Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A deputy U.S. marshal was killed Tuesday in a shootout on the outskirts of Baton Rouge while trying to arrest a fugitive wanted in the slayings of a brother and sister, officials said.
CINCINNATI (AP) — A National Weather Service employee accused of illegally accessing a restricted federal computer database containing information about the nation's dams, stealing information and lying to federal investigators will have charges against her dismissed if a judge approves the prosecution's request.
SOMERVILLE, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday defended a settlement with Exxon Mobil on a decade-old lawsuit for a tiny fraction of the nearly $9 billion the state had sought for environmental damage, calling it "really good."
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina environmental officials said Tuesday that they are fining Duke Energy $25 million over pollution that has been seeping into groundwater for years from a pair of coal ash pits at a retired power plant.
DENVER (AP) — In a warning to law enforcement agencies rushing to equip officers with body cameras after killings by police nationwide, a new report says the devices used by Denver officers during a trial period didn't record most of the use-of-force incidents that occurred.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California man put up a new sign on his house Tuesday, a day after a protester tore down swastikas posters and a wooden statue that accompanied the display.
Windell Middlebrooks, an actor who gained TV commercial stardom as a burly, no-nonsense Miller High Life beer delivery man who confiscated the brew from undeserving snobs, has died.
Utah lawmakers vote to become only state to allow firing squad if lethal drugs not available. .
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Lax oversight by the state has allowed the oil and gas industry to contaminate protected water aquifers and endanger the public, California regulators acknowledged Tuesday while pledging to intensify supervision.
NEW YORK (AP) — The son of the president of Suriname received leniency Tuesday from a judge who ordered him to serve over 16 years in prison, about half of the 30-to-life term the U.S. government sought after he admitted that he offered a home base in his South American country to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.
BOSTON (AP) — Political leaders from Massachusetts joined hundreds of others at a funeral service Tuesday in Washington, D.C., for Edward Brooke, the first African-American elected to the U.S. Senate by popular vote.
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A 16-year veteran police officer has been fired for using "egregiously disproportionate" force to subdue a woman who had been taken into custody for resisting arrest in the latest incident involving alleged police brutality in Denver. Surveillance video of the July 2014 incident inside a police substation shows the officer, James Medina, placing his knee across the woman's neck until she appears to go limp and slide off a bench inside a holding cell. Medina was fired after he "violated several departmental rules and regulations" in the incident involving Seryina Trujillo, who was accused of resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer, the city's Department of Safety said on Tuesday. The officer also was accused of not seeking medical help for Trujillo and not reporting the incident, according to his termination letter.
By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - A man who was a little too chatty with a cellmate in Delaware a few years ago was arrested on Tuesday for a murder that took place nearly a half-century ago in Arkansas, authorities said. James Leon Clay, 67, was taken into custody by FBI agents in Georgetown, Delaware, and charged with murder and kidnapping in the 1967 killing of a North Little Rock, Arkansas man identified as James Ricks. Clay, who had an extensive criminal history, was awaiting trial for attempted bank robbery in Delaware in 2012 when he allegedly told a cellmate of the Arkansas killing, said Sheriff David Lucas of Jackson County, Arkansas.
Fire crews responding to reports of an explosion at a suburban Denver home early on Tuesday found the residence engulfed in flames with "my wife is a cheater" scrawled on the structure, authorities said. Deanna Harrington, spokeswoman for the Arvada Fire Protection District, said crews were dispatched to the home at about 1:30 a.m. and encountered an intense fire. "Flames were coming from both the front and back of the structure, and crews had to use a defensive strategy," Harrington said, adding that the message was spray-painted in capital letters on two sides of the building. All of the occupants were accounted for and there were no reports of any injuries, Harrington said.
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Authorities were searching on Tuesday for a 22-year-old woman reported missing near a Southern California university, saying concerns for her well-being were heightened by a string of recent campus crimes that included an attempted kidnapping. Sahray Astina Barber was last seen after leaving her apartment across the street from Cal State San Bernardino at about 6 a.m. on her way to work on another school campus, according to police, but she never arrived at her job. San Bernardino is about 60 miles east of Los Angeles in Southern California's so-called Inland Empire. Barber's laptop and some other personal items were found in bushes near the gate of her apartment complex, said San Bernardino Police spokesman Lieutenant Richard Lawhead, raising suspicions among detectives, although it did not appear that there had been a struggle at the scene.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An online company is losing Montel Williams as its celebrity pitchman in New York while agreeing to stop generating leads in the state for payday loans with interest rates sometimes topping 1,000 percent, regulators said Tuesday.
By Sarah McBride and Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A lawyer for venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers peppered former partner Ellen Pao with questions in court Tuesday afternoon, but Pao stayed calm on the witness stand, answering with short, measured, responses. “You understand what humble means, Ms. Pao?" asked Lynne Hermle, Kleiner’s lawyer. “I do,” replied Pao, who is suing the firm for gender discrimination and retaliation in a move that helped spark a broad and ongoing conversation about gender issues in Silicon Valley.
A deputy U.S. marshal was killed in Louisiana on Tuesday in an exchange of gunfire with a fugitive wanted in connection with a double homicide, the U.S. Marshals Service said. Deputy U.S. Marshal Josie Wells, 27, was part of a team executing a warrant on the suspect, identified by authorities as Jamie Croom, at a local motel. He was taken by his partner to a Baton Rouge-area hospital, where he was pronounced dead at noon, said Shane Evans, chief of investigations for the East Baton Rouge Coroner's Office. Wells joined the U.S. Marshals Service in 2011.
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced two former managers in Mexico's Gulf cartel to long prison sentences for their roles in drug and weapons smuggling along the South Texas border with Mexico.