The Brief

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Video Purports to Show ISIS Atrocity

Militants in Libya were reported to have shot and beheaded groups of captive Ethiopian Christians, widening the circle of nations affected by ISIS

Toshio Yazawa

Japan's Population Falling

The number of people living in Japan has dropped for the fourth year in a row, bringing it to a low not seen since 2000


'Furious 7' Drives Weekend Box Office for Third Week

Furious 7 is still on top of the box office in its third week in theaters, with the flick starring Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker taking in $29.1 million over the weekend. The weekend numbers bring the film's domestic total earnings to about $300 million

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Affleck Asked PBS to Not Reveal Slave-Owning Ancestor

Ben Affleck requested that the documentary series "Finding Your Roots" not reveal he had a slave-owning ancestor, according to emails published by WikiLeaks. The information never aired, as host Henry Louis Gates said more interesting ancestors were highlighted

Man's Obituary Asks Mourners Not to Vote for Hillary Clinton

Mourners of a North Carolina man who died at 81 on April 13, and who had repeatedly shared his negative opinion about Clinton, were urged not to cast their ballot for her in next year's presidential election. “We know he’s up there giggling right now," said his son

Students Protest Against Standardized Testing in Colorado

Thousands of Kids Opt Out of Standardized Tests

Students across the country are opting out of new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core standards, defying the latest attempt by states to improve academic performance. At some schools, up to 70 percent of kids are refusing to take the exams


Jellyfish Invade Pacific Northwest Beaches

Millions of the bluish-purple species called Velella velalla are washing up on shore in Oregon and Washington. It's not unusual for them to turn up in the spring, but a sail fin on their body usually keeps them away from the shore

Ahmanson Theatre Opening Performance Of "The Drowsy Chaperone"

Anne of Green Gables Star Jonathan Crombie Dead at 48

The actor who played Gilbert Blythe in Anne of Green Gables died of brain hemorrhage in New York City on April 15. "He was funny, he was sweet, he loved acting, he loved comedy and singing and dancing," his sister said


Titanic Deckchair Sells for Nearly $150,000 at Auction

A deckchair from the first-class deck of the Titanic was sold at an auction in England on Saturday, fetching just over 100,000 pounds including taxes and fees, or nearly $150,000. A crew dispatched to gather bodies from the water found the chair in 1912