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  • LSP: Unrestrained driver killed in Evangeline Parish crash

    June 25, 2017 8:56 PM

    EVANGELINE PARISH - Police are investigating a single-vehicle crash that left one person dead early Sunday morning. According to Louisiana State Police, the crash occurred just after midnight on Harrison Road near LA 29. Police say 36-year-old Jacob McDaniel of Boyce was traveling in his 2000 Ford F-150... more »
  • Shreveport police investigating body found in abandoned home

    June 25, 2017 4:15 PM

    SHREVEPORT - Police are investigating an abandoned home where a body was found Sunday. According to a report from KTBS, police say a person walked into the home in the 400 block of Davis St. in Shreveport, discovered the remains and called authorities. Corporal Angie Willhite told KTBS... more »
  • Community Coffee to launch limited edition LSU blend

    June 24, 2017 9:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Community Coffee has announced a new limited edition blend of coffee to honor Louisiana State University and Tiger Nation. According to a report from WWL, Community Coffee says the “LSU Blend” will be available in grocery stores throughout Louisiana starting in July. The blend will only... more »
  • Abandoned bridge collapses into tropical storm-driven flood

    June 24, 2017 3:59 PM

    STATE LINE, Miss. - The remains of a historic bridge over a southeast Mississippi river have collapsed because of flooding caused by the former Tropical Storm Cindy. WDAM-TV reports the former Mississippi 42 bridge fell into the Chickasawhay River on Thursday. The abandoned bridge was on... more »
  • Senate confirms Trump's nominee to head FEMA

    June 20, 2017 1:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has confirmed the nomination of President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The vote was 95-4 on Tuesday for Brock Long. He previously ran Alabama's Emergency Management Agency and served as that state's on-scene incident commander during the Deepwater Horizon oil... more »
  • New seafood promotion, marketing leader named in Louisiana

    June 19, 2017 4:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana has a new chief promoter for its seafood industry. Former state lawmaker Bryan Adams has been appointed director of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board by Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser. Adams will manage the agency's finances, oversee marketing efforts and coordinate events highlighting... more »
  • Artists turn a pile of sand into a thing of beauty

    June 17, 2017 11:20 AM

    HAMPTON BEACH, N.H. - Artists have spent the past several days on a New Hampshire beach turning mounds of sand into massive sculptures that include a bird, warrior and, of course, a castle. The 10 sculptors are taking part in the 17th Annual Master Sand Sculpting contest on... more »
  • Coast Guard responds to oil spill in Black Bay

    June 10, 2017 1:52 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - An oil spill has been spotted at an unmanned oil platform near Black Bay, southeast of New Orleans. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report that oil and gas exploration services company LLOX LLC's platform discharged crude Friday into the water from a pressure... more »
  • Cell phone tax to pay for deaf services passed by lawmakers

    June 6, 2017 9:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new 4.25-cent monthly tax will be added to Louisiana cell phone bills if the governor agrees with a bill backed by lawmakers. The dollars would pay for technology assistance and services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Current law imposes a 5-cent monthly... more »
  • Deputy AG: Push for tough sentences is not reviving drug war

    June 2, 2017 6:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Justice Department's No. 2 official says a new policy urging harsher punishments for most criminals is meant to target the worst criminals, not fill prisons. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein tells The Associated Press that federal prosecutors will sometimes charge lower-level criminals to take down entire gangs... more »
  • Ray Pfeifer, prominent 9/11 firefighter, dies of cancer

    May 29, 2017 3:37 PM

    NEW YORK - A retired New York City firefighter who spent months at the World Trade Center site digging through debris after the 9/11 attack and then fought for health care for first responders even when wracked with late-stage cancer has died. The Fire Department of New York said Raymond... more »
  • Uber admits stiffing NYC drivers by millions of dollars

    May 23, 2017 8:41 PM

    NEW YORK - Uber has admitted to underpaying its New York City drivers tens of millions of dollars for the past 2 1/2 years. The ride-hailing company on Tuesday said each affected driver would get a refund of about $900, which includes interest. Uber did not give a figure on... more »
  • UNO theatre production wins national awards

    May 21, 2017 11:41 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Theatre UNO's production of "The Aliens" has received eight national awards at the 49th annual Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. "The Aliens," a drama centered around a high school dropout and a college dropout loitering behind a Vermont coffee shop, garnered the highest level of national... more »
  • New Orleans takes down 3rd Confederate-era monument Play Video

    May 16, 2017 10:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Workers in New Orleans have taken down a Confederate monument to Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard, the third of four such monuments to come down in the city. Police started moving pro-monument supporters away from the statue of Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard at the entrance to City Park... more »
  • Department of Agriculture lifts moratorium on Louisiana's WIC program

    May 16, 2017 6:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards has announced that the Department of Agriculture has lifted the federal moratorium on the authorization of new vendors in the Louisiana Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. In a statement released Tuesday, the governor said he received a letter... more »
  • Governor Edwards says Confederate monuments bill unnecessarily divisive

    May 16, 2017 3:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says a proposal that would make it more difficult to remove Confederate monuments is impractical and unnecessarily divisive. During a news conference Tuesday, the Democratic governor wouldn't say whether he would veto Republican Rep. Thomas Carmody's bill. But he called it "problematic"... more »
  • House passes bill to protect Confederate monuments

    May 15, 2017 7:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House of Representatives has passed a bill that aims to protect the state's confederate monuments. The house voted on Bill No. 71 Monday afternoon. The bill, which "provides for the conservation of public military memorials," was passed with a 65-31 vote. Shreveport Representative... more »
  • Yankees retire Jeter's No. 2, unveil Monument Park plaque

    May 14, 2017 9:03 PM

    NEW YORK - Derek Jeter's No. 2 has been retired by the New York Yankees, who dedicated a plaque in his honor that will be placed in Monument Park behind center field. Jeter captained the Yankees during much of a 20-year career that ended in 2014 and included five World... more »
  • New York eyes 'textalyzer' to combat distracted driving

    May 14, 2017 11:48 AM

    ALBANY, N.Y. - New York lawmakers are considering a Breathalyzer of sorts to combat distracted driving from texting. Legislation would allow police to use a so-called "textalyzer" to determine if a driver had been clicking, tapping or swiping a mobile device in the moments before an injury-involved accident. Similar legislation... more »
  • Judge denies request to block Confederate statue's removal

    May 8, 2017 9:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A judge in New Orleans has refused to block the city from removing a statue of a Confederate general. Civil Court Judge Kern Reese ruled Monday afternoon. Hours earlier, monument supporters filed suit saying the city does not own the statue of Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard, and therefore... more »
  • S. Koreans vote for new president to succeed ousted Park

    May 8, 2017 8:49 PM

    SEOUL, South Korea - South Koreans are voting for a new president amid widespread expectations of victory for a liberal candidate who has pledged to improve ties with North Korea and review a contentious U.S. missile defense shield. Tuesday's election was called after conservative President Park Geun-hye was forced out... more »
  • Irma Thomas preps for another Jazz Fest

    May 6, 2017 11:35 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans' soul queen, Irma Thomas, hasn't missed a performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival since 1974. And she's scheduled for another one on Saturday, paving the way for Stevie Wonder's return to the festival after rain canceled his set last year. Thomas is... more »
  • Writer Deborah Cotton, shot at a New Orleans parade, dies

    May 2, 2017 9:33 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Writer and cultural advocate Deborah "Big Red" Cotton, who was among nearly 20 people wounded during a 2013 Mother's Day parade in New Orleans, has died. Linda Usdin, a friend of Cotton's, confirmed Cotton died Tuesday at University Medical Center of complications from the shooting. She was... more »
  • 23 new wildlife enforcement agents added to Louisiana ranks

