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  • BR zoo takes WBRZ behind the scenes after animal deaths Play Video

    April 29, 2016 7:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Following reports of 18 animal deaths at the zoo in just four months, WBRZ’s Natalia Verdina went behind the scenes with BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo to see how they care for the animals. A few weeks ago a tiger cub died, and before that two giraffes. WBRZ also... more »
  • US ends Honda probe for failing to report deaths, injuries

    April 25, 2016 10:22 AM

    DETROIT - The U.S. government says it has closed an investigation into Honda's failure to report deaths and injuries after the company met all of its obligations. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in documents posted on its website Monday that Honda paid a $70 million fine and... more »
  • OSHA: Riding mowers overturn on slopes, kill 3 in 1 month

    April 20, 2016 10:15 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - In the past month, three landscape company employees have died in Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas when riding mowers or tractors overturned into water or a stream bed - equaling the total in the previous six years, a federal safety official says. Eric Harbin, the acting regional... more »
  • State to study Iberia Parish railroad crossing where 5 died

    February 4, 2016 11:20 AM

    NEW IBERIA - State officials are reviewing an Iberia Parish railroad crossing where five people were killed almost two months ago. The La. 88 railroad intersection study is expected to take about two months, and will help determine if any additional traffic measures are needed for the area, according... more »
  • Troopers identify 2nd victim in deadly crash on I-10

    February 3, 2016 8:39 PM

    SORRENTO - Investigators say speed is a suspected factor in an I-10 crash near Sorrento that took the lives of a pair of California residents and hospitalized another Wednesday night. Louisiana State Police say the crash happened in the eastbound lanes of I-10 east of LA 22 in Ascension... more »
  • 2 teenagers dead, 2 sickened from drinking racing fuel, soda

    January 27, 2016 12:03 PM

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A poison control official says two Tennessee teens are dead after drinking a mixture of racing fuel and Mountain Dew, and two others were sickened by the mixture they called "Dewshine." Tennessee Poison Center Medical Director Donna Seger says the teens evidently thought they could drink methanol,... more »
  • Report: Police deaths in US up slightly in 2015

    December 29, 2015 4:47 PM

    BALTIMORE - The number of law enforcement officers killed by guns dropped 14 percent this year, but all line-of-duty police deaths rose slightly. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund said in a report Tuesday that 42 officers were killed this year by gunfire, compared with 49 last year.... more »
  • Painkillers, heroin drive increase in US overdose deaths

    December 10, 2015 5:19 PM

    NEW YORK - Drug overdoses rose again last year, driven by surges in deaths from heroin and powerful prescription painkillers. Overall, overdose deaths in the U.S. surpassed 47,000 - up 7 percent from the previous year. Many of the deaths were due to prescription painkillers, which have long... more »
  • US traffic deaths rise sharply after small decline in 2014

    November 24, 2015 3:02 PM

    DETROIT - Government estimates show U.S. traffic deaths rose 8 percent for the first six months of this year, following a slight decrease in 2014. Because of the increase, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it will hold a series of meetings nationwide to get ideas on how... more »
  • US military probe concludes civilian deaths in Iraq strike

    November 20, 2015 12:52 PM

    WASHINGTON - A U.S. military investigation has concluded that airstrikes against an Islamic State checkpoint in Iraq in March probably killed four civilians, possibly including a child. U.S. Central Command says the checkpoint was validated as a lawful target before the strikes and that a review determined the attacks... more »
  • Statewide day of prayer for law enforcement Monday

    September 2, 2015 5:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal said he wants people to set aside time on Sept. 14 to pray for law enforcement members across Louisiana. Jindal proclaimed that day as a statewide day of prayer, and encouraged people to thank law officers for their work. "Too often, we... more »
  • With 2 killings this week, Louisiana police deaths rising

    August 27, 2015 5:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police badges in Louisiana are banded with black ribbons more than usual this year, a grim reminder that officer deaths are on the rise with two killings just this week alone. Louisiana has had more job-related police fatalities in 2015 than any other state but Texas,... more »
  • 4 killed in Dominica as Tropical Storm Erika hits island

    August 27, 2015 1:43 PM

    ROSEAU, Dominica - A police official in Dominica says at least four people have died in severe flooding and mudslides caused by Tropical Storm Erika on the eastern Caribbean island. Superintendent Daniel Carbon tells The Associated Press that three of the deaths occurred during a mudslide in the southeast... more »
  • 1000s of Houston properties damaged in flooding

    May 26, 2015 11:35 AM

    HOUSTON, TX - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says first responders to the flooding situations across much of the state saved countless lives. Abbott says the disaster declarations in the state stretch from "literally the Red River to the Rio Grande." The Republican added that Texas will "continue to have rising... more »
  • Woman pleads no contest in accident that killed 2 children

    March 25, 2015 2:44 PM

    GONZALES - A Prairieville woman who lost control of her car and hit and killed a brother and sister fishing alongside the highway has pleaded no contest to a careless operation charge. 48-year-old Shawnette B. Taylor entered the plea Wednesday before state District Judge Marilyn Lambert. She then sentenced Taylor... more »
  • Blue Bell recall expanded; La. among states where product sold

    March 24, 2015 2:27 PM

    DALLAS - An outbreak of listeria that contributed to the deaths of three people has been traced to a second production facility operated by Blue Bell Ice Cream. Blue Bell spokesman Gene Grabowski said Tuesday that a contaminated 3-ounce cup of ice cream was traced to a plant in Broken... more »
  • Charges for a mom after kids died in a fire

    February 25, 2015 7:46 PM

    EATON, OHIO- A mom faces charges after she left her kids home alone and the house burned to the ground, killing the ten and nine-year-olds. Chastity Hall faces child-endangerment charges and is in jail on $50,000 bail. Authorities contend they had been to the home before, since her son... more »
  • La. roadway deaths drop 29 percent between 2007 and 2013

    February 4, 2015 10:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission says traffic fatalities dropped by 29 percent between 2007 and 2013. Lt. Col. John LeBlanc, the commission's executive director, says the state had 993 traffic fatalities in 2007, compared with 703 in 2013, a drop of almost 30 percent. LeBlanc says the... more »
  • Woman pleads guilty in 2 kids' exorcism deaths

    January 16, 2015 11:47 AM

    ROCKVILLE, MD - One of two women charged with killing two children while performing what they thought was an exorcism has pleaded guilty in the case, but she won't be serving prison time. The Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office says 22-year-old Monifa Sanford of Germantown pleaded guilty Friday to two... more »
  • Honda fined for not reporting complaints

    January 8, 2015 7:43 PM

    WASHINGTON- Honda was fined $70 million by the government, the largest civil penalty levied against an automaker. It's for not reporting more than 1,700 complaints to safety regulators that its vehicles caused deaths and injuries and not reporting warranty claims. In November, Honda admitted company officials waited three years... more »
  • Prepackaged caramel apples linked to 5 deaths

    December 19, 2014 10:59 AM

    WASHINGTON - Health officials say prepackaged caramel apples are linked to five deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says investigators are trying to determine the specific brands that were involved. But consumers are being warned not to eat prepackaged... more »
  • Official: 3 dead, 2 hurt in Maryland midair crash

    October 23, 2014 4:34 PM

    FREDERICK, MD - A fire department official says three people were killed and two others were injured when an airplane and a helicopter collided in midair at Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland. Capt. Kevin Fox of Frederick County Fire and Rescue says the collision occurred at 3:40 p.m. He says... more »
  • Pres. Obama condemns Canada shooting, offers help

    October 22, 2014 2:18 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has condemned deadly shootings in Canada as "outrageous attacks" and has offered to help the U.S. ally with its response. The White House says Obama spoke by telephone Wednesday with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. A Canadian soldier standing guard at a war memorial in the... more »
  • Investigators release details on deadly fire

    October 6, 2014 11:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Investigators released more details Monday about an apartment fire that claimed the lives of two victims and hospitalized one last week. BRFD released the names of the victims, 71-year-old Ezekiel Jackson and 63-year-old Gloria Jackson, and listed their causes of death as carbon monoxide poisoning secondary... more »
  • Report: 144 die in Louisiana workplace accidents

    September 21, 2014 10:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - A new federal report says 144 people died in work-related accidents in Louisiana in 2013. The data compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in its Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries shows the total was down two deaths from 2012. Industries reporting the most fatalities in... more »
  • Court examines charges in 2010 BP disaster deaths

