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  • 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • Report: US law enforcement deaths down in 2012

    December 27, 2012 9:28 AM

    WASHINGTON - A nonprofit group is reporting that the number of law enforcement officers who died while performing their duties declined this year compared to 2011. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund says 127 federal, state and local officers have died so far this year on the job.... more »
  • Activists push for information after cats were killed

    December 21, 2012 10:11 PM

    CLINTON- People went door-to-door Friday, talking about the investigation over some cat killings. A number of felines have bee found dead. Some were shot at point blank range, others hanged. The group of activists handed out fliers. They're hoping to get information about who might be killing the... more »
  • Obama pressing for policy changes after shooting

    December 19, 2012 11:22 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is asking a team led by Vice President Joe Biden to offer "concrete proposals" to curb gun violence no later than January, in the aftermath of the horrific massacre at a Connecticut elementary school. Obama says after he receives recommendations from Biden's group, he will... more »
  • Reward posted in La. bear deaths

    December 7, 2012 2:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are posting $13,000 in cash rewards for information about the recent killings of two federally protected Louisiana black bears. A hunter discovered a 225-pound adult female bear shot dead Monday in a privately... more »
  • Palestinian deaths reach 100, both sides say they are ready for diplomatic solution

    November 19, 2012 1:25 PM

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - A senior Palestinian militant is now among 100 Palestinians killed in the six days of Israeli air strikes in Gaza. Palestinian officials say half of those victims were civilians. Meanwhile, Hamas fighters have launched more than 1,000 rockets into Israel, including 95 today. One of... more »
  • Petraeus to testify about Libya Friday

    November 15, 2012 7:57 AM

    WASHINGTON - Former CIA Director David Petraeus will testify before the House Intelligence committee Friday on events that led to the death of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in an attack on the U.S. Consulate at Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11. Spokesmen for the committee say the... more »
  • La. seat belt use at record high

    October 30, 2012 10:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The use of seat belts in Louisiana has reached a record high of 79.3 percent this year. It's a factor officials say is contributing to the state's declining highway death rate. The 79.3 percent rate is an increase from last year's 77.7 percent, which itself matched... more »
  • 13 West Nile virus deaths, 338 cases this year

    October 29, 2012 2:58 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The West Nile virus continues to infect and kill people in Louisiana's worst year since 2002. State health officials say people need to keep fighting mosquitoes. The health department says 139 people have come down with life-threatening neuroinvasive disease, and at least 13 of them have died.... more »
  • FDA: Avoid drugs from company tied to meningitis

    October 4, 2012 2:53 PM

    NEW YORK - The government is warning doctors and hospitals not to use any product from the specialty pharmacy that made the steroid suspected in a meningitis outbreak. An official with the Food and Drug Administration said tests found contamination in a sealed vial of the steroid at the... more »
  • Additional West Nile deaths reported

    August 10, 2012 4:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has reported an increase in West Nile Virus infections with 15 new cases and four deaths from the disease this year. DHH has seen the highest total of West Nile neuro-invasive diseases since 2006. Of the 68 cases... more »
  • 2 West Nile deaths reported in La.

    August 3, 2012 2:29 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Two people have died in Louisiana as a result of West Nile Virus infections. Louisiana's health department confirmed this week's deaths, the first West Nile deaths in the state since 2008, when one person died. The health department also said the number of overall West Nile infections... more »
  • No Tobacco Day

    May 31, 2012 7:45 AM

    Today is world No Tobacco Day. Every year, the World Health Organization designates May 31st to call attention to the health problems tobacco and cigarette smoking can cause. The organization says tobacco use is one of the leading preventable causes of death, killing nearly 6 million people worldwide each year. more »
  • Mother charged in fire deaths of 4 children in NY

    April 13, 2012 2:13 PM

    ROCHESTER - Authorities in Rochester, N.Y., say a woman has been accused of setting a house fire that killed four of her children. Rochester Fire Chief John Caufield says Friday that Bobbie Kugler is charged with arson and four counts of manslaughter. Kugler is the mother of 14-year-old Gage Reavey,... more »
  • March deaths Iraq's lowest since 2003

