August 5, 2014 5:51 PM
NEW YORK - A published report says Russian hackers have stolen 1.2 billion user names and passwords in a series of Internet heists affecting 420,000 websites. The New York Times says the thievery was uncovered by Hold Security, a Milwaukee firm that has a history of sifting out online security... more »
July 24, 2014 4:52 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Recovery School District (RSD) took action to secure Istrouma High School less than 24 hours after a News 2 report on thefts at the school.
News 2 cameras caught suspected thieves hauling off equipment from the school last Tuesday. RSD Superintendent Patrick Dobard is calling... more »
July 9, 2014 10:26 AM
WASHINGTON - A media account reports that the National Security Agency and the FBI covertly scanned the emails of five prominent Muslim-Americans under the government's secret surveillance program aimed at foreign terrorists and other national security threats. The report in The Intercept, an online magazine, said the targets included an... more »
July 3, 2014 2:38 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. officials are concerned al-Qaeda is trying to develop a new bomb that could go undetected through airport security. There is no indication such a bomb has been created or that there's a specific threat to the U.S., but the Obama administration called Wednesday for increased security at... more »
June 3, 2014 3:14 PM
SAN FRANCISCO - The volume of email cloaked in encryption technology is rapidly rising as Google, Yahoo, Facebook and other major Internet companies try to shield their users' online communications from government spies and other snoops. Google automatically encrypts all email, but that doesn't ensure confidentiality unless the recipients' email... more »
May 30, 2014 6:37 AM
BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge police lieutenant who retired a few days ago has been arrested and accused of clocking in with the department at the same time he was working off-duty security assignments. 52-year-old Dewayne E. Lee Sr. was booked Thursday on counts of public payroll fraud and... more »
May 28, 2014 12:34 PM
BATON ROUGE - Security surveillance video from the Louisiana Capitol complex would be off-limits to the public, under a bill heading to the full House for debate. The House and Governmental Affairs Committee advanced the proposal without objection Wednesday after a heavy rewrite that narrowed its scope. As passed by... more »
May 27, 2014 12:14 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Senate has narrowly agreed to repeal a six-year-old law that prohibits state officials from issuing driver's licenses that comply with federally-mandated security features. Under federal law, REAL ID-compliant licenses will be required to board domestic airline flights by 2016. Without such an ID, passengers will... more »
May 23, 2014 10:00 PM
MONROE- The kissing congressman is not ruling out a future career in politics.
According to Politico , Vance McAllister is not quite ready to leave politics completely. The website posted this week, McAllister was quite open about his future in what is described as a brief interview about his... more »
May 21, 2014 4:10 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Better Business Bureau reports that eBay is asking users to change their passwords after a cyber-attack compromised a database containing encrypted passwords and other non-financial data.
The company said it has no evidence of unauthorized activity for eBay users, and there has been no evidence... more »
May 6, 2014 2:25 AM
DONETSK, Ukraine - Ukraine's Interior Minister says 30 pro-Russian insurgents have been killed during security operations to expunge anti-government forces stationed in and near a city in the east. Arsen Avakov said on his Facebook page Tuesday that four government troops also died and another 20 were injured during fighting... more »
April 20, 2014 6:26 PM
BOSTON - Families celebrating Easter contrasted with tight security checks as Boston welcomed tens of thousands of runners and hundreds of thousands of spectators for the annual marathon. Diners gathered at sidewalk cafes and runners in their official jackets picked up last-minute supplies on Sunday, the day before the 26.2-mile... more »
April 10, 2014 3:18 PM
BATON ROUGE- Governor Bobby Jindal joined the Louisiana Republican Party in saying Rep. Vance McAllister should resign amid the kissing scandal.
"Congressman McAllister's behavior is an embarrassment and he should resign," the governor said Thursday.
McAllister said a day earlier, he was not expecting to be in Washington,... more »
April 8, 2014 11:25 PM
MONROE- The Louisiana congressman who was caught kissing a woman other than his wife on his office surveillance cameras plans to ask federal investigators to probe the leak of the recording Wednesday.
