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  • Donald Trump loved and hated by Hispanics in border city

    July 24, 2015 4:24 PM

    LAREDO - A day after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's visit, some residents of Laredo, Texas, are calling the billionaire businessman a racist, while others are cheering his hardline immigration views. Interviews with more than a dozen local residents highlighted deep divisions in the small border city, where Hispanics represent... more »
  • Obama and Kenya: 1st trip to father's homeland as president

    July 22, 2015 3:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - When Barack Obama visited Kenya for the first time nearly 30 years ago, he was astonished that an airport worker recognized his last name. It was a striking experience for the future president. He was a young man struggling to understand how a country that he had never... more »
  • Volunteer deputy heading to Bahamas amid manslaughter charge

    April 21, 2015 1:24 PM

    TULSA, Okla. - Lawyers say a volunteer sheriff's deputy plans to vacation in the Bahamas while facing a second-degree manslaughter charge in Oklahoma, a decision immediately criticized by the family of the man he killed. Robert Bates pleaded not guilty Tuesday during his initial court appearance in Tulsa district court.... more »
  • Obama presides over India's grand Republic Day parade

    January 26, 2015 5:27 AM

    NEW DELHI, India - President Barack Obama is presiding over a grand display of Indian military hardware, marching bands and elaborately dressed camels as chief guest at India's annual Republic Day festivities. The crowd erupted in cheers as Obama emerged from his armored limousine and took his place on the... more »
  • Democratic lawmakers visit Cuba amid changes in US relations

    January 17, 2015 7:38 PM

    WASHINGTON - A delegation of congressional Democrats is visiting Cuba to discuss expectations for the normalization of relations between the United States and the island nation. The delegation's leader, Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, says in a statement Saturday that the lawmakers want to explore opportunities for greater cooperation and... more »
  • Kerry says trip to France about hugs, not apologies

    January 15, 2015 6:13 AM

    SOFIA, Bulgaria - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he is not traveling to France later Thursday to apologize for the Obama administration's failure to send a senior official to last weekend's unity march, but rather to give "a big hug to Paris" in the wake of terrorist attacks... more »
  • Jindal headed to Europe on economic development trip

    January 8, 2015 3:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is traveling to Europe this weekend for an economic development mission. The trip also could bolster the governor's international relations credentials as he considers a possible presidential campaign. Jindal's office was announcing the plans Thursday and provided trip details in advance to The Associated... more »
  • Obama to confront shortcomings in Myanmar reforms

    November 12, 2014 2:14 AM

    BEIJING, China - When President Barack Obama arrives in Myanmar, he will confront a nation backsliding in its pledges to enact economic and political reforms that were rewarded with U.S. sanctions relief and made the long-isolated country a darling of Obama's efforts to stake out a legacy in Asia. The... more »
  • Obama kicks off campaign swing with Wisconsin stop

    October 28, 2014 2:12 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is kicking off a weeklong, six-state campaign spree with a visit to Wisconsin. Obama will attend a rally at a Milwaukee high school Tuesday for Mary Burke. She's the Democrat trying to oust Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Defeating Walker, a potential 2016 presidential contender,... more »
  • Former Marine paddles from Minnesota to Louisiana

    August 7, 2014 3:40 AM

    VENICE - A Marine has completed his trip in a canoe all the way down the Mississippi River, from Minnesota to Louisiana. Two tours in Afghanistan took a toll on Joshua Ploetz. He was injured by a roadside bomb and lost friends to combat and suicide. When the Winona, Minnesota,... more »
  • Obama to talk economy amid fundraising spree

    July 24, 2014 2:06 AM

    LOS ANGELES, CA - President Barack Obama wraps up a three-day fundraising trip on the West Coast on Thursday, devoting part of his day to promoting his economic agenda at a technical college. Obama is also attending a Democratic National Committee event Thursday before returning to Washington. Obama attended six... more »
  • Obama heads off to raise money on the West Coast

    July 22, 2014 2:07 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is embarking on a mission that has regularly proved a winner for him - raising money for his fellow Democrats. Obama on Tuesday is starting a three-day West Coast trip, during which he is scheduled to attend fundraising events in Seattle, San Francisco and... more »
  • New Orleans among cheapest vacation spots check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 13, 2014 6:27 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Crescent City is one of the cheapest vacation spots in the country. Trip Advisor compiles the list each year as familes begin to prepare for their summer trips. To create the list, researchers consider the average price of a hotel stay, cocktails, dinner for two... more »
  • High school robotics team gearing up for Hawaii competition check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 16, 2014 7:26 AM