    April 29, 2017 12:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana has 23 new enforcement agents at the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The latest class of cadets graduated after seven months of physical and academic training. They'll join other agents that enforce Louisiana's hunting, fishing and boating regulations. They also will do general law enforcement work... more »
  • Maroon 5, Usher, Alabama Shakes headline Jazz Fest Day 2

    April 29, 2017 11:51 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival enters its second day with performances by Maroon 5, Usher and Alabama Shakes. Maroon 5, which last performed at Jazz Fest in 2013, will close out the Acura Stage on Saturday. The band has some New Orleans ties: their keyboardist... more »
  • Not lovin' it: Internet mocks new McDonald's uniforms

    April 26, 2017 2:26 PM

    NEW YORK - McDonald's new uniforms are prompting some teasing online, with comments saying the gray-toned shirts and aprons make employees look like they're part of totalitarian regimes. Among the comparisons being made on social media to an image of the new uniforms: characters from Star Wars and The Hunger... more »
  • Woman accused of abandoning 2 toddlers with babysitter

    April 24, 2017 9:36 PM

    GRETNA - A 20-year-old New Orleans-area woman is accused of abandoning her two toddlers with a babysitter she'd found through Facebook. Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman Glen Boyd says deputies reached Mariah Lebouef of Kenner after the babysitter called Sunday, saying Lebouef had been gone six days and wasn't answering... more »
  • WATCH: Starbucks employee has meltdown over new Unicorn Frappuccino Play Video

    April 23, 2017 8:36 PM

    A Starbucks barista has taken to social media hoping to make orders for the coffee chain's much buzzed about Unicorn Frappuccino disappear. Starbucks' entry into the unicorn food craze was released Wednesday and its popularity was too much for 19-year-old Colorado barista Braden Burson. He posted a video (now-deleted)... more »
  • Bill O'Reilly to return with new podcast episode Monday

    April 23, 2017 2:51 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Bill O'Reilly is back and ready to talk. His personal website says the former Fox News host will air a new episode of his "No Spin News" podcast Monday evening. Fox News Channel's parent company fired O'Reilly on Wednesday following an investigation into sexual harassment allegations by... more »
  • Man who killed ex-Saints star seeks new trial

    April 18, 2017 8:50 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Defense lawyers for the man who killed former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith have filed a motion for a new trial based on "new evidence." Court records show the motion was filed Tuesday afternoon. The records don't spell out what the evidence is. The motion is... more »
  • Trump to sign bill extending veterans' health care program

    April 17, 2017 3:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump plans to sign legislation to extend temporarily a program that gives veterans access to private-sector health care. White House spokesman Sean Spicer says Trump will sign the bill Wednesday at the White House. The extension will provide stopgap services while Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin... more »
  • April the giraffe in NY has calf as 1.2 million watch online

    April 15, 2017 12:02 PM

    HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. - April the giraffe has given birth at a New York zoo as more than a million people around the world watched live. The 15-year-old giraffe delivered her calf Saturday in an enclosed pen at the zoo in Harpursville, a rural upstate village about 130 miles northwest of... more »
  • New Alabama governor sworn in amid scandal

    April 10, 2017 9:54 PM

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Kay Ivey has been sworn in as Alabama's new governor after Robert Bentley resigned and pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges that arose from an investigation into his alleged affair. Ivey, who had been lieutenant governor, took the oath of office Monday at a ceremony at the... more »
  • 2 new Republican members sworn into the Louisiana House

    April 10, 2017 4:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House has two new members. Reps. John Stefanski and Joe Stagni were sworn in Monday after winning elections earlier this year to two vacant seats. Stefanski, a Republican from Crowley, takes over the seat previously represented by Jack Montoucet, a Democrat who left when Gov.... more »
  • Hopes, concerns spurred by post-hurricane development plan