    July 8, 2014 11:21 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court is set to decide whether to reinstate some of the charges against two BP employees in a manslaughter case arising from the death of 11 workers in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. BP well site leaders Robert... more »
  • Petco says no more China treats

    May 20, 2014 7:37 PM

    NEW YORK- Petco says it'll stop selling dog and cat treats made in China due to complaints from customers. There's fear the treats make pets sick and Petco says no more treats from China sold in its stores by the end of this year. The FDA hasn't been... more »
  • Doctor: No more deaths expected from Fort Hood

    April 3, 2014 12:32 PM

    TEMPLE, Texas - A hospital physician says he doesn't expect any more fatalities resulting from the shooting at Fort Hood that left three dead and wounded 16 others. Dr. Matthew Davis said during a news conference Thursday that he's optimistic none of the three critically wounded patients being treated at... more »
  • 200 accidents, 2 weather-related deaths in La.

    January 24, 2014 2:52 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - At least two people have been killed and one person critically injured in weather-related traffic accidents along icy Interstate 10 in southern Louisiana, where state police say they have worked more than 200 accidents in the frigid weather. State police Capt. Doug Cain urged people to stay... more »
  • 2 deaths in New Orleans attributed to deep freeze

    January 9, 2014 2:09 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- A homeless woman whose body was found inside a tent under an overpass in New Orleans has died as a result of the hard freeze that swept through the state this week. The Orleans Parish Coroner's Office says the 58-year-old woman, found Wednesday, is the second homeless... more »
  • Deputies investigating death of man and 2-year-old

    January 6, 2014 12:02 PM

    ABITA SPRINGS - Deputies in St. Tammany Parish are investigating the deaths of a 2-year-old girl and an adult man outside of a home near Abita Springs. Sheriff Jack Strain tells the Times Picayune that they believe the man is related to the little girl, and is possibly her... more »
  • Multiple deaths reported following London theater collapse

    December 19, 2013 3:15 PM

    LONDON - London police say there are "a number" of casualties following the apparent collapse of a theater's roof. Police said officers were called just after 2 p.m. to reports of a ceiling collapse at the Apollo Theatre on Shaftsbury Avenue in central London. London's fire department said eight engines... more »
  • Obama cancels US-Egyptian military exercise

    August 15, 2013 8:43 AM

    CHILMARK, Mass. - President Barack Obama has scrapped joint U.S.-Egypt military exercises scheduled for next month, saying American cooperation with the Egyptian government cannot continue when civilians are being killed in the streets. The president also directed his national security team to see what additional steps the U.S. might... more »
  • Deaths of wandering autistic kids prompt action

    August 11, 2013 10:38 AM

    UNDATED - With the death last week of an 11-year-old Minnesota boy, there are now at least 14 children with autism known to have died in the U.S. this year after slipping away from their caregivers. The tragic phenomenon goes by various names - wandering, elopement, bolting - and about... more »
  • Heavy rains lead to 14 deaths in Pakistan

    August 3, 2013 10:22 AM

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Pakistani officials say heavy rains have led to the deaths of at least 14 people in different parts of the country. Latifur Rehman, a disaster management official in northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, said Saturday that heavy rain caused about 120 houses to collapse in the province and... more »
  • Coroner to reveal cause of Asiana passenger death

    July 19, 2013 9:53 AM

    SAN MATEO, Calif. - Officials are set to reveal whether a Chinese student on board Asiana Flight 214 survived the crash-landing only to be killed accidentally on the runway by a firetruck racing to the wrecked, smoking plane. The San Mateo County Coroner's Office will hold a news conference Friday... more »
  • LSP: One dead after chemical plant explosion

    June 13, 2013 1:06 PM

    GEISMAR - State Police confirmed one person has died after a massive chemical plant explosion in Geismar this morning. They made the announcement just before 1 p.m. near the Williams Olefins plant on La. 30, where an explosion and fire broke out around 8:30 a.m. An LSP spokesperson... more »
  • EMS: 60 people injured in chemical plant explosion

    June 13, 2013 9:16 AM

    GEISMAR - Emergency responders says dozens of people have been taken to local hospitals for injuries after a chemical plant explosion this morning in Ascension Parish. Acadian Ambulance said they transported 47 patients via ambulance and buses to hospitals for treatment, and airlifted 13 to local hospitals and burn... more »
  • Local worker's name released in deadly fall from cell tower

