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  • Scientists find closest thing yet to Earth-sun twin system

    July 23, 2015 2:41 PM

    CAPE CANAVERAL - Scientists have identified the best bet yet for an Earth-like planet that might harbor life. The researchers announced their discovery Thursday based on observations from NASA's Kepler space telescope. This older, bigger cousin to Earth is called Kepler-452b. What makes this planet remarkable is that it orbits... more »
  • Killer Jodi Arias gets life term with no chance for release

    April 13, 2015 12:26 PM

    PHOENIX - A judge has formally sentenced convicted murderer Jodi Arias to life in prison, ending a nearly seven-year-old case that attracted worldwide attention. The decision by Judge Sherry Stephens was largely a formality after a jury deadlocked last month on whether to give Arias the death penalty or life... more »
  • Deputies honored for giving their all

    August 5, 2014 10:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE- More than fifty current, retired and deceased members of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office were honored in a special ceremony Tuesday night. Four deputies were remembered posthumously for their service: Dustin Hamilton, Corey Gueho, Dana Scott and Gwendolyn Clayton. Hamilton died in a crash involving... more »
  • Light up Louisiana at the Old State Capitol check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 24, 2014 9:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A celebration of the sights of Louisiana opens today. The Louisiana Photographic Society is opening the "Light up Louisiana" art exhibit to celebrate its 60th year. The exhibit features photos from local artists that demonstrate the life, culture, natural beauty and wildlife of the Bayou State.... more »
  • Tour guide issued cease & desist for gator show

    June 12, 2014 10:42 PM

    LAFITTE - Deputies in Jefferson Parish issued a cease and desist order to a swamp tour guide who operates out of the swamp below New Orleans and has become infamous for swimming and feeding alligators. There is no Louisiana law prohibiting luring and feeding of alligators, but it's against... more »
  • Watch this swamp guide swim, feed alligators

    June 6, 2014 11:19 PM

    BARATARIA- A swamp tour guide is quickly becoming an Internet sensation, after an out-of-town visitor posted a video on YouTube showing the man swimming with alligators in the swamp south of New Orleans. The guide also feeds the swamp creatures, sometimes with marsh mellows directly from his mouth to... more »
  • Bill mandating life support for pregnant women approved

    April 23, 2014 3:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana lawmakers are considering a bill that would require doctors and hospitals to use life support to keep brain-dead pregnant women alive until they give birth, no matter a family's wishes. The House Health and Welfare Committee backed the proposal Wednesday without objection. The measure by New... more »
  • Shelby Holmes: A tragic end and a new beginning check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 5, 2014 7:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A murder victim's spirit survives after death because of an organ donation. Shelby Homes, 38, was shot and killed in October while he was walking home in Old South Baton Rouge. His killer remains a mystery. But, from this tragedy came hope for Holmes' friend Doug... more »
  • Vibrant TV icon dead at 71

    December 9, 2013 10:35 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- An icon of television in south Louisiana died Monday, media here reported. Frank Davis, 71, had been on local TV for three decades before he retired in 2011. He and his wife moved to Texas to be closer to family after he was diagnosed with Chronic Inflammatory... more »
  • Paramount would fight "Wonderful Life" sequel

    November 20, 2013 2:46 PM

    LOS ANGELES- Paramount won't be giving any wings to a planned "It's a Wonderful Life" sequel. A studio spokeswoman said no project relating to "It's a Wonderful Life" can proceed without a license from Paramount, which owns the film's rights. Star Partners and Hummingbird Productions announced plans Monday to create... more »
  • We're not the "worst," but our neighbors are

    November 19, 2013 10:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisianans can rejoice since no city was listed as the most miserable in a recent publication. Business Insider ranked the eleven worst places to live based on a well-being index. Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas, was the closest metro area to the capital region on the list. ... more »
  • Estrade pleads guilty to threatening Letten's life

    November 4, 2013 2:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Before a jury could be selected for his trial, a Baton Rouge man has pleaded guilty to a charge that he threatened to murder former U.S. Attorney Jim Letten and members of Letten's family. 56-year-old Gerald P. Estrade entered the plea Monday before U.S. District Judge James... more »
  • Tech sessions focus on Islam in America

    September 21, 2013 11:19 AM

    RUSTON, La. (AP) - The Muslim experience in America will be the topic of a five-week series of discussions at Louisiana Tech University. The News-Star reports ( http://tnsne.ws/1aIzPCL ) that Tech assistant professor of history Nazir Atassi will lead the sessions. The program, titled "Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys,"... more »
  • Louisiana sixth worst in life expectancy after 65

    July 18, 2013 12:11 PM

    ATLANTA - Louisiana has the sixth worst life expectancy and healthy life expectancy for those at the age of 65. The news comes from the first ever federal report on state-by-state life expectancy. The Centers for Disease Control has Louisiana with life expectancy of 17.9 years after 65... more »
  • Twinkies to last longer than many may remember

