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Cleveland, Justice Department to discuss policing settlement

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 12:04 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cleveland officials and the U.S. Justice Department are ready to announce their settlement over a pattern of excessive force and civil rights violations by the city's police department.

Their news conference planned for Tuesday afternoon comes three days after a white policeman was acquitted of manslaughter for firing the final 15 rounds of a 137-shot police barrage through the windshield of a car carrying two unarmed black suspects.

$42 million 'nose-to-tail' upgrade for 2 hurricane hunters

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 11:59 AM

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Miss Piggy and Kermit are getting new engines, new wings and different radar.

Every hurricane season, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration flies two, technologically packed aircraft into storms for research and forecasting. One's dubbed "Miss Piggy," while the other is "Kermit."

This season, a $42 million "nose-to-tail" project upgrades key components on the 38-year-old planes that fly through storms at speeds of up to 300 miles per hour. The money comes from Superstorm Sandy disaster relief funds.

Sanders vows 'political revolution' as he launches presidential bid

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 11:55 AM

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is vowing to start a "political revolution" as he begins his challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Sanders is opening his campaign in Burlington at a kickoff event later today.

In a fundraising email, he says he'll address core economic issues, massive student debt and the role of big money in politics. He's pushing back against what he calls "the billionaire class" that he says is trying to buy the election.

Illinois couple welcomes their 100th grandchild

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 11:51 AM

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — A western Illinois couple recently celebrated the birth of their 100th grandchild.

Leo and Ruth Zanger of Quincy have 53 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. The birth of great-grandson Jaxton Leo on April 8 made the number 100.

Leo Zanger tells The Quincy Herald-Whig (http://bit.ly/1G76kb1 ) that "the good Lord has just kept sending them." He says the family "could start our own town." Ruth Zanger says "there's always room for one more."

US stocks are broadly lower, led by a drop in energy sector

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 11:46 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are mostly lower as traders return from the Memorial Day holiday.

Energy stocks fell more than the rest of the market Tuesday as the price of crude oil fell.

Transocean, Valero Energy and Allegheny Technologies each fell 3 percent.

The Dow Jones industrial average slumped 168 points, or 0.9 percent, to 18,063 as of 11:45 a.m. Eastern time.

The Standard & Poor's 500 lost 17 points, or 0.8 percent, to 2,107. The Nasdaq declined 55 points, or 1.1 percent, to 5,033.

Blues retain Ken Hitchcock as coach for another season

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 11:44 AM

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Blues are sticking with veteran coach Ken Hitchcock for another season.

The Blues and Hitchcock on Tuesday announced a one-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Hitchcock took over as Blues coach during the 2011-2012 season. He has led St. Louis to an NHL-best 175-79-27 regular-season record since then. The postseason has been a different story.

Police: Yale student jumps to death after stabbing

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 11:39 AM

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Police say a Yale University student jumped to his death from the ninth floor of an off-campus apartment building moments after stabbing a fellow student.

New Haven police say it happened around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday at an apartment complex across the street from the Ivy League campus.

Officials say the suspect fell six stories onto a third-floor terrace. His name is being withheld pending notification of his family.

Navy medical research lab in Connecticut gets new commander

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 11:12 AM

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Navy medical laboratory in Groton that does research on the wellness on submarine sailors is welcoming a new commanding officer.

Navy Capt. Frederick Yeo is taking over command of the Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory at a ceremony Tuesday on the waterfront.

He replaces Capt. Steven Wechsler, whose tenure with the lab has included work on a study that led to changes in the sleep schedules kept aboard submarines.

French diplomat doesn't see Iran nuke deal by end of June

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 11:10 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — France's ambassador in Washington says world powers and Iran will probably miss an end-of-June deadline for a comprehensive nuclear agreement.

Gerard Araud says it's "very likely" there will be no deal in the next five weeks, or even afterward.

He says much technical work remains, meaning any understanding reached could just be "fuzzy air."

Araud spoke Tuesday at an Atlantic Council event alongside the British and German ambassadors to the U.S.

Amtrak to install long-sought cameras in locomotives

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 11:07 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amtrak says it will install video cameras inside locomotive cabs that record the actions of train engineers. The move follows a deadly derailment earlier this month in which investigators are searching for clues to the train engineer's actions just before the crash.

The engineer, Brendan Bostian, suffered a head injury in the accident and has told investigators he can't remember what happened.

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