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  • Carol the elephant performing at a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus show

    Ringling Bros. to phase out elephants from circus shows

    By Gregory Wallace NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The Greatest Show on Earth will soon be without elephants.  Ringling Bros. announced Thursday it will gradually reduce the use of elephants in its shows, and all will be retired by 2018. It’s the end of an era for the animal that Ringling calls “a lifelong symbol” of its circus. Elephants have for years played prominently in the circus’ shows and its advertising. They triumphantly enter the ring, then perform a synchronized dance […]

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    Supreme Court to hear challenge on same-sex marriage April 28

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Supreme Court announced Thursday that it will hear a challenge to state bans on same-sex marriage April 28.  At issue is a lower court opinion that upheld same-sex marriage bans in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee. The Court will hear two and 1/2 hours of arguments on two questions: 1. Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex? 2. Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state […]

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    New York’s LaGuardia Airport closed until Thursday evening after plane skids off runway

    QUEENS, N.Y. — A Delta airplane skidded off a snowy runway at LaGuardia Airport and into a fence Thursday, according to WPIX.  Its nose broke before skidding to a halt. Video shows people walking off the commercial jetliner and onto snow-covered ground at the airport.  Emergency vehicles could be seen then around the MD-88 aircraft, which Delta said had 125 passengers and five crew members aboard. The FAA says the airport will be closed until 7 p.m. due to the incident. […]

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    K-Cup Inventor: “I feel bad sometimes I ever did it”

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The inventor of K-Cups regrets that he ever invented them. “I feel bad sometimes that I ever did it,” John Sylvan told The Atlantic in an interview. Why? Because the K-Cups are bad for the environment — they are disposable and not recyclable. Sylvan originally envisioned the cup-like pouches that brewed a single serving of coffee for offices, where people want different brews. But the technology caught on, and Keurig Green Mountain brewers are now on […]

  • Principal Sherman Padgett with the bucket

    ‘She said just hold the bucket': Principal subject of one of the coolest senior pranks ever

    WICHITA, Kan. (CNN) – This year’s crazy senior prank at one Kansas high school has nearly the whole graduating class involved.  At first, the principal was shocked.  Now, he says he’s grateful every time a student joins in on the prank. For senior Emily Jones at Wichita North High School, it started with an idea. “I wanted to do something nice for my principal,” Jones said. She had a bucket, and had an idea to do a different kind of […]

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    Boston Marathon bombing: Opening statements to begin in bombing trial

    Boston (CNN)– Almost 23 months after a pair of ghastly explosions at the Boston Marathon, opening statements will begin Wednesday in the trial of accused bomber Dzhokar Tsarnaev. Their remarks will bring back vivid memories of the carnage caused by two pressure cooker bombs that exploded 12 seconds apart at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Three people died in the blasts and more than 260 people were maimed and injured. A fourth person, an MIT police officer, was […]

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    Here are the ‘rules’ for tipping the bellman, taxi driver, hairdresser and more

    (CNN) – First there’s the valet.  Awaiting your arrival with a welcoming smile, a claim ticket and a tacit understanding that you’ll know how to properly reciprocate ($5) when it’s time to retrieve your car. Followed by the bellman ($2 first bag, $1 each additional). And the concierge ($5 to $20, depending on the task), who can recommend several good bistros in the area and help with hard-won reservations. Later, the taxi driver whisks you to your restaurant (10-20%) where […]

  • Florida teacher accused of calling Muslim student derogatory names

    BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. (CNN) – The parents of a Florida high school student are demanding reprimands for a teacher who they say called their son derogatory names. “I’m into Boy Scouts, and here’s a picture of me at Florida Sea Base. I love building Legos. It’s my pride and joy,” said the 14-year-old boy. Wardani is pretty much the All-American kid.  In fact, the only time that this teenager might seem a little bit different to some is when he introduces […]

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    Hillary Clinton conducted all State Department business on personal email, according to report

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — Hillary Clinton did not have a State Department email account while she served as America’s top diplomat, a senior state department official said Monday, and instead used a personal email account during her four years on the job. The New York Times first reported Clinton’s exclusive use of a personal email account on Monday night. Using personal email as a sole method of communication appears to break rules outlined by the National Archives and Records Administration. The […]

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    Experts open mystery coffin found at King Richard’s grave site, shocked at what’s inside

    (CNN) — First came the shocking discovery of a medieval English king’s burial site in a parking lot. Then came the unearthing of a mysterious coffin, near where the king was buried. Archaeologists theorized it contained the remains of an prominent man, possibly a knight or a Catholic Church official. After the coffin was opened, another shocker: The person inside was a woman, researchers said this week. Who was she? A wealthy aristocrat, church benefactor, beloved servant? Whoever she was, […]

  • Police ID Teacher Found Hanging in Placentia Classroom as 31-Year-Old Photography Instructor

    California teacher found hanged in classroom

    (CNN) -- A photography teacher at a Southern California high school appears to have committed suicide by hanging herself in a classroom. Police say there was no indication of foul play, and every indication that she took her own life.

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    iPhone is back to being the world’s top selling smartphone

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — For the first time in three years, the iPhone is the world’s top selling smartphone. Apple sold a record 74.8 million iPhones in the fourth quarter of 2014, giving it 20.4% of the global smartphone market, according to new research from Gartner. That was enough to push Apple ahead of Samsung, which had 19.9% of the market in the quarter. The last time Apple held the top spot was in the fourth quarter of 2011. The […]

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