Colorado suspects head to court, honoring fallen officers, NBA: 5 things you need to know Wednesday


Colorado school shooting suspects due in court

Two teens accused of attacking their suburban Denver charter school last week, killing one classmate and injuring eight others, are scheduled to appear in court Wednesday. Prosecutors are expected to file charges at the hearing against the suspects – one of whom is an 18-year-old adult, the other a juvenile – in the shooting at the STEM School Highlands Ranch. Also Wednesday, a memorial service will be held for Kendrick Castillo, an 18-year-old student who saved lives by rushing at least one of the shooters.

Fallen police officers to be remembered at Capitol service

The 158 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2018 will be honored Wednesday in a memorial service on the west front of the U.S. Capitol. The National Peace Officers' Memorial Service is part of National Police Week, which highlights the vital role law enforcement serves and the sacrifice officers and their families make. Between 25,000-40,000 people are expected to participate in the events in Washington, D.C., this week.

Aviation industry to enter the spotlight in Washington

The spotlight will be on the aviation industry on Capitol Hill Wednesday as two relevant hearings are scheduled to take place. Daniel Elwell, acting administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, and Robert L. Sumwalt, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, are expected to appear as witnesses in a hearing  over the Boeing 737 Max jet  which has been implicated in two fatal crashes — one in Ethiopia and one in Indonesia. In addition, Stephen Dickson, President Donald Trump's nominee to head the FAA, will appear before the Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday to mark the beginning of his confirmation process. Dickson, who flew military jets and had a long career as a pilot at Delta Air Lines, is sure to face questions about his industry ties, given the FAA is currently under considerable scrutiny.

Raptors, Bucks to kick off NBA's Eastern Conference Finals

The teams with the two best records in the NBA will get the Eastern Conference Finals jump started Wednesday night in Milwaukee. Fresh off their dramatic win over the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Sunday, Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors will take on Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks in Game 1 (8:30 p.m. ET, TNT). The star power in the series is significant, but both teams feature a number of players who could make a difference in deciding the series. The East finals get underway after an exciting Tuesday in the NBA that featured a wild and wacky draft lottery that saw the New Orleans Pelicans jump several teams who had better odds to get the No. 1 pick and, presumably, Duke's Zion Williamson. Also, the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors jumped out to a 1-0 series lead in the Western Conference Finals with a win over the Portland Trail Blazers. 

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McDonald's restaurants in Austria to become embassies for Americans

The U.S. Embassy in Vienna announced on Facebook Tuesday that McDonald's restaurants in Austria will serve as mini embassies for American tourists, starting on Wednesday. "American citizens traveling in Austria who find themselves in distress and without a way to contact the U.S. Embassy can enter ... any McDonald's in Austria, and staff will assist them in making contact with the U.S. Embassy for consular services," the announcement read. "Consular services" include reporting a lost or stolen passport or seeking travel assistance. In a statement, McDonald’s spokesperson Wilhelm Baldia said the U.S. Consulate selected the fast-food company because of the "brand's great fame among Americans."

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