TIME The Brief

Boko Haram Proposes Schoolgirls-for-Prisoners Trade in Nigeria

Welcome to #theBrief, the four stories to know about right now—from the editors of TIME.

Here are the stories TIME is watching this Monday, May 12:

  • Boko Haram released a video depicting what appears to be the kidnapped girls. Leader Abubakar Shekau demanded the release of Boko Haram prisoners in exchange for the girls.
  • Donald Sterling apologized for the racist comments that got him banned from the NBA, calling them a “terrible mistake.”
  • Vladimir Putin dominated an exhibition hockey game on the eve of eastern Ukraine’s referendum for succession from the Kiev government.
  • Bearded Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst won the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest.

The Brief is published daily on weekdays.

TIME The Brief

Johnny Humble: Manziel Falls in Draft

Welcome to #theBrief, the four stories to know about right now--from the editors of TIME.

Here are the stories TIME is watching this Thursday, May 8:

  • Former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel waited until the 22nd pick to hear the Cleveland Browns call his name at the 2014 NFL draft.
  • Fierce storms battered the Midwest with heavy winds, rain and hail as tornadoes touched down in Colorado and Minnesota.
  • Apple is reportedly close to a $3.2 billion acquisition deal with Beats Electronics, maker of famous Beats By Dre headphones.
  • Hello my baby, hello my honey. Scientists find 14 species of dancing frogs in India.

The Brief is published daily.

TIME The Brief

High Interest in Colorado: State Approves Banking for Pot Dispensaries

Welcome to #theBrief, the four stories to know about right now--from the editors of TIME.

Here are the stories TIME is watching this Thursday, May 8:

  • Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine are going ahead with an autonomy vote despite Russian President Vladimir Putin’s calls to postpone it.
  • Colorado’s legislature passed a bill that would give legal marijuana sellers expanded access to banking services.
  • American fast food workers plan massive strikes next week, calling for a pay raise to $15 an hour.
  • Nintendo says it does not plan to add same-sex relationships in its simulator game “Tomodachi Life.”

The Brief is published daily.

TIME The Brief

Obama Offers U.S. Help for Nigeria After Boko Haram Kidnaps More Girls

Welcome to #theBrief, the four stories to know about right now--from the editors of TIME.

Here are the stories TIME is watching Wednesday, May 7:

  • Barack Obama pledged American help for Nigeria after eight more girls were abducted by Boko Haram Tuesday in addition to the more than 200 already held captive. The U.S. will send military, law enforcement officials and hostage negotiators in an effort to return the girls to their families.
  • Few Tea Party challengers unseated their incumbent GOP rivals in Tuesday’s Republican primaries in North Carolina, Ohio, and India.
  • Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is getting ready to go public in the U.S. in what could be the biggest tech IPO in history.
  • Kevin Durant was named NBA MVP after having a stellar statistical season and leading his Oklahoma Thunder to the playoffs.

The Brief is published daily.

TIME The Brief

Obama Asks Weathermen to ‘Translate’ Climate Change, Republican Primaries Underway, The Problem With Face Wash

Welcome to #theBrief, the four stories to know about right now—from the editors of TIME

The White House has enlisted the help of weathermen like NBC’s Al Roker to help explain the new National Climate Assessment report, which forecasts meteorological woes in the near future in every part of the United States.

Also Tuesday, primary elections in Ohio and North Carolina Republican may provide fresh insights about the ongoing fight between establishment and insurgent Republicans.

And prepare to drop that face scrub! The tiny plastic microbeads that do the exfoliating slip through the cracks in wastewater systems and end up polluting the water supply, say environmental activists. States are considering cracking down.

Finally, work is the new play, at least at Legoland. Westchester, New York’s Lego theme park is looking for a master builder to spend all day using his imagination. Talk about a resume builder.

TIME The Brief

Hunt Continues for Lost Plane, Circus Catastrophe and NBA Playoffs

Welcome to #theBrief, the four stories to know about right now -- from the editors of TIME

Leading off today is the news, or lack thereof, on the missing Malaysian Airlines flight. The hunt continues as the search area widens. Then, the shocking cellphone footage of a circus accident that injured nine acrobats. In sports, the Clippers advanced to the second round of the NBA playoffs despite the turmoil surrounding owner Donald Sterling after his racist remarks. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar weighs in on racism inside and out of sports. To beat the Mondays, we end with a joke, courtesy of President Barack Obama who let them have it at the White House Correspondents Association dinner Saturday night. Here are the 17 meanest jokes from the annual event.

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