SeaWorld plans to phase out the killer whale show at its San Diego park next year after coming under longstanding criticism for its treatment of the mammals also known as orcas, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported on Monday. The report comes a month after the California Coastal Commission voted unanimously to permit SeaWorld San Diego to expand its orca habitat on condition that the park also cease its captive-breeding program for the whales. The commission's decision was seen as a major blow to the park's traditional centerpiece orca shows, named for the original Shamu of the 1960s and early 1970s.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Monday that the goal of a two-state solution between Palestinians and Israelis is not likely to be reached during President Barack Obama's final months in office.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Monday that the U.S. Defense Department is still doing "legwork" on developing a plan to close the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The White House has said Defense Department personnel are touring facilities within the United States where the prisoners might be transferred. (Reporting by Julia Edwards and Susan Heavey)