Vance McAllister (R-Monroe), through his chief of staff, told KNOE TV , he will discuss a possible... more »
April 5, 2014 10:29 AM
SAN DIEGO, CA - A 5-year-old San Diego boy has outwitted the sharpest minds at Microsoft - he's found a backdoor to the Xbox. Kristoffer Von Hassel managed to log in to his father's Xbox Live account. When the password log-in screen appeared, Kristoffer simply hit the space button a... more »
April 4, 2014 3:16 PM
DALLAS - After three mass shootings at military bases in the U.S. in the last five years, security experts say the sad truth is that there is probably no practical way of preventing soldiers or civilian employees from carrying guns onto big installations like Fort Hood. Army Spc. Ivan A.... more »
March 31, 2014 6:10 PM
BAKER - One teen said Monday she was standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the shooter in Baker when he opened fire at a birthday party Friday night, killing three teens and wounding another.
"You see that type of stuff on the movies and stuff, but you would never think that it... more »
March 12, 2014 6:29 PM
BATON ROUGE- LSU researchers say people fail at matching faces to ID photographs 40 percent of the time.
Dr. Megan Papesh, Assistant Professor of Psychology at LSU, said their studies show recent photos with similar lighting were the easiest to identify, with 80 percent of people getting the match... more »
January 21, 2014 10:29 PM
BATON ROUGE- School leaders are planning extra security at school bus transfer sites since kids are playing the "knockout game" while they wait for the bus.
The violent game involves randomly punching someone else, and it has happened at the transfer location on Sherwood Forest.
One student could... more »
January 6, 2014 4:49 PM
BATON ROUGE - State Police said security at the Violent Crimes Unit is being reviewed after an accused attempted murderer escaped through the ceiling Sunday night.
Investigators said Ryan Boatner, 27, was being held for a home invasion, robbery and shooting Sunday night when he managed to escape the... more »
December 31, 2013 9:02 PM
BATON ROUGE - The first ever Red Stick Revelry in downtown is expected to bring crowds and more police patrols.
"You will see more of a presence throughout the city, which includes the downtown," Baton Rouge Police Cpl. Don Coppola said. "You will see more police out."
The... more »
November 4, 2013 8:50 AM
BATON ROUGE - Officials are considering ways to improve safety after shots rang out over the weekend at the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair.
A teen faces second-degree murder charges in the death of 20-year-old Darrius Scott.
Deputies say Keithdrick Pier, 18, shot and killed Scott after the... more »
November 1, 2013 6:16 PM
BATON ROUGE- Early Friday morning, a guard from the Belle of Baton Rouge casino was attacked by a group of six men being escorted from the property according to casino officials.
A Belle of Baton Rouge spokesperson said the men were acting rowdy on the casino floor, which is... more »
October 30, 2013 2:50 PM
NEW YORK- Runners in the New York City Marathon who make it to the finish line will celebrate amid tighter security than ever. Mindful of the Boston Marathon bombing, the NYPD plans to post extra officers at the finish in Central Park on Sunday. A legion of other officers will... more »
September 17, 2013 11:48 AM
WASHINGTON - The mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard yesterday is raising questions about background checks.
Officials say the alleged shooter, Aaron Alexis, used a valid pass to get into the Navy Yard building where he killed twelve people. He was killed in a gun battle with police.... more »
September 6, 2013 10:33 AM
BATON ROUGE - Dozens of LSU Tiger fans will begin making their way to campus this afternoon ahead of Saturday's season opener in Tiger Stadium.
The team will face off against the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Tailgaters can expect to see an increased security presence at all... more »
September 5, 2013 5:56 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Boston Marathon Bombing is still on the minds of those watching over LSU football games and tailgates.
