Cleveland to Host 1st GOP Presidential Primary Debate

CLEVELAND (AP) — The head of the Republican National Committee says its first primary debate for the next presidential election will be in Cleveland. The RNC previously announced plans to have nine primary debates, starting in Ohio in August. Chairman Reince Priebus confirmed the location in an interview with Cleveland television station WKYC  on Wednesday. The city also is slated for other big visits from the Republicans during the candidate selection process. It is hosting the RNC summer meeting this August and the Republicans’ presidential nominating convention in July 2016. Continue Reading

Three Dead in Southeast Virginia Plane Crash

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Three people have been killed in an airplane crash at Norfolk Botanical Garden in southeastern Virginia. Officials tell local media outlets that the plane was approaching the nearby airport and was one or two miles away when the tower lost contact about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. Searchers found the plane around 7:20 a.m. in the garden’s Enchanted Forest Section. State police say three bodies were recovered from the plane’s wreckage. Continue Reading

Salt Lake City: Hospital Checks 9 Firefighters after Station Catches Fire

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Nine Salt Lake City firefighters who escaped a fire that erupted at their own station have been taken to a hospital to be checked for smoke inhalation. Authorities say the building caught fire early Tuesday. Fire Department spokesman Jasen Asay says in a statement that the nine firefighters fled the building and then quickly returned with a truck to fight the blaze. Two dozen additional firefighters soon joined them. When the fire was extinguished, the nine were taken to a hospital to be evaluated for smoke inhalation. Continue Reading

Could Have Fooled Anyone: Nebraska Police Find Pot Inside Container Labeled ‘Not Weed’

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A man in Lincoln, Nebraska, has been cited for possessing pot inside a container that had been slapped with a label reading: “Not Weed.” The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Lancaster County deputies stopped the man’s vehicle around 9 p.m. Saturday. Officers found the plastic sour cream container during a search of his car, and the driver acknowledged that the pot belonged to him. He was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and cited for having less than an ounce of marijuana. Continue Reading

Cleveland Police: Boy Shot by Cop Died because of His Own Actions

CLEVELAND (AP) — The city of Cleveland says it isn’t to blame for the death of a 12-year-old boy who had a pellet gun when he was shot by police near a recreation center. In court documents, the city says Tamir Rice’s injuries and the subsequent complaints for damages were the result of his own actions and a failure “to exercise due care to avoid injury.” That’s among 20 defenses in Cleveland’s response to a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of Tamir’s family. The city also says it didn’t violate Tamir’s federal rights and is entitled to certain legal immunities. An officer responding to a call about someone with a firearm shot the boy on Nov. Continue Reading

NASA Spacecraft Nears Second Stop: Dwarf Planet Ceres

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft is preparing to rendezvous with the largest object in the asteroid belt located between Mars and Jupiter. The Dawn craft is on target to slip into orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres on Friday after a three-year journey. It’ll be the second stop for Dawn, which earlier visited the asteroid Vesta. Dawn has been snapping pictures of Ceres as it nears the Texas-sized object. Continue Reading

Nurse who Survived Ebola says Hospital Failed Her

DALLAS (AP) — A nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for the first person in the U.S. diagnosed with the deadly disease tells a newspaper that the hospital where she had worked in Dallas and its parent company failed her during the medical crisis. Nina Pham tells The Dallas Morning News she is preparing to file a lawsuit Monday in Dallas County against Texas Health Resources. Pham says she continues to suffer from body aches and insomnia after contracting Ebola from Thomas Eric Duncan, who died after catching the disease during an outbreak in West Africa. Wendell Watson, a spokesman for Texas Health Resources, says the hospital system continues “to support and wish the best for her, and we remain optimistic that constructive dialogue can resolve this matter.” Continue Reading

Christie to Calif. Republicans: No Rush to Pick 2016 Nominee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is telling California Republicans the party should not rush to choose a 2016 presidential nominee because of pressure from pundits and donors. Christie addressed about 500 lunch guests Saturday at the California Republican Party’s convention in Sacramento. He says news stories in the coming months will say Republicans can’t afford a long nomination battle and should “unite behind whatever candidate appears to have the most money, the most endorsements or the best press coverage.” But he reminded the audience that former California Gov. Ronald Reagan didn’t win the presidential nomination until May 1980, and President Barack Obama didn’t win the Democratic nomination until June 2008. Continue Reading

Seven Killed in Missouri Shootings

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri State Highway Patrol says seven people have been killed in overnight shootings in southeastern Missouri and that the gunman is also dead. Sergeant Jeff Kinder says the 36-year-old suspect was found dead in Shannon County early Friday from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Investigators say the attacks took place in multiple locations in and around the town of Tyrone, in Texas County, about 40 miles north of the Arkansas border. Authorities have not named the victims or the gunman. Continue Reading