Fresh details spur debate on police response to Orlando massacre
The release of police dispatch records offering new details from witnesses of the Orlando nightclub massacre provided fresh grist on Wednesday for the debate about whether law enforcement waited too long to take out the gunman. Orlando, Florida, authorities on Tuesday released new details including 911 operator notes and text and email messages received by the police chief whose officers fatally shot the gunman, Omar Mateen, after he killed 49 people and wounded 53 more. Retired police sergeant Grant Whitus, who led the SWAT team during the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado in 1999, believes Florida officers should have pursued Mateen immediately inside the Pulse nightclub to "end it right there" before he could take hostages.
July Fourth travelers brace for tougher U.S. security after Turkey attack
Millions of U.S. travelers flying during the busy Fourth of July holiday weekend will face heightened security and increased delays due to the deadly attacks at Istanbul's main airport, officials and air security experts said on Wednesday. Airport officials were hesitant to reveal specific safety measures taken following Tuesday's attacks by suspected Islamic State militants, which killed 41 people and wounded 239 at Europe's third-busiest airport, but increased vigilance appeared to have resulted in at least one airport disruption. A terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York was briefly evacuated on Wednesday morning while police investigated a report of a suspicious package.
Senate backs Puerto Rico debt bill, sends to Obama
The U.S. Senate on Wednesday gave solid approval to a relief plan to help Puerto Rico address its $70 billion debt, sending the measure to President Barack Obama for his expected signing into law just ahead of a possible default by the U.S. territory on its next debt payment. The House of Representatives has already approved the bill. On Friday, Puerto Rico faces a potential default on a chunk of its debt if it cannot make $1.9 billion worth of debt payments.
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Alvin Toffler, author of 'Future Shock,' dead at 87
NEW YORK (AP) ? Alvin Toffler, a guru of the post-industrial age whose million-selling "Future Shock" and other books anticipated the disruptions and transformations brought about by the rise of digital technology, has died. He was 87.
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Officials: 3 people dead after police chase in Mississippi
OVETT, Miss. (AP) ? Three people died early Wednesday after a police chase in Mississippi that started when an SUV crossed the road's center line and forced a deputy's car onto the shoulder, officials said.
3 people are dead following a police chase in Jones County
OVETT, Miss. (AP) ? Authorities say three people are dead after a police chase in Jones County.