"Before the Boston bombing, most of these large events the concentration of security was the venue itself. Since the Boston bombing, now we have to look at more... more »
August 13, 2013 12:07 PM
WASHINGTON - Air Force officials say a unit responsible for operating nuclear missiles has failed a safety and security inspection. This is the second major setback this year for the Air Force's nuclear weapons force, which is responsible for 450 land-based nuclear missiles on 24/7 alert for potential launch at... more »
August 1, 2013 3:54 PM
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas' attorney general says school districts can't use a state law to employ teachers and staff as licensed, armed security guards on campus. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel on Thursday said in an opinion issued by his office that the Arkansas board of Private Investigators and Private... more »
July 31, 2013 12:34 PM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's national security team has been arguing today that the government's sweeping domestic surveillance powers need to be retained. But in testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, they acknowledged that some limits appear inevitable. They said they want to work with lawmakers who seem intent on... more »
July 24, 2013 10:52 PM
BATON ROUGE- The sheriff's office has discussed a wide-spread issue with credit and debit card numbers being stolen with the Secret Service.
The agency said it does not believe there was a breach, but possibly a series of people taking pictures or copying card numbers resulting in the reports... more »
July 18, 2013 6:19 PM
BATON ROUGE - Four security doors were recently installed on the third floor of City Hall.
Metro Councilman John Delgado requested them after reports of people walking freely into personal council offices during meetings.
"This is a public building. We want to make it accessible to people, but... more »
June 18, 2013 10:37 AM
WASHINGTON - The head of the National Security Agency is telling Congress that the government's sweeping surveillance programs have foiled some 50 terrorist plots around the world. Army Gen. Keith Alexander tells the House Intelligence Committee that the two programs that were recently disclosed are critical in the terrorism fight.... more »
May 23, 2013 2:02 PM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he has signed new policy guidelines to oversee when the U.S. can use drone strikes against suspected terrorists. Obama says clear guidelines, oversight and accountability are spelled out in "policy guidance" he signed Wednesday. He says Thursday in a national security speech that the... more »
May 22, 2013 3:04 PM
NEW YORK - Twitter is adding an extra security measure to users' accounts in an effort to prevent unauthorized logins. Twitter said that users will be able to enroll in a login verification program.
For those who sign up, Twitter will send a six-digit code using a text message... more »
May 16, 2013 12:28 PM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is calling on Congress to "fully fund" his administration's budget request for embassy security. The request comes as Obama seeks to get ahead of the controversy over his administration's response to the attack last September in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans. Obama said he... more »
May 1, 2013 9:34 PM
BATON ROUGE - There are changes at the LSU Student Recreational Center after someone was sexually assaulted in the men's shower.
On April 16, a male student told police a he was groped by another man while taking a shower.
Last week, police arrested Hung M. Dang, 46,... more »
April 30, 2013 10:48 AM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says a national security review following the Boston Marathon bombings will look at whether there is more the government can do to stop people within the United States who might become radicalized and plan terror attacks. One of the dangers the U.S. faces now, Obama... more »
April 23, 2013 7:50 PM
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE- Authorities in Nashville say they have no known threat for the St. Jude Country Music Marathon on Saturday, but runners will see a strong presence of security from start to finish. The event draws about 30,000 runners. Federal, state and local authorities say they've planned for every contingency.... more »
April 22, 2013 9:11 PM
BATON ROUGE - When you take a stroll in downtown Baton Rouge, chances are someone is watching.
"I don't like it," Jerry Corntwaite said.
If you take a close look, you'll see surveillance cameras are all over the place.
"That doesn't bother me," Avia Dimittia said. "If... more »
April 18, 2013 9:14 AM
LONDON- Any anxiety marathon runners have about competing in London after the Boston bombings is being allayed by the successful security measures at last year's Olympics. The elite runners have arrived in London for Sunday's race and heard assurances from the British government that security is being stepped up after... more »
April 15, 2013 3:58 PM
LOS ANGELES - Police in Los Angeles, New York City, London and other cities worldwide are stepping up security following explosions at the Boston Marathon. Los Angeles County Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore says the department has opened an emergency operations center, increased patrols for transit and other critical areas including... more »
April 11, 2013 7:31 PM
HONOLULU- A man heading to a court hearing in Honolulu had his pet duck and a bottle of beer in his bag when he went through security at the Honolulu Circuit Court. Michael Hubbard reluctantly told security about the duck in his bag when x-ray screener noticed something moving inside.... more »
April 9, 2013 8:08 AM
PLAQUEMINE - The Iberville Parish School Board has entered into an agreement with the sheriff's office to better secure the district's 10 school campuses through the addition of four new school resource officers, a truancy officer and nine school crossing guards. Chief Financial Officer Jolain Landry said during the board's... more »
April 8, 2013 7:37 AM
WASHINGTON - Senators writing a comprehensive immigration bill hope to finish their work this week.
