The Brief

Pepsi and Coke

Soda Slimdown

The country's three largest soda companies promised Tuesday to reduce the calories in sugary drinks by 20% over the next decade

The Holy Bible

Envoy Under House Arrest

The Vatican says it has put its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic under house arrest following allegations he sexually abused young boys


Twitter Helps Cops ID Suspects in Philly Attack

Two men and one woman were charged in Philadelphia Tuesday in connection with a violent attack on two gay men after Twitter users helped cops identify the suspects, who were charged with assault, conspiracy and reckless endangerment

Security measures outside of White House

White House Gets Extra Barrier After Incident

The Secret Service erected a temporary extra barrier a few feet in front of the White House's existing iron fence Tuesday as investigations continue into how a trespasser scaled the fence and entered the executive mansion last week

NRA Gathers In Houston For 2013 Annual Meeting

Texas Plan for Booze at Gun Shows Gets Shot Down

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) withdrew a proposal to allow sales of alcohol at some gun shows after receiving a barrage of public comments against the plan, which argued that mixing guns and alcohol was dangerous

Apple Store Soho Presents Meet The Actor: Vince Vaughn

Vince Vaughn Joins HBO's True Detective Season 2

HBO announced that Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn will serve as the leads in the second season of the network's hit drama, ending what feels like years of speculation. Justin Lin (The Fast & The Furious, Community) will direct the first two episodes

Rahm Emmanuel

Chicago Mayor Pushes Illinois To Decriminalize Pot

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is called on the Illinois state legislature Tuesday to decriminalize marijuana possession and to make all arrests for those caught with one gram or less of any drug a misdemeanor instead of a felony

Columbine HS Massacre Remembered Ten Years Later

One of the Columbine Shooters’ Mothers Is Writing a Book

The mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the two Columbine High School shooters who opened fire on their fellow classmates 15 years ago and killed 13 people before committing suicide, will write a memoir of the "indescribable grief and shame" she has lived with

HeForShe Campaign Launch

Group Threatens Emma Watson After Feminism Speech

Some users on the notorious 4chan message board have allegedly threatened to expose nude pictures of the actress, following her speech at the UN Women's HeforShe launch, which called on men to support women and saw 68,000 men worldwide sign on


70% Of Violent Crime Victims Suffer After Incident

7 out of 10 people endure severe social or emotional problems after being the victim of a violent crime, but only about 12% of those who had problems received help from victim services, according to a new report from the Department of Justice