The hotly contested Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Mississippi now appears headed for yet another round — but quite possibly with some strong momentum for Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel, against the longtime incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran.
With 98 percent of precincts reporting, McDaniel has 49.6 percent of the vote, against Cochran's 48.8 percent — and a little-known third candidate, Thomas Carey, has the remaining 1.6 percent. Under Mississippi law, if neither candidate receives over 50 percent of the vote in the primary, McDaniel and Cochran will head to a runoff election, which would be held just three weeks from now on June 24.
The winner of the Republican primary will face the Democratic nominee, former Congressman Travis Childers, who easily won his own primary. And though Mississippi is a solidly Republican state, there has been some speculation about whether the very fiery and controversial McDaniel might create an opening for Democrats.
In a display of continued energy for his campaign, McDaniel delivered a rip-roaring stump speech tonight to his supporters, in which he declared, among others things about Washington politicians: "For too long we let them have their way with us. Tonight in Mississippi, they heard us."
Jayne Meadows, the award-winning actress and TV personality who often appeared alongside her husband Steve Allen, died Sunday of natural causes at her home in Encino, California. She was 95.
Meadows was born in China while her parents were missionaries, and she started in show business more than six decades ago, People reports. Meadows performed on Broadway stages, starred in movies, and was a regular panelist on I've Got a Secret. She also won the Susan B. Anthony Award for her one-woman show, Powerful Women in History. Meadows was married to Allen for 46 years until his death in 2000. She was also the sister of the late Audrey Meadows, who starred as Alice Kramden on The Honeymooners.
In an email to Entertainment Tonight, her son, Bill, wrote, "She was not only an extraordinarily gifted actress who could move audiences from laughter to tears and back again all in once scene, but she was the greatest story teller I have ever known and I will miss her endlessly fascinating and frequently hilarious anecdotes about her life and the many brilliantly talented people she worked with and befriended along the way." Catherine Garcia
During a news conference Monday night, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said he declared a state of emergency at the request of Baltimore officials, adding that he did not make the decision "lightly," as the "National Guard represents the last resort."
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Hogan said the people of Baltimore "deserve peace and safety in their community," and the state will "not tolerate" the "roving gangs" who are to blame for the violence. The governor said he is sending 500 state troopers to Baltimore and is requesting as many as 5,000 officers from neighboring states, with Maryland National Guard Adjutant General Linda Singh stressing during the news conference that it is "not martial law."
Once night fell, looters hit the Mondawmin Mall, a Save-A-Lot, and a Rite Aid in Bolton Hill, and a new senior center was set on fire, the Baltimore Sun reports. A total of 27 people have been arrested so far, police said, and Baltimore city officials announced that school has been canceled for Tuesday. Catherine Garcia
Police officers across the U.S. are on high alert after Baltimore police received what they say is a "credible threat" targeting all law enforcement officers.
In a statement, Baltimore Police said they received information that members of different gangs, including the Bloods, Crips, and Black Guerrilla Family, have "entered into a partnership" to "take out" police, and "law enforcement agencies should take appropriate precautions to ensure the safety of their officers." Spokesman Capt. Eric Kowalczyk would not elaborate on how the information was received or why it is considered credible, the Baltimore Sun reports, and would not say if it is connected to the Freddie Gray demonstrations. In Los Angeles, the threat is being taken seriously, and officers were ordered to ride in pairs together. Catherine Garcia
On Monday evening, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced during a news conference that a citywide curfew of 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. will start on Tuesday, and will be extended as necessary after one week.
The mayor said that once the curfew goes into effect, everyone has to be off the streets unless it's a "medical emergency or you're going to work," and reminded people that there is a juvenile curfew of 9 p.m. that will be strictly enforced. Rawlings-Blake then turned her attention to the rioters, saying there is a "very clear difference" between the peaceful protesters "who wish to seek justice, those who seek to be heard and want answers," and the "thugs who only want to incite violence and destroy our city." Rawlings-Blake, a lifelong resident of Baltimore, added that "too many people have spent generations building up this city for it to be destroyed by thugs who in a very senseless way are trying to tear down what so many have fought for, tearing down businesses, tearing down and destroying property, things that we know will impact our community for years."
A police official also stated during the news conference that 15 police officers were injured by flying debris thrown by rioters, and two are still hospitalized. He said that over the next few days, officials will look over video footage to identify the perpetrators. Catherine Garcia
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) signed an executive order Monday evening declaring a state of emergency and activating the National Guard, after looters and police clashed in the streets of Baltimore.
At least 15 police officers were injured Monday afternoon, including two who remained hospitalized Monday night. Cars have been destroyed, bricks have been thrown through windows, and after being looted, a CVS store was set on fire around 6:15 p.m. Once firefighters arrived on the scene, rioters poked holes in the water hose being used to fight the blaze. Baltimore police Capt. Eric Kowalczyk told WBAL-TV he understands that "the images people are seeing on TV are very disturbing. Our highest priority, our first focus right now is to protect the lives of our officers that are out on the street and the people that live and work in those areas." Catherine Garcia
On Monday morning, a teacher in Lacey, Washington subdued a student shooter before anyone was injured, police said.
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North Thurston High School government teacher Brady Olson tackled the 16-year-old suspected shooter after he fired a shot into the gym floor, then ran downstairs and fired into the cafeteria ceiling, police said. "I think it's heroic," Lacey Police Commander Chris Ward told NBC affiliate KING 5. "People rise to the occasion when they need to do something. I think, in this case, it probably prevented worse things from happening."
In a statement, Olson said that along with five other teachers, he ran toward the sound of the gunshot. "No one, including myself, can prepare for a situation like this, so I'm very thankful that we're all okay," he said. "As always, students come first, and today was no different." Classes were canceled for the day, and a spokesman for the school said police were interviewing the shooter. Catherine Garcia
Monday night's game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox has been postponed due to rioting in the streets of Baltimore.
The Orioles made the announcement on Twitter after the team consulted with Baltimore City Police, the Chicago Tribune reports. Both teams were keeping tabs on news reports throughout the day, but two hours before the game was to start, Sox manager Robin Ventura said they had yet to discuss canceling the game. "Anytime it becomes a violent protest, everybody's on high alert and you're trying to do what's best for the game and the players," Ventura told the Tribune. Police began to gather outside of Camden Yards about four hours before the start of the game, but there were no signs of violence in the area. Catherine Garcia