Obama: Trump's NATO comments show 'lack of preparedness'

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama says that GOP nominee Donald Trump's recent suggestion that the U.S. might not come to the defense of NATO allies is another sign of Trump's "lack of preparedness" on foreign policy.

Obama said in an interview aired Sunday morning that Trump's recent comments to the New York Times ?€” in which Trump suggested that allies that haven't paid their NATO dues wouldn't be guaranteed of getting help if Russia invaded ?€” were an admission that the U.S. might not live by NATO's "most central tenet."

UPDATED: IS attack on Afghan protest kills at least 80, wounds 231

KABUL, Afghanistan -- At least 80 people were killed and another 231 wounded in the Afghan capital on Saturday, when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives-packed clothing among a large crowd of demonstrators, officials and witnesses said.

In a statement issued by its news agency, Aamaq, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack on a protest march by Afghanistan's ethnic Hazaras. The marchers were demanding that a major regional electric power line be routed through their impoverished home province. Most Hazaras are Shiite Muslims, while most Afghans are Sunni.

Mission accomplished for summer Tech Camp students

The Calcasieu Parish School Board’s summer Tech Camp ended Friday with the parents of more than 150 students getting a look at the projects their children worked on all week.

The students, in grades 1-10, learned about binary coding for robots and other tools, along with design and 3-D printing, and they played games, including one that involved finding clues to open locks much like an escape room.

Police say Munich suspect was obsessed with mass shootings

MUNICH -- The 18-year-old gunman who opened fire at a crowded Munich shopping mall and fast-food restaurant, killing nine people and wounding more than two dozen others before killing himself, was obsessed with mass shootings, authorities said Saturday.

Investigators searched the German-Iranian man's home overnight and found a considerable amount of literature about mass killings, including a book titled "Rampage in Head: Why Students Kill," but no evidence that he was linked to extremist groups such as the Islamic State. They believe he acted alone.

Obama rejects Trump depiction of US in crisis

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama fiercely rejected Donald Trump's depiction of an America in crisis on Friday, arguing that violent crime and illegal immigration have plunged under his leadership to their lowest rates in decades.

Looking to November's election, Obama said, "We're not going to make good decisions based on fears that don't have a basis in fact."

Drop in hummingbirds, rise in robins

Some area bird watchers have voiced concern about hummingbirds and robins.

Those who have had hummingbirds in their backyard with frequency are noting a reduction in number and some have not had any at all. We usually have three or four but had only one passerby in late spring and nothing since.

As for robins, which usually come through in the fall, I’ve noticed they are here throughout the year now and always appear when I have mowed the yard, like mocking birds.

OSU officials: Coger died after 40-minute outdoor workout

STILLWATER, Okla. -- Oklahoma State basketball player Tyrek Coger died after a 40-minute team workout on the football stadium stairs in hot weather, university officials said Friday.

Coger, a 21-year-old forward who had recently transferred to OSU, did not appear to be struggling during Thursday's workout at Boone Pickens Stadium, OSU spokesman Gary Shutt said Friday at a news conference. Afterward, Coger sat down and when the team went to check on him, they noticed there were issues.

The team called 911 and paramedics arrived at 5:08 p.m. Coger arrived at Stillwater Medical Center at 5:48 p.m. and was pronounced dead at 6:23 p.m., Shutt said.

McNeese says goodbye to a legend

Rare is the coach who still commands the affection of his athletes after pulling out a shotgun — more on that one later — but such was the appeal of Bob Hayes, a McNeese State legend who died Wednesday at the age of 82.

Hayes, a 2000 inductee to the McNeese Hall of Fame and 2007 inductee to the Southland Conference Hall of Honor, worked at the school for 29 years, first as a track and field coach before becoming one of the most significant athletic directors in program history.

Hayes’ most important move was likely the hiring of football coach Bobby Keasler in 1991. Keasler took over a program that had fallen into disrepair and turned it into one of the cornerstones of Division I-AA, leaving as McNeese’s all-time wins leader in 1998.

Nine Cowboys named to SLC team

It’s the first sign that summer is bound to end at some point.

The Southland Conference announced its 2016 preseason football all-conference teams on Wednesday, a prelude to next week’s media day at L’Auberge Casino Resort.

Nine McNeese State Cowboys were on the list, the third-highest total among league members.

Report: LHSAA wants Bonine out

The Louisiana High School Athletic Association will use its upcoming special meeting Monday to buy out Executive Director Eddie Bonine’s contract, a Lafayette newspaper reported Wednesday afternoon.

The report cited four unnamed sources familiar with the situation who confirmed the committee’s plan to approve the buyout with a simple majority vote of the 18 committee members. The sources said it is still unclear if the committee has enough votes to complete the buyout.

If the buyout does go through, Bonine would be the second executive director ousted by the LHSAA in as many years. The association named Bonine its executive director in December 2014 to replace former Executive Director Kenny Henderson, who left the position early in a decision that was “mutually agreed” upon between Henderson and the LHSAA.