• Will Smith, 'Fresh Prince' cast enjoy brief reunion

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    By The Associated PressWill Smith has reunited with his "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" cast mates.Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Smith's Tom Jones-loving cousin Carlton on the 1990s sitcom, posted a picture on Instagram on Monday of the cast getting together. Joined by Smith and Ribeiro were Tatyana Ali, Karyn Parsons, Daphne Reid and Joseph Marcell. James Avery, who had the role of Smith's Uncle Phil, died in 2013.Ribeiro writes in the caption that it's "always amazing
  • Tax overhaul effort lacks advantages Reagan enjoyed in 1986

    WASHINGTON - The fundamentals of tax overhaul were strong some 30 years ago.A popular president, Republican Ronald Reagan, pushed the landmark 1986 measure. Powerful and experienced congressional leaders shepherded the legislation with bipartisan support. Key players had established, trusting relationships.The situation facing President Donald Trump features none of those advantages. His party is divided and his congressional leadership is weakened after the health care debacle. Key players are
  • Club shooting victim: 'All I was thinking about was my kids'

    CINCINNATI - A mother of five who was wounded in the Cincinnati nightclub shooting is describing a chaotic scene in which she and other club patrons were crawling over one another to reach the exits.One man was killed and Angel Higgins and 15 other people were injured in the shooting at the Cameo club, a popular hip-hop music spot.Higgins, who was shot in the leg, tells WCPO-TV that all she could think about was her kids.Police say the initial investigation indicates a dispute in the bar escalat
  • Graham says Nunes' objectivity 'in question'

    WASHINGTON - A Republican senator says the House intelligence chairman has "put his objectivity in question" when it comes to investigating Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 election.Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina conservative, stopped short of saying whether Rep. Devin Nunes should recuse himself from the probe. But Graham tells the NBC "Today Show" that "most Americans want to know, who did he meet with and what did he see?"Nunes has claimed there is evidence of incidental federal s
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  • 'Sanctuary cities' fight

    NEW YORK - City leaders across the U.S. are vowing to intensify their fight against President Donald Trump's promised crackdown on cities that protect people in the U.S. illegally from being deported.New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito says, "We are going to become this administration's worst nightmare."She was at a Monday gathering of municipal officials from urban centers such as San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, Chicago and Philadelphia.Permalink| Comments
  • Cyclone slams NE Australia

    TOWNSVILLE, Australia - A powerful cyclone has slammed into Australia's tropical northeast coast, tearing down fences, snapping trees and knocking out power to thousands. Cyclone Debbie made landfall in Queensland state Tuesday as a Category 4 storm, packing winds up to 160 mph.Permalink| Comments
  • From Oakland to Vegas

    PHOENIX - Sometime in the not distant future, they will become the Las Vegas Raiders. NFL owners approved the Raiders' move to Vegas 31-1 at the league meetings in Phoenix. Miami was the lone dissenter. Until the move, likely in 2020, Mark Davis' team still belongs to Oakland. Davis insists the club should still be considered a part of the Bay Area community.Permalink| Comments
  • Police: 2 Miami officers wounded in 'ambush-style' shooting

    MIAMIb - Two Miami-Dade County police officers have been wounded in what authorities called "an ambush-style" shooting.Authorities say the plainclothes officers were shot Monday night while investigating at the Annie Coleman Apartments on the city's north side. The officers were part of the Homicide Task Force-Gang Unit.Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez says fellow officers used a pickup truck to bring their wounded colleagues to the hospital. Perez says they are listed in stable condition a
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  • President Trump calls global warming a "hoax"

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is taking steps to unravel his predecessor's plans to curb global warming. Today, Trump plans to sign an executive order to suspend, rescind or flag for review more than a half-dozen measures in an effort to boost domestic energy production in the form of fossil fuels. Trump has called global warming a "hoax" invented by the Chinese.Permalink| Comments
  • State lawmakers seek to protect birth control

    CARSON CITY, Nevada - Democratic lawmakers in some states are pressing ahead with efforts to protect birth control access, Planned Parenthood funding and abortion coverage in case they are jeopardized in the future.Republican leaders in Congress withdrew a bill last week that would have repealed former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, halted Planned Parenthood's federal funding and curtailed the ability of many low-income women to obtain affordable birth control.Despite that setback
  • At least 3 killed in Oakland building fire

