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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.

The feast of events in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall begins Thursday, when Maestro Jesus Lopez-Cobos, a native of Spain, conducts the National Symphony Orchestra in a program of "fado" or folk music that defines the people of Iberia and their culture. rule (Associated Press)

Kennedy Center celebrates the culture from the Iberian peninsula

March roars into the Kennedy Center where the “IBERIAN SUITE: Global arts remix” celebrates the culture of the Iberian Peninsula through its music, art, history, theater, dance, literature and cuisine.

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Woman in Silicon Valley sex discrimination suit to testify

- Associated Press

The woman at the center of a sex discrimination lawsuit against one of Silicon Valley's most prestigious venture capital firms is set to take the stand in a case that has focused attention on the treatment of women in the high-tech and venture capital fields.

Pharrell Williams leaves Los Angeles Federal Court after testifying at trial in Los Angeles, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. The Grammy-winning singer Williams says he wasn't trying to copy the late Marvin Gaye's music for the hit song "Blurred Lines," but he was trying to evoke the feeling of late 1970s tunes. Williams is being sued by Gaye's children, who claim "Blurred Lines" improperly copies their father's hit "Got to Give it Up." Singer Robin Thicke and rapper T.I. are also defendants in the case. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Trial over hit song 'Blurred Lines' drawing to a close

- Associated Press

Marvin Gaye was part of the soundtrack of Pharrell Williams' life growing up, and the Grammy-winning singer-producer told a jury that he did not borrow from his idol's work to craft the 2013 hit "Blurred Lines."

'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."

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.

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.

FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2014, file photo, Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie gestures while answering questions  during a news conference in San Francisco. In the world of sneakerheads, a subculture of folks whose pursuit of the latest kicks sometimes borders on the obsessive, Guthrie is something just short of a deity. He's been accumulating shoes since he was a kid, when he got his first pair of Air Jordans, and his vast collection held in a vault in his Utah home has grown to roughly 500 pairs. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

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.

The shadow of an Indian couple is cast on a road at the bus stop where the victim of a deadly gang rape had boarded the bus on Dec. 16, 2012, in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. When one of the four men sentenced to death for the high-profile gang rape of the woman in 2012 was quoted in a new documentary as saying "a girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy," he was repeating something community and religious leaders in this nation of 1.2 billion routinely say. Mukesh Singh, who was driving the bus for much of the time that the 23-year-old woman was being attacked, told the documentary film maker that the victim should have remained silent and allowed the rape, and that they would have spared her life. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

India says it will act against BBC for airing banned film

- Associated Press

India's home minister said Thursday that the government would act against the British Broadcasting Corporation after it ignored a court order and aired a documentary about a fatal gang rape in which one of the attackers blames the victim.