One death-defying stunt wasn't enough for daredevil Nik Wallenda. Discovery is banking on recapturing the ratings magic of his tightrope walk across the Grand Canyon this fall with an urban-themed stunt. This time, Wallenda will tightrope-walk between two Chicago skyscrapers in a live special called Skywire Live With Nik Wallenda.
Wallenda originally wanted to walk between two buildings without a harness in New York, but the city nixed his plans. Since Discovery is still in the permit application process, it's so far unclear where Wallenda will cross, though it should be noted that Chicago is home to the 1,451-foot-tall Willis Tower.
Judging by Mayor Rahm Emanuel's reaction, it doesn't sound like Wallenda is going to have any trouble receiving the permits. "Chicago is home to the first skyscraper and has played host to countless world events, and this will be one for the history books," he said. Jordan Valinsky
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D) defeated law professor Tim Canova in their Florida Democratic primary, The Associated Press projects.
With 82 percent of precincts reporting, Wasserman Schultz has 57.2 percent of the votes to Canova's 42.8 percent. Canova, backed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), was a strong primary challenger for Wasserman Schultz, who stepped down in July as Democratic National Committee chairwoman after emails critical of Sanders were leaked. Their Florida district extends from west of Fort Lauderdale to Miami Beach. Catherine Garcia
Donald Trump is considering flying to Mexico City on Wednesday to meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, just a few hours before he is scheduled to deliver a speech in Arizona about immigration, The Washington Post reports.
Sources in the U.S. and Mexico familiar with the discussions told the Post Trump and his advisers came up with the plan over the weekend, and security concerns and logistics are still being figured out. The sources said Peña Nieto sent the Republican presidential nominee an invitation to come to Mexico to talk about political and economic issues. Trump, pushed by his campaign chief executive Stephen Bannon, thought this was a good opportunity, the sources said, and decided to ask for an expedited meeting. If Trump goes to Mexico, his trip wold take place between a fundraiser Wednesday morning in California and the speech in Phoenix at night. Catherine Garcia
In Florida, incumbent Republican Sen. Marco Rubio won his party's Senate primary on Tuesday, and will go up against Democratic primary winner Rep. Patrick Murphy in November.
With 68 percent of votes in, Rubio was ahead of challenger Carlos Beruff, a developer, 72 to 19 percent. On the Democratic side, 69 percent of votes are in, and Murphy is ahead of Rep. Alan Grayson 59 to 18 percent. Rubio had said he would not seek reelection, but changed his mind after dropping out of the Republican presidential race, filing two days before the deadline. Catherine Garcia
After a settlement deal fell apart, four survivors of the 2012 Aurora movie theater shooting are left having to pay the Cinemark chain at least $700,000.
The Los Angeles Times on Tuesday shared the story of a group of 41 plaintiffs, including survivors and relatives of victims, who were told by a federal judge overseeing their case against the owners of the Century Aurora 16 multiplex that they should settle, within 24 hours. As the judge explained, another group of survivors had filed a state lawsuit, and a jury decided Cinemark could not have foreseen the shooting, which left 12 dead and more than 70 injured during a showing of The Dark Knight Rises. Because of that, the judge said he would most likely also find the chain not liable for the shooting.
As plaintiff Marcus Weaver told the Times, the group had to decide if they were willing to accept $150,000 split among 41 plaintiffs. He didn't think it was enough, but was thrilled the company was going to have to take new measures to protect guests. The plaintiffs also knew if they rejected the deal and the case moved forward, under Colorado law they would be responsible for Cinemark's court fees. As Cinemark drafted a press release announcing the settlement, one unnamed plaintiff rejected the deal, because they wanted more money. Weaver and 36 other plaintiffs quickly removed themselves from the suit, but four stayed on, and the judge ruled the next day in favor of Cinemark. The state court case cost $699,000, and the federal case is expected to be more.
Several plaintiffs and attorneys told the Times they were upset with how the state case was handled, and some federal plaintiffs were so suspicious of the weak case that rumors started to spread that Cinemark was actually behind it and wanted it to fail. Weaver, who married and had a child after the shooting, told the Times he is trying to move on with his life, but he can't shake what happened with the federal case. "Theaters aren't any safer," he said. "It's almost like everything was for naught." Catherine Garcia
Singer Chris Brown was arrested Tuesday afternoon, more than 12 hours after detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department were sent to his home in the Tarzana neighborhood after a woman called 911 and said he pulled a gun on her, police said.
Brown was taken to LAPD headquarters, and arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, NBC Los Angeles reports. A 911 call came in at around 3 a.m. from outside Brown's home, and investigators spent several hours on the scene. In an Instagram video, Brown said he would stay put until they had a search warrant, and hours later, he left the house at about 2:30 p.m. to talk with an officer, CBS Los Angeles reports. TMZ says police retrieved at least one gun, other weapons, and drugs from the home.
TMZ says it spoke with the woman who called the police, identified as Miss California Regional 2016 Baylee Curran. Curran told TMZ she had spent time with Brown previously, and was at his home with a friend. He found her admiring a piece of jewelry, she said, and got angry, cursing at her and then pointing a gun. Curran said she asked for her cell phone, but members of Brown's entourage wouldn't let her have it unless she signed a non-disclosure agreement. She refused, she said, and left.
This is a developing story, and the post has been updated throughout. Catherine Garcia
A report by the Department of Defense's inspector general published Tuesday concluded that Pentagon officials largely failed to discipline department employees for the inappropriate use of government credit cards at strip clubs and casinos. "DoD management did not take appropriate action when notified that cardholders potentially misused their travel card at casinos and adult entertainment establishments," the report said. "Specifically, DoD management and travel card officials did not perform adequate reviews for the cardholders reviewed and did not take action to eliminate additional misuse."
In total, the report estimated that there were "nearly $100,000 in expenses at strip clubs and 'adult entertainment establishments' and almost $1 [million] at casinos," The Guardian noted. Moreover, 22 employees reportedly received reimbursements totaling $8,544 for costs incurred at casinos or "adult entertainment establishments."
The Islamic State's Amaq news outlet reported Tuesday that ISIS spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani had been killed in the Syrian city of Aleppo, where he was inspecting military operations. Adnani, considered the terrorist group's second-in-command, encouraged attacks against Westerners and was believed to be in charge of ISIS's "external operations division," which managed recruitment and organized attacks.
The cause of Adnani's death has yet to be determined. The New York Times reports that in Aleppo, ISIS is under attack by American-backed Syrian and Kurdish rebels in addition to "Turkish, American, and Russian airstrikes,"