    OAKLAND, Calif. - Authorities say a blaze that tore through a residential building in Northern California that housed recovering drug addicts and former homeless people killed at least three residents.The third person's body was found Monday. The Alameda County coroner said Monday evening that a fourth person remains missing.The office also identified one of the victims as 64-year-old Edwarn Anderson, of Oakland.Two adults and two children were taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injur
  • Cruise line stops port calls at Mexican resort of Acapulco

    MEXICO CITY - The U.S. cruise ship line Holland America says it has halted port calls at Mexico's troubled resort city of Acapulco and will sail to other destinations in the country "due to recent security concerns."The news comes as Acapulco hosts an annual tourism fair that officials hope will spark a rebound at the once-glamorous resort.The Seattle-based Holland America says in a statement Monday that eight cruises which once stopped in Acapulco will instead go to other Mexican destinations i
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  • Mother of suspected Miss. kidnapper arrested

    BRANDON, Miss. - The mother of a suspected kidnapper has been arrested after police said she aided his crimes.WLBT-TV reports Phyllis Boyd was arrested Monday, hours after police arrested her son, 31-year-old Derrick Antoine Boyd.A U.S. Marshal broke his leg while chasing Derrick Boyd Monday morning as Boyd jumped from an apartment building roof. Boyd was uninjured.Authorities say Derrick Boyd broke into a Brandon apartment Saturday morning and kidnapped his estranged girlfriend at gunp
  • Company: Oil in pipeline under Missouri River reservoir

    BISMARCK, N.D. - The Dakota Access pipeline developer says it has placed oil in the pipeline under a Missouri River reservoir and that the full pipeline will be in service soon.Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners made the announcement in a court filing Monday.The move comes despite months of protests and the objections of two American Indian tribes who say a rupture could threaten their water supply and cultural sites. The Sioux tribes still have an unresolved lawsuit seeking to stop the projec
  • American woman wounded in Mexico resort of San Jose del Cabo

    MEXICO CITY - Mexican officials say an American woman was wounded by a stray bullet during a shooting in the resort of San Jose del Cabo.The prosecutor's office in Baja California Sur state says the woman is a 60-year-old from Pennsylvania. It says her wounds are not life-threatening and has not released her name.The U.S. Embassy says it is aware of the report of the shooting but declines to release any further details due to privacy considerations.Prosecutors say an unidentified man died in the
  • Retired Louisiana police leader to get $128K annual pension

    BATON ROUGE - The former leader of the Louisiana State Police will take home more than $128,000 annually in retirement benefits for life.Col. Mike Edmonson retired last week after coming under increasing criticism for his leadership of the agency. WWL-TV reports it got Edmonson's pension information from the Louisiana State Police Retirement System.He'll also get a lump-sum payout for some additional retirement contributions he set aside, but that figure wasn't released.Edmonson was paid a $177,
  • 13 states back Trump travel ban in appeals court

    RICHMOND, Va. - A group of 12 state attorneys general and one governor is urging a federal appeals court to allow Donald Trump's revised travel ban targeting six predominantly Muslim countries to take effect.In a brief filed in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday, the states say the president's executive order is not a "pretext for religious discrimination." They say the president acted lawfully in the interest of national security.The states are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida,
  • Cincinnati club gives up liquor permit after fatal shooting

    CINCINNATI - A Cincinnati nightclub is giving up its liquor license after a shooting over the weekend left one person dead and 17 wounded.A city official said Monday that the Cameo club also will remain closed until police complete the investigation.Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black says the club is voluntarily surrendering the license.Police are continuing to search for suspects in the shooting early Sunday.The city police chief said Monday five people were still hospitalized, two in critical
  • Multiple fire departments battling house fire on Lemon Road

    EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH - Firefighters are responding to a house fire on Lemon Road near Plank Road.The Cheneyville fire department, along with crews from Zachary and Baker are battling the house fire.Details are limited at this time. Check back for updates.Permalink| Comments
  • Multiple fire departments battle house fire on Lemon Road

    EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH - Firefighters responded to a house fire on Lemon Road near Plank Road Monday evening.The Cheneyville fire department, along with crews from Zachary, Baker and Pride arrived on the scene shortly after 7 p.m.BREAKING: Several departments battling this house fire off Lemon Rd in North EBR parish. @WBRZ pic.twitter.com/AGRQeZ0iC0— Brett Buffington (@BrettBuffington) March 28, 2017Details are limited at this time. Check back for updates.Permalink| Comments
  • TOPS standards could be raised in effort to fund program

    BATON ROUGE – In an effort to fully fund the TOPS program, state lawmakers will consider raising the standards, meaning fewer students will qualify.The TOPS program saw significant cuts in 2016 and that could continue this year with Governor John Bel Edwards' proposed state budget.For students like LSU Junior Kayla Green, it has been tough."By the time I became a junior, since it was deducted, I had to get off my meal plan, then I had to get a job to pay to eat," Green said.State Repre
  • Tax assessor begins surveys of flood-damaged property in Ascension

    ASCENSION – The tax assessor is going door-to-door in Ascension Parish, surveying residents' property that were impacted by the August flood.Justin Champlin, the chief deputy tax assessor says they plan on going to more than 6,000 flood-damaged properties in the parish."All houses are different, so each house you have to knock on each door," Champlin said.The chief assessor made a stop to the home of Robert Boudreaux, who is remodeling after his home that was hit by 16 inches of water.
  • Fire marshal rules Ethel house fire arson-suicide

    EAST FELICIANA – An Ethel fire that occurred on Mar. 18 has been ruled to have been intentionally set as a part of a suicide plan, according to the State Fire Marshal's Office.According to investigators, 59-year-old James Gilliland is believed to have set fire to the wood-framed house located in the 9800 block of Battle Road before firing a shot from a semi-automatic handgun that was recovered with his body.According to the State Fire Marshal's Office, forensic evidence from the scene
  • 94-year-old woman celebrates 44 years working at McDonald's

    INDIANA - A 94-year-old Indiana woman was honored for 44 years behind the counter at McDonald's. Loraine Maurer started working at the chain restaurant in Evansville, Indiana after her husband retired due to a disability. She told ABC News that she felt too young to stay at home and applied for a job in 1973. "When I started, I didn't start to stay," Maurer told ABC News.
    Now she has been a fixture behind the counter at several locations in the area ever since
  • Woman says alarm company made promises it didn't keep

    DENHAM SPRINGS - A woman says the customer service she's received is alarming. She bought a home security system from Vivint Home Security, but says the work to install was never completed.After going back and forth with the company since January, Teresa Clement says promises have been broken and called 2 On Your Side to help sort things out.The high-tech security system was sold by a good salesman who knocked on her door. Clement says it was a good deal that included free equipment and a low mo
  • Audit: $6.4M misspent on dental claims in Louisiana Medicaid

    BATON ROUGE - A new audit says Louisiana's health department and its dental benefits program administrator paid $6.4 million for dental claims that violated the Medicaid program's rules.The report from Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office says the improper payments occurred between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2016.Auditors say more than 107,000 improper claims for dental benefits were paid. Examples included payments for exams for people who weren't eligible and for claimants who didn't get
  • Commercial jet lands at BTR Airport after declaring mechanical emergency

    BATON ROUGE - A plane inbound to the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport declared a mechanical emergency on Monday afternoon. Sources say the commercial jet was having an issue with the flaps on its wings, which are used to slow the plane's airspeed.
    The plane, operated by Express Jet Airlines, was able to land safely as emergency crews were on the runway.According to the airline, all passengers and crew members were safe. The aircraft is back in service and will soon lea
  • Commercial jet inbound to BTR Airport declares mechanical emergency

    BATON ROUGE - A plane inbound to the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport declared a mechanical emergency on Monday afternoon. Sources say the commercial jet was having an issue with the flaps on its wings, which are used to slow the plane's airspeed.
    The plane, operated by Express Jet Airlines, was able to land safely as emergency crews were on the runway. There are no reports of injuries. Permalink| Comments
  • Suit alleging Home Depot negligence in killing revived

