Updated: 5:49 PM 1/28/2015BATON ROUGE - Metro Council members voted Tuesday night to hire Baton Rouge attorney Mary Olive Pierson to represent them in court as they oppose a movement to incorporate the southern portion of the parish into its own city. Council members voted 8-3, with Buddy Amoroso, Joel Boé and... (More)
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Updated: 5:58 PM 1/28/2015BERKELEY, CA - Charles Hard Townes, the co-inventor of the laser and a Nobel laureate in physics, has died at age 99. Officials at the University of California, Berkeley, where Townes was a professor emeritus, said he had been in poor health before he died Tuesday on the way to... (More)
Updated: 5:47 PM 1/28/2015BATON ROUGE - A Vietnamese-born priest who was well-loved in the Baton Rouge community passed away Wednesday morning, according to the Diocese of Baton Rouge. The diocese said Father Than N. Vu died at his residence after a long battle with cancer. He was 56 years old. Father... (More)
Updated: 5:10 PM 1/28/2015INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The head of NCAA enforcement says academic misconduct has been on the rise in college athletics and his department is handling 20 open investigations. Vice president of enforcement Jon Duncan said Wednesday in an interview with The Associated Press the cases involve both prospective and incoming... (More)
Updated: 5:07 PM 1/28/2015ST. HELENA - A new library is in the works for St. Helena Parish. After complaints the current library was too small to serve the entire parish, officials went to the state to ask for funds. "Through capital outlay and appropriations, they gave us enough funds to start... (More)
Updated: 4:06 PM 1/28/2015BATON ROUGE - LSU announced Wednesday the university received a $40 million planned gift that will benefit athletic and engineering scholarships. A university spokesperson said once fully realized, the donation from an anonymous alumni will be the largest planned gift in the school's history. "This is a significant... (More)
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Updated: 3:58 PM 1/28/2015WASHINGTON - The president's immigration policies have been defended today on Capitol Hill by the woman he's nominated to be the next attorney general. Under challenges from Republicans, Loretta Lynch defended the decision to shelter millions of immigrants from deportation, even though they live in the country illegally. But she... (More)
Updated: 3:55 PM 1/28/2015BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal says his budget cut proposal for next year will be presented to lawmakers with a list of "options" for lessening some of the slashing. The state faces a $1.6 billion shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year. The Jindal administration is considering state financing cuts... (More)
Updated: 3:04 PM 1/28/2015BOSTON - A study published in the journal Neurology says NFL veterans who started playing tackle football before the age of 12 are more likely to have cognitive difficulties after their careers. The study published Wednesday says researchers tested 42 former players on their short-term memory, mental flexibility and problem... (More)
Updated: 2:25 PM 1/28/2015PRAIRIEVILLE - The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office received a cuddly care package of comfort for future children in need Wednesday as a Prairieville family, recovering from the loss of their teenaged daughter who was killed in a car accident last month, donated hundreds of teddy bears to law enforcement. ... (More)
Updated: 1:59 PM 1/28/2015NEW ORLEANS - Officials say an Irish police officer on vacation in New Orleans was shot by an armed robber, becoming one of the latest victims in a string of shootings putting the city on edge as it gets ready to kick off Carnival festivities. Authorities say Brian Hanrahan was... (More)
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Updated: 1:39 PM 1/28/2015SACRAMENTO, CA - California health officials say electronic cigarettes are a health threat, especially to children, and should be strictly regulated like tobacco products. A report released Wednesday by the California Department of Public Health says e-cigarettes emit cancer-causing chemicals and get users hooked on nicotine. California Health Officer Ron... (More)
Updated: 1:38 PM 1/28/2015ALBUQUERQUE, NM - A former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist who pleaded guilty to trying to help Venezuela develop a nuclear weapon has been sentenced to five years in prison and three years of supervised release. Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni was sentenced Wednesday before a U.S. district judge in Albuquerque following... (More)
Updated: 12:39 PM 1/28/2015
CALHOUN - The State Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of a mobile home fire that claimed two lives in the Ouachita Parish community of Calhoun.
Officials say that the bodies of two adult occupants of the home were found in the charred debris early Wednesday morning.
The Fire Marshal's office said in a news release autopsies will be performed to determine the cause and manner of death and to confirm the identities of the victims.
Updated: 12:19 PM 1/28/2015PHOENIX - An Associated Press analysis of the 51 youth concussion laws in each state and the District of Columbia finds that fewer than half contain all of the key principles of the model legislation. The laws were pushed for by the NFL after Washington state passed the first bill... (More)
Updated: 11:57 AM 1/28/2015BATON ROUGE - Police accused a Baton Rouge man this week of molesting an 11-year-old in his care while the girl's mother wasn't home. Police arrested 35-year-old Edward Humphrey Jr. Tuesday on charges of molestation of a juvenile and sexual battery. Investigators said the 11-year-old victim told them... (More)
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