Elephants perform for final time at Ringling Bros.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus bid farewell to its performing elephants on Sunday, as the show closed its own chapter on a practice that has entertained audiences in America for two centuries but has come under fire by animal rights activists.

  • Written by MICHELLE R. SMITH, Associated Press

Train derails in Washington, DC; leaks hazardous chemical

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials warned Washington D.C. area residents to brace for a potentially slow commute Monday after a CSX freight train derailed near a Metro stop, sending 15 cars off the tracks and spilling hazardous material.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Sick-out by teachers shuts nearly all Detroit public schools

DETROIT (AP) — Nearly all of Detroit's public schools were closed Monday after the teachers union urged members to call out sick following a weekend announcement that the district wouldn't be able to pay its teachers starting this summer.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

LGBT rights protesters vow to keep fighting Mississippi law

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Hundreds of supporters of lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender rights protested Sunday against a new Mississippi law they call discriminatory, saying they're not giving up their fight.

  • Written by JEFF AMY, Associated Press

Virginia GOP lawmakers to sue over felons' voting rights

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Virginia will file a lawsuit challenging Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe's decision to allow more than 200,000 convicted felons to vote in November, GOP leaders said Monday.

  • Written by ALANNA DURKIN RICHER, Associated Press