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  • Senate panel backs Trump's FEMA nominee

    June 12, 2017 9:42 PM

    WASHINGTON - A Senate panel has confirmed the nomination of President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs - on a voice vote Monday - backed approval of Brock Long. He previously ran Alabama's Emergency Management Agency and served... more »
  • Venezuela opposition leader Capriles tear-gassed at protest

    May 29, 2017 9:15 PM

    CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles has been tear-gassed during a protest in the capital. The former presidential candidate was gassed Monday by soldiers who were trying to control an opposition protest that blocked a highway. His bodyguards helped him get out of the scrum of protesters. Capriles... more »
  • FIFA, Olympic official Sheik Ahmad denies bribery allegation

    April 29, 2017 11:54 AM

    HAWALLI, Kuwait - Asian Olympic leader Sheik Ahmad of Kuwait denies claims in a U.S. federal court that he bribed FIFA voters. Sheik Ahmad, a member of FIFA's ruling council, is "very surprised by such allegations and strongly denies any wrongdoing." The statement was published by the Olympic Council of... more »
  • French Quarter Festivals Inc. gets new president & CEO

    April 1, 2017 12:08 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The organization that puts on the French Quarter Festival and the Satchmo Summer-Fest is getting a new leader. French Quarter Festivals Inc. says Emily Madero is joining the organization as the president and CEO. Madero comes to the organization from The Idea Village where she was acting... more »
  • Retired Louisiana police leader to get $128K annual pension

    March 27, 2017 9:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The former leader of the Louisiana State Police will take home more than $128,000 annually in retirement benefits for life. Col. Mike Edmonson retired last week after coming under increasing criticism for his leadership of the agency. WWL-TV reports it got Edmonson's pension information from the Louisiana... more »
  • Louisiana State Police interim leader to be chosen next week

    March 16, 2017 3:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards plans to have an interim Louisiana State Police superintendent appointed next week, to temporarily replace the agency's retiring leader. Edwards spokesman Richard Carbo said Thursday the governor intends to have that person chosen by March 24. That's the last workday for retiring Col.... more »
  • Women formally charged with murdering N. Korean

    February 28, 2017 10:21 PM

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Two women accused of smearing VX nerve agent on Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader, were charged with murder Wednesday after arriving in court under heavy protection. Kim Jong Nam was attacked at a busy Kuala Lumpur airport terminal on Feb.... more »
  • Suspect thought she was playing a prank

    February 25, 2017 12:02 PM

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Vietnam says the Vietnamese woman under arrest in Malaysia for allegedly helping to carry out the deadly attack on North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un's half brother thought she was taking part in a prank. Doan Thi Huong is among two women arrested for the Feb.... more »
  • Opposition leader backs US tack on IS, Iran

    February 25, 2017 11:57 AM

    BEIRUT - A leader of the main Syrian opposition group says the group shares the priorities of the new U.S. administration to fight the Islamic State group and contain Iran. Nasr Hariri, in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press in Geneva says: "We have a lot of points that... more »
  • Malaysia: Suspects wiped toxin on Kim's brother

    February 21, 2017 11:00 PM

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysia's police chief says the two female suspects in the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half brother at Kuala Lumpur's airport were trained to wipe toxin on his face, then wash their hands. Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said Wednesday that North... more »
  • Malaysia searching for 4 N. Korean suspects who left country

    February 19, 2017 11:02 AM

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysia's senior police official says they are looking for four more North Korean suspects who had left the country the same day the North Korean leader's brother died after being attacked at the airport. Malaysia's deputy national police chief Noor Rashid Ibrahim identified all four at... more »
  • Malaysia arrests 4th suspect in N. Korean death

    February 18, 2017 11:17 AM

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysian police have announced the arrest of a fourth suspect, a North Korean, in the death of the half brother of the North Korean leader. A police statement says the man identified as Ri Jong Chol was arrested on Friday in Selangor near Kuala Lumpur. It... more »
  • Wife, stepson charged in death of KKK leader

    February 13, 2017 2:42 PM

    LEADWOOD, Mo. - The wife and stepson of a Ku Klux Klan leader found fatally shot next to a river in eastern Missouri have been charged in his death. A probable cause statement alleges that 51-year-old Frank Ancona was fatally shot in his sleep on Thursday. His wife, 44-year-old Malissa... more »
  • Alleged KKK leader found dead in Missouri

