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News@noon: Brussels attacks, Big Apple autos, helping vets

The Detroit News

Today is Tuesday, March 22, 2016, and it's a difficult day in Belgium. Explosions, at least one likely caused by a suicide bomber, rocked the Brussels airport and subway system Tuesday, prompting a lockdown of the Belgian capital and heightened security across Europe. At least 31 people were reported dead and dozens of others injured.

With Brussels on lockdown and the French prime minister saying that Europe is “at war,” European leaders tightened security at airports. Get live updates here.

Police and rescue teams are pictured outside the metro station Maelbeek in Brussels, March 22, 2016. Explosions, at least one likely caused by a suicide bomber, rocked the Brussels airport and its subway system Tuesday, prompting a lockdown of the Belgian capital and heightened security across Europe.

President Barack Obama, traveling in Cuba, was briefed Tuesday morning on the Brussels attacks. The White House said U.S. officials were in contact with Belgian officials about the explosions.

Here's what else is making news today:

DPS and Flint

Ahead of the game

Big Apple autos

Highly anticipated global debuts such as the 2017 Acura MDX midsize sport utility vehicle and a host of luxury cars, crossovers and SUVs will begin Tuesday and continue until the New York International Auto Show opens to the public on Friday.

Happening in sports

Detroit  Pistons' Andre Drummond celebrates his winning basket in the last seconds with Stanley Johnson.

  • Some players want to play at UM so badly, they are already announcing their commitment a season ahead of time. That was the case for Josh Ross, a four-star linebacker from Orchard Lake St. Mary's,  who committed to Michigan's 2017 recruiting class this morning. 

A shelter by any other name...

The lighter side 

Maria Rokita, left, and Janina Stanton make sauerkraut pierogi at the American Polish Cultural Center on Dequindre Road in Troy.

  • Dequindre and 15 Mile has become the heart of a Metro Detroit Polish community that spans several generations. Photographers Charlotte Massey and Robin Buckson feature this block in their latest piece on the many ethnic food businesses you encounter while traveling north on Dequindre Road. Check out the first and second pieces here. 

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