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  • Planned Parenthood president 'proud' of fetal tissue work

    September 28, 2015 7:19 PM

    WASHINGTON - Planned Parenthood's president says she is proud of its work providing fetal tissue for researchers as she prepares to make the organization's first appearance before Congress since the release of undercover videos. Cecile Richards says just 1 percent of Planned Parenthood's nearly 700 clinics retrieve the tissue.... more »
  • Appeals court upholds charges against former health chief

    August 7, 2015 12:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A state appeals court has ruled the grand jury testimony of former state health secretary Bruce Greenstein should not have been made public. But the court upheld a judge's decision against throwing out part of Greenstein's perjury indictment. The 1st Circuit Court of Appeal said Thursday... more »
  • 'John Doe' doctors to testify behind screen in abortion case

    June 22, 2015 8:40 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Evidence and testimony will be the order of the day as a federal judge in Baton Rouge opens a six-day trial of three clinics' challenge to Louisiana's law requiring them to be able to admit patients to a hospital within 30 miles. The docket notes that attorneys for... more »
  • Businessman who testified against ex-Mayor Nagin gets 1 year

    February 11, 2015 2:34 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A businessman whose testimony helped put former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin in prison has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison after pleading guilty in Nagin's bribery case and in a separate securities fraud matter. Frank Fradella was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District... more »
  • Agents get subsidized 'Obamacare' using fake IDs

    July 23, 2014 2:47 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congress will hear testimony Wednesday detailing how undercover investigators used fake identities to get taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's law. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office says its undercover operatives were able to get subsidized health care in 11 out of 18 attempts. The GAO is... more »
  • Theater shooting lawyers in court to discuss video

    July 22, 2014 2:13 AM

    CENTENNIAL, CO - Attorneys in the Colorado theater shooting case are returning to court to discuss whether a doctor should be allowed to videotape the second sanity evaluation of defendant James Holmes. At a two-day hearing that starts Tuesday, prosecutors and the defense are also scheduled to discuss defense motions... more »
  • Lawmakers hear about Louisiana veterans health care

    June 27, 2014 3:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers are holding a special hearing to receive testimony about Louisiana veterans' treatment in the federal VA hospitals and clinics around the state. Friday's hearing of the Special Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs comes after allegations that veterans around the nation have faced long waits... more »
  • Witness: Vendor funded ex-New Orleans mayor trips

    January 31, 2014 10:34 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former technology chief for the city of New Orleans says ex-Mayor Ray Nagin took expensive vacations to Hawaii and Jamaica paid for by a major city vendor, Mark St. Pierre, who also helped funnel illegal contributions to Nagin's 2006 re-election campaign. Greg Meffert testified Friday... more »
  • Judge orders Armstrong to answer doping questions

    September 4, 2013 7:46 AM

    AUSTIN, Texas - A Texas judge is pushing Lance Armstrong closer to his first sworn testimony on details of his performance-enhancing drug use, ordering the cyclist to answer questions about who knew what and when about his doping. Nebraska-based Acceptance Insurance Holdings is seeking the information in its lawsuit to... more »
  • Expert: Zimmerman was in worse shape than Martin

    July 10, 2013 10:26 AM

    SANFORD, Fla. - A public safety expert called by the defense says George Zimmerman's physical capabilities were inferior to those of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Former police officer Dennis Root was called as a witness Wednesday by defense attorneys. Root testified that Martin was in better physical shape than Zimmerman, and... more »
  • Doctor testifies Martin suffered after being shot

    July 5, 2013 10:05 AM

    SANFORD, Fla. - The doctor who performed the autopsy on Trayvon Martin testified that the 17-year-old teen was in pain and suffered after he was shot by George Zimmerman. Defense attorneys on Friday objected when associate medical examiner Shiping Bao described Martin's condition after being shot. Judge Debra... more »
  • State winding down in George Zimmerman trial

    July 4, 2013 7:48 AM

    SANFORD, Fla. - Prosecutors are winding down their case in George Zimmerman's murder trial after presenting evidence and testimony aimed at refuting the former neighborhood watch volunteer's claim he was acting in self-defense when he fatally shot Trayvon Martin. Forensics experts testified Wednesday that Martin's DNA was not found on... more »
  • Judge strikes detective statements on Zimmerman

    July 2, 2013 10:02 AM

    SANFORD, Fla. - A prosecutor has gotten a judge to strike from the record an opinion from a Sanford police detective who testified that he found George Zimmerman credible in his account of how he got into a fight with Trayvon Martin. Judge Debra Nelson on Tuesday told jurors to... more »
  • Testimony to begin in week 2 of Zimmerman trial

