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  • Casino developers reapply to build 2 new casinos along Miss. Gulf Coast

    January 22, 2017 2:27 PM

    BILOXI, Miss. - An official says that developers have reapplied to build two casinos along the Mississippi Gulf Coast whose proposed sites were previously rejected by gaming commissioners. Allen Godfrey, executive director of the Mississippi Gaming Commission, tells The Sun-Herald that developers RW Development and Jacobs Entertainment have reapplied. RW... more »
  • Man charged in rush-hour explosion that damaged a police car

    January 22, 2017 2:21 PM

    BOSTON - Police have charged a man they believe is responsible for a rush-hour bombing that damaged a Boston police cruiser but caused no serious injuries. Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said Sunday he doesn't know the motive of the Friday morning rush-hour explosion. He says a device deliberately left... more »
  • 'Very beginning' for embassy move discussions

    January 22, 2017 2:18 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says it's at the "very beginning" of discussing plans to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The statement follows reports in Israeli media that President Donald Trump had imminent plans to announce the move. Trump is scheduled to speak to... more »
  • Shyamalan's 'Split' divides competition to rule box office

    January 22, 2017 1:25 PM

    NEW YORK - M. Night Shyamalan's psychological thriller "Split" blew away box-office expectations, earning an estimated $40.2 million in ticket sales over inauguration weekend. Though many were focused on Friday's presidential inauguration and Saturday's nationwide women's marches, "Split" doubled forecasts to easily lead all films. The Universal Pictures release again... more »
  • Current, former major leaguers die in Dominican crashes

    January 22, 2017 1:22 PM

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - Authorities in the Dominican Republic say that Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura and former major leaguer Andy Marte both have died in separate traffic accidents. Highway patrol spokesman Jacobo Mateo says Ventura died on a highway leading to the town of Juan Adrian, about... more »
  • Little is known on status of US student held in North Korea

    January 22, 2017 1:19 PM

    CINCINNATI - There's been little public word about what has happened to an American college student detained by North Korea, as a new administration takes over one year later amid deep U.S. concerns about the hostile country's nuclear and missile development. North Korea announced last Jan. 22 it had detained... more »
  • Trump aide says tax returns won't be made public

    January 22, 2017 1:07 PM

    WASHINGTON - White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway says President Donald Trump will not release his tax returns, appearing to shut the door on a decades-long tradition of transparency. Every president since 1976 has released their returns. During the campaign, Trump refused to make his filings public, saying they were... more »
  • Second student was wounded in Ohio school shooting

    January 22, 2017 1:05 PM

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - Authorities say a second student was wounded in a school shooting that left another critically injured. Champaign County Prosecutor Kevin Talebi says a 17-year-old student was struck but didn't have life-threatening injuries. The second youth injured wasn't identified immediately. Authorities say the 17-year-old shooter fired a 12-gauge... more »
  • More fight over 163-mile pipeline through Atchafalaya Basin

    January 22, 2017 1:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana environmental groups are gearing up for round two in a battle against a proposed 163-mile oil pipeline that would stretch across south Louisiana from Lake Charles through the Atchafalaya Basin and east to St. James. A public hearing last week for a required U.S. Army Corps... more »
  • Judge orders town, ex-police chief to pay $40K in legal fees

    January 22, 2017 12:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge has awarded nearly $40,000 in fees to attorneys for a woman who accused a former Louisiana police chief of sexually assaulting her in his office while she was drunk and he was on duty. The woman's lawyers sought nearly $90,000 in fees, but U.S.... more »
  • Southeast US braces for more tornadoes, storms

    January 22, 2017 12:55 PM

    ATLANTA - Tornado activity is remaining a threat across south Georgia, where 11 people were killed early Sunday. The National Weather Service said Sunday that southern Georgia, northern Florida and the corner of southeastern Alabama could face "intense and long track" tornadoes, scattered damaging winds and large hail. The weather... more »
  • Trump to focus this week on trade, immigration