Their plan is sure to open a raucous public debate over measures to secure the border, allow tens of thousands of foreign workers into the country and grant eventual citizenship to the estimated 11... more »
April 2, 2013 5:39 PM
DUTCHTOWN - More Ascension Parish deputies will patrol schools in the district soon.
The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office has extra deputies shadowing current school resource officers as they patrol school buildings, part of a program that will boost the number of deputies watching over students to 16.
"Now... more »
April 2, 2013 5:19 PM
BATON ROUGE - As care at Earl K. Long Memorial Hospital winds down, services and safety changes at Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center are ramping up.
Earl K. Long closes on April 15th, and OLOL will begin operating several medical clinics around Baton Rouge and take over... more »
April 1, 2013 9:50 PM
GONZALES- As students return to school in Ascension Parish from spring break Tuesday, more security will be on campus.
Four additional deputies join the 16 currently on patrol at area schools.
Members of the group will rotate among elementary, middle, and high schools so they can become familiar... more »
April 1, 2013 1:12 PM
KAUFMAN, Texas - Deputies have been escorting some county employees into the courthouse today in Kaufman County, Texas. The extra security is in place two days after the county's district attorney and his wife were found shot to death in their home. The shooting came two months after an assistant... more »
March 28, 2013 8:55 AM
NEW ROADS - The Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office has submitted a school crisis response plan to the school board outlining new security recommendations to better protect the district's five campuses. Sheriff Bud Torres also handed the board a proposal on Wednesday to spend about $120,000 a year to hire... more »
March 21, 2013 9:12 PM
LIVINGSTON - Thursday night a unanimous decision by the Livingston Parish School Board to add more security to 44 schools around the parish.
Four deputies, will be added to help secure the schools, one deputy is already working.
A tentative plan will be for the deputies to rotate... more »
March 19, 2013 8:54 PM
LIVINGSTON - In the current social and educational climate, keeping children safe at school is more difficult and expensive than it once was. Especially after the number of mass shootings -happening around the country-- is on the rise. That's why the Livingston Parish School Board and the Livingston Parish Sheriff... more »
March 18, 2013 4:55 PM
BATON ROUGE- License plate recognition technology, once reserved for police, is now being utilized by neighborhoods to fight crime.
The cameras catch a picture of the license plate and car and then compile it into a database that law enforcement can access.
"It actually reads the license plates... more »
February 28, 2013 10:59 AM
BATON ROUGE - State education superintendent John White briefed state lawmakers this morning on security conditions and changes at Louisiana's schools.
White said after the Sandy Hook elementary shooting in Connecticut, 52 percent of Louisiana's school districts made changes to their school security plans.
He also said 98... more »
February 21, 2013 11:23 PM
LIVINGSTON- School system leaders have to decide how to pay for a huge increase in school resource officers.
Some have suggested adding officers at all schools in the district.
Leaders said the increase is not directly related to the tragedy in Connecticut, where two-dozen kids were murdered in... more »
February 21, 2013 6:24 PM
PORT ALLEN - School security in West Baton Rouge remains an issue of concern for parents and the parish school board.
At a meeting last night, a board member suggested the schools start using metal detectors and initiate lock down procedures to keep trespassers away and prevent students from... more »
February 20, 2013 5:48 PM
BATON ROUGE - Social media has changed the way many people interact on a daily basis. Sites like Facebook and Twitter is a great tool for communication, but it can also act as a gateway for cyberbullying and threats.
