Michelle R. Smith, Associated Press | Posted May 1st - 5:51pm
An elephant carrying a performer holding an American flag kicked off the final elephant performance at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus on Sunday, as the show closes its own chapter on a practice that has entertained audiences in America for two centuries but has come under fire by animal rights activists.
Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | Posted May 1st - 4:41pm
A day after thunderstorms forced the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival to close early, thousands of umbrellas bobbed as their owners listened or danced in puddles to a 70-minute tribute to the late Allen Toussaint.
Jake Coyle, Associated Press | Posted May 1st - 1:30pm
Disney's "The Jungle Book" trounced a handful of underperforming new releases to rule the box office for a third consecutive week, while next week's certain champ, "Captain America: Civil War," began setting records overseas.
Royals from around the world flew in, loyal Swedes lined the streets of Stockholm and the sounds of ABBA's "Dancing Queen" rang out from an army band on Saturday as Sweden celebrated King Carl XVI Gustaf's 70th birthday.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is entering its second weekend. The seven-day festival, taking place over two weekends, draws thousands of people to the city in a celebration of Louisiana music, food and culture. A look at the festival's fifth day: