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  • AT&T, Verizon get more airwaves: Expect more mobile capacity

    AT&T, Verizon get more airwaves: Expect more mobile capacity

    Updated: 4:04 PM 1/30/2015

    NEW YORK - Consumers may see improved networks after AT&T and Verizon, the two largest U.S. wireless companies, spent billions in the government's latest airwaves auction. The new spectrum will allow wireless companies to offer more capacity for mobile data services, helping ease congested networks. The auction, which ended Thursday,... (More)
  • Oil soars on signs US oil companies curtail production

    Oil soars on signs US oil companies curtail production

    Updated: 2:52 PM 1/30/2015

    NEW YORK - The price of oil is up 7 percent on indications that production in the U.S. has slowed following the big drop in prices since last June. U.S. oil surged $3.18 to $47.71 a barrel. Baker Hughes reported that the number of rigs drilling for oil in the... (More)
  • Smoking in Big Easy bars, gambling halls to end in April

    Smoking in Big Easy bars, gambling halls to end in April

    Updated: 2:28 PM 1/30/2015

    NEW ORLEANS - In three months it will no longer be legal to smoke in bars and while gambling in the Big Easy. On Friday, Mayor Mitch Landrieu signed into law a new ordinance doing away with smoking inside bars, gambling halls, stadiums and hotels. It will be a big... (More)
  • Wrecks slow, shut down highways around Baton Rouge

    Wrecks slow, shut down highways around Baton Rouge

    Updated: 1:17 PM 1/30/2015

    PRAIRIEVILLE - Two wrecks slowed traffic or shut down highways around the Baton Rouge area Friday morning. Traffic along I-10 East into Ascension Parish remained backed up around noon after a dump truck overturned on the shoulder of the road. The truck was hauling gravel and no one was... (More)
  • Dems still miffed about Israeli leader's address to Congress

    Dems still miffed about Israeli leader's address to Congress

    Updated: 1:01 PM 1/30/2015

    PHILADELPHIA - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is still peeved over Republicans' decision to ask the leader of Israel - an archenemy of Iran - to address Congress in March right in the middle of delicate negotiations with Tehran over its nuclear program. Asked if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu... (More)
  • 'Operation Wild Wild East' in New Orleans: 111 drug arrests

    'Operation Wild Wild East' in New Orleans: 111 drug arrests

    Updated: 11:56 AM 1/30/2015

    NEW ORLEANS - Law enforcement officials in New Orleans are calling it "Operation Wild Wild East." A joint federal, state and local police operation that targeted violent drug offenders in eastern New Orleans has resulted in 111 arrests. Officials also said the operation resulted in the seizure of numerous... (More)
  • Four arrested in fish house sign caper

    Four arrested in fish house sign caper

    Updated: 11:34 AM 1/30/2015

    BATON ROUGE - Deputies recovered an antique sign stolen from an Ascension Parish fish house two months ago and accused four people of taking it or trying to get rid of it. The sheriff's office charged 35-year-old Chad Prejean, 36-year-old Leah Arnold, 30-year-old Jennifer Bennett, and 39-year-old Michael Wilkinson... (More)
  • Analyst: Slowdown in GDP no cause for concern

    Analyst: Slowdown in GDP no cause for concern

    Updated: 11:00 AM 1/30/2015

    WASHINGTON - Although a slowdown in economic growth is helping to send stocks lower today, one private analyst says it's nothing to worry about. Growth slowed to a 2.6 percent pace in the fourth quarter of 2014, as a big burst in consumer spending was offset by weakness in other... (More)
  • City-parish launches open data initiative

    City-parish launches open data initiative

    Updated: 10:45 AM 1/30/2015

    BATON ROUGE - City-parish leaders launched a new service Friday designed to make information about East Baton Rouge Parish more accessible to the public. Mayor-President Kip Holden said Open Data BR is the first of several digital initiatives intended to make city-parish government more accessible and transparent. "The... (More)
  • Livingston deputies to hold sobriety checkpoint

    Livingston deputies to hold sobriety checkpoint

    Updated: 10:33 AM 1/30/2015

    LIVINGSTON - Sheriff's deputies in Livingston Parish reported their plans to conduct a sobriety checkpoint in the parish on Saturday, Jan. 31 in an effort to protect citizens from the threat of those who choose to drink and get behind the wheel. Specifics about the checkpoint location or the... (More)

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