This week, police arrested 18-year-old Kyle Blackburn after they said... more »
February 19, 2013 3:43 PM
WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden says Americans don't need semi-automatic weapons to protect their homes because a couple of blasts from a shotgun will scare off intruders. The vice president encouraged those worried about defending themselves to buy a shotgun. He was speaking Tuesday in an online video as... more »
February 17, 2013 12:43 PM
WASHINGTON - The new White House chief of staff says there's "a grave concern" about delays in assembling President Barack Obama's second-term national security team. Senate Republicans have stalled the nominations of Chuck Hagel to be defense secretary and John Brennan to be CIA director. GOP lawmakers want more answers... more »
February 17, 2013 10:32 AM
MONROE - A change of plea hearing is scheduled Tuesday for a man charged in Louisiana with trying use a fraudulent Social Security number to obtain a drivers license and identification documents. William Lyman Agnew is scheduled to charge his plea to guilty in U.S. District Court in Monroe. He... more »
February 14, 2013 10:32 AM
BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish school system scheduled four community forums next week to talk to parents about school safety and get feedback on how to make schools safer. The forums are scheduled for Monday through Wednesday at four schools. Baton Rouge Magnet High is hosting Monday,... more »
February 7, 2013 11:02 AM
INDEPENDENCE - Security was beefed up at Independence High School after two students were arrested and accused of making threats against the school. Tangipahoa Parish Schools Superintendent Mark Kolwe said Principal Hugh Wallace said the students' grandmother called the sheriff's office Tuesday after finding written threats in the boys' room... more »
February 6, 2013 6:52 AM
TIOGA - Authorities say two Tioga High School students are facing terrorism charges in the case of emails sent to the school on Jan. 31 that resulted in a lockdown and extra security. Rapides Parish sheriff's deputies tell The Town Talk the 17-year-olds face 10 counts of terrorism. Both were... more »
February 5, 2013 6:59 AM
WASHINGTON - The Senate has approved legislation that would allow the State Department to transfer up to $1.1 billion to improve security at U.S. embassies in the wake of the deadly assault last year at the U.S. Consulate in Libya that killed four Americans. The measure now heads to the... more »
February 5, 2013 3:12 AM
SAN DIEGO - U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is in San Diego to trumpet what she calls dramatic improvements in border security.
Napolitano told reporters after touring the border Monday that the difference from 20 years ago is like comparing a rocket ship to a horse and buggy.... more »
January 30, 2013 10:57 AM
NEW ORLEANS - It's an unprecedented security challenge for New Orleans: The increasingly raucous buildup to Mardi Gras gets suspended for a week as 150,000 visitors pack the city for the Super Bowl. The two events bring all the usual worries, from petty crime and public drunkenness to random gunfire... more »
January 30, 2013 7:44 AM
ST. FRANCISVILLE - The West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office has assigned an additional deputy to school security duties, giving each of the parish's four schools a full-time officer on campus. During a briefing on security issues on Tuesday, Chief Sheriff's Deputy Randy Metz told school board members the fourth officer... more »
January 23, 2013 10:11 AM
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says her department is moving swiftly and aggressively to strengthen security at U.S. missions worldwide, after the deadly September raid on the U.S. consulate in Libya. In what is probably her last appearance on Capitol Hill as the nation's top diplomat, Clinton... more »
January 21, 2013 11:38 PM
PLAQUEMINE- School resource officers will be increased at schools in Iberville Parish.
The Sheriff's Department is adding to its force in the wake of the school shooting in Connecticut.
Experienced deputies are being moved from the patrol division to schools. Additional deputies will be hired to fill the... more »
January 18, 2013 4:29 PM
NEWTOWN, Conn. - A Connecticut company says it has nearly finished installing state-of-the-art security equipment at a school to which students moved after the deadly Newtown elementary school shooting. Thomas Marino Jr.'s father owns Advanced Security Technologies in Stratford. He says he reached out to manufacturers after the Dec. 14... more »
January 17, 2013 3:25 PM
BATON ROUGE - Education leaders are reviewing Louisiana school security procedures after the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school. Superintendent of Education John White suggested lawmakers should tweak a state law from 2001 that requires all elementary and secondary public schools to have a written crisis management and response... more »
January 17, 2013 10:36 AM
BATON ROUGE - A state committee convened this morning to see how Louisiana schools could be better protected in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut.