    July 8, 2013 12:22 PM

    NEW YORK - Twinkies don't last forever, but they'll have more staying power than most people remember when they return to shelves next week. Hostess Brands LLC says spongy yellow cakes will have a shelf life of 45 days when they start hitting stores again July 15. That's nearly three... more »
  • La. inmates face life in 2011 kidnapping death

    May 30, 2013 9:29 AM

    JACKSON, Miss. - Two Louisiana inmates were facing life sentences Thursday in the kidnapping death of an Ohio businessman abducted from a hotel in Mississippi during a 2011 crime spree. Darian Pierce and Ricky Wedgeworth were inmate workers with jobs as groundskeepers at the Louisiana State Police compound in... more »
  • Convicted Pa. abortion doctor gets life in prison

    May 14, 2013 3:38 PM

    PHILADELPHIA - A Philadelphia abortion doctor convicted of killing three babies who were born alive has agreed to give up his right to an appeal and will be spared a potential death sentence. Dr. Kermit Gosnell was convicted Monday of first-degree murder in the deaths of the babies who were... more »
  • Weatherton given life sentence for kidnapping, rape

    December 18, 2012 5:32 PM

    GONZALES - An Ascension Parish judge handed down a life sentence today for a man convicted of kidnapping and rape who was featured on "America's Most Wanted". Bobby Weatherton acted as his own attorney in the sentencing phase of the trial. He was convicted in March of beating and... more »
  • NYC man sentenced to life in subway terror plot

    November 16, 2012 2:51 PM

    NEW YORK - A Bosnia-born U.S. citizen has been sentenced to life behind bars for his role in a foiled suicide-bomb plot on New York City subways in 2008. Adis Medunjanin received the sentence Friday in federal court in Brooklyn. Prosecutors had accused Medunjanin and two high school classmates of... more »
  • Katrina evacuee on Texas death row gets life term

    November 7, 2012 2:12 PM

    DALLAS- A Louisiana man's death sentence in Texas has been reduced to life in prison without parole in the killing of a woman who helped him when he relocated after Hurricane Katrina. Attorneys for 50-year-old Roosevelt Smith Jr. contended he's mentally impaired and ineligible for execution under Supreme Court guidelines.... more »
  • Bell given life for killing former chief's brother-in-law check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 12, 2012 5:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge sentenced Leandre Bell, the man convicted of killing the brother-in-law of Baton Rouge's former police chief, to life in prison today. A jury found Bell guilty this past June of killing Christopher Domingue, the brother-in-law of former Police Chief Jeff LeDuff, as well as... more »
  • Bell given life for killing former chief's brother-in-law

    October 12, 2012 12:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge sentenced Leandre Bell, the man convicted of killing the brother-in-law of Baton Rouge's former police chief, to life in prison today. Bell, was convicted of two counts of murder and a host of other charges, including armed robbery. Leandre Bell was formally sentenced... more »
  • Ex-prof gets life in prison for meeting rampage

    September 24, 2012 4:28 PM

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - A former university professor has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing three of her colleagues and wounding three others during a faculty meeting. The jury deliberated for about 20 minutes before convicting Amy Bishop on Monday. Amy Bishop, a former professor at the... more »
  • Egypt's Mubarak on life support after heart stops

    June 19, 2012 5:47 PM

    CAIRO - A security official says Egypt's ousted leader Hosni Mubarak has been put on life support after his heart stopped as he arrived at a military hospital. The state news agency MENA said the 84-year-old Mubarak was "clinically dead" when he arrived at the hospital from prison. It said... more »
  • Angola inmates perform "The Life of Jesus Christ" Play Video

    May 2, 2012 5:36 PM

    ANGOLA- Convicted murderers and armed robbers will portray the lives of Jesus and his disciples in the first ever American performance of "The Life of Jesus Christ," a play originally written by Peter Huntley. The inmates, alongside offenders from Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women, worked more than a year... more »
  • Trucko Stampley given life sentence check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 19, 2012 10:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge sentenced Trucko Stampley, who was convicted in February of shooting and killing four Baton Rouge residents in their home, to four life sentences today. Stampley was found guilty on four counts of first-degree murder back on Feb. 3. He was accused of killing Marie... more »
  • Man convicted of raping girl gets life term

    April 6, 2012 6:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A 22-year-old Baton Rouge man convicted Feb. 1 of aggravated rape of an 11-year-old girl in 2009 has been sentenced to life in prison. After the sentencing, Leron Clark's attorney blasted East Baton Rouge Parish prosecutors for being uncompromising in the case. Clark was 20 years old... more »
  • Caddo Parish train accident claims woman's life

