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POLK CITY, Fla. • The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is ending its iconic elephant acts. The circus’ parent company, Feld Entertainment, told The Associated Press exclusively that the acts will be phased out by 2018. Growing public …

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  • Plane skids off runway at LaGuardia; no injuries reported
    New York• A Delta plane has skidded off a runway while landing at LaGuardia Airport. The Fire Department of New York says no injuries have been report...
    Updated Mar 05 2015 10:00 am   |     |   Share
  • Supreme Court will hear gay marriage cases on April 28
    Washington • The Supreme Court will hear arguments over same-sex marriage on April 28. The court released its calendar Thursday for the final two week...
    Updated Mar 05 2015 09:55 am   |     |   Share
  • This courtroom artist rendering shows Solicitor General, Donald B. Verrilli Jr., right, speaking before the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. The Supreme Court heard arguments in King v. Burwell, a major test of President Barack Obama's health overhaul which, if successful, could halt health care premium subsidies in all the states where the federal government runs the insurance marketplaces. From left are Justices Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John Roberts, and Justice Anthony Kennedy, (AP Photo/Dana Verkouteren) Justices divided over health care law subsidies
    Washington • Sharply divided along familiar lines, the Supreme Court took up a politically charged new challenge to President Barack Obama’s health ca...
    Updated Mar 04 2015 09:52 pm   |     |   Share
  • US clears Darren Wilson in Ferguson shooting, criticizes police force
    Washington • The Justice Department won’t prosecute a former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old,...
    Updated Mar 04 2015 11:18 am   |     |   Share

  • Fan pays for anti-Mets ownership billboard near field
    St. Lucie County, Fla. • A New York Mets fan has put his displeasure with the team’s ownership on full display. Gary Palumbo, a 39-year-old from New H...
    Updated Mar 04 2015 01:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • An order of McDonald's Chicken McNuggets is displayed for a photo in Olmsted Falls, Ohio Wednesday, March 4, 2015. McDonald's says it plans to start using chicken raised without antibiotics important to human medicine and milk from cows that are not treated with the artificial growth hormone rbST.. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan) McDonald’s won’t use human antibiotics for chicken or milk from cows treated with growth hormone
    New York • McDonald’s says it plans to start using chicken raised without antibiotics important to human health and milk from cows that are not treate...
    Updated Mar 04 2015 11:15 am   |     |   Share
  • In this Monday, March 2, 2015 photo, Ayman Odeh, head of the Joint List, an alliance of four small Arab-backed parties running in the upcoming Israeli elections, talks to voters in Jerusalem. Odeh believes the unprecedented union of diverse groups will dramatically increase Arab clout in Israel’s parliament and transform national politics. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean) Rise of pragmatic Arab politician shakes up Israeli politics
    Jerusalem • A charismatic Arab politician, who confidently jousts with Jewish rivals on TV and wants to build a broad Arab-Jewish “alliance of the dis...
    Updated Mar 04 2015 11:15 am   |     |   Share
  • Los Angeles Police detective Meghan Aguilar points at photos released by police that could indicate evidence of a suspect holding a police officer's gun, seen in a video grab scene shot by a witness at the scene of the shooting of a homeless man on Skid Row of Los Angeles, displayed at a news conference at police headquarters Monday, March 2, 2015. Chief Charlie Beck says officers fatally shot a homeless man on Skid Row after he grabbed an officer's holster during a struggle. Three Los Angeles police officers shot and killed the man on Sunday, as they wrestled with him on the ground, a confrontation captured on video that millions have viewed online. Authorities say the man was shot after grabbing for an officer's gun. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) APNewsBreak: 2 nations wouldn’t take man later shot by LAPD
    Los Angeles • U.S. officials say authorities were forced to release a foreigner before he was shot by police on Los Angeles’ Skid Row because no count...
    Updated Mar 04 2015 09:54 am   |     |   Share
  • Top Senate Republican tells states: ignore EPA carbon rules
    Washington • The Senate’s top Republican is telling states to ignore a central part of President Barack Obama’s plans to curb the pollution blamed for...
    Updated Mar 04 2015 09:45 am   |     |   Share
  • Houthi fighters wearing army uniforms, stand guard near the closed U.S. embassy after police opened the road, in Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi called for the relocation of embassies to Aden, as several of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council members have done already. The U.S. ambassador to Yemen Matthew Tueller met with Hadi in Aden on Monday and said Hadi remained the UN envoy to Yemen disappointed by Shiites rebels’ stance
    Sanaa, Yemen • The U.N. envoy to Yemen on Wednesday expressed “disappointment” over the refusal by the country’s Shiite rebels to withdraw their fight...
    Updated Mar 04 2015 09:42 am   |     |   Share
  • Justice Dept. review finds racial bias among Ferguson police
    Washington - The Justice Department will issue findings Wednesday that accuse the police department in Ferguson, Missouri, of racial bias and routinel...
    Updated Mar 04 2015 08:42 am   |     |   Share
  • This March 13, 2012 photo shows older and newly constructed 250,000 barrel capacity oil storage tanks at the SemCrude tank farm north of Cushing, Okla. For the past seven weeks, the United States has been producing and importing an average of 1 million more barrels of oil every day than it is consuming. That extra crude is flowing into storage tanks, especially at the country's main trading hub in Cushing, pushing U.S. supplies to their highest point in at least 80 years, the Energy Department reported Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Tulsa World, Michael Wyke) KOTV OUT; KJRH OUT; KTUL OUT; KOKI OUT; KQCW OUT; KDOR OUT; TULSA OUT; TULSA ONLINE OUT US running out of room to store oil; price collapse next?
    New York • The U.S. has so much crude that it is running out of places to put it, and that could drive oil and gasoline prices even lower in the comin...
    Updated Mar 03 2015 12:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • Amid NY murder trial, man calls to say he could be Etan Patz
    New York • A man who thinks he could be Etan Patz called authorities amid the murder trial of a suspect charged in the boy’s 1979 disappearance and de...
    Updated Mar 03 2015 12:12 pm   |     |   Share
  • NC prosecutor seeks death for suspect in killing 3 Muslims
    Durham, N.C. • Prosecutors plan to seek the death sentence for a man accused of killing three young Muslims in North Carolina in a case that garnered ...
    Updated Mar 03 2015 11:57 am   |     |   Share
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in Washington, Monday, March 2, 2015. Netanyahu is seizing the high-profile bully pulpit of the U.S. House to deliver his stern message about the dangers of a nuclear deal that President Barack Obama and U.S. allies might sign with Israel’s archenemy.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Netanyahu assails Iran-nuclear talks in Congress address
    Washington • In a speech that stirred political intrigue in two countries, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Congress on Tuesday that neg...
    Updated Mar 03 2015 09:55 am   |     |   Share
  • The Villarica volcano erupts near Pucon, Chile, early Tuesday, March 3, 2015. The Villarica volcano erupted Tuesday around 3 a.m. local time (0600 GMT), according to the National Emergency Office, which issued a red alert and ordered evacuations. (AP Photo/ Aton Chile) Villarrica volcano erupts in southern Chile, thousands flee
    Pucon, Chile • One of South America’s most active volcanoes erupted early Tuesday in southern Chile, spewing heavy smoke into the air as lava surged d...
    Updated Mar 03 2015 10:06 am   |     |   Share
  • Ohio crash kills good Samaritan helping injured pedestrian
    Mansfield, Ohio • A man was fatally run over as he helped a woman who had just been struck by a different car and knocked into a snow bank as she walk...
    Updated Mar 03 2015 08:35 am   |     |   Share
  • In this Feb. 27, 2015, photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md. Rubio is telling allies he is running for president and plans to join the crowded field of Republican hopefuls as early as April.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) Foreign talks to Congress often a yawn, but not Netanyahu’s
    Washington • Given anywhere else, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech Tuesday wouldn’t cause such a fuss. But a foreign leader denounci...
    Updated Mar 02 2015 02:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • In a Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 photo, Toronto's Deputy Police Chief Mark Saunders explains evidence photos as he speaks to the media about a tunnel found near one of the venues for this year's Pan American Games, at a press conference in Toronto. Police said Monday March 2, 2015 that two young men who built the mysterious tunnel had no criminal intent, they just wanted a man cave. Const. Victor Kwong said tips from the public helped them identify the two men in their 20s responsible for building the underground chamber near a Pan Am Games venue. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young) Toronto Police: men built mystery tunnel to use as man cave
    Toronto • Two young men who built a mysterious tunnel in Toronto had no criminal intent, police said Monday. They just wanted a man cave. Const. Victo...
    Updated Mar 02 2015 02:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 photo, ice clogs the water between wharves in Portland, Maine. Portland Harbor is encountering more ice than it has in years thanks to the coldest February on record. Several lobster boats were locked in the ice, unable to move, and ice breakers are needed to keep commerce flowing. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) Ice slows business, traffic on Northeast, Midwest waterways
    Portland, Maine • Waterways around the Northeast and the Midwest are beset by ice more than a foot thick in some places. The ice is making life misera...
    Updated Mar 02 2015 02:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • Israel says it busted Gaza smuggling ring helping Hamas
    Jerusalem • Israel said on Monday it has busted an Israeli-Palestinian smuggling ring that funneled iron, electronic equipment and other prohibited ma...
    Updated Mar 02 2015 11:46 am   |     |   Share