    July 1, 2013 8:12 AM

    SANFORD, Fla. - Testimony in the George Zimmerman trial is expected to shift toward prosecution witnesses that will testify on scientific evidence against a former neighborhood watch leader charged in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin. Entering the second week of testimony Monday, prosecutors have yet to call forensics experts... more »
  • First week of testimony in Trayvon case wraps up

    June 29, 2013 10:59 AM

    SANFORD, Fla. - The first week of testimony in the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman produced conflicting accounts of the late-night scuffle that ended in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Two neighbors and a police officer gave testimony Friday that appeared to bolster claims by the defense that... more »
  • Zimmerman trial over teen's death enters 5th day

    June 28, 2013 9:04 AM

    SANFORD, Fla. - A video security expert has taken the witness stand in the George Zimmerman murder trial. Greg McKinney is the first witness Friday as the trial enters a fifth day of testimony. McKinney's company monitored the security cameras at the townhome complex where Zimmerman fatally shot... more »
  • Judge: No audio testimony in Zimmerman trial

    June 22, 2013 11:11 AM

    SANFORD, Fla. - The judge in the murder trial of George Zimmerman says prosecution audio experts who point to Trayvon Martin as screaming on a 911 calls moments before he was killed can't testify at trial. Judge Debra Nelson's written ruling was released Saturday. She'd heard arguments in a multiday... more »
  • Leaders of conservative groups talk of IRS abuse

    June 4, 2013 3:26 PM

    WASHINGTON - Leaders of tea party and other conservative groups have been telling a House panel today about what they say has been years of abuse by the Internal Revenue Service. They say that when they applied for tax-exempt status, the IRS responded by asking them inappropriate questions. The leader... more »
  • Testimony ends for 1st phase of BP spill trial

    April 17, 2013 6:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Testimony has concluded for the first phase of a high-stakes trial over the deadly 2010 rig explosion that led to the nation's worst offshore oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier didn't rule Wednesday on any claims in the litigation after BP PLC wrapped up its defense.... more »
  • Judge watches videotape of ex-BP CEO's testimony

    February 27, 2013 10:42 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The judge in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill trial has watched videotaped testimony from former BP chief executive Tony Hayward. Hayward was head of the London-based oil giant in 2010 when there was an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. Eleven workers were killed and... more »
  • Detective delivers graphic testimony during feticide hearing check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 4, 2013 6:11 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - A courtroom listened to disturbing testimony from one of the first Livingston Parish deputies to arrive at the home of Jeffrey Reynolds, the man accused of cutting his unborn child from his wife's body. Detective Jeff Beatty with the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office described what he... more »
  • Defense nominee Hagel defends his record in Senate

    January 31, 2013 10:26 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's nominee for defense secretary is defending himself against critics who have seized on his past statements about Israel, Iran and nuclear weapons. Chuck Hagel says he cannot be defined by a single vote or quote. He insists that his worldview hasn't changed and the United... more »
  • Husband of wounded lawmaker says Congress must act

    January 30, 2013 10:34 AM

    WASHINGTON - The husband of wounded former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords says that while curbing gun violence is a complex problem, it is no excuse for inaction by lawmakers. Former astronaut Mark Kelly told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that he and his wife, former Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords,... more »
  • Clinton: Department working to boost embassy security

    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 »
  • Clinton to testify on Libya assault Jan. 22

    January 8, 2013 1:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - The top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will testify on the deadly Sept. 11 assault in Libya on Jan. 22. That's the day after President Barack Obama's inauguration and the first day the Senate returns to Washington after a... more »
  • Vilma's testimony ends latest bounty hearings

    December 3, 2012 6:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The latest round of appeal hearings in the NFL's bounty investigation have concluded with appearances by former Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress, Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt and linebacker Jonathan Vilma. Vilma says his appearance went well but declined further comment citing a request for... more »
  • Saints' Vilma, Smith attend Williams hearing

    November 30, 2012 1:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - Saints defensive end Will Smith says he's glad he got a chance to hear former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams testify at an appeals hearing in the bounties case. Smith and New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma attended Friday's session, where Williams was cross-examined by the players' lawyers for about... more »
  • Testimony in voucher lawsuit continues Thursday

    November 29, 2012 10:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Testimony is continuing for a second day in a Baton Rouge trial over whether Gov. Bobby Jindal's statewide voucher program is unconstitutional. Judge Tim Kelley said he expects to rule this week on the lawsuit from teacher unions and school boards seeking to shut down the vouchers... more »
  • Romney: Biden contradicted sworn Libya testimony