    April 9, 2017 12:51 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A major rebuilding effort is underway in a New Orleans neighborhood decimated by 2005's Hurricane Katrina. The New Orleans Redevelopment Authority is working to develop about 175 properties in the city's Lower 9th Ward. The neighborhood of low-to-moderate-income residents was hit hard by Katrina and has struggled... 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 »
  • A crackdown on false alarms in New Orleans

    March 26, 2017 11:46 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans officials are getting set to impose penalties for owners of properties where repeated false security alarms waste police time. A city news release says an ordinance taking effect May 1 will result in a warning to a property owner after one false alarm, and a... more »
  • Study: New Orleans tourism records: 10.45M tourists, $7.4B

    March 25, 2017 1:34 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A new study says New Orleans has broken a tourism record set before Hurricane Katrina, with nearly 10.5 million visitors in 2016. The record had stood at 10.1 million since 2004, the year before the hurricane struck. University of New Orleans' Hospitality Research Center says last year's... more »
  • New road to allow additional access to Lamar Dixon Expo Center Play Video

    March 22, 2017 7:32 PM

    GONZALES – A new road is being built to provide drivers with another way in and out of the Lamar Dixon Expo Center. The new road is called the Edenborne Extension and will connect Edenborne Parkway, that runs along River Parish Community College, to South Saint Landry Avenue. ... more »
  • Suspect identified in Navajo tribal officer's shooting death

    March 14, 2017 11:29 PM

    PREWITT, N.M. - Authorities say the man suspected of gunning down a tribal police officer on the nation's largest American Indian reservation was found hiding on a ridge not far from his rural home in western New Mexico. The McKinley County Sheriff's Office in a report obtained by the Navajo... more »
  • Tyra Banks to host season 12 of 'America's Got Talent'

    March 12, 2017 10:33 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Tyra Banks is hosting the 12th season of "America's Got Talent." NBC said Sunday that the supermodel, Emmy-winner and creator of "America's Next Top Model" will be joining the competition series alongside returning judges Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel. Banks will be... more »
  • Firefighters rescue man from Mississippi River

    March 11, 2017 1:53 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans firefighters have rescued a man from the Mississippi River after a late-night search of the waters near Mardi Gras World. In a statement, the fire department says it was responding to reports of a man in the water Friday night around 10 p.m. They started... more »
  • Coast Guard, multiple agencies locate missing hunter

    March 6, 2017 11:20 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard concluded a search for a missing hunter after he was found near the Atchafalaya River Basin. The man was located around 7 p.m. Monday evening, according to the Coast Guard. He was then transported to emergency medical services by the St. Mary's Parish... more »
  • Matt Damon to narrate Boston Marathon documentary

    March 6, 2017 1:29 PM

    BOSTON - The producers of the first full-length documentary film about the Boston Marathon say they've signed Matt Damon to narrate it. "Boston" premieres in its namesake city on April 15, two days before the 121st running of America's most venerable footrace. It will be screened in 500 theaters nationwide... more »
  • United adding nonstops from New Orleans to San Francisco

    March 4, 2017 11:53 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - United Airlines is expanding its seasonal nonstop flights from New Orleans to San Francisco to a daily, year-round service starting in early June. United Airlines previously did not offer nonstop flights between New Orleans and San Francisco in the summer months. The company, in a news release,... more »
  • New Orleans' criminal court house closing for lead abatement

    February 26, 2017 12:16 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans' criminal courthouse will be closed until March 6 as crews remove dangerous lead-based paint from the building's first floor. Judicial Administrator Robert Kazik told NOLA.com /The Times-Picayune the building was scheduled to be closed Monday through Wednesday for the Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday holidays.... more »
  • New York Times to broadcast 'truth' ad during Academy Awards

    February 25, 2017 1:36 PM

    NEW YORK - The New York Times will air a commercial called "The Truth Is Hard" during the Oscars, just days after the company and other news organizations were blocked from joining an informal, on-the-record White House press briefing. The 30-second ad includes audio from voices in the vein of... more »
  • New Orleans city planners deadlock on ferry terminal demo