    January 22, 2017 12:52 PM

    WASHINGTON - Reince Priebus, White House chief of staff, is saying that President Donald Trump's first full week in office will include action on trade, immigration and national security. Priebus suggested Trump will sign some executive orders to order some of the President Obama's policies but did not outline specifics.... more »
  • Charge dropped against man who burned flag at RNC in Ohio

    January 22, 2017 12:33 PM

    CLEVELAND - The man whose case led to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the burning of the American flag being protected by free speech no longer faces a charge over another flag-burning at last summer's Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Cleveland.com reports court filings show prosecutors last week dropped... more »
  • 20-year-old woman struck, killed by vehicle on I-10

    January 22, 2017 12:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A 20-year-old Baton Rouge woman was struck and killed by a vehicle early Sunday morning on Interstate 10. According to State Police, the crash took place around 3:00 a.m. Sunday morning on I-10 east of Highland Rd. The crash claimed the life of 20-year-old Brittany... more »
  • Emergency official: More storm deaths in Georgia

    January 22, 2017 12:01 PM

    ATLANTA - An emergency official says more people have been killed as violent storms tear across southern Georgia. Sebon Burns, chief deputy emergency management director for Georgia's Dougherty County, said "fatalities and a lot of injuries" have been reported since an apparent tornado cut a path through the county Sunday... more »
  • German Foreign Minister: Trump's election marks new era

    January 22, 2017 11:54 AM

    BERLIN - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says U.S. President Donald Trump's election marks the end of an era, and Berlin will move quickly to secure "close and trusting trans-Atlantic cooperation based on common values" with the new administration. Steinmeier wrote in Bild newspaper on Sunday that "with the election... more »
  • 2 US soldiers hurt in ammunition truck accident in Poland

    January 22, 2017 11:51 AM

    WARSAW, Poland - Poland's Defense Ministry says two U.S. soldiers have been hurt in an Army truck accident in southwestern Poland. A ministry communique issued Sunday said the truck carrying tank ammunition skidded off a slippery road because the driver was going too fast for the winter road conditions. Some... more »
  • Russia PM calls idea US will lift sanctions soon 'illusion'

    January 22, 2017 11:49 AM

    MOSCOW - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says the west's sanctions on Russia are likely to remain in place "for a long time" despite expectations Donald Trump's inauguration as U.S. president will lead to warmer relations between Washington and Moscow. Medvedev told members of the ruling United Russia party on... more »
  • Jury awards $15M to survivor of deadly crash

    January 21, 2017 3:04 PM

    ATLANTA - Nearly two years after a Louisiana truck driver caused a seven-car crash killing five Georgia Southern University nursing students, a jury has awarded a survivor $15 million in a civil suit. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports jurors deliberated for about four hours Friday before deciding on the amount that... more »
  • Unrestrained driver killed in late night crash, impairment suspected

    January 21, 2017 2:34 PM

    PORT ALLEN - A woman was killed just before midnight Friday evening after she rear-ended a vehicle and crashed off the side of the road in West Baton Rouge. According to State Police, troopers were called to the scene on Interstate 10 west of LA 415 in reference to... more »
  • Israeli president invites Trump to Israel

    January 21, 2017 1:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - Israel's president has congratulated President Donald Trump on his inauguration and invited him to Jerusalem. Reuven Rivlin sent a letter Saturday, at the end of the Jewish Sabbath, and thanked Trump for being "a longstanding friend" of Israel. Israel made great efforts to refrain from taking sides in... more »
  • Rescuers search for avalanche survivors, fear more slides

    January 21, 2017 1:40 PM

    FARINDOLA, Italy - Using saws, shovels and their gloved hands, rescue workers advanced slowly Saturday through the wreckage of an avalanche-destroyed hotel in central Italy, listening hard for any signs of more survivors among the 23 missing guests and hotel workers. Falling snow reduced visibility and raised new fears that... more »
  • 18-year-old running for Gretna mayor

    January 21, 2017 1:37 PM

    GRETNA - The majority of Gretna's elected leadership - the five incumbents on the City Council and the police chief - have each been automatically returned to office after no one filed to run against them last week. But things didn't go quite that way for Mayor Belinda Constant. The... more »
  • 16 killed in fiery bus crash on Italian highway

