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  • Pope urges Congress to welcome immigrants, protect family

    September 24, 2015 8:20 AM

    WASHINGTON - In his historic address to Congress, Pope Francis urged lawmakers to embrace immigrants, abolish the death penalty, and protect families while also calling for the U. S. to help avert climate change. Tens of thousands of spectators watched from the West Lawn of the Capitol as the... more »
  • Pope calls for action on climate change

    September 23, 2015 10:05 AM

    WASHINGTON D.C.- The pope says climate change is an urgent problem that "can no longer be left to a future generation." Francis waded into that hot-button political issue in remarks at the White House, where President Barack Obama and a crowd of thousands welcomed him. The pope praised Obama for... more »
  • 'Perfect Guy' leads weekend box office

    September 13, 2015 12:08 PM

    LOS ANGELES - "The Perfect Guy" and "The Visit" have sailed past modest opening weekend expectations - and budgets - locking in debuts in the mid-$20 million range. "The Perfect Guy," a PG-13 rated thriller starring Sanaa Lathan, earned $26.7 million to secure the first place spot, according to studio... more »
  • Bush returns to New Orleans for 10th anniversary of Katrina

    August 28, 2015 8:34 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Former President George W. Bush says today is a day to celebrate the resurgence of New Orleans schools. Bush spoke at a ceremony at Warren Easton Charter High School. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the state took over almost all the city's schools, which... more »
  • Obama in New Orleans for hurricane's 10th anniversary check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 27, 2015 9:47 AM

    WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama is marking 10 years since Hurricane Katrina by celebrating the revival of New Orleans, which suffered the worst of the storm's devastation. He's also using the occasion to press governments to start helping communities prepare for the stronger storms that climate change will cause. ... more »
  • Obama to visit New Orleans for 10th anniversary of hurricane

    August 19, 2015 11:25 AM

    EDGARTOWN - President Barack Obama will visit New Orleans next week to mark the approaching 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The powerful storm struck Louisiana on Aug. 29, 2005, causing significant damage to the Gulf Coast and forcing a storm surge that breached New Orleans' levee system and flooded large... 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 »
  • Obama plans to visit Selma, Alabama to commemorate marches

    January 20, 2015 2:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama plans to visit Selma, Alabama, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of historic civil rights marches across the state. The White House says the March 7 trip also will highlight the upcoming 50th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act. Obama last visited Selma... more »
  • Pope arrives in Philippines on first papal visit in 20 years

    January 15, 2015 4:10 AM

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Pope Francis has arrived in the Philippines, Asia's most populous Catholic nation, where ecstatic crowds awaited the first papal visit in 20 years. Church bells tolled across the country and hundreds of children danced and waved small Philippine and Vatican flags as the pontiff emerged from... more »
  • Pope Francis confirms trip to the United States

    November 17, 2014 11:52 AM

    PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia's mayor says it's a "joyous day." Michael Nutter says the upcoming visit by Pope Francis to Philadelphia will be the largest event in the city's modern history. The pontiff confirmed today that he will make his first papal visit to the United States with the trip to... more »
  • Obama's 1st visit to Indian Country as president

    June 13, 2014 2:18 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is making his first visit to Indian Country as president for an in-person look at the often bleak conditions on tribal lands. The president and first lady are scheduled to visit Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on Friday during an annual event known as the... more »
  • Despite possible phone tap, Merkel to visit U.S.

    January 8, 2014 7:48 PM

    BERLIN, GERMANY- German Chancellor Angela Merkel accepted President Obama's offer to visit the U.S. despite strained relations over taps to her phone. The President called her on Wednesday to congratulate her on forming a new government and wished her a speedy recovery from the recent skiing accident. That's... more »
  • Veterans visit WWII Memorial despite shutdown

    October 2, 2013 2:10 PM

    WASHINGTON- The National Park Service says veterans groups that planned trips to the World War II Memorial on the National Mall are being granted access, despite the government shutdown. The Honor Flight Network is being granted access to conduct First Amendment activities at the memorial. Memorials and monuments remain closed... more »
  • Dalai Lama kicks off New Orleans visit

    May 17, 2013 9:50 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Dalai Lama kicks off his visit to New Orleans with a series of speeches Friday at the city's convention center. The Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader arrived Thursday. On Saturday, he is scheduled to speak at the University of New Orleans Lakefront Arena and deliver Tulane University's... more »
  • Obama: Israeli settlements not constructive

    March 21, 2013 9:41 AM

    RAMALLAH, West Bank - President Barack Obama says he's told Israel's leaders the U.S. does not consider settlement activity in the West Bank to be constructive or appropriate. He says the activity does not advance the cause of peace. Obama spoke at a news conference with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud... more »
  • Jindal travels to sinkhole, says buyouts progressing check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 19, 2013 3:56 PM

    BAYOU CORNE - Governor Bobby Jindal said today he met with people in Bayou Corne who'd been "uprooted" from their lives because of a sinkhole in the area, and received the latest information about work being done to deal with it. Jindal said Texas Brine, the company which owns... more »
  • Jindal sidesteps questions about sinkhole visit