    February 12, 2017 4:40 PM

    LEADWOOD, Mo. - Authorities are investigating the death of a Missouri man who identified himself as an "imperial wizard" of the Ku Klux Klan. Washington County Sheriff Zach Jacobsen told the Park Hills Daily Journal that the body of 51-year-old Frank Ancona of Leadwood, Missouri, was found near the Big... more »
  • Obama offers condolences to Turkey's president

    January 3, 2017 10:08 PM

    ISTANBUL - The White House says President Barack Obama has offered his condolences to Turkey's leader over a pair of deadly attacks, including at a nightclub on New Year's Eve. Obama and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also agreed during their telephone conversation Tuesday that their countries must "stand united"... more »
  • Governor names new leader for wildlife and fisheries agency

    December 30, 2016 1:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has named a new secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries after its former leader resigned abruptly, calling the department "a troubled state agency." Edwards on Friday announced that State Rep. Jack Montoucet will be the agency's new secretary effective... more »
  • BRAF recruits leader for new crisis intervention center

    August 3, 2016 12:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Baton Rouge Area Foundation has recruited a new leader to organize and establish a crisis intervention center in partnership with East Baton Rouge Parish leaders. Rob Reardon is the first executive director of The Bridge Center, a non-profit organization created by BRAF to assist those... more »
  • Baton Rouge General announces CEO transition

    August 2, 2016 12:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Baton Rouge General/General Health System announced that president and CEO, Mark Slyter, is leaving the organization and transitioning to another leader. Slyter has been serving as president and CEO for the past three years. "The Board of Trustees appreciates Mark's contributions over the past... more »
  • Pentagon says airstrike killed terror leader in Somalia

    December 7, 2015 12:52 PM

    WASHINGTON - A Pentagon official says the U.S. killed a senior leader of the al-Shabab extremist group in an airstrike last week in Somalia. The Dec. 2 strike that killed three was announced Monday by Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis. Davis identified the targeted al-Shabab senior leader as Abdirahman... more »
  • Parents say NAACP leader has lied about her racial identity

    June 12, 2015 2:26 PM

    SPOKANE, WA - NAACP leaders have responded to questions about the racial identity of the woman who leads a local chapter in Washington state by noting that ethnicity is not a qualifying criterion for leadership in the organization. Rachel Dolezal has led the Spokane, Washington, chapter of the African-American civil... more »
  • Southern continues search for new leader

    March 14, 2015 11:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Southern University has revived its stalled search for a new leader. Sources say officials expressed optimism at the new search committee's first meeting: They will find the right leader, despite the financial struggles the historically black university system has faced in recent years. They are looking for... more »
  • Politicians, community & business leaders unite to smush litter bugs Play Video

    March 11, 2015 7:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Keep Louisiana Beautiful has removed litter and debris from roadsides, highways and waterways with the help of more than 23,000 volunteers. This weekend, even more people will join in the fight against litter. "We've invited business leaders, community leaders, (and) elected officials to join us in... more »
  • Holocaust survivor asks students for hope Play Video

    January 15, 2014 5:48 PM

    GEISMAR - A Holocaust survive shared her strength and hope for a better world with students in Ascension Parish Wednesday. Marion Blumenthal Lazan was taken to a concentration camp when she was just four years old. She spent six years there, constantly terrified. "The hardest thing was to... more »
  • Poland's last communist leader hospitalized

    December 10, 2013 9:07 AM

    WARSAW, Poland- A doctor says that Poland's last communist leader, Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, has been hospitalized due to heart problems. Spokesman for Warsaw's Military Medical Institute, Col. Grzegorz Kade said Tuesday the 90-year-old Jaruzelski was admitted a day earlier with general weakness. Jaruzelski has been repeatedly hospitalized in recent years... more »
  • CATS to interview two finalists for top job

    May 28, 2013 9:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Officials with the Capitol Area Transit System plan to interview Tuesday the two remaining candidates vying to become the system's next leader. The search committee narrowed down a list of 10 to local businessmen John Conroy and Robert Mirabito. Conroy owns a local pest control... more »
  • Obama: Hagel 'leader our troops deserve'

    January 7, 2013 5:44 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says Chuck Hagel, his choice as the new secretary of defense, is "the leader that our troops deserve." Obama formally announced his choice of Hagel in the White House East Room on Monday even as critics questioned the pick over issues including Hagel's views on... more »
  • GOP leader Cantor opposes Senate 'cliff' bill

    January 1, 2013 2:39 PM

    WASHINGTON - The No. 2 Republican in the House leadership says he opposes a Senate-passed measure to avert the so-called fiscal cliff. Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor told reporters after a two-hour closed-door meeting Tuesday with his GOP lawmakers that he did not support the bill. He said House leaders were... more »

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