The Brief


$1.3 Trillion Budget Bill Unveiled

Congressional leaders have finalized a sweeping $1.3 trillion budget bill that boosts military and domestic spending, even as some conservative Republicans balk at the size of spending increases and the rush to pass the legislation

Zuckerberg Apologizes For Facebook Data Scandal

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologized over a growing data scandal in an interview Thursday, telling CNN's Laurie Segall that that the exposure of users' data to political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica "was a major breach of trust"

Austin Bombing Suspect Left Behind a 'Confession'

Police have uncovered a 25-minute recorded "confession" from Austin bombing suspect Mark Anthony Conditt, in which he described the deadly explosive devices that have been detonated across the city since March 2

Police Shot Unarmed Black Man in His Yard 20 Times

Relatives, activists and Sacramento officials are questioning why police shot at an unarmed black man 20 times, killing him, when he turned out to be holding only a cellphone in his grandparents' backyard

Spring Nor’easter Dumps Snow on the East Coast

Winter Storm Toby, the fourth Nor'easter in less than three weeks, is walloping the storm-ravaged East Coast with a fresh blanket of snow just in time for the start of spring. It was expected to bring more than a foot of snow to certain cities

New Weight Loss Procedure Freezes Hunger Signals

Doctors have shown that freezing the nerve that carries hunger signals to the brain may be able to lower a person's appetite and help them lose weight. In a small new study, everyone lost weight and felt less hungry

Rick Saccone Concedes Pennsylvania Special Election

Republican Rick Saccone conceded defeat to Democrat Conor Lamb on Wednesday night in a closely watched special election in Pennsylvania, more than a week after the end of a remarkable race that has shaken GOP confidence

Peru's President Offers to Resign Amid Political Turmoil

Embattled President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has offered his resignation ahead of an impeachment vote, seeking to put an end to a fast-moving political drama playing out three weeks before the nation is set to host President Donald Trump for a regional summit

Russia Helped Venezuela Launch a Cryptocurrency

A TIME investigation finds Moscow’s fingerprints all over the petro, the world’s first state-backed digital currency. The petro was in fact a collaboration, whose aim was to erode the power of U.S. sanctions

Stormy Daniels Passed Polygraph Test on Trump Affair

Stormy Daniels passed a lie detector test that focused on her alleged sexual encounter with President Donald Trump in July 2006. The lie detector test focused on three “relevant” questions about Daniels' alleged encounter