    April 2, 2012 7:26 AM

    BAGHDAD - Official figures showed that March saw the lowest monthly death toll in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. The figures compiled by the defense, interior and health ministries were released late Sunday, showing 112 dead and 357 wounded last month. Those who made up the death toll... more »
  • Grand jury indicts in home invasion deaths

    March 30, 2012 7:11 AM

    GONZALES - An Ascension Parish grand jury has indicted five men on three counts each of first-degree murder committed during an alleged plot to steal gold and silver coins and cash that a coin collector kept in a safe at his home. Michael Aikens, Travis Moore, Devon James, Bernard James... more »
  • Man convicted in deaths to go free

    March 28, 2012 7:45 AM

    AMITE - Officials say Brandon Franklin of New Orleans, tried on charges of shooting two men and then burning their bodies during a 2007 drug deal in Tangipahoa Parish, has been sentenced to five years in prison. His defense attorney says Franklin was given credit for the four years and... more »
  • Lake Tahoe Twins Dead weeks before Found

    March 7, 2012 7:48 PM

    Police say it appears a pair of 73-year-old identical twin sisters found dead in their home in South Lake Tahoe, California had been dead for some time. Singers Patrica and Joan Miller lived there for nearly 40-years but often shunned their neighbors. Police found one sister dead in a bedroom... more »
  • Rules to prevent car back-over deaths delayed

    February 29, 2012 8:16 AM

    WASHINGTON - Federal transportation officials are again delaying final rules aimed at helping prevent drivers from unintentionally backing over children. The government's proposed rules would require that automakers give drivers a better view of what's behind them, effectively necessitating rearview video camera systems on most new cars and trucks. Transportation... more »
  • AP NewsBreak: Dad of CA killings suspect homeless

    January 15, 2012 5:20 PM

    YORBA LINDA, Calif. - The father of the man suspected of killing homeless men in Southern California is himself homeless and says his son last week showed him a picture of one victim as a warning of the danger of being on the streets. Forty-nine-year-old Refugio Ocampo also told The... more »
  • Taliban claims responsibility for 3 NATO deaths

    December 28, 2011 5:37 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The Taliban is claiming responsibility for an attack in Afghanistan that killed three NATO service members. The three were killed Tuesday by a roadside bomb in the eastern part of the country, 60 miles south of Kabul. NATO hasn't given the nationalities of the dead, but... more »
  • 4 dead as storms, possible tornadoes hit Southeast

    November 17, 2011 9:25 AM

    ROCK HILL, S.C.- At least four people have been killed and dozens more injured as a storm system that spawned several possible tornadoes moved across the Southeast. Suspected tornadoes were reported Wednesday in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and South Carolina. Dozens of homes and buildings were damaged and thousands of people... more »
  • Bacteria may have caused dolphin abortions, deaths

    October 27, 2011 5:17 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Dolphin experts say common bacteria known to cause abortions in marine mammals killed some of the hundreds of dolphins that have washed ashore in the northern Gulf of Mexico since February 2010. More than 100 of the dead dolphins were babies or fetuses. But Teri Rowles... more »
  • Suit filed over turtle excluder devices

    October 13, 2011 2:58 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Several wildlife protection groups are suing the federal agency that regulates fishing in U.S. waters, claiming the government isn't doing enough to protect endangered sea turtles from drowning in shrimp nets. The lawsuit filed Thursday in Washington claims the National Marine Fisheries Service violates the Endangered... more »
  • Deadliest listeria outbreak in 25 years

    October 12, 2011 4:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - An outbreak of listeria in cantaloupe is now linked to 23 deaths in the U.S., making it the deadliest known outbreak of food-borne illness in more than 25 years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that 116 people have been sickened in the outbreak,... more »
  • La. traffic deaths drop

    September 29, 2011 10:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission says traffic deaths in the state last year dropped to their lowest level since Louisiana State University started reporting such data in 1984. The recently completed Louisiana Annual Traffic Records Data Report shows that 720 people were killed and 68,700 were... more »
  • Two workers die on the job at Plaquemine plant

