Mayor: Memphis ready for royals
There's nothing confirmed, but Tennessee is abuzz with speculation over whether Princes William and Harry will travel to Memphis for the weekend wedding of a friend. A C Wharton Jr., mayor of this Tennessee city famous for blues music, says Memphis is ready to host the British royals should they decide to attend what he describes as a strictly private affair. But he has given no official indication whether they actually planned to show up at Saturday's wedding.
NYC, teachers reach agreement
New York City and its largest teachers union struck a deal on a new contract Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced, ending a nearly five-year labor dispute and potentially setting a template for negotiations with the city's other unions. Teachers will receive back pay equivalent to nearly 8 percent of their salaries and a series of additional small raises through 2018, according to the nine-year contract.
Soldier files suit over tattoo rules
A Kentucky National Guard soldier with aspirations of joining a U.S. Army special operations unit wants a federal judge to overturn the military's new regulations concerning soldiers with tattoos. Staff Sgt. Adam C. Thorogood of Nashville said that the tattoos covering his left arm from the elbow to the wrist aren't harmful but that the Army is using the body art against him and stopping him from fulfilling a dream of joining "The Nightstalkers," the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment at Fort Campbell, Ky. Thorogood, 28, sued Thursday in U.S. District Court in Paducah, Ky., seeking to have the new rules declared unconstitutional. He is seeking $100 million in damages.
By the Numbers
$1 The price of city-owned vacant lots being sold in the Detroit suburb of Warren, Mich.