    January 21, 2017 1:31 PM

    ROME - A bus carrying Hungarian school students home from a skiing trip to France slammed into a highway barrier in northern Italy and caught fire, killing at least 16 people, police said Saturday. Thirty-nine people survived, though some were seriously injured. No other vehicles were involved in the crash,... more »
  • Baton Rouge group among women marching on Washington D.C. Play Video

    January 21, 2017 1:29 PM

    WASHINGTON - Hours after the Women's March on Washington was scheduled to end, many women are still marching. Hundreds, if not thousands, of protesters are flooding through the streets of downtown Washington Saturday night. Many are chanting and waving signs. Police in cars and on bicycles and motorcycles are escorting... more »
  • Police believe illegal immigrant could be tied to other sex crimes Play Video

    January 20, 2017 5:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Baton Rouge Police said a man in the country illegally from Honduras could be responsible for multiple rapes and robberies in the Baton Rouge area. Investigators said Manuel Mejia raped a woman in Baker and slit her throat in Baton Rouge this week. It happened after he picked... more »
  • State shuts down driving school that left students out in the cold Play Video

    January 18, 2017 6:36 PM

    GONZALES- The State Office of Motor Vehicles revoked the license of a local driving school after it fell behind on 3,000 students waiting to take the driving portion of their education. Stephen Cherry is still dizzy from the ride he says he went on with Smart Start Driving School. "I've... more »
  • New round of inspections for FEMA trailers Play Video

    January 18, 2017 12:25 AM

    LIVINGSTON PARISH- FEMA is close to delivering all the temporary mobile homes to flood victims in the capital region. Now another round of inspections will ramp up to confirm people living in the trailers still need them. FEMA will schedule appointments with homeowners to meet in person. Similar to... more »
  • North Texas police officer killed, suspect later found dead

    January 17, 2017 10:19 PM

    LITTLE ELM, Texas - A police detective has died after being shot while answering a report of an armed man outside a house in a suburban Dallas neighborhood. Little Elm Police Chief Rodney Harrison says Detective Jerry Walker died Tuesday night at a Denton hospital hours after the shooting. Fire... more »
  • Trump takes out inaugural ads on social media

    January 17, 2017 10:13 PM

    WASHINGTON - Donald Trump has been tweeting that his inauguration will bring record numbers of people to Washington - and he's doing his utmost to make that happen. The Trump team is posting ads on Facebook and Twitter encouraging people to come to Washington for the inaugural festivities. The ads... more »
  • Chinese coal mine caves in, killing 9 workers

    January 17, 2017 10:03 PM

    BEIJING - Nine people have been killed in the partial collapse of a coal mine in northern China. The state-run Xinhua News Agency said Wednesday that the people killed were doing maintenance work inside the mine shaft at the time of the accident. Rescuers were able to save one person,... more »
  • Survey: US companies in China feel 'less welcome'

    January 17, 2017 9:43 PM

    BEIJING - U.S. companies feel less welcome in China and some are shifting operations to other countries, a business group reported Wednesday, amid rising tension between President-elect Donald Trump and Beijing over trade. The report by the American Chamber of Commerce in China reflects frustration among companies that see China... more »
  • Man charged after fire at Washington state mosque

    January 17, 2017 9:39 PM

    BELLEVUE, Wash. - A man with an extensive history of mental illness and property damage has been charged with arson in connection with a fire that severely damaged a Washington state mosque Saturday. The Seattle Times reports Issac Wayne Wilson was charged in King County Tuesday. Bail was set at... more »
  • Area law enforcement trains for riots and large crowds Play Video

    January 17, 2017 9:09 PM

    GONZALES- Nearly two dozen law enforcement officers from around the state and region spent the day training in tactical gear for possible riots and large crowds. They want to make sure they are ready for any situation. Last year, we saw first hand just how tense things can get.... more »
  • Lowe's announces nearly 2,400 layoffs for full-time workers

    January 17, 2017 8:58 PM

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - North Carolina-based home improvement retailer Lowe's says it's told approximately 2,400 full-time workers that they will be laid off. A statement from the store said the majority of the cuts are at the store level, with other cuts occurring at distribution centers, customer support centers and vice... more »
  • Feds: McKesson agrees to pay $150M in pill shipment case

    January 17, 2017 8:56 PM

    WHEELING, W.Va. - Federal prosecutors say McKesson Corp. has agreed to pay $150 million to settle allegations that the drug wholesaler failed to detect and report pharmacies' suspicious orders of prescription pain pills. The U.S. Justice Department and the U.S. attorney for West Virginia's northern district announced the settlement in... more »
  • 'Apprentice' contestant files suit against Trump

    January 17, 2017 8:48 PM

    WASHINGTON - A former reality television show contestant who accused President-elect Donald Trump of aggressive, unwanted sexual advances has filed a defamation lawsuit against him. Summer Zervos, a contestant on "The Apprentice," announced the suit Tuesday in Los Angeles with her attorney Gloria Allred. She alleges Trump defamed her in... more »
  • Mississippi governor: Time to consider starting a lottery

    January 17, 2017 8:46 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is telling lawmakers it might be time to start a state lottery. The Republican says in his State address Tuesday that allowing the games of chance would be a way to generate revenue without raising taxes. He says Arkansas received $80 million from... more »
  • 3 dead in early morning accident

    January 17, 2017 8:38 PM

    LEESVILLE - A fiery early morning traffic accident in Vernon Parish caused three deaths. State police say it happened around 1:40 a.m. Tuesday on Louisiana Highway 1146. A driver lost control of a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu that ran off the roadway and hit several trees before overturning and becoming engulfed... more »
  • Woman suspected of 1998 kidnapping of baby jailed in Florida

    January 17, 2017 8:35 PM

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Authorities say a woman arrested on suspicion of kidnapping a baby girl from a Florida hospital 18 years ago and raising her as her own daughter is now being held in Jacksonville. Duval County jail records show 51-year-old Gloria Williams was booked Tuesday afternoon. Williams is being... more »
  • Bill would let woman sue doctors who perform their abortions

    January 17, 2017 8:31 PM

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow a woman who gets an abortion to sue the doctor who performed the procedure if she experiences emotional distress later. If approved, it would be the first law of its kind in the U.S. The proposal would... more »
  • Texas, 12 other states sue to block Obama coal mining rule

    January 17, 2017 8:29 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas - Texas and 12 other states have asked a federal court to block final rules from President Barack Obama's administration designed to reduce coal mining's impact on streams. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton petitioned a Washington-based appeals court for an injunction Tuesday. Paxton said in a statement that... more »
  • 2 BNSF Railway workers killed on tracks in SW South Dakota

    January 17, 2017 8:25 PM

    EDGEMONT, S.D. - Two BNSF Railway employees have been struck and killed by a train near Edgemont in southwestern South Dakota. A company statement says the accident happened around 10:15 a.m. Tuesday. The Rapid City Journal reports the scene is just north of where the tracks cross under U.S. Highway... more »
  • Stolen laptop had info of thousands of hospital patients

    January 16, 2017 9:48 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Officials at Children's Hospital Los Angeles say a laptop stolen from a physician's car last year may have contained personal health information for nearly 3,600 patients. The Los Angeles Daily News reports Monday thousands of families whose children were treated at the hospital will receive letters this... more »
  • AP Source: GM to announce $1B factory investment, new jobs

    January 16, 2017 9:33 PM

    DETROIT - A person briefed on the matter says General Motors will announce a $1 billion investment in its factories that will create or keep around 1,000 jobs. The investment will be announced Tuesday. The person tells The Associated Press that the investment is part of the normal process of... more »
  • Inaugural committee releases parade detail

    January 16, 2017 9:11 PM

    NEW YORK - Military bands and units from all branches of the service, high school bands and even the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will join newly sworn-in President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in Friday's Inaugural parade. More than 8,000 people are expected to follow the new... more »
  • Driver charged with second DWI after hitting parked car, car wash building

