SAN DIEGO (AP) — A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft is expected to make an unprecedented landing on a Japanese naval vessel off the California coast.
The tilt-rotor aircraft is scheduled to fly Friday from San Diego to the Japanese ship Hyuga.
The Osprey has sparked protests in Japan over concerns about its safety record. The Japanese government approved the deployment of 12 Ospreys in 2012 to Okinawa after receiving assurances from the Pentagon. Okinawans were concerned about two Osprey crashes last year, in Florida and Morocco.
Military officials say the Osprey is critical for regional security efforts. The hybrid aircraft can take off and land like a helicopter.
The landing is part of an 18-day drill aimed at improving Japan's amphibious capabilities. It comes amid tensions with China over disputed islands.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.
A representative at the Fayette County Sheriff's office said that Fayette County is effectively shut down due to icy conditions.
The Austin City Council is set to vote Thursday on design changes for the Auditorium Shores Dog Park.
Bryce Petty threw touchdown passes on the first two drives of the second half for No. 9 Baylor and the Bears won their first Big 12 title and a Fiesta Bowl berth with a 30-10 victory over No. 23 Texas on Saturday.