    February 25, 2017 1:01 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans City Planning Commission has deadlocked on a plan to tear down the dilapidated Canal Street ferry terminal for replacement with a glass building. News outlets report that the City Council now gets the proposal from the Regional Transit Authority and its operator, Paris-based Transdev.... more »
  • Runaway cow leads police on wild chase in NYC

    February 21, 2017 3:09 PM

    NEW YORK - A cow that apparently escaped from a slaughterhouse has led police on a wild chase through New York City streets. Police corralled the animal in a backyard in Jamaica, Queens, after a chase that lasted more than an hour. Footage airing on WABC-TV showed the black bull... more »
  • 6 teenagers fall through ice into Central Park pond, rescued

    February 20, 2017 9:17 PM

    NEW YORK - Six teenagers have fallen through ice into an off-limits pond in New York's Central Park but have been rescued. It happened Monday evening at the southern end of the park. Police say the 15- and 16-year-olds were on the ice when it gave way. A nearby sign... more »
  • Russia's ambassador to United Nations dead at 64

    February 20, 2017 2:22 PM

    NEW YORK - Russian officials say its ambassador to the United Nations has died suddenly in New York City. Vitaly Churkin was 64. Russia's deputy U.N. ambassador, Vladimir Safronkov, told The Associated Press that Churkin became ill in his office at Russia's U.N. mission and was taken to Columbia Presbyterian... more »
  • Times reports calls between Trump team, Russia

    February 14, 2017 11:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - The New York Times is reporting that U.S. agencies intercepted phone calls last year between Russian intelligence officials and members of Donald Trump's 2016 campaign team. The Times reports that the Russians made contact with Paul Manafort, who briefly served as Trump's campaign chairman. In late August, Manafort... more »
  • Ex-Saints WR Robert Meachem jailed for unpaid child support

    February 14, 2017 8:30 PM

    GRETNA - Former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Robert Meachem is behind bars after failing to pay nearly $400,000 in child support and alimony. State District Judge Adrian Adams sent Meachem to jail in Jefferson Parish on Monday for 30 days. Adams said Meachem could be released once he pays... more »
  • Coast Guard removes injured woman from New Orleans cruise ship

    February 13, 2017 5:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- The Louisiana Coast Guard removed an injured 71-year-old woman and her husband from a cruise ship heading down the Mississippi River to an emergency medical crew on shore. The cruise ship Norwegian Dawn called for help at 7 p.m. Sunday after the woman's shoulder was injured. It did... more »
  • GOHSEP: 28 injuries, no deaths after severe weather strikes southeast Louisiana

    February 7, 2017 9:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Crisis Action Team has been activated in order to address any requests for support from parishes and other state agencies due to today’s tornadic activity. Seven areas across southeast Louisiana sustained possible tornado damage during several rounds of... more »
  • Some Boston Globe editions mistakenly suggest Falcons won Super Bowl

    February 6, 2017 3:59 PM

    BOSTON - It wasn't exactly 'Dewey Defeats Truman,' but some Florida readers of The Boston Globe learned a different Super Bowl outcome than most. Early editions of New England's largest newspaper ran a front page Monday suggesting the Patriots lost to the Atlanta Falcons. The headline read "A Bitter End"... more »
  • ESPN and Giants defensive end Pierre-Paul settle lawsuit

    February 4, 2017 11:59 AM

    NEWARK, N.J. - New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and ESPN have settled a lawsuit over the network's disclosure of his medical records from a 2015 fireworks accident. ESPN announced the settlement on Friday, saying it believes that the network's reporting about the injury was newsworthy and journalistically appropriate.... more »
  • New Jimmy John's location opens on Essen Lane

    February 1, 2017 12:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A new Jimmy John's sandwich shop has opened at 4555 Essen Lane. The new shop marks the seventh in Baton Rouge. "Our team is excited to serve fresh, fast, and tasty sandwiches to a new set of customers in the community," Kyle Wilkinson, owner, said.... more »
  • DA charges girlfriend of man killed by Louisiana deputies

