While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, May 3 edition

Football: Leicester crowned champions after Tottenham Hotspur draw 2-2 at Chelsea

Leicester City were crowned champions of England for the first time in the club's 132-year history after nearest challengers Tottenham Hotspur could only manage a 2-2 draw away to Chelsea on Monday.

Second-placed Spurs' failure to beat their London rivals at Stamford Bridge gave Leicester, 5,000/1 rank outsiders in pre-season, an unassailable seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League table, with only a maximum of six available to Tottenham from their final two league games this season.

First-half goals from England's Harry Kane and South Korea's Son Heung-Min saw Tottenham into a 2-0 lead.


Scientists discover three 'potentially habitable' Earth-like planets

An international team of scientists said Monday they had discovered a trio of Earth-like planets that are the best bet so far for finding life outside our solar system.

The three orbit an ultracool dwarf star a mere 39 light years away, and are likely comparable in size and temperature to Earth and Venus, they reported in a study, published in Nature.

"This is the first opportunity to find chemical traces of life outside our solar system," said lead author Michael Gillon, an astrophysicist at the University of Liege in Belgium.


US cruise ship pulls into Havana on historic Cuba voyage

The first US cruise ship to arrive in Cuba in decades received a warm welcome on Monday from Havana residents who gathered at the wharf in the colonial old city as hundreds of Americans waved from the decks of the vessel.

It was another first for the two countries since US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced a historic rapprochement in December 2014, and comes just weeks after Obama's visit to the Caribbean island.

Carnival Corp's Adonia, a small ship with a capacity of 700 passengers, slipped through the channel into Havana Bay in the morning under picture-perfect skies, then docked at the colonial old town recently visited by Obama.


UN signs up Australian actress Cate Blanchett to boost support for refugees

The UN said Monday it had enlisted Oscar winning Australian actress Cate Blanchett to help raise awareness about the plight of refugees, amid a massive global displacement crisis.

The United Nations refugee agency said it had appointed Blanchett as its newest Goodwill Ambassador, a role long famously held by US film star Angelina Jolie.

"I am deeply proud to take on this role," Blanchett said in a statement, stressing that "there has never been a more crucial time to stand with refugees and show solidarity".


Ringling Bros circus elephants' retirement home promises pampered life

When Mysore performed in the Ringling Brothers' travelling circus, she waltzed, she hooked her trunk onto another elephant's tail, and she stood on her hind legs in a line for a trick known as the long mount.

Now at the age of about 70 - and one of the oldest Asian elephants in the world - Mysore is retired at the circus's refuge in central Florida, where she gets weekly pedicures, daily baths, naps on a giant dirt pile, eats ground-up hay and more than six loaves of wheat bread a day.

"Boy, she loves the bread," says Janice Aria, the director of animal stewardship at the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Centre for Elephant Conservation, where Mysore arrived in 2006.