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)
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent a letter to privately held gene testing company DNA4Life over the company's sale of an unapproved direct-to-consumer gene test to predict drug response. In its letter, posted on Monday, the agency said it was unable to identify any FDA clearance for the company's test. The letter follows 23andMe's limited relaunch last month of a series of direct-to-consumer (DTC) tests after the agency ordered the tests off the market.
An accused octogenarian mobster charged in an infamous 1978 airport heist memorialized in the film "Goodfellas" is the victim of lies "bought and paid for" by federal authorities, a defense lawyer told New York jurors on Monday. Vincent Asaro, 80, waited in a car a mile away on Dec. 11, 1978 as a group of masked men stole $6 million in cash and jewels from a Lufthansa Airlines building at John F. Kennedy Airport, according to U.S. prosecutors. Macedonio said the prosecution's star witness, Asaro's cousin Gaspare Valenti, fabricated his account of the airport caper, which was one of the country's most well known unsolved crimes until Asaro's arrest in 2014.