    February 1, 2017 10:49 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A woman who was in a car with her boyfriend when he was shot and killed by two pursuing Louisiana sheriff's deputies last year has been charged in connection with the actions authorities say the couple took that prompted the chase. Citing court records filed Thursday, news... more »
  • Cara's House animal shelter awarded $50,000 for post-flood expansion

    January 31, 2017 1:23 PM

    SORRENTO – Cara's House animal shelter has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support its new expansion following the August 2016 flood. The Petco Foundation investment will help pay for three new buildings that will house additional dogs and cats available for adoption. "CARA's... more »
  • Sentencing for retired Saints star's killer reset for March

    January 31, 2017 12:53 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Sentencing for the man who fatally shot former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith has been postponed to March 27. Prosecution and defense attorneys in the Cardell Hayes case agreed Tuesday to push back a sentencing in mid-February. Smith was killed in a traffic confrontation in New... more »
  • Man already jailed, now held for triple murder in NOLA

    January 30, 2017 5:47 PM

    GRETNA - Authorities say a 31-year-old man has been arrested in connection with last week's shooting deaths of three people in suburban New Orleans. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office announced Monday that Corey Woods of Metairie was already in jail on unrelated charges when three counts of first-degree murder were... more »
  • 1 dead, 2 injured in New Orleans shooting

    January 28, 2017 1:01 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - One woman is dead and two others wounded after a triple shooting in a New Orleans neighborhood. Police say officers responded to a call at about 11:50 p.m. Friday. When they arrived, investigators found three women with multiple gunshot wounds inside a car with Texas license plates.... more »
  • First would-be migrants to US grounded in Cairo

    January 28, 2017 11:26 AM

    CAIRO - Cairo airport officials say seven U.S.-bound migrants - six from Iraq and one from Yemen - have been prevented from boarding an EgyptAir flight to New York's JFK airport. The officials said the action Saturday by the airport was the first since President Donald Trump imposed a three-month... more »
  • New face of Gerber is 7-month-old baby from Ohio

    January 27, 2017 4:47 PM

    FLORHAM PARK - A 7-month-old boy from Ohio is the new face of Gerber baby products. Though he probably won't be saying much anytime soon, the spokesbaby named Riley has an "infectious laugh and big, gummy smile," according to his mom, Kristen Shines. Gerber announced Thursday that Riley, who lives... more »
  • Technology part of New Orleans anti-crime, anti-terror plan

    January 23, 2017 9:02 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Authorities have unveiled an extensive, $40 million program to fight crime and terrorism in New Orleans. It includes plans for round-the-clock monitoring of cameras in 20 high crime hot spots, take-home cars for police officers, high-tech imaging equipment to spot people carrying weapons and the eventual closure... more »
  • All 3 weekend triple shooting victims dead

    January 23, 2017 8:50 PM

    METAIRIE - Jefferson Parish authorities say all three people shot in a car over the weekend have died. Sheriff's spokesman John Fortunato tells local media that a 16-year-old girl died Sunday, and her 25-year-old brother and the brother's girlfriend died Monday. All three were in a 2006 Honda Accord that... more »
  • Disney reveals title for next 'Star Wars' film

    January 23, 2017 12:26 PM

    NEW YORK - "Star Wars: Episode VIII" finally has a title: "The Last Jedi." The Walt Disney Co. announced the title for the next chapter in the Skywalker saga on Monday. "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" will be released Dec. 15. Speculation over just who the last Jedi is immediately... more »
  • LSU gives Mike VII update; mascot will no longer attend home games

    January 19, 2017 2:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The search continues for another live tiger mascot after the passing of Mike VI. David Baker, LSU’s attending veterinarian, continues to search for a young male tiger to take up the mantle of LSU mascot. Renovations on the current habitat, paid for by the Tiger... more »
  • New Orleans expanding plans for new airport terminal