    March 6, 2013 3:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor Bobby Jindal has dodged questions about whether he'll visit the site of a massive sinkhole that has swallowed nine acres of land in swampy Assumption Parish. Residents displaced since August have criticized the governor for having never traveled to see the sinkhole or speak with the families.... more »
  • Probation officers find meth lab during visit

    February 27, 2013 9:04 AM

    GONZALES - Probation officers in Ascension Parish said they busted a man operating a meth lab during one of their routine visits. Scott Bateman was on probation for possession of methamphetamine and simple burglary. During their visit, agents said they came across methamphetamine lab and drug paraphernalia. Narcotics... 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 »
  • Obama first president to visit Cambodia

    November 19, 2012 10:26 AM

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - President Barack Obama is the first U.S. president to set foot in Cambodia, a country that was once known for the "killing fields" of its genocidal communist regime in the 1970s. The White House is making it clear that he's only in Cambodia to attend an... more »
  • Obama to NJ residents: 'We are here for you'

    October 31, 2012 4:13 PM

    BRIGANTINE, N.J. - President Barack Obama is telling New Jersey residents devastated by a massive storm that "we're going to be here for the long haul." Joined by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Obama inspected the devastation from superstorm Sandy, flying high over flooded neighborhoods and sand-strewn streets. At a... more »
  • Obama goes to FEMA before visit to storm-racked NJ

    October 31, 2012 12:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Obama is paying a visit to Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters ahead of his trip to New Jersey to see the damage done by superstorm Sandy. Obama took a motorcade to FEMA's offices to meet with agency chiefs before a planned flight to Atlantic City, N.J., to... more »
  • Romney visits area flooded by Isaac

    August 31, 2012 6:11 PM

    JEAN LAFITTE - Mitt Romney says he went to Louisiana today to learn, and to draw attention to the plight of residents who've been flooded out of their homes by Hurricane Isaac. On his first trip after the Republican National Convention, Romney met along a highway with Louisiana Gov. Bobby... more »
  • Ohio restaurant owner dies hours after Obama visit

    July 6, 2012 4:33 PM

    AKRON, Ohio - An Ohio restaurant owner who hosted President Barack Obama for breakfast became ill and died hours later. The Summit County medical examiner's office in Akron says 70-year-old Josephine "Ann" Harris of Copley Township died Friday of natural causes. No autopsy was planned. Forensic investigator Jason Grom says... more »
  • Jindal visits with teachers, students in Houma

    December 5, 2011 3:28 PM

    HOUMA - Gov. Bobby Jindal is visiting schools around Louisiana to talk with teachers, principals and students about ways to improve the state's education system. The governor started his visits Monday with a stop at Dularge Middle School in Houma, a high performing school in Louisiana's accountability system. Eighty-four... more »
  • French ambassador visits Louisiana

    November 17, 2011 2:34 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Francois Delattre, the ambassador of France to the United States, is in Louisiana for the first time since taking office this year. The ambassador's trip includes Thursday meetings with state government officials - including Gov. Bobby Jindal and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu - to... more »
  • Michelle Obama visits New Orleans preschool

    November 1, 2011 3:48 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - In her effort to get children to eat better and do more physical activity, First Lady Michelle Obama spent some time in a daycare center doing exercises and reading to an energetic group of toddlers and preschoolers. Earlier Tuesday, Obama spoke at a fundraiser for the... more »
  • Family members make emotional visit to 9/11 memorial

    September 11, 2011 12:49 PM

    NEW YORK- Relatives of those who died on 9/11 have now been able to see the permanent memorial to the victims at the site of the World Trade Center. Dennis Baxter and hundreds of others saw it today for the first time, as the tree-covered memorial plaza was opened... more »
  • Astronauts from last shuttle mission visit Michoud

    August 11, 2011 3:01 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The four astronauts who flew into history last month after completing the 135th and final space shuttle mission have visited New Orleans to thank employees at the Michoud Assembly Facility for their work in getting them into space. The Times-Picayune reports Wednesday's visit was a joyous... more »
  • Jurors visit bridge where cops shot 6, killing 2

    July 26, 2011 10:37 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Jurors for the trial of five current or former police officers charged in shootings on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina are making an unannounced visit to the scene of the deadly incident. State and federal law enforcement closed the Danziger Bridge on Tuesday so... more »
  • Parents, doctors scrambling to get kids ready for school

    July 22, 2011 2:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Doctors and health officials are encouraging parents to schedule appointments to get their children's medical needs taken care of, and avoid the usual back-to-school rush. Pediatricians say the two weeks before school starts are always booked full with children getting vaccinations, physicals or just routine checkups... more »
  • Gulf seafood reps to visit DC

    February 5, 2011 9:55 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Representatives of Louisiana seafood will be in Washington, D.C. next week to meet with the state's delegation to discuss the industries recovery from the BP oil spill. In years past, the annual visit focused on Louisiana oysters, but given the impact of last year's oil spill, Louisiana's... more »

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