock Legends May Be Planning a Festival

Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, and The Who have all posted mysterious videos on Facebook sparking rumors they will be co-headlining a music festival