WASHINGTON

Poll finds voters feel disconnected

Republicans and Democrats feel a massive disconnect with their political parties and helpless about the presidential election. Thatís according to a new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Just 12 percent of Republicans think the GOP is very responsive to ordinary voters, while 25 percent of Democrats say the same of their party. Only 15 percent of Americans report a great deal of confidence in the Democratic Party compared with just 8 percent who say the same of the GOP. Worse, 55 percent of Americans, including 60 percent of Republicans and 53 percent of Democrats, say they feel helpless about the 2016 election. And two-thirds of Americans under 30 report feeling helpless.

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA

Dead whale found on cruise ship

A veterinary pathologist worked Monday to determine what killed a juvenile fin whale discovered on the bow of a cruise ship entering an Alaska port. The cause of death was not immediately apparent for the endangered whale spotted just after 5 a.m. Sunday on the bulbous bow of the Zaandam, a Holland America Line cruise ship, as it prepared to dock in Seward. The carcass was towed to a beach near Seward and a necropsy was being performed, a spokeswoman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday.

SAN FRANCISCO

FBI agentís gun, identification stolen

San Francisco police say an FBI agentís gun and badge were stolen after his car was broken into in the cityís popular Alamo Square. San Francisco Police Officer Carlos Manfredi says the FBI agent reported to police that his vehicle was broken into Sunday afternoon. Manfredi says the agentís .40-caliber Glock handgun was stolen, along with his I.D. Badge and credentials. He says no other information was available Monday. The theft follows a series of break-in and burglaries where guns have been stolen and used in homicides in the San Francisco Bay Area.

PASCAGOULA, MISS.

Single-engine plane lands on highway

The pilot of a single-engine airplane made an emergency landing on Interstate 10 in south Mississippiís Jackson County on Monday, safely bringing the plane down and guiding it off the highway as traffic behind him slowed to make room. It happened around 12:30 p.m. near Biloxi. The pilot, Rodney McKnight Jr., 24, of Auburn, Ala., said that he lost power at 3,500 feet as he was approaching the Gulfport-Biloxi airport. He said he first turned the plane back toward Alabama, but decided he didnít have the altitude to glide back to Mobile. Motorist Sarah Washburn said that the pilot was able to signal to drivers that he needed to land. ďSo it kind of gave all of us a heads up to all us cars, and we all started putting on our brakes,Ē Washburn recalled.

SPRINGFIELD, ILL.

Chicago to get some pension relief

Chicago taxpayers will save $1 billion on police and fire pension costs in the short term under a law the General Assembly approved Monday after some House Republicans bucked their governor, who had railed against it as a ridiculous expansion of the Illinoisí growing pension hole. The House voted 72-43 to override Gov. Bruce Raunerís veto of the savings plan, which trumps state law that required the city to pump $4.62 billion into retirement accounts for police officers and firefighters through 2020. The huge payments could have forced a $300 million property tax increase, Mayor Rahm Emanuel had warned. But Rauner countered that shorting payments will cost an extra $18.6 billion in interest during the next 40 years.

Compiled from wire reports