    POINT COUPEE - Catholic of Pointe Coupee started their robotics program just five years ago. Now the award-winning team is headed to Hawaii for competition. This year alone they have competed in Lafayette, Baton Rouge, Omaha and Anaheim, CA. Now the students from CHSPC are going to Hawaii to... more »
  • Obama California-bound for speech, fundraisers

    May 7, 2014 2:14 AM

    LOS ANGELES, CA - President Barack Obama is set to come to California for a series of fundraisers and a speech at a Holocaust history foundation. The president is scheduled to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport at about 5 p.m. Wednesday. From there he'll attend a fundraiser for Democratic... more »
  • 16-year-old survives in wheel well of Maui flight check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 21, 2014 6:24 AM

    HONOLULU, HI - FBI officials say a 16-year-old boy stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii, surviving the trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean unharmed despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen. FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu told The... more »
  • White House makes economics focus of Asia trip

    April 18, 2014 2:48 PM

    WASHINGTON- The White House is focusing President Barack Obama's upcoming Asia-Pacific trip on the economic benefits of closer ties to the region. But tensions between Russia and Ukraine will likely push regional security concerns higher on the president's agenda. Some of the countries Obama is visiting are eyeing the developments... more »
  • Jindal's Asia trip costs taxpayers $57K

    April 1, 2014 2:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Gov. Bobby Jindal's weeklong business mission to Asia cost taxpayers roughly $57,000. More than half of the tab was for the governor and first lady's security team. Taxpayers picked up state troopers' lodging, meals, airfare, dry cleaning and subway tickets. Added expenses included breakfast meetings and rental cars... more »
  • Refinery flaring after compressor trip

    May 21, 2013 6:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Officials at the ExxonMobil Chemical Plant in Baton Rouge said a compressor trip caused them to start flaring this afternoon. A spokesperson from ExxonMobil said it wasn't an emergency situation, and all the appropriate agencies had been notified. Flaring is used to burn off material... more »
  • US: Obama peace agenda 'urgent' on Israel visit

    February 6, 2013 6:30 AM

    JERUSALEM - The U.S. ambassador to Israel says President Barack Obama will bring an "urgent" peacemaking agenda to Israel on his upcoming visit, focusing on the region and the resumption of talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Dan Shapiro spoke to Israeli media Wednesday, a day after the White House... more »
  • Survivors of Ore. bus crash prepare to go home

    January 1, 2013 3:34 PM

    PENDLETON, Ore. - Survivors of a fatal bus crash on a rural Oregon highway are retrieving their passports and other belongings so they can finish their journey to Canada. State police officers escorted some survivors one-by-one Tuesday to collect their property, which was strewn across a hillside as the tour... more »
  • Obama cuts vacation short as 'fiscal cliff' looms

    December 26, 2012 6:43 AM

    HONOLULU - President Barack Obama is cutting short his traditional Christmas holiday in Hawaii, planning to leave for Washington on Wednesday evening as he and lawmakers consider how to prevent the economy from going over the so-called fiscal cliff. Obama was expected to arrive in Washington early Thursday, the White... more »
  • Warriors return home after taming the East

    December 18, 2012 10:22 AM

    UNDATED - The Golden State Warriors are back home following a sensational 6-1 road trip that included wins at Brooklyn, Miami and Atlanta. It was the team's best trip of at least six games since winning four of seven during the 1970-71 season. The East Coast trek has the Warriors... more »
  • To the moon? Firm hopes to sell $1.5 billion trips

    December 6, 2012 12:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - A team of former NASA executives is launching a private venture to send people to the moon. The newly formed business is looking for countries willing to pay $1.5 billion for a two-person trip to the moon, either for research or national prestige. NASA's last trip to the... more »
  • Fiscal talks under way, Obama heads to SE Asia

    November 16, 2012 2:52 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is about to head off to Southeast Asia to showcase a foreign policy achievement in Myanmar and reinforce the U.S. role as a counterweight to China. The four-day trip beginning Saturday will provide a brief break from dicey fiscal negotiations and a national security sex... more »
  • Coast Guard suspends search for missing kayaker

    September 14, 2012 5:04 PM

    GRAND ISLE - The Coast Guard suspended the search today for a kayaker who didn't return from a fishing trip in the Gulf of Mexico near Grand Isle. Lt. Matt Kor said Eric Richards, 32, of Prairieville left on the trip Monday morning. They were notified Tuesday night he... more »
  • Romney back in Boston after 3-nation foreign tour

