A graphic mobile phone video is spreading on the Internet, claiming to show Iraqi forces or Shia militia executing a handcuffed Sunni boy. VOA's Chris Simkins traveled to Alabama and introduces us to some of the foot soldiers of the voting rights struggles of the 1960's.

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"Based on the persistent observations of above-average sea surface temperatures across the western and central equatorial Pacific Ocean and consistent pattern of sea level pressure, we can now say that El Nino is here," said Mike Halpert, deputy director, NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, and ENSO forecaster.

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According to reports, police responded to a call of shots fired on Wednesday evening. "The chances of a train on that track being able to stop in time are slim." Stout also said that the dog had lost a lot of blood by the time officers arrived and called the gunshot wounds "critical."

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POLK CITY, Fla. The circus' parent company, Feld Entertainment, told The Associated Press exclusively that the acts will be phased out by 2018. Twenty-nine animals are already there, and the other 14 will arrive as they are phased out from the circus.

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John Marshall walked into Harris' law firm Wednesday claiming he had killed a man in self-defense in Bokeelia and brought the body with him in the bed of his pickup. Harris said Marshall told him he remembers little about the fight or the roughly 30-mile drive from Bokeelia to the law offices.

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The Syracuse Police Department says three young men pledging the Nu Alpha Phi fraternity were taken to a city park around midnight Saturday and made to do exercises, including push-ups and crawling in the snow, while not wearing gloves.

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Beatrice Yardolo, 58, was discharged from the Chinese-run treatment center in the Paynesville district of the capital Monrovia, the Associated Press reported. Margaret Chan, the organization's Director-General , said: "We have worked hard to reach this point, There has been massive mobilization on the part of the affected countries and all partners to accelerate the development and availability of proven interventions. If a vaccine is found effective, it will be the first preventive tool against Ebola in history."

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The U.S. Ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, was in stable condition after undergoing more than two hours of surgery and 80 stitches to his face. Lippert attended the event organized by the Korea Council For Reconciliation and Cooperation, and the suspect in the attack was a member of the council, said local police chief Yoon Myung-seon.

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It didn't take long for prosecutors in the& Boston Marathon bombing trial to convey the sense of fear, pain and grief caused by the 2013 attack. Sydney Corcoran, 17 at the time of the bombings, told the jury how she and her parents went to the marathon on April 15, 2013, to see her aunt run the race for the first time.

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The D.C. Public Schools District has closed for Thursday, March 5, because of a big sleet/snow storm strongly forecast to hit the greater Washington D.C. region. That sounds like a reasonable procedure in most cases, but in this instance, one wonders why Montgomery County officials don't think they have information to make the call now when all the other school systems do -- and when transportation officials in the region are urging drivers to stay off the road tomorrow.

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