    October 12, 2012 4:18 PM

    RICHMOND, Va. - Last month's deadly attack in Libya has become the focus of the presidential campaign today. Mitt Romney is accusing Vice President Joe Biden of "doubling down on denial" in last night's debate when he said "we weren't told" about requests for more security at the U.S. consulate... more »
  • DA drops charges after witness changes testimony

    July 27, 2012 11:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Testimony by the prosecution's star witness in the murder-for-hire trial of local rapper Torrence "Lil Boosie" Hatch is now affecting other cases. On Thursday, prosecutors dropped two counts of first-degree murder against Johnathan Rogers, 19. He was accused in the slaying of Charles Matthews and Darryl... more »
  • Star witness testifies against cousin in murder trial check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 20, 2012 5:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Chilling testimony about how two victims died came from the prosecution's star witness today in District Court. Farrenton Joshua said his cousin Leandre Bell shot Erika Turner and Christopher Domingue two years ago in shootings months apart. Domingue is the brother-in-law of Former Police Chief Jeff LeDuff.... more »
  • Dimon to apologize in testimony before Congress

    June 13, 2012 6:40 AM

    NEW YORK - JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon plans to apologize before members of Congress today for a trading loss that has cost the bank more than $2 billion. In prepared testimony before the Senate Banking committee, Dimon also says the bank has taken steps to make sure it does... more »
  • Judge refuses to strike Pettitte testimony

    May 14, 2012 10:22 AM

    WASHINGTON - Roger Clemens has lost two legal moves in his perjury trial: his efforts to strike the testimony of his former teammate Andy Pettitte and to bring in information from the divorce of his chief accuser, Brian McNamee. U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton rejected a defense motion Monday to... more »
  • Lil Boosie's trial continues with Day 2 of testimony

    May 6, 2012 9:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE- New details emerged about Terry Boyd in court today, as testimony entered its second day in District Court. The juiciest testimony came from a Forensic Pathologist who performed the autopsy on Terry Boyd. Torrance Hatch, a.k.a, Lil Boosie is accused in a murder for hire plot to... more »
  • Feds bulk up to retry Clemens over drug testimony

    April 16, 2012 6:56 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Justice Department, embarrassed by blundering into a mistrial of Roger Clemens last year, has added more prosecutors as it tries again to convict the famed pitcher of lying to Congress. Clemens told lawmakers that he never used performance-enhancing drugs. Jury selection in the new trial begins today.... more »
  • Damaging testimony in Smith trial

    October 24, 2011 6:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE-- Port Allen Police Chief Fred Smith's family prayed aloud during testimony from undercover FBI Operative William Myles. Myles used a stopwatch to illustrate to the jury during an audio recording that it took just one minute and 38 seconds after first meeting Smith for Smith to begin... more »
  • FBI agent's testimony resumes in Katrina trial

    July 19, 2011 5:17 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - An agent who led the FBI's investigation of deadly police shootings on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina says he explored whether somebody shot at the bridge from a nearby grassy area, a scenario that could support officers' claims they took fire before shooting. Testifying... more »
  • Expert: Victim shot 3 times after fatal blast

    July 14, 2011 3:17 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A forensic pathologist has testified that a teenager gunned down by police on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina was shot at least three times while lying face down on the ground after he was fatally wounded by a shotgun blast to the head. Dr.... more »
  • Expert: Bullet from body matched to officer's gun

    July 13, 2011 11:49 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A firearms expert says he matched a bullet removed from the body of a teenager gunned down on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina to an assault rifle used by a police officer charged in the deadly shootings. Patrick Lane, a government witness in the... more »
  • FBI agent: Nelson asked for bribes

    June 16, 2011 12:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Testimony continued today from an undercover FBI agent involved in the corruption investigation against former New Roads Mayor Tommy Nelson. Nelson is accused of bribery as a result of the "Operation: Blighted Officials" sting operation that led to indictments against several public officials. Agent Mike... more »
  • Prosecution rests in Greg Harris murder trial

    April 7, 2011 12:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Prosecutors have rested their case against Greg Harris, who's accused of killing his wife Chiquita Tate at her law office in Baton Rouge. Prosecutor Prem Burns rested after about two weeks of testimony, which included blood and DNA evidence taken from Tate's office and couple's home... more »
  • Regents told SUNO/UNO merger would mean less opportunities

    February 8, 2011 4:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Southern University alumni and students, along with members of the state Legislature's black caucus, say a merger of Southern's New Orleans campus with the University of New Orleans would reduce educational opportunities for African-American students. That was among the testimony Tuesday before the state Board of Regents,... more »

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