    May 22, 2011 6:04 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- Two workers are dead after an accident at the "Shin Tech" Plant in Plaquemine. According to investigators, one of the men was overcome by nitrogen gas. Another man went to help him, and he was also overcome by the gas. Both men died at the scene. Shin... more »
  • Hard winter for manatees, as well as dolphins

    March 2, 2011 2:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The nationwide winter cold wave has taken a toll on one of the Gulf Coast's most interesting creatures - the gentle, half-ton aquatic mammal believed to have inspired legends about mermaids. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission data show that Florida manatees have died in near-record... more »
  • SU issues statement concerning deaths of two students

    February 22, 2011 2:35 PM

    Baton Rouge- Southern University issued this statement concerning the recent deaths of two of its students: "The Southern University family extends its prayers and sympathies to the families and friends of Sheena Barnett and Ferdinand M. Dorsey Jr.," two of our students killed in recent days. "While we... more »
  • 4 die, 1 lives after boat capsizes in Gulf near La

    February 13, 2011 9:59 AM

    VENICE, La.- Four people died and one was rescued Saturday after their boat capsized during a fishing trip on the Gulf of Mexico, according to Louisiana authorities. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries spokesman Adam Einck said the five left a marina near Venice in south Louisiana at about 6:30... more »
  • BRPD: Shooting victims found in trunk of car

    February 7, 2011 5:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Police are investigating the deaths of two people in Baton Rouge after they were found shot to death in the trunk of a vehicle today. Sgt. Don Stone with BRPD said the vehicle was parked in the 6200 block of Dutton Street, and the bodies were found... more »
  • Louisiana fatal crashes down in 2010

    January 12, 2011 11:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's roadways are getting safer. Preliminary numbers from State Police show, deaths on state highways are down 8% from 2009. Between 2007 and 2010, there has been a 23% decrease in fatal crashes. "Although one death is too many, we are encouraged by this significant... more »
  • Some question whether crime effort is working

    October 25, 2010 5:27 PM

    Nearly two weeks after an unprecedented crime effort was announced to fight violence on the streets of Baton Rouge, some are questioning whether that announcement was a publicity stunt. It comes after a violent weekend in Baton Rouge left two people dead and four others recovering from gunshot wounds. ... more »
  • New Orleans man pleads to manslaughter in 4 deaths

    October 5, 2010 3:56 PM

    A plea deal has ended the case of a 2006 shooting rampage in a New Orleans neighborhood that left four people dead. Prosecutors on Tuesday said 23-year-old Raymond Amison has agreed to serve 10 years for the July 28, 2006 slayings of Kadeem and Kareem Stephens, both 16, their 21-year-old... more »
  • Highway deaths down first half of 2010, gov't says

    September 27, 2010 11:30 AM

    The government estimated Monday that traffic fatalities fell to fewer than 15,000 deaths during the first half of 2010, putting the year on pace for another record low. The Transportation Department said earlier this month that traffic fatalities fell 9.7 percent in 2009 to 33,808, the lowest number since 1950.... more »
  • Fewer kids killed on highways in '09

    September 23, 2010 11:10 AM

    Fewer children were killed on the highway in 2009, but auto accidents remain the leading cause of death for kids, ages 3 to 4. The Transportation Department released numbers showing 1,314 children were killed in highway crashes last year. That's a 3 percent decline from 2008, when 1,350 kids... more »
  • Grand jury indicts man in double stabbing

    September 21, 2010 8:51 AM

    A Mansfield man has been indicted by a DeSoto Parish grand jury in connection with the stabbing deaths of his estranged wife and her sister. Stephen Rivers was indicted on two counts of first-degree murder. District Attorney Richard Johnson plans to seek the death penalty in Rivers' case. Rivers is... more »
  • 62 oiled birds saved; most dead birds not oily

    May 29, 2010 2:06 PM

    The number of birds being treated for oil from the Gulf of Mexico spill is rising. But, as with sea turtles and dolphins, the vast majority of dead birds found so far don't show signs of oil. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says 62 oiled birds and three... more »
  • 2 deaths in Ky. from deadly weekend storms

