Manchester United centre-back Jonny Evans and Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse have been charged over allegations they spat at each other, the Football Association announced on Thursday. Evans has denied spitting at Cisse, but the Newcastle striker has issued a public apology for his behaviour. "Newcastle United's Papiss Cisse and Manchester United's Jonny Evans have both been charged by The FA following their game on Wednesday 4 March 2015," the FA said in a statement on its website.
Lawyers for Michael Brown's family said Thursday they are planning a civil case against the police officer who shot and killed the unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri last August. The announcement came a day after the US Justice Department said, after a lengthy civil rights investigation, that it would not prosecute officer Darren Wilson in the racially-charged case. "We are officially in a process of formulating a civil case that we anticipate will be filed very shortly on behalf of the family," lawyer Anthony Gray told reporters in St Louis, Missouri. "We feel, and we have always felt from the very beginning, that officer Darren Wilson did not have to shoot and kill Mike Brown, Jr in broad daylight in the manner that he did," Gray said.
POLK CITY, Fla. (AP) — Elephants have always been part of The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, ever since showman P.T. Barnum brought Jumbo, "a massive 12-foot African elephant," to America in 1882 to star in the "Greatest Show on Earth." Whenever the circus came to town, parades of pachyderms heralded its arrival, drawing patriotic crowds that boosted sales and even attracted vote-hungry politicians. Feld Entertainment, which owns the circus, still keeps 43 elephants, 13 of which are performing. But years of pressure from activists alleging abuse have caused a "mood shift" among consumers, circus executive Alana Feld told The Associated Press, and the Feld family would rather spend money on elephant care than lawyers. The Felds say they'll phase out elephant acts by 2018 as the remaining performers retire to their 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation in central Florida.