    July 31, 2012 4:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney is back home in Boston. A spokesman says the Republican presidential candidate's plane has landed in the Massachusetts capital. Romney concluded a seven-day overseas tour on Tuesday after a speech in Poland. His earlier stops were in Britain and Israel. The three-nation trip was Romney's first... more »
  • In Poland, Romney gets endorsed by Lech Walesa

    July 30, 2012 4:58 PM

    GDANSK, Poland - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is spending the night in Poland, the final stop on a three-nation tour designed to boost his foreign policy resume with voters back home. In Gdansk, Romney was endorsed by former Polish President Lech Walesa (lek vah-WEHN'-sah), who led the Solidarity anti-government... more »
  • Bachmann ends her campaign for GOP nomination

    January 4, 2012 9:38 AM

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Michele Bachmann has ended her presidential campaign - leaving her supporters up for grabs as Rick Santorum tries to become the conservative heavyweight in the Republican race. She said Wednesday she has "decided to stand aside" but would continue fighting to overturn what she called President... more »
  • 6 Scouts missing after camping trip to Ark. forest

    May 2, 2011 3:53 PM

    LODI, Ark. - Boy Scouts officials in Louisiana say search teams have not been in contact with six boys and two adults believed to be stranded by high water in an Arkansas forest. Art Hawkins of the Evangeline Area Council in Lafayette, La., says the eight have not been... more »
  • Wills, Kate to NW England in last pre-wedding trip

    April 11, 2011 3:32 PM

    BLACKBURN, England - Prince William and fiancee Kate Middleton brought their electric smiles to northwest England on Monday for the last trip in their pre-wedding tour of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Adoring crowds in Blackburn ignored a steady rain and lined up early to get a glimpse... more »
  • Dardenne traveling to NYC to promote tourism

    January 28, 2011 2:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne is hoping a trip to the Big Apple will help bring tourists back to Louisiana. Dardenne is planning a one-day trip next week to New York City next week to meet with nationwide broadcasters and magazine writers and promote Louisiana’s travel opportunities. According... more »
  • President makes surprise trip to Afghanistan

    December 3, 2010 10:09 AM

    BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan - President Barack Obama slipped unannounced into dangerous Afghanistan on Friday, one year after widening an ever deadlier war and just days before a pivotal review about the 9-year-plus conflict. Under intense security, Obama landed in night's darkness after a clandestine departure from the White House... more »
  • Bringing celebrity chefs to tout Gulf seafood

    November 28, 2010 11:33 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Drew Nieporent, the New York City restaurant mogul whose Myriad Restaurant Group owns eight world-renowned dining spots, recently spent a few days enjoying a Louisiana fishing trip followed by seafood at some of New Orleans' top restaurants. The trip certainly gave Nieporent a great time. Tourism... more »
  • Dardenne heads to New York to promote tourism

    November 13, 2010 11:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Lt. Gov.-elect Jay Dardenne is traveling to New York next week with a group of Louisiana businessmen to promote tourism and economic development. The trip from Nov. 16-18 is in connection with the nonprofit Committee of 100 for Economic Development Inc. Dardenne's office says a... more »
  • LSU student asks Governor Jindal to stay home

    October 18, 2010 11:01 AM

    LSU's student body president says Gov. Bobby Jindal spends more time out of state than in Louisiana - so he sent a New Hampshire newspaper a personal plea to Jindal asking him to come home and work on the state's budget problems. In his letter to The Keene Sentinel, J... more »
  • Obama's next trip to Gulf taking shape

    June 9, 2010 2:17 PM

    The White House has released new details about President Barack Obama's two-day trip to the Gulf region next week. Obama is set to make stops at the U.S. Coast Guard station in Gulfport, Miss., and in Theodore, Ala., a staging area for many aspects of the response. Obama... more »
  • Deep sea coral research trip now oil spill data

    May 7, 2010 5:45 AM

    A federally sponsored mission to search for deep sea corals turns to collecting data from the sea floor and water near the wild well in the Gulf of Mexico. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says that for years, scientists have been studying the sea floor about nine miles... more »
  • Mayor Nagin's Cuba trip cost taxpayers $29,000

    March 9, 2010 5:11 AM

    According to records provided by the city, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin's fact-finding trip to Cuba in October cost taxpayers more than $29,000. The mayor's trip to Cuba was to learn about disaster preparedness in Cuba, which gets hit with hurricanes nearly every year. Records show that 16 people took... more »

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