The Brief

People celebrate a landslide victory of a Yes vote after a referendum on same sex marriage was won by popular ballot vote by a margin of around two-to-one at Dublin Castle on May 23, 2015 in Dublin.
Clodagh Kilcoyne—Getty Images

Tears of Joy in Dublin

Ireland made global history on Saturday by becoming the first country in the world to approve same-sex marriage through popular vote—sending thousands of people out into the streets of Dublin to celebrate as a sea of emotion engulfed the city

In this April 9, 2015, file photo, Cleveland police Officer Michael Brelo listens to testimony during his trial in Cleveland.

Cop Acquitted in 2 Shooting Deaths, Sparking Protests

A white Cleveland patrolman who fired into a suspect's car at the end of a 137-shot barrage that left the two unarmed black occupants dead was acquitted of criminal charges by a judge who said he could not determine the officer alone fired the fatal shots

Wichita County Sheriff's deputies assisted an elderly woman after she and her pets were rescued from her home west of Wichita Falls, Texas

Rain Threatens to Wash Out Memorial Day Weekend

Millions of Americans are under the threat of flash floods this Memorial Day weekend as heavy rain was forecast for waterlogged parts of Texas, Arkansas and the southern Plains, along with thunderstorms, hail, wind and even isolated tornadoes

TV personality Sharon Osbourne appears on CTV's "The Marilyn Denis Show" at Bell Media Headquarters on May 15, 2015 in Toronto.

Sharon Osbourne Takes Leave From The Talk

Sharon Osbourne, 62, will take a month off CBS show The Talk while she recovers from exhaustion after she returned to work too soon following a hospitalization earlier this year for pneumonia, her representative said

Pilgrims carry a portrait of Roman Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero to Romero's beatification ceremony in San Salvador, El Salvador

Salvadorans Celebrate Beatification of Slain Archbishop

Huge crowds filled a square in the Salvadoran capital Saturday for a ceremony to beatify Roman Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was cut down by an assassin's bullet 35 years ago and declared a martyr for his faith this year by Pope Francis

Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds poses for a portrait in promotion of his upcoming role in the film "Woman in Gold" on Feb. 26, 2015 in New York.

Ryan Reynolds Helps a Young Cancer Patient Meet Deadpool

A young cancer patient got to meet the anti-hero Deadpool—as played by Ryan Reynolds—thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The foundation sent Tony Acevedo, who suffers from Hodgkin Disease, a type of lymphoma, up to the film's Vancouver set

In this image from Senate video, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and a Republican presidential contender, speaks on the floor of the U.S. Senate on May 20, 2015, at the Capitol in Washington, during a long speech opposing renewal of the Patriot Act.

Senate Blocks Patriot Act Extension

The National Security Agency's bulk collection of domestic phone records and other key surveillance activities under the USA Patriot Act are set to expire at midnight May 31. The Senate's leader scheduled a last-minute session to take up the issue again

In this photo taken Monday, May 18, 2015, Gino Celli inspects wheat nearing harvest on his farm near Stockton, Calif. Celli, who farms 1,500 acres of land and manages another 7,000 acres, has senior water rights and draws his irrigation water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta who have California's oldest water rights are proposing to voluntarily cut their use by 25 percent to avoid the possibility of even harsher restrictions by the state later this summer as the record drought continues.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California Approves Historic Water Cuts by Farmers

California regulators accepted a historic offer by farmers to make a 25% voluntary water cut to avoid deeper mandatory losses during the drought. The state already has mandated 25% conservation by cities and towns and curtailed water deliveries

In this Nov. 11, 2011, file photo, B.B. King performs at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.

B.B. King Viewing Draws More Than 1,000 in Las Vegas

Hundreds of people turned out during a public chance to say goodbye to B.B. King in Las Vegas ahead of a weekend memorial service and a final King of the Blues road tour leading back home to the Mississippi Delta

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks to a Republican luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington

Senate Approves Trade Bill in Victory for Obama

The Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the Obama administration's hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House


93-Year-Old World War II Veteran Gets High School Diploma

J.D. Sexton, 93, a World War II veteran, finally received a diploma this week from the high school he attended in Alabama before he had to drop out because he was drafted into the Army. His wife arranged for the diploma as a present for his birthday this month