    January 18, 2017 2:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the city is expanding plans for a terminal being built to replace the international airport's current one, built in 1959. He says increased flights and passengers prompted the change in plans from 30 gates to 35. Officials say that will add... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Yahoo to change name, trim board if Verizon deal gets done

    January 9, 2017 8:35 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - Yahoo will adopt a new corporate identity and cut the size of its board in half if the proposed $4.8 billion sale of its digital services to Verizon Communications goes through. The company plans to change its name to Altaba Inc. after it turns over its email,... more »
  • New Orleans to activate new traffic cameras Monday

    January 8, 2017 1:18 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration says 55 new traffic cameras will begin photographing and fining speeders on Monday. The revenue from the controversial cameras will be used to help close budget gaps in 2017, although Landrieu has said that's not the point of the cameras. All... more »
  • New Year's shooting at Milwaukee nightclub kills 1

    January 1, 2017 12:41 PM

    MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee police are searching for suspects after a New Year's shooting at a nightclub killed one person, a violent start after a year that saw nearly 150 homicides in the city. WITI-TV eports the shooting happened just before 5 a.m. Sunday at Dee's Elegance Bar & Grill on... more »
  • 4 dead in southern Illinois small plane crash

    January 1, 2017 11:49 AM

    VIENNA, Ill. - Authorities in southern Illinois say four people died New Year's Eve after a single-engine plane crashed in a wooded area. Johnson County Coroner David Rockwell says he pronounced the two men and two women dead at about 8:15 p.m. on Saturday at the scene of the crash.... more »
  • 24 of Turkey attack's 39 victims were foreigners

    January 1, 2017 11:44 AM

    ISTANBUL - Turkey's state-run news agency says that nearly two-thirds of the people killed in the Istanbul nightclub attack were foreign nationals. Anadolu Agency reported Sunday that 24 of the shooting attack's 39 victims were citizens of other countries. However, the news agency did not provide a breakdown of their... more »
  • 2 would-be robbers reject what they'd demanded

    December 27, 2016 8:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police say two holdups ended with would-be robbers rejecting the belongings they had demanded. A summary emailed by police spokeswoman Dawne Massey says that about 10:20 a.m. Monday, a man with a semi-automatic handgun approached a man and woman near a store. The man ran... more »
  • 4 Mississippi Supreme Court justices begin new terms in Jan.

    December 25, 2016 2:02 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - One new justice and three returning ones are preparing to start their terms on the Mississippi Supreme Court. A swearing-in ceremony takes place Jan. 3 at the court building near the state Capitol. Circuit Judge Bobby Chamberlin of Hernando won a northern district Supreme Court race in... more »
  • LSU Health: $6.4M contract to clean vacant Charity Hospital

    December 24, 2016 11:29 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Early next year, crews will begin cleaning out the art deco public hospital abandoned after Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans. Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans tells WDSU-TV (http://bit.ly/2hQRQe4 ) that it has awarded a $6.4 million contract to clean Charity Hospital. Spokeswoman Leslie... more »
  • New Roads Police arrest mom accused of giving birth, dumping newborn baby in Walmart bathroom trash can Play Video

    December 24, 2016 2:33 AM

    NEW ROADS - Just before noon, on Christmas Eve, police from New Roads arrested Kyandrea Thomas. Thomas is accused of giving birth in a Walmart bathroom, then dumping her newborn baby in a bathroom trash can before leaving the store. Thomas was arrested after she checked herself in to Lane... more »
  • Flight diverted to New York's JFK airport due to bomb threat

    December 12, 2016 11:43 PM

    NEW YORK - Authorities say a Lufthansa flight has been diverted to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport due to a bomb threat. Port Authority spokesman Steve Coleman says Lufthansa Flight 441 was heading from Houston, Texas, to Frankfurt, Germany, Monday night when a threat was called in to... more »

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