    January 16, 2017 8:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A driver was reportedly leaving a Dollar General on Hooper Rd. when he hit several objects, crashed into a car wash building and attempted to flee, according to a witness. The witness told News 2 that the man hit a parked car, a tree, then cross... more »
  • US, Cuban Interior Ministry sign law-enforcement deal

    January 16, 2017 7:52 PM

    HAVANA - The Obama administration and Cuba's Interior Ministry have agreed to share information on international criminal activity such as terrorism, human trafficking and money laundering despite Republican objections to U.S. law-enforcement cooperation with President Raul Castro's government. The State Department signed the memorandum of understanding Monday with the Cuban... more »
  • 81 false killer whales dead in stranding off Everglades

    January 16, 2017 7:50 PM

    MIAMI - Officials say dozens of false killer whales have died after stranding themselves in the Gulf of Mexico west of the Florida Everglades. Blair Mase of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's fisheries service told reporters that the Coast Guard had confirmed sightings Saturday of the black dolphins in... more »
  • Police: Officer fatally shoots man who shot 2, took hostage

    January 16, 2017 7:46 PM

    HERNDON, Va. - Police in Virginia say an officer shot and killed a man who shot two others and then kept a hostage barricaded inside a home even after it caught fire. Fairfax County Police Department spokeswoman Julie Parker told reporters Monday afternoon that after the home in Herndon, a... more »
  • Family fears possible healthcare changes could leave child without care Play Video

    January 16, 2017 5:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A family in Baton Rouge is worried that possible changes to the Affordable Care Act could leave their toddler without care. Caroline Hammatt has a lung condition that affects her heart. Her care is not cheap. From a distance, Caroline Hammatt looks like any other three-year-old her age.... more »
  • Arkansas tries to strip Gen. Lee from Martin Luther King Day

    January 15, 2017 3:39 PM

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Every third Monday in January, Arkansas state offices are closed in observance of an unlikely holiday: the shared birthdays of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Now Arkansas' Republican governor is reviving an effort to remove Lee from... more »
  • Officials: Unfilled border tunnels in Mexico a security risk

    January 15, 2017 3:18 PM

    SAN DIEGO - U.S. officials say Mexico's inability to fully seal up border tunnels dug by drug smugglers poses a security risk and is an "open invitation" for cartels to carve out new tunnels. On the U.S. side, drug tunnels have been filled with concrete since 2007, after the Los... more »
  • 2 semis crash on icy interstate in Nebraska

    January 15, 2017 2:05 PM

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Officials believe icy conditions contributed to a fiery crash involving two semitrailer trucks on Interstate 80 in central Nebraska. The accident happened as the latest wave of sleet and drizzle was glazing parts of the central U.S. on Sunday. The Nebraska Roads Department closed 15 miles... more »
  • SC teen abducted as a Florida newborn meets birth parents

    January 15, 2017 1:32 PM

    WALTERBORO, S.C. - An 18-year-old South Carolina woman abducted from a Florida hospital hours after her birth is meeting her biological family for the first time. Multiple media organizations report that Kamiyah Mobley met her birth parents on Saturday at the police department in Walterboro, the city 50 miles west... more »
  • 'Hidden Figures' keeps orbit at top; Affleck, Scorsese flop

    January 15, 2017 1:18 PM

    NEW YORK - The crowd-pleasing NASA drama "Hidden Figures" has topped the box office for the second straight week, while a pair of high-priced prestige releases sputtered. Estimates on Sunday say "Hidden Figures," a tale about African-American mathematicians in the 1960s space race, sold $20.5 million in tickets in North... more »
  • Envoys urge Israel, Palestinians to back peace

    January 15, 2017 1:15 PM

    PARIS - More than 70 countries have called on Israel and the Palestinians to restate their commitment to a peace settlement and to refrain from unilateral actions. The closing statement at a Mideast peace conference in Paris on Sunday was meant to send a powerful message to Israel and the... more »
  • Red Cross staffer freed in Afghanistan weeks after abduction

    January 15, 2017 1:13 PM

    BERLIN - The International Committee of the Red Cross says a staff member who was abducted in northern Afghanistan last month has been released. The ICRC's head of delegation in Afghanistan, Monica Zanarelli, said Sunday that the man is "safe and sound" and is now with its team in Kunduz.... more »
  • 6 killed in stampede during Hindu festival in India

