Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will eliminate
its elephant acts - long an integral part of the spectacle
billed as "The Greatest Show on Earth" - by 2018 amid
criticism by animal welfare activists, the circus' parent
An attorney for the accused Boston Marathon bomber said at
the start of his trial that their client bore responsibility
for the attacks that killed three people and injured 264 with
a blunt admission: "It was him."
US transportation safety investigators said they are
reviewing a request to reopen a probe into the 1959 airplane
crash that killed musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, J.P.
Richardson, better known as "The Big Bopper," and their
The US Department of Justice has cleared Ferguson, Missouri,
police officer Darren Wilson of civil rights violations in
the August shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown,
the department said in a report on Wednesday.
US authorities had tried to deport the homeless man shot dead
by police in Los Angeles this week but had to release him
after authorities in his native Cameroon failed to provide a
travel document, an immigration official said.
Seventeen miners died in an explosion at a coal mine in the
rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukrainian, where a
blast trapped dozens of people, the news agency RIA Novosti
said, citing the region's emergency services.