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In this March 19, 2013, file photo, a performer waves as elephants with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show pause for a photo opportunity in front of the Capitol in Washington, on their way to the Verizon Center, to promote the show coming to town. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Ringling Bros. eliminating elephant acts: report

- Associated Press

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will phase out the show’s iconic elephants from its performances by 2018, telling The Associated Press exclusively that growing public concern about how the animals are treated led to the decision.

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Just for kicks: Guthrie takes 'Sneakerheadz' mainstream

- Associated Press

Jeremy Guthrie strode to the table with a television camera trained on him, settling down behind a pair of microphones. His voice clear and his words concise, Guthrie announced in a mock news conference that he was hanging up his cleats.

FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2014, file photo, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry goes in for a shot during an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Memphis, Tenn. Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg has enlisted NBA stars LeBron James, Curry and some of the basketball league's other top players to convince more men to join the fight for women's rights at home and at work. The players will deliver the message in public service announcements that will appear during NBA games shown on major TV networks over the next few months. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill, File)

Facebook exec, NBA team up to get men to 'lean in' for women

- Associated Press

Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg has enlisted NBA stars LeBron James, Stephen Curry and some of the basketball league's other top players to convince more men to join the fight for women's rights at home and at work.

Construction of 2020 Olympic stadium to start in October

Associated Press

Demolition of Tokyo's old National Stadium will be completed by September and construction of the new main stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will start in October, the venue's management group said Thursday.

After Ebola ban, N. Korea opens marathon to foreigners

- Associated Press

After lifting travel restrictions it imposed because of concerns over the Ebola virus, North Korea says foreigners can now take part in one of its most popular tourist events - the annual Pyongyang marathon, a travel agency said Thursday.

Attorney: 'Sniper' defamation verdict should be thrown out

Associated Press

An attorney representing the widow of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle claims both a judge and jury made mistakes that led to a $1.8 million defamation verdict in favor of former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura.

'Duang!' Chinese poke fun at Jackie Chan with nonsense word

- Associated Press

Jackie Chan might still be popular in China, but nowadays the pro-Beijing actor is as well-known as fodder for jokes as he is for his gritty martial arts and slapstick humor on screen. His latest contribution to the country's mass culture and entertainment: "duang."

News briefs from around Kentucky at 1:58 a.m. EST

Associated Press

A child has a genetic disease that will likely kill her by age 2. The only treatment is a stem cell transplant from cord blood, and the only way to get that treatment is to be screened for the disease at birth. Doing that will cost Kentucky taxpayers about $750,000 for a disease that affects 1 in 100,000 people in a state that averages 60,000 births each year.