    January 15, 2017 1:03 PM

    KOLKATA, India - An official says at least six people have been killed in a stampede during a Hindu religious festival in eastern India. West Bengal state Development Minister Mantu Ram Pakhira says the stampede took place Sunday as hundreds of thousands of people had assembled on the banks of... more »
  • CIA director says Trump tweeting harms security

    January 15, 2017 1:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - CIA Director John Brennan says Donald Trump's "talking and tweeting" is not in the nation's interest and that the president-elect lacks a full understanding of the threat Russia poses to the U.S. Brennan said Sunday the national security questions Trump will face after becoming president on Friday are... more »
  • Trump team calls on Obama to stop attacks

    January 15, 2017 12:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - Donald Trump's team is still plenty steamed after a leading House Democrat described Trump as an illegitimate president - and there are now calls for President Barack Obama to act. Trump's incoming White House chief of staff says the congressman, civil rights leader John Lewis of Georgia, is... more »
  • 3-parish African-American museum opening Feb 4 in Houma

    January 15, 2017 12:52 PM

    HOUMA - A segregation-era high school for black students will reopen next month as a museum celebrating African-American history in Terrebonne, Lafourche and St. Mary parishes. The Courier reports that the Finding Our Roots African American Museum in Houma will be dedicated Feb. 4. The 9 a.m. ceremony will be... more »
  • New Orleans police chief to meet with Paul Ryan

    January 15, 2017 12:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison will meet with House Speaker Paul Ryan on Monday about new approaches police departments are taking on police training regarding de-escalation, decision-making and use of force tactics. Harrison's office, in a news release, said the meeting will take place in Janesville,... more »
  • White House urges Trump to mend ties with Lewis

    January 15, 2017 12:42 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's chief of staff says Donald Trump should mend relations with civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis to send a message to the American people and the world. The president-elect tore into Lewis on Saturday for questioning the legitimacy of his White House victory, intensifying a... more »
  • Police investigate if restaurant worker contaminated food

    January 15, 2017 12:39 PM

    COLUMBUS, Miss. - Columbus police have launched a criminal investigation into whether a fast-food worker intentionally served contaminated food. The Commercial Dispatch reports that a Tupelo resident who may have received contaminated food contacted Police Chief John Lewis. The state Health Department and Jack's Family Restaurants of Homewood, Alabama, say... more »
  • Russian security chief says country seeing more cyberattacks

    January 15, 2017 12:36 PM

    MOSCOW - The head of the Russian Security Council says the country recently has seen a marked increase in attempted cyberattacks from overseas. The comments by Nikolai Patrushev, quoted by Russian news agencies Sunday, come amid tensions over the allegations by United States' intelligence agencies of a Kremlin-directed effort to... more »
  • Military: Mosul University fully liberated by Iraqi troops

    January 15, 2017 12:33 PM

    BAGHDAD - An Iraqi military spokesman says government troops have fully liberated the sprawling complex of Mosul University, a major step in the massive operation to retake the Islamic State-held city of Mosul. The spokesman of the Joint Military Command, Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool, declared Sunday that the campus was... more »
  • Flood victim dies after trailer "exploded" when attempting to light cigarette inside

    January 15, 2017 12:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A 44-year-old man is dead after his trailer reportedly "exploded" when he tried to light a cigarette inside. According to the Baton Rouge Fire Department, emergency crews were called around 1:50 a.m. Sunday morning to a reported trailer fire in the 2000 block of Park Circle... more »
  • Firefighters respond to strip mall fire on Jefferson Hwy

    January 15, 2017 11:57 AM

    BATON ROGUE - Baton Rouge and St. George Firefighters worked to extinguish a blaze in a Strip Mall on Jefferson Hwy. Sunday morning. According to BRFD, the fire started around 4:00 a.m. Sunday morning in a strip mall in the 12000 block of Jefferson Hwy. Firefighters were able... more »
  • Penzato elected unopposed to Louisiana appeals court

