The Brief

A pro-Russia woman holds a Russian flag outside a regional government building in Donetsk

Ukraine Calls 'Easter Truce'

Kiev said it was suspending operations in eastern Ukraine cities over Easter, as separatists continued their occupation of government buildings

Barack Obama

President Punts on Pipeline

A decision to give executive agencies more time to review plans for the controversial pipeline could push a final decision to after the midterm elections

Former U.S. Secretary of State Clinton speaks to members of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries during their annual convention in Las Vegas

Docs: Clinton Looked Into 'Right-Wing Conspiracy'

Decades-old documents released by the National Archives detail the administration's efforts to get to the bottom of what then-first lady Hillary Clinton once called a “vast right-wing conspiracy” to discredit her husband’s presidency


USDA Grants Help Schools Serve Healthier Lunches

About $25 million in new grants will go toward improvements like slicers for fruits and vegetables and better storage for fresh food. The USDA says it will proportionally split the funds among state agencies

Malaysia Airline

Jet Search Intensifies

A robotic submarine looking for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet is expected to finish searching a patch of the Indian Ocean seabed within a week. The mission has so far come up empty, but officials say they may expand the search area


Obama Signs Bill Barring Terrorist Ambassadors

The bill, sponsored by Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, is a response to Iran selecting Hamid Aboutalebi as its Ambassador to the United Nations. Aboutalebi allegedly participated 1979 Iranian hostage crisis

California's Drought Threatens Farm Town With 50% Unemployment

Drought-Affected Calif. Farmers to Get More Water

The Department of Water Resources said it is increasing water allotments from the State Water Project from zero to 5 percent of what water districts have requested. The news comes as the state is experiencing its third consecutive dry year

Miami Beach Police Documentation of Justin Bieber's Tattoos

White House Mum on Bieber Petition

The Obama administration offered a 'no comment' to have Canadian singer Justin Bieber deported from the United States following his recent legal troubles. Almost 275,000 people signed a petition on the White House website in January

Tribeca Film Festival 2013 Portrait Studio - Day 1

Whoopi Pens Column About Her Love for Weed

Writing for The Denver Post, Whoopi Goldberg describes her love affair with her vaporizer pen, which offers relief from severe headaches caused by her glaucoma and allows her to control the amount of THC—the active ingredient in marijuana—she ingests


Dads Relax More Than Moms on Weekends

A new Pew analysis shows that while fathers and mothers have about the same amount of leisure time on weekdays, dads get an hour more of it than moms on Saturdays and Sundays (5.5 hours, compared to a mother's 4.5)