Armed man shot, killed near Capitol
Police shot and killed an armed man in what authorities described as a routine rush hour traffic stop that turned deadly. Capitol Police spokeswoman Sgt. Kim Schneider said the unidentified 35-year-old man sped away in a white car after being stopped a few blocks from the Capitol. The man drove the wrong way down a street and crashed into a police cruiser in a heavily guarded area about a block north of the Capitol grounds, striking two officers with his car along the way, she said. The man held up his handgun and refused to put it down, so police opened fire, said Schneider. The man was pronounced dead at a hospital. The officers suffered minor injuries.
Lawmakers may override Palin veto
The Alaska Legislature has called itself into a special session to consider overriding Gov. Sarah Palin's veto of $28.5 million in federal stimulus funds for energy-related projects. Senate President Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, said the one-day session will be held Aug. 10 in Anchorage instead of the state Capitol in Juneau. Besides the veto override vote, lawmakers will consider confirming the new lieutenant governor, Stevens said. After initially rejecting part of the $930 million Alaska was eligible for under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Palin accepted all the stimulus funds except for $28.5 million in energy cost relief.
Willis who? Sears Tower is renamed
When Chicago residents go to bed tonight, their beloved Sears Tower, one of the world's iconic skyscrapers and the tallest building in the U.S., will no longer be the Sears Tower. It will be Willis Tower, at least officially. "It's always going to be the Sears Tower. It's part of Chicago, and I won't call it Willis Tower. In Chicago we hold fast," Chicago teacher Marianne Turk, 46, said as she stood in line to go up to the building's Skydeck. Willis Group Holdings, a London-based financial services company, secured the naming rights as part of an agreement to lease 140,000 square feet of space. The building has been known as Sears Tower since it opened in 1973. It's original tenant, Sears Roebuck and Co., moved out in 1992.
New York: Kyle Shaw, 17, was arrested for masterminding a predawn blast outside a Starbucks Coffee shop on Memorial Day, police said Wednesday. Police said Shaw said he was mimicking Brad Pitt's character in the movie Fight Club who plans attacks on corporate America.
Temple, Ga.: Authorities are investigating the theft of a tractor-trailer carrying about $8.8 million in pharmaceutical drugs from a truck stop in Georgia. The 18-wheeler was valued at $100,000.
Hazel Park, Mich.: A gasoline tanker explosion forced the shutdown of Interstate 75 in the suburbs about 10 miles north of Detroit, officials said. There were no reports of injuries.