    January 14, 2017 3:28 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Judge Allison Penzato of Mandeville has been elected unopposed to an open seat on Louisiana's 1st Circuit Court of Appeal in Baton Rouge. Penzato, who serves on the 22nd Judicial District Court for St. Tammany and Washington parishes, was the lone candidate to qualify for the March... more »
  • City slammed as it declares Monday 'Great Americans Day'

    January 14, 2017 3:23 PM

    BILOXI, Miss. - The city of Biloxi has sparked a debate about the holiday honoring the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. after announcing on social media that city offices would be closed Monday for "Great Americans Day." Monday is federally recognized as Martin Luther King Jr. Day.... more »
  • Wanted man arrested after fleeing through Southern dorm hall, flipping officer

    January 14, 2017 1:48 PM

    BATON ROGUE - Authorities said a 20-year-old Houma man with multiple warrants through Lafourche Parish was arrested at Southern University after he attempted to flee. According to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, on Jan. 13 around 2:40 p.m., deputies assisted a local bails bondsman in apprehending the suspect,... more »
  • SpaceX launches first rocket since explosion

    January 14, 2017 1:30 PM

    LOS ANGELES - SpaceX has launched a Falcon 9 rocket for the first time since a fireball engulfed a similar rocket on a Florida launch pad more than four months ago. The two-stage rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on Saturday morning to place 10 satellites into... more »
  • House Dems press FBI on Russia, possible link to Trump camp

    January 14, 2017 12:35 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Democrats have confronted FBI Director James Comey over his refusal to say whether the FBI is investigating possible links between President-elect Donald Trump's campaign and Russia. The Democrats are still seething over Comey's handling of the election-year inquiry of Hillary Clinton. The strong words came during a... more »
  • Judge: Settlement not 'reachable' in 'debtor prison' case

    January 14, 2017 12:32 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Settlement discussions have failed to bring about a resolution to a federal court case accusing New Orleans criminal court judges of unconstitutionally jailing poor people who cannot afford to pay court fees. The suit was filed in 2015 by six people who said they were locked up... more »
  • Groups celebrate 10-year mark of La. restaurant smoking ban

    January 14, 2017 12:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Anti-smoking groups are touting the 10-year anniversary of Louisiana's law banning smoking in restaurants, schools and workplaces. The law, known as the Louisiana Smoke-Free Air Act, took effect in January 2007. It has exemptions that continue today for smoking in bars and casinos, but allowed local municipalities... more »
  • Drone schools look to woo younger pilots for commercial jobs

    January 14, 2017 12:21 PM

    GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Leaders in the unmanned aircraft industry are trying to persuade young people who think drones are cool to consider flying them for a living. Commercial pilots must obtain a Federal Aviation Administration drone license, and some companies that employ such pilots have started selling classes that... more »
  • Police kill man who fired gun outside Austin church

    January 14, 2017 12:13 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas - A man who Austin police say repeatedly fired an assault-style weapon into the air outside a church has been shot and killed by an officer after he refused to drop the gun. Authorities say the shooting early Saturday in northwest Austin culminated a series of events that... more »
  • Supreme Court takes up suit over 2001 detention of Muslims

    January 14, 2017 12:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - Ahmer Abbasi speaks softly as he describes the strip searches, the extra shoves, the curses that he endured in a federal jail in Brooklyn following the Sept. 11 attacks. Abbasi tells The Associated Press in a telephone interview from his home in Karachi, Pakistan, that he doesn't "think... more »
  • 'We waited for decades': Polish govt welcomes US troops

    January 14, 2017 11:57 AM

    WARSAW, Poland - Polish leaders are holding a ceremony to welcome U.S. troops to their country, a deployment that Russia calls a threat to its own security. The ceremony Saturday in the western Polish town of Zagan comes 23 years after the last Soviet troops left Poland. It also marks... more »
  • Trump unleashes Twitter attack against congressional critic

    January 14, 2017 11:53 AM

    NEW YORK - Donald Trump is lashing out at a Georgia congressman who described the Republican as an illegitimate president. Trump tweeted on Saturday that Democrat John Lewis "should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime... more »

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