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 -- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NOLA.com/The 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.
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.
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 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.