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    Pat Shingleton: Kud Who?

    Pat Shingleton: Kud Who?

    Updated: 4:00 AM 10/1/2014

    Weed pulling is a year-round chore in South Louisiana. "The vine that ate the South" is the kudzu plant, native to Asia and introduced to the United States in the 19th Century. As noted in a previous column, the vine was classified as a pest weed by the Department of... (More)
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    Neglect leads to security dog's death

    Neglect leads to security dog's death

    Updated: 3:16 AM 10/1/2014

    SHREVEPORT - A Barksdale Air Force Base spokesman says heat stroke that resulted after his handler left him unattended in a car on a hot August day killed an Air Force security K-9. Second Lt. Chris Sullivan says an investigation found that Caro's Aug. 9 death was due to handler... (More)
  • National News

    Details of presidential security breaches evolve

    Details of presidential security breaches evolve

    Updated: 2:49 AM 10/1/2014

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The embarrassing disclosures about lapses in presidential security just keep coming for the Secret Service. Despite more than three hours of questioning by lawmakers Tuesday, Secret Service Director Julia Pierson neglected to mention another security breach that occurred just days before a knife-carrying Army veteran climbed over... (More)
  • International News

    Bodies found on Japan volcano, raising toll to 48

    Bodies found on Japan volcano, raising toll to 48

    Updated: 2:40 AM 10/1/2014

    OTAKI, Japan - A dozen more bodies have been found near the ash-covered summit of a Japanese volcano as searches resumed amid concern of toxic gasses and another eruption. Nagano prefectural police say the death toll from last Saturday's surprise eruption at Mount Ontake stands at 48 after Wednesday's additions.... (More)
  • National News

    Economy, foreign affairs at center of midterm elections

    Economy, foreign affairs at center of midterm elections

    Updated: 2:37 AM 10/1/2014

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama's escalating militarism in the Middle East has drowned out the economic pitch he hoped would help salvage a midterm election that has been favoring Republicans. But the airstrikes against Islamic State extremists have also introduced a new complicating factor into the fall campaign... (More)
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    Airstrikes launched amid intelligence gaps

    Airstrikes launched amid intelligence gaps

    Updated: 2:34 AM 10/1/2014

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Current and former U.S. officials say the Pentagon is grappling with significant intelligence gaps as it bombs Iraq and Syria. It's also operating under less restrictive targeting rules than those President Barack Obama imposed on the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan and Yemen. The U.S. military says... (More)
  • International News

    Obama, Israeli prime minister to meet as Iran deadline looms

    Obama, Israeli prime minister to meet as Iran deadline looms

    Updated: 2:31 AM 10/1/2014

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet for the first time since a rash of civilian casualties during Israel's summer war with Hamas heightened tensions between two leaders who have long had a prickly relationship. Much of Wednesday's Oval Office discussion is expected... (More)
  • Sports

    Royals beat A's 9-8 in 12 in AL wild-card thriller

    Royals beat A's 9-8 in 12 in AL wild-card thriller

    Updated: 1:52 AM 10/1/2014

    KANSAS CITY, MO - The Kansas City Royals had waited 29 years to reach the postseason. They weren't going down without a fight. Salvador Perez singled down the left-field line with two outs in the 12th inning, allowing Christian Colon to score from second base and giving the long-suffering Royals... (More)
  • Local News

    DOTD to reinstall traffic signal at E. Boyd and Burbank

    Updated: 11:07 PM 9/30/2014

    BATON ROUGE - After a summer of commuter confusion, transportation officials announced on Tuesday that crews will begin work to reinstall the traffic signal at the intersection of East Boyd Drive and Burbank Drive starting tomorrow. The signal was removed by crews in July with the goal to improve... (More)
  • Southern Sports

    Jags Odums: "Everything is still in front of us"

    Jags Odums: "Everything is still in front of us"

    Updated: 11:03 PM 9/30/2014

    BATON ROUGE - Following a lopsided loss to Alcorn State, Southern head coach Dawson Odums still believes his Jaguars can accomplish all their goals this season if the team remains focused. "Everything that we can achieve is still in front of us," said Odums Tuesday morning. Despite the... (More)
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    LSU reviewing future of campus golf course

    LSU reviewing future of campus golf course

    Updated: 10:58 PM 9/30/2014

    BATON ROUGE- LSU is evaluating the future of the golf course at the intersection of Gourrier Avenue and Nicholson. An official with Facility Services said Tuesday, the course evaluation is part of a two year mater plan for the campus. Experts are considering the best use of the 125... (More)
  • State News

    State health insurance changes delayed until March

    State health insurance changes delayed until March

    Updated: 7:45 PM 9/30/2014

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is delaying heavily-criticized changes to the state health insurance program by two months, but is not backing off the rewrite. The Office of Group Benefits announced Tuesday that the changes will begin on March 1, instead of Jan. 1. Also, members of the... (More)
  • National News

    Escape not detected for 2 days

    Escape not detected for 2 days

    Updated: 7:45 PM 9/30/2014

    MARYSVILLE, WASHINGTON- An escape wasn't detected in a city jail north of Seattle for two days and until the prisoner's lawyer showed up to talk to him. Rhyan Vasquez is now back in the Marysville City Jail after jailers looked a surveillance video and saw he had backed out... (More)
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    World's biggest six pack

    World's biggest six pack

    Updated: 7:39 PM 9/30/2014

    BUFFALO, NEW YORK- Let the party begin in Buffalo where grain silos will be turned into the world's biggest six-pack. Crews are installing rolls of vinyl wrap spelling out Labatt Blue on six silos at the former GLF mill near Lake Erie. The silos sport the color to resemble... (More)
  • Sports

    FCC will consider petition to ban 'Redskins'

    FCC will consider petition to ban 'Redskins'

    Updated: 7:30 PM 9/30/2014

    WASHINGTON - The head of the Federal Communications Commission says the agency will consider a petition to ban the Washington Redskins nickname from the public airwaves. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says Tuesday that the commission "will be dealing with that issue on the merits, and we'll be responding accordingly." A... (More)
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