The Brief

This Is Why You're Always Cold

Frigid weather isn’t solely to blame for your chill: your metabolism, vascular function and thyroid play major roles in keeping warm

Malaysia Plane

Malaysia Calls MH370 An Accident

Malaysia on Thursday declared the crash of Flight MH370 an accident, clearing the way for victims' relatives to proceed with compensation claims

Mehcad Brooks in West Hollywood in 2014.

Mehcad Brooks to Play Jimmy Olsen in Supergirl

The upcoming CBS superhero series Supergirl has cast Mehcad Brooks as young photojournalist Jimmy Olsen. The 34-year-old will be playing the love interest of the title lead, depicted by Glee star Melissa Benoist

A girl pays for her mother's groceries using Electronic Benefits Transfer tokens, more commonly known as Food Stamps, at the GrowNYC Greenmarket in Union Square in New York in 2013.

1 in 5 U.S. Kids Relies on Food Stamps

Twenty percent of children in the U.S. need food stamps to eat, according to federal data released on Wednesday. Data compiled by the U.S. Census shows that 16 million children in the country used food stamps in 2014 — a jump from prerecession levels

Australian Open Tennis

Williams, Sharapova to Meet in Australian Open Final

Top-ranked Serena Williams beat Madison Keys to set up an Australian Open final against second-seeded Maria Sharapova. Sharapova, who beat Ekaterina Makarova in an all-Russian semifinal, has lost her last 15 head-to-head matches to Williams

Gadget Show Sony

Sony and Spotify to Unveil New Music Service on PlayStation

Spotify and Sony are launching a premium music service called PlayStation Music, offering over 30 million songs to listen to in the background of a PlayStation game. It will initially only be accessible on Sony game consoles and Xperia devices


Phoenix Is Monitoring 1,000 People for Measles

Health staff in Arizona are monitoring 1,000 people, including around 200 children, who could have been exposed to measles at the Phoenix Children's East Valley Center after a woman who visited the medical facility came down with the disease

Taylor Swift performs during New Year's Eve 2015 in Times Square at Times Square on Dec. 31, 2014 in New York City.

Taylor Swift’s 1989 Heads Back to the Top

Taylor Swift’s 1989 could be topping the Billboard 200 chart again. After two weeks out of the top spot, the singer’s smash-hit album is currently sitting at No. 2, and those in the know believe it has the power to reach No. 1 for a 10th week

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Dr. Charle

Inventor of the Laser Dies at 99

Charles Townes, the Nobel Prize–winning physicist credited with the invention of the laser and its predecessor — the maser — died in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday. Townes' health had been rapidly deteriorating, and he died on the way to the hospital