    March 5, 2012 7:22 AM

    SHREVEPORT - The Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office investigated a train accident that claimed a woman's life Sunday evening. Officials say the accident happened about 6:30 p.m. on a Union Pacific railroad track that crosses Bert Kouns Industrial Loop and runs behind subdivisions on the west side of Youree Drive... more »
  • "Underwear Bomber" gets life in prison

    February 16, 2012 2:35 PM

    DETROIT - A Nigerian who tried to blow up an international flight near Detroit on behalf of al-Qaida has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. The mandatory punishment Thursday for Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (OO'-mahr fah-ROOK' ahb-DOOL'-moo-TAH'-lahb) was never in doubt after he pleaded guilty in October. The 25-year-old... more »
  • Nigerian underwear bomber faces life sentence

    February 16, 2012 4:22 AM

    DETROIT - The government expects at least five passengers will speak in court at the sentencing of a Nigerian man who admits trying to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas 2009. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison Thursday, four months after pleading guilty in... more »
  • Shreveport man gets life for infant's death

    February 14, 2012 7:08 AM

    SHREVEPORT - A 22-year-old Shreveport man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing his infant son. Grady Thornton was convicted last week of second-degree murder for the killing of his 3-month-old son, Terrell. Thornton was sentenced Monday after state District Judge Scott Crichton denied a defense... more »
  • BR teen says guns becoming a way of life check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 7, 2012 5:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge teenager says many people he knows have started carrying guns for personal security, in an area that has seen three deadly shootings in recent days. Joseph Reed, 17, says if young people feel threatened, the guns start coming out. Adding to the problems,... more »
  • Driver strikes pole, suffers life-threatening injuries

    January 27, 2012 5:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A man is listed in critical condition this morning after his vehicle struck a utility pole. Police responded to the accident late Thursday night in the 600 block of N. 19th St. Fire crews had to remove the driver from the wrecked vehicle. He... more »
  • Cage given life in prison for 2009 murders

    December 14, 2011 10:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Percy Cage, who was convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend, her unborn child and her brother back in 2009, received a life sentence today in Baton Rouge district court. Cage was indicted two months after the shootings at a home on Syble Drive. Investigators said he had... more »
  • Suspected serial killer given life in prison

    December 14, 2011 10:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge formally sentenced suspected serial killer Jeffery Lee Guillory to life in prison today for strangling Renee Newman in 2002. Prosecutors linked Guillory to the case using DNA found under Newman's fingernails. He was convicted of second-degree murder in the case, which carries a... more »
  • NASA finds planet that's just about right for life

    December 5, 2011 12:30 PM

    WASHINGTON - NASA has found a new planet outside our solar system that's eerily similar to Earth in key aspects. Scientists say the temperature on the surface of the planet is about a comfy 72 degrees. Its star could almost be a twin of our sun. It... more »
  • Deadly crash claims life of Napoleonville man

    April 1, 2011 3:05 PM

    A deadly car crash in Terrebonne Parish has claimed the life of a Napoleonville man. It happened just after 11 p.m. Thursday on LA 24 in Terrebonne Parish. Authorities say 23 year-old Jonathan Durocher was driving northbound, when he ran off the road, hit a fence, an unoccupied... more »
  • Life sentence handed down in Ark. doctor bombing

    March 2, 2011 3:24 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announces a life sentence was handed down for the explosives crime that severely injured an Arkansas doctor. Earlier this week, former Arkansas doctor Randeep Mann was sentenced in the U.S. Eastern... more »
  • Pierre Part man gets life for mother's death

    February 10, 2011 11:58 AM

    NAPOLEONVILLE - A 35-year-old Pierre Part man has been sentenced to life in prison for beating his mother to death in 2008. The Advocate reports that state District Judge Jane Triche-Milazzo sentenced Charles Gaspard on Tuesday. An Assumption Parish jury found Gaspard guilty of second-degree murder on Aug. 6 in... more »
  • Oklahoma passes Louisiana in anti-abortion rankings

    January 20, 2011 11:04 AM

    OKLAHOMA CITY - A national anti-abortion group has given Oklahoma a No. 1 ranking after lawmakers passed more than a half-dozen bills last year restricting abortion in the state. The Washington, D.C.-based Americans United for Life on Thursday placed Oklahoma at the top of its 2011 "Life List." Oklahoma ranked... more »
  • Kennedy given life sentence in cold case

    January 12, 2011 11:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Vernon Kennedy has been sentenced to life in prison 25 years after he killed a woman in her Baton Rouge home. The sentence was handed down today in district court. Kennedy was convicted Dec. 3 for raping and beating 19-year-old Tina Marie Kristynik to death in 1985.... more »
  • Chiefs want smoke alarms in every Louisiana home

    December 6, 2010 3:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE – News 2 is working with the State Fire Marshal’s Office, Kidde and Home Depot to put smoke alarms in every home in Louisiana. Fire chiefs from all over the state kicked off “Operation Save A Life” today in Baton Rouge, encouraging everyone to take advantage of the... more »
  • Pope urges respect for embryos