    May 29, 2013 10:09 PM

    COPIAH COUNTY, Miss.- Authorities released the name of a man from Baton Rouge, killed when he and a coworker fell from a 300-foot tall cell tower earlier this week. Michael Castelli, 42, died when his equipment failed from about half-way up the tower 76 miles north of the Louisiana-Mississippi... more »
  • 2 die in fall from Copiah County cell tower

    May 29, 2013 7:51 AM

    COPIAH COUNTY, Miss. - Federal and local investigators are trying to determine the cause of an accident in which two workers fell to their deaths from a cellphone tower in Copiah County. The accident happened Tuesday afternoon at a tower on Mississippi Highway 27. The Copiah County coroner says the... more »
  • Tougher drunken driving threshold recommended

    May 14, 2013 12:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - Federal accident investigators recommended Tuesday that states cut their threshold for drunken driving by nearly half, matching a standard that has substantially reduced highway deaths in other countries. The National Transportation Safety Board said states should shrink the standard from the current .08 blood alcohol content to .05... more »
  • Philly abortion doc guilty in 3 babies' deaths

    May 13, 2013 2:35 PM

    PHILADELPHIA- A Philadelphia doctor accused of performing illegal, late-term abortions in a filthy clinic has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies born alive. He was acquitted in the death of a fourth baby. Dr. Kermit Gosnell was also found guilty of involuntary... more »
  • DPS: 12 bodies recovered after Texas plant blast

    April 19, 2013 8:51 AM

    WEST, Texas - A Texas law enforcement official says 12 bodies have been recovered following a massive explosion that leveled a fertilizer plant. Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Jason Reyes said Friday that about 200 people were injured in the explosion at facility Wednesday night in the small... more »
  • Group: Dolphin, turtle deaths a sign of sick Gulf

    April 2, 2013 1:44 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A prominent environmental group says continuing deaths of dolphins and sea turtles are a sign that the Gulf of Mexico is still feeling effects from the 2010 oil spill. National Wildlife Federation scientist Doug Inkley said Tuesday the deaths - especially in dolphins, which are at the... more »
  • Gerald sentenced to 70 years in prison for DWI deaths

    March 12, 2013 10:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The man convicted of killing seven people during a drunken crash in Slaughter received a decade in jail for each of their deaths today. A judge sentenced Brett Gerald to 70 years in prison, ten years for each count of vehicular homicide he faced, and pay... more »
  • At least 3 dead in Orange County shooting spree

    February 19, 2013 9:57 AM

    TUSTIN, Calif. - Police in the Southern California city of Tustin say at least three people are dead and others wounded after a chaotic 25-minute shooting spree that moved from street to freeway. Tustin police Supervisor Dave Kanoti says there are several crime scenes and many questions as authorities work... more »
  • Health stories for Feb. 8, 2013 Play Video

    February 8, 2013 6:11 PM

    UNDATED - Here are today's 2 Your Health stories for Feb. 8, 2013 - It's no secret people love fried foods and sweet tea in Louisiana, but they are linked to health problems in the south. People who eat a lot of fried foods, hamburgers, hot dogs, and... more »
  • State Department confirms embassy attack in Turkey

    February 1, 2013 6:22 AM

    WASHINGTON - The State Department is confirming that a terror attack occurred just outside the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey. Officials in Ankara say a suspected suicide bomber detonated an explosive device killing himself and one other person, identified by U.S. Ambassador Francis Ricciardione as an embassy guard. State Department... more »
  • Southwest La. sees hike in traffic deaths

    January 16, 2013 7:42 AM

    LAKE CHARLES - Troopers say prescription drug use contributed to the increase in traffic deaths that State Police Troop D investigated in 2012. Sgt. James Anderson says Troop D responded to 28 fatal crashes in which 34 people died, up from 20 people killed in crashes in 2011. ... more »
  • Man charged in crash that killed 5 kids, 1 adult

    January 1, 2013 8:41 AM

    PHILADELPHIA, Miss. - Neshoba County Sheriff Tommy Waddell says a man has been charged with six felony counts of DUI manslaughter after the weekend crash of a sport utility vehicle that killed his five children and one adult in the vehicle. Waddell told The Associated Press by telephone that... more »

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