FROM Susan Nance
Ringling Brothers to Phase Out Elephants The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus have announced they’re going to phase out elephants from their shows by 2018. Elephants have been an iconic part of the circus for more than 100 years, and it’s a little hard to imagine Ringling Brothers without them. It also seemed, only recently, that they weren’t going anywhere: just a year ago, Ringling won a $16 million settlement against animal rights groups who claimed they were mistreating the animals. So what happened since to prompt this change?
Elif Batuman: The Idiot Selin, the heroine of Batuman’s autobiographical first novel, The Idiot, is an 18-year-old Harvard freshman of Turkish-American descent. Set in 1995, the novel observes the rise of internet culture.
North Korea tests more missiles, Turkey's president gains more power Early Tuesday morning, North Korea tested another intercontinental ballistic missile. It blew up shortly after take-off. But North Korea keeps working on a nuclear missile that could reach the U.S. Also in Turkey, a close vote has given sweeping new powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Turkey is an important Western ally in the region, but its leader is becoming increasingly authoritarian.
San Francisco, Santa Clara challenge Trump's sanctuary policies San Francisco and Santa Clara have filed suit to block President Trump’s executive order to withdraw federal funding from cities that don’t cooperate with federal immigration officials. A hearing is set for Friday.
States allowed to strip federal funds from abortion clinics President Trump signed the law allowing states to block federal funding to family planning clinics that offer abortions. Critics say this could potentially devastate the health care network that low-income women rely on for birth control and other reproductive care.