    November 27, 2010 1:16 PM

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI has called for politicians and other world leaders to show more respect for human life at its earliest stages by saying embryos are dynamic, autonomous individuals. Benedict made the comments during a vespers service Saturday to mark the beginning of Advent. This year, the... more »
  • Demond Cook sentenced to life in prison

    November 2, 2010 3:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Demond Cook, the convicted felon who escaped custody and was re-captured after a 12-hour manhunt on Oct. 19, was given a life sentence today in Baton Rouge district court. The District Attorney's Office said Cook stipulated to prosecutor's argument that he was an habitual offender, and... more »
  • Authorities say Cook overpowered guards, escaped restraints

    October 19, 2010 10:35 AM

    Authorities say a man about to be sentenced to life in prison was able to overpower a deputy and get out his restraints before escaping into downtown Baton Rouge. Demond Cook was being taken to court in Baton Rouge by Catahoula Parish Sheriff’s deputies when he made his escape this... more »
  • Man saves woman stuck inside burning car

    October 13, 2010 6:43 PM

    A rescue tools salesman is being hailed as a hero after police said he used his own merchandise to cut a woman free from her burning car this morning. Sorrento Police Chief Earl Theriot said 21-year-old Laura Hall drove off the road and hit a tree near the Sorrento... more »
  • Times Square attempted bomber gets life sentence

    October 5, 2010 10:19 AM

    The Pakistani immigrant who tried to set off a car bomb in Times Square was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison, a mandatory penalty that left him defiant as ever. The judge who sentenced him determined to send a message to anyone who might want to follow in his... more »
  • Schriever man faces life in prison for child rape

    September 30, 2010 7:21 AM

    A Schriever man was convicted of sexually abusing a child, and now he faces life in prison. Kim Crochet was found guilty of aggravated rape following a two-day trial in state district court in Houma. He was accused of repeatedly having sex with a girl when she was between... more »
  • Man gets life in Baton Rouge casino shooting

    August 13, 2010 6:30 AM

    A 38-year-old Donaldsonville man has been sentenced to life in prison for the 2006 shooting death of his girlfriend in a Belle of Baton Rouge Casino parking lot. Patrick Wilson apologized to the family of Evindra Simon shortly before he was sentenced but said the shooting was accidental. An East... more »
  • Houston man faces possible life sentence

    July 22, 2010 6:07 AM

    A 54-year-old Houston man faces a possible life prison sentence after being convicted in Shreveport on a federal charge of conspiring to distribute cocaine. Kenneth Clark was found guilty late Tuesday. Authorities say he served as a courier who moved kilo-sized quantities of cocaine to Louisiana. Much of the cocaine... more »
  • Man's rape, molestation convictions reversed

    June 10, 2010 9:29 AM

    The conviction of a Springhill man serving a life sentence plus 25 years for raping and molesting two young family members has been reversed. The appeals court agreed with Donny D. Carper's complaint about the prosecution's failure to allow him to confront his accusers face-to-face. He also contended trial judge... more »
  • Man gets life for deadly child abuse

    May 28, 2010 7:37 AM

    Jeffery Paul Denby will spend the rest of his life in prison for the death of 18-month-old John Thomas Anthony Brewer. Denby was convicted of first-degree murder last week. Denby told investigators that he spanked the boy after the child turned over a bassinet that held his 3-month-old daughter. Denby... more »
  • Relay for Life postponed due to weather

    April 23, 2010 2:04 PM

    The possibility of severe weather has postponed the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life at LSU tomorrow. It will now be held Sunday, April 25 at 2 p.m. at the Old Front 9 on the LSU Campus. Team members will be allowed to start setting up at Noon.... more »
  • Drug trafficker gets life in prison

    March 17, 2010 7:22 AM

    A Jeanerette man, who was a member of a major drug trafficking ring that transported drugs from Texas to Louisiana and other Southern states, has been sentenced to life in federal prison. Kenneth Gary Washington was convicted in October 2009 of conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine and marijuana, money... more »
  • Fire claims life of woman in Washington Parish

    February 3, 2010 2:11 PM

    A 43 year-old woman from Washington Parish is dead, after an overnight fire at her home. It happened just before midnight in the 400 block of Old River Road in Bogalusa. Firefighters say the home was already engulfed in flames when they arrived. Melissa Perry was found dead in... more »
  • Gonzales man gets life in slaying

    November 18, 2009 6:21 AM

    A state judge has sentenced an Ascension Parish man to serve a mandatory life prison sentence for his role in a drug-related slaying nearly two years ago. Twenty-eight-year-old Arthur Nicholas III of Gonzales was convicted in September on a charge of second-degree murder in the December 2007 fatal shooting of... more »

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