Members of the House Select Committee on Homeland Security gathered at 10 a.m. to look over security procedures already in... more »
January 14, 2013 10:53 AM
PORT ALLEN - School administrators in West Baton Rouge will meet with law enforcement tonight to discuss school security in the parish.
Tonight's committee meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the school board office in Port Allen.
The committee will primarily decide if the topic warrants further... more »
January 7, 2013 5:47 PM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has tapped White House homeland security adviser John Brennan as his nominee to lead the Central Intelligence Agency. Obama on Monday appeared with Brennan in the East Room of the White House to name him as his pick to succeed former CIA chief David Petraeus,... more »
December 22, 2012 10:57 AM
PORT ALLEN - The West Baton Rouge Parish School Board will take up in-depth discussion of school security in January.
The Advocate reports the goal is to improve security measures at public schools in the parish.
School security has become a hot-button issue nationwide after shootings at an... more »
December 21, 2012 11:40 AM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana travelers can rest easier. The Department of Homeland Security announced Friday that states will be given an extension to meet the new standards of the Real ID Act.
Without this extension a state driver's license would not have been accepted as a proper form of... more »
December 20, 2012 11:22 PM
PORT ALLEN- School leaders in West Baton Rouge are the latest to talk about upping the ante when it comes to school security.
Superintendent David Corona told WBRZ News 2, he's set-up a committee to look into what needs to be done to keep schools safe in the event... more »
December 20, 2012 4:19 PM
BATON ROUGE - There were shots of a different kind after a Baton Rouge basketball game Wednesday night.
BREC Communications Officer Cheryl Michelet says a park ranger was at Kernan Park when a fight broke out. The unarmed ranger attempted to break up the fight.
Residents in the... more »
December 17, 2012 2:59 PM
BATON ROUGE- Security changes have been made to the evidence room of the 19th Judicial District Courthouse, after 48 pounds of cocaine went missing.
Two courthouse employees, William Colvin and Debra Bell, were arrested. Investigators said they stole the cocaine and distributed it on the streets of Baton Rouge,... more »
December 17, 2012 2:01 PM
UNDATED - Most of the nation fell back into the familiar routine of dropping off children at school, as teachers and parents wrestled with how best to quell children's fears after the killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. School districts across the U.S. increased patrols and security... more »
December 17, 2012 11:58 AM
BATON ROUGE - Authorities announced several changes today that will be coming to the district court in Baton Rouge, after a major security breach put 48 pounds of cocaine back on the street.
Today federal and state investigators said they added a two-key system to the evidence vaults after... more »
December 12, 2012 1:32 PM
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council is condemning North Korea's successful rocket launch. The U.N.'s most powerful body said in a brief statement after closed consultations Wednesday that the launch violated a 2009 Security Council resolution banning "any launch using ballistic missile technology." The council said that after the... more »
December 3, 2012 4:50 PM
SLIDELL - A woman accused of helping stuff the body of her roommate's dead father into an ice chest and stealing almost $34,000 of his Social Security checks has pleaded guilty. The Times-Picayune reports Heidi Todd, 45, pleaded guilty to unlawful disposal of human remains, mutilating or disinterring human remains... more »
October 16, 2012 2:34 PM
BIRMINGHAM, England - An official at the British hospital treating a Pakistani teen activist says the people who showed up asking about the girl were probably just "over-curious," not a threat to her safety. Dr. Dave Rosser, medical director of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, says several people turned... more »
October 2, 2012 10:29 AM
WASHINGTON - Leaders of a House committee say U.S. diplomats in Libya made repeated requests for increased security in Benghazi but the pleas were denied in Washington. The Oversight and Government Reform Committee officials said Tuesday they received the information from individuals with direct knowledge of the situation. The Sept.... more »