NATO opens extraordinary meeting on plane

BEIRUT -- A NATO official says the alliance has opened an extraordinary meeting on Turkey's downing of a Russian fighter jet.

The official, who was not authorized to make public statements and spoke on condition of anonymity, said NATO's decision-making North Atlantic Council convened at around 5:25 p.m. (1625 GMT) Tuesday, about a half-hour later than scheduled.

Chicago cop charged with murder in killing of black teen

CHICAGO -- A white Chicago police officer accused of fatally shooting a black teenager was charged with murder Tuesday, just a day ahead of a deadline for the city to release a squad-car video of the killing.

The state's attorney's office said in a statement that Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first degree murder in the killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald on Oct. 20, 2014.

Report: Turkey shoots down warplane over airspace intrusion

ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkish media reports said Tuesday that Turkish jets shot down a warplane that violated national airspace at the border with Syria. Video footage of the incident showed a warplane crashing onto a hill and two crew members apparently parachuting safely.

The Dogan news agency, quoting unnamed military officials, said the plane crashed into Syrian territory close to the border with Turkey.

'School choice' community wary of new governor Edwards

BATON ROUGE -- Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards' alliances with education unions and traditional public school leaders are drawing concern. "School choice" groups worry that Louisiana's next governor will seek to revisit legislative battles over charter schools and the state's voucher program.

In a sign of the strength of Edwards' ties to the unions, the Democrat's first speech since winning the runoff election was Monday at the Louisiana Federation of Teachers convention.

Sanders invokes MLK legacy as he aims for black support

ATLANTA -- Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is invoking the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. as he tries to increase black support in his bid to catch Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Sanders is campaigning Monday in the slain civil rights leader's hometown of Atlanta. He visited the King Center and met privately with one of King's daughters, Bernice King, near where her parents are entombed.

Javelin champs signs with Oregon

Two-time state champion javelin thrower Alexis Rigmaiden of St. Louis Catholic has signed with the University of Oregon.

Rigmaiden has a personal best of 157-1 and ranked ninth among all throwers in the nation last year, fifth among juniors.

She also finished sixth in the shot put for the Saints. 

3 Doors Down to perform Saturday with LSU's Tiger Band

BATON ROUGE — Rock band 3 Doors Down is scheduled to perform with LSU’s Tiger Band during halftime of the football game against Texas A&M in Tiger Stadium on Saturday. Times-Picayune reports Monday’s announcement, in a news release, comes after the LSU Athletic Department announced and canceled two other, similar performances. Those would have featured the pop band OneRepublic and pop/hip-hop performer Aloe Blacc.

The special halftime performance features 3 Doors Down performing with Tiger Band for 11 minutes and will highlight the band’s song “Citizen Soldier” and feature a special presentation for Wounded Warriors.

Viator finalist for national honor

Not every football coach in Louisiana is having a bad week.

In fact, two are being lauded among the best in the nation.

McNeese State coach Matt Viator and his former protege, Grambling coach Broderick Fobbs, are among the 15 finalists for the STATS FCS Coach Of The Year, formerly known as the Eddie Robinson Award.

Anacoco's little big men beat Sulphur

WESTLAKE — Goliath may have been the underdog Monday evening in the opening round of the Lakeside Bank Holiday Classic at Westlake High School as Class 5A Sulphur was defeated by defending Class B state champions Anacoco 66-48

The Indians (6-2) took a commanding lead early and fought off several scares from the Tors (0-3) down the stretch.

“We played pretty good today for the most part,” Anacoco head coach Tracy Reese said. “We will take an 18-point win any day. There were times where we let (Sulphur) push us around and control the ball, but down the stretch we were able to hit our free throws and make our shots.”

Marquette nips Tigers at finish

NEW YORK — Jajuan Johnson hit the winning free throws with 10.8 seconds remaining and Marquette survived a frenetic finish to defeat No. 22 LSU 81-80 on Monday night in the semifinals of the Legends Classic.

Marquette will face the winner of North Carolina State and Arizona State in Tuesday’s championship game.

LSU (2-1) freshman Ben Simmons collected 21 points and 20 rebounds in front of 51 NBA scouts and gave the Tigers their only lead at 80-79 with a reverse layup with 21.5 seconds remaining.