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Attendance dropping at aquatic theme parks over claims of abuse and suffering

Something disquieting happened at SeaWorld marine parks this year. Numbers attending the group’s popular US centres between January and March dropped, from 3.5 million in 2013 to 3.05 million this year, a decline of 13%. Nor is it hard to guess the cause, say wildlife campaigners. They see a clear…

PETA demands Michelle Obama not use real eggs for White House Easter egg roll

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have released a video featuring three little girls attempting to shame First Lady Michelle Obama into not using real hard-boiled eggs for Monday’s annual White House Easter Egg Roll, according to ABC news. In the video, one of the girls explains that she…

Man under evaluation for alleged gun threat locking down L.A. Times building

(Reuters) – A man who allegedly threatened to open fire in the building that houses the Los Angeles Times’ headquarters was being held in custody for a mental evaluation, police said on Saturday. The man, whose identity has not been released, was taken into custody early Friday evening after he…

Two Texas men caught attempting to dump body of cyclist they struck and killed

Two men are in custody in Texas after police, responding to a hit and run report, discovered them attempting to dump the body of the bicyclist they hit in a nearby canal. According to KGBT, the victim, 38-year-old Eduardo Arguelles, was bicycling in the early morning hours with a friend…

Woman who beat son to death because she thought he was gay gets life sentence

The Oregon woman who beat her 4-year-old son to death because she thought he was turning out gay was sentenced to life in prison on Friday. OregonLive.com reported that Jessica Dutro, 25, and her live-in boyfriend Brian Canady, 24, were both found guilty and sentenced in the August, 2012 beating…

Thousands gather in Kansas to mourn victims of Frazier Glenn Miller

By Carey Gillam and Kevin Murphy LEAWOOD, Kansas (Reuters) – Thousands of mourners filled a church in Kansas on Friday to remember a teenager and his grandfather who were shot dead outside a Jewish community center last week in a suspected anti-Semitic hate crime. Adam Hamilton, the senior pastor of…

Suspect in Kansas City highway shootings faces 18 felony counts

By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – A man who went on a weeks-long shooting spree on Kansas City, Missouri, highways has been charged with 18 felony counts, including firing into vehicles and striking occupants, prosecutors said on Friday. Mohammed P. Whitaker, 27, who was arrested on Thursday at…

U.S. and Japan continue negotiations regarding Trans-Pacific Partnership

The United States said Friday there had been progress but no final deal in talks with Japan that are crucial to advancing the ambitious 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. Negotiations failed to achieve a significant breakthrough just days before U.S. President Barack Obama, who has made the TPP a key…

‘Superhero’ gathering at the Capitol fails to leap into Guinneess record book

They may have super-human powers and the nerve to don spandex, but a dozen Supermen and a number of Captain Americas failed to break a world record Friday outside the U.S. Capitol. Exactly 237 people gathered under dull skies attempting to conjure up something miraculous and smash the record for…

Wyoming resort homes threatened as landslide gains speed

By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) – A slow-moving landslide threatening the affluent Wyoming community of Jackson is picking up speed, and efforts to stabilize the area were called off because of safety concerns, city officials said on Friday. The mass movement has displaced residents of several homes and two apartment buildings…

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