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Killer whale shows return

SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment plans to restart its Dine with Shamu killer whale show, which was suspended after a trainer's death last year.

The company announced that it plans to restart the show on February 26 at the SeaWorld in San Antonio, and later this spring at the parks in Orlando and San Diego.

The show has been suspended since last February, when trainer Dawn Brancheau was dragged into the water and killed by a six-ton orca named Tilikum.

Priest awaiting sex case dies

A priest on trial for allegedly molesting children in his care has died just days after Maltese church officials announced a church tribunal would consider canonical penalties against him as well.

Brother Joe Bonet (63) had suffered from bone cancer and died at a home for elderly priests.

He was one of three clerics on trial for seven years, accused of molesting children who lived at the St Joseph's Home decades ago.

Dole let out of US hospital

Former US presidential nominee Bob Dole has been released from Walter Reed Army Medical Centre in Washington, DC, for the second time in less than a week.

Mr Dole said in a statement that he feels "a whole lot better" after being treated for a minor infection. He said he plans to return to work right away.

Mr Dole (87) was elected to the US House in 1960, and the Senate in 1968. He was the Republican nominee for president in 1996, but lost to Bill Clinton.

Killer executed despite pleas

The US state of Alabama has executed a death row inmate for the 1988 shooting death of his estranged wife as he held their 17-month-old daughter in one of his arms.

Leroy White (52) died by lethal injection despite a plea by the daughter, now grown, that his life be spared. He had no last words.

Victim Ruby White's relatives, including 23-year-old daughter Latonya White, asked Governor Bob Riley to grant clemency. But Mr Riley, along with federal and state courts, refused.