    May 3, 2010 7:07 AM

    Two more people died from severe weather in Kentucky from thunderstorms that also killed at least 15 people in Tennessee and northern Mississippi. Kentucky Emergency Management officials say one death in Barren County and one in Madison County are weather-related. Officials in Nashville are preparing for more deaths and for... more »
  • Severe Weather: 2 confirmed deaths in Mississippi

    May 2, 2010 12:19 PM

    Two Mississippi residents have been killed after severe weather tore through early this morning. Benton County Coroner says a 25-year old and 26-year old who lived in a mobile home did not survive the storm. John Riles says "it looks like you stuck about four sticks of dynamite on... more »
  • Boating deaths down 6 from 2008 to 2009

    April 28, 2010 5:37 AM

    Louisiana's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says boating deaths are down from 2008. In 2009, 32 people died in boating wrecks in Louisiana, six fewer than in 2008. Of 17 who drowned, 15 were not wearing life vests, and alcohol caused one-fourth of last year's 25 fatal wrecks. Boating deaths... more »
  • Crews re-enter W. Va. mine to recover 9 bodies

    April 12, 2010 9:13 AM

    Searchers are back inside a wrecked West Virginia coal mine to recover the last nine bodies remaining from an explosion that killed 29 men. It was the worst U.S. mining disaster since 1970. A team of federal investigators is expected to arrive today, a week after the blast, to start... more »
  • Companies fined $22,000 each in cattle deaths

    March 26, 2010 8:34 AM

    Two energy companies must each pay $22,000 for violating state law in connection with the deaths of 17 cows at a natural gas well site almost a year ago. Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality mailed identical letters spelling out the settlement agreement with Chesapeake Energy Corp. and its contractor Schlumberger... more »
  • Few details released about 2 bodies in Deville

    March 18, 2010 6:17 AM

    Rapides Parish sheriff's deputies are investigating the deaths of a man and a woman found at a home in rural Deville east of Alexandria. Sheriff's officials aren't releasing the identities of the couple, found shortly after noon Wednesday by family members. Authorities haven't released how the man and woman died.... more »
  • Coroner to discuss developments in hospital deaths

    March 11, 2010 10:48 AM

    The New Orleans coroner called a news conference to "announce new developments" in the deaths of patients at the Memorial Medical Center after Hurricane Katrina. A spokesman for Dr. Frank Minyard's office said on Thursday that Minyard would talk about his study of cases at the hospital. At least 34... more »
  • Senator wants investigation on drywall death allegations

    March 3, 2010 11:09 PM

    U.S. Senator David Vitter of Louisiana wants federal agencies to investigate deaths that may be linked to Chinese drywall. As many as 10 deaths may be connected. Five deaths were in Louisiana, including one in the Baton Rouge area. People lodged complaints with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, claiming... more »
  • Grand Isle fire blamed in 2 deaths

    February 16, 2010 7:20 AM

    A fire led to two deaths in Grand Isle, including a woman who was killed while trying to tell others about the blaze. Police say the fire broke out late Sunday in a home killing 46-year-old Christy Lynn Adams. Authorities say Adams might have fallen asleep while cooking. Police... more »
  • Companies get penalty notices after cow deaths

    January 28, 2010 10:45 AM

    The state Department of Environmental Quality says Chesapeake Energy Corp. and contractor Schlumberger Technology Corp. broke three regulations in connection with the deaths of 17 cows in April. The cows died after drinking liquid spilled from a natural gas well site in south Caddo Parish, near Spring Ridge. A penalty... more »
  • Deaths from falling t-v's rises

    December 14, 2009 8:02 PM

    The number of children killed or hurt by falling t-v sets is on the rise despite the popularity of lighter flat screens. Research can't pinpoint the reason for the rise but could be from traditional t-v sets becoming heavier. The Consumer Prodcut Safety Commission says more than 80 of the... more »
  • Swine flu deaths more prevalent than previously thought

    November 12, 2009 11:20 AM

    Federal health officials now say that 4,000 or more Americans likely have died from swine flu, about four times the estimate they've been using. The new, higher figure includes deaths caused by complications related to swine flu, including pneumonia and bacterial infections. Until now, the Centers for Disease Control and... more »

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