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Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
In what animal rights advocates are calling "a startling and tremendously exciting announcement," the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus said Thursday that it will retire its performing elephants by 2018. The entertainment company told the Associated Press exclusively that "growing public concern about how the animals are treated led to...
Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Attorneys for the family of Michael Brown announced Thursday they are filing a...
Michael Grabell, ProPublica, and Howard Berkes, NPR
Dennis Whedbee’s crew was rushing to prepare an oil well for pumping on the...

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