Updated: 2:50 PM 1/27/2015GONZALES - Deputies re-arrested a man who investigators said broke free during an arrest in Ascension Parish last night. A department spokesperson said Ricardo Rodriguez is wanted for sex crimes out of Georgia. An APSO deputy stopped Rodriguez Monday night in the area of Airline Highway and Highway... (More)
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Updated: 4:08 PM 1/27/2015BATON ROUGE - LSU defensive back Jalen Mills faces an April 8 trial date for misdemeanor simple assault related to a woman's accusation that he punched her in the mouth. Mills was arrested in June after a woman claims he punched her outside his apartment. Mills' attorney, Brent Stockstill, entered... (More)
Updated: 4:03 PM 1/27/2015WASHINGTON - The man who has acknowledged flying a drone onto the White House grounds works for a U.S. intelligence agency. a The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency said Tuesday the man, still unidentified, is one of its employees. The agency says his work has nothing to do with drones and the... (More)
Updated: 3:37 PM 1/27/2015AUSTIN, Texas - A Texas judge has refused to throw out a felony abuse-of-power case against former Gov. Rick Perry on constitutional grounds, ruling that the case against the possible 2016 presidential hopeful should continue. District Judge Bert Richardson, who like Perry is a Republican, ruled Tuesday that the case... (More)
Updated: 2:45 PM 1/27/2015Unlike the NBA, the NCAA has no uniform game ball for regular-season games. That means a team could be playing with an unfamiliar ball during road games. And in a sport in which "shooter's touch" is part of the lexicon, the feel of the ball can't be minimized. With all... (More)
Updated: 2:44 PM 1/27/2015UNDATED - Louisiana's economy keeps creating jobs, but it can't keep up with the state's growing workforce. The state's unemployment rate rose in December for the eighth straight month, to 6.7 percent from 6.5 percent in November. Louisiana now ties for the sixth-highest jobless rate among the states. But at... (More)
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Updated: 2:32 PM 1/27/2015WASHINGTON - Accident investigators say there are systemic weaknesses in the way natural gas providers protect against the rupture of major, high-pressure pipelines in populated areas. They are pointing to three powerful accidents in California, Florida and West Virginia in recent years. A report by the National Transportation Safety Board... (More)
Updated: 1:58 PM 1/27/2015RICHMOND, VA - The U.S. surgeon general says officials are "in desperate need of clarity" on electronic cigarettes to help guide public health policies. Dr. Vivek Murthy, the country's senior public health official, addressed the battery-powered devices that heat liquid nicotine during a stop Tuesday in Richmond. The newly-appointed Murthy... (More)
Updated: 1:52 PM 1/27/2015BATON ROUGE - Police reported the arrest of a man wanted in connection with a deadly shooting on Alaska Street last month. Tyronn Collins, 21, was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force on a warrant issued by BRPD investigators on Tuesday. According to law... (More)
Updated: 1:21 PM 1/27/2015SEOUL, South Korea - Don't blame a cyber-attack for the shutdown of Facebook and Instagram overnight. Facebook says the outage that made the sites inaccessible around the world for about an hour was the result of a technical change it had made. A statement says it was a change affecting... (More)
Updated: 12:15 PM 1/27/2015MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama's only openly gay lawmaker is threatening to expose state politicians who have extramarital affairs but say gay marriage is immoral or bad for children. State Rep. Patricia Todd, a Birmingham Democrat, says she was furious over some of the comments made by some colleagues after they... (More)
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Updated: 12:13 PM 1/27/2015NEW ORLEANS - An executive for the BP subsidiary that faces billions of dollars in possible fines for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill says it is uncertain whether other BP entities would step in to help pay a steep penalty. Richard Morrison, chairman of the board for BP... (More)
Updated: 11:50 AM 1/27/2015CHICAGO - A federal judge has sentenced twin Chicago brothers to 14 years in prison each for running a nearly $2 billion U.S. drug franchise using cocaine and heroin supplied by Mexican cartel kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. Prosecutors asked for leniency for Pedro and Margarito Flores at Tuesday's sentencing... (More)
Updated: 11:11 AM 1/27/2015WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is proposing to open up drilling off a broad swath of the Atlantic Coast for the first time, even as it restricts drilling off Alaska. The plan, unveiled Tuesday, envisions auctioning areas off Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia to oil companies come 2021.... (More)
Updated: 10:58 AM 1/27/2015WASHINGTON - House Republicans plan to vote to authorize legal action against President Barack Obama over his executive actions on immigration. House Speaker John Boehner announced the plans in a closed-door meeting with lawmakers on Tuesday. He told them GOP leaders are finalizing plans to authorize litigation to block Obama's... (More)
Updated: 10:35 AM 1/27/2015NEW ORLEANS - A historic New Orleans cemetery that may have started the city's tradition of above-ground crypts will soon be off-limits to tourists on their own because of repeated tomb vandalism. Starting in March, entry to St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 will be restricted to relatives of those buried... (More)
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