    CHICAGO, Il. - A federal appeals court has restored a lawsuit blaming Home Depot for not firing a Chicago-area supervisor with a history of sexual harassment who ended up strangling a 21-year-old pregnant subordinate.The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court decision to toss the lawsuit. The case stems from the killing of Alisha Bromfield and her fetus by her supervisor, Brian Cooper, while they attended a wedding in Wisconsin.Cooper was sentenced to life in prison in 2014 for
  • Michigan, Flint to replace 18,000 lead-tainted water lines

    DETROIT - Michigan and the city of Flint have agreed to replace thousands of home water lines under a sweeping deal to settle a lawsuit over lead-contaminated water in the troubled city.A court filing Monday says Flint will replace at least 18,000 lead or galvanized-steel water lines by 2020, and the state will pick up the bill with state and federal money. The state said it will pay $87 million and keep another $10 million in reserve if necessary.The settlement will be presented to a federal ju
  • United responds to critics after barring 2 teens for leggings

    DENVER - United Airlines responded to criticism it received on Sunday after it barred two teenage girls from boarding a flight because they were wearing leggings. The incident sent a number of social media users into an uproar, with some calling the policy sexist and discriminatory against women.The story came to light after Shannon Watts, an activist who witnessed the exchange at an airport in Denver, tweeted about it early Sunday.1) A @united gate agent isn't letting girls in leggings
  • Edwards: Louisiana in 'race against time' to save the coast

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards detailed proposed legislation for protecting and restoring the state's coastline Monday. The proposals are part of the governor's legislative package to be considered in the regular session set to begin April 10. The Coastal Master Plan recommends 120 projects that will build or maintain more than 800 square miles of land and reduce expected damage by $8.3 billion annually by 2067.The plan dedicates nearly $18 billion to marsh creation an
  • Memorial fund established for fallen EBRSO deputy

    BATON ROUGE – A memorial fund has been established in honor of an East Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputy who was fatally shot on Mar. 18.Lt. Shawn Anderson was killed outside of a business on O'Neal Lane while he was investigating a reported rape. A struggle ensued between the suspect and deputies and shots were fired. Anderson was struck and was transported to an area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office established the Lt. Anderson Memori
  • Police: Maryland teen planned shooting at school

    THURMONT, Md. - Authorities in Maryland say a shotgun, ammunition and bomb-making materials were found at the home of an 18-year-old student planning an attack at her high school.The Frederick County sheriff's office said in a statement Monday that one of the teen's parents notified Catoctin High School officials Thursday of a potential threat and Nichole Cevario was removed from a classroom. She was later taken to a hospital for an evaluation. Officials say she'll be charged with two destructiv
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions: Sanctuary cities must end

    WASHINGTON - The Trump administration is continuing its tough talk against "sanctuary cities," which shelter people living in the country illegally by refusing to help the federal government enforce immigration laws.Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he is "urging states and local jurisdictions to comply with these federal laws."He says the Justice Department will require compliance with immigration laws in order for the cities to receive grants through the Office of Justice Programs. The Obama
  • Study: two thirds of La. residents support higher taxes for education

    BATON ROUGE - A new report says the majority of Louisiana residents support raising taxes to fund education and other state services.According to the 2017 Louisiana Study, 62 percent of Louisiana residents support raiding taxes for spending on elementary and secondary education. The report also indicates that 59 percent of residents support increased taxes for higher education, 53 percent support more taxes for health care, and 57 percent support more taxes for transportation infrastruc
  • Georgia lawmaker defends proposal for 'Confederate History Month'

    ATLANTA - A Georgia lawmaker is defending his proposal asking House colleagues to recognize "Confederate History Month," but black lawmakers charge it glorifies a time when slavery was acceptable.State Republican Rep. Tommy Benton of Jefferson says his proposed resolution would honor Southern heritage. Lawmakers frequently use resolutions to recognize individuals or occasions.State law already designates April as "Confederate History and Heritage Month."The measure says the Confederate states en
  • NYC Workers help find lost engagement, wedding rings at dump

    FAIRVIEW - A New York City woman has recovered her wedding and engagement rings from a New Jersey dump with some help from sanitation workers.Shannon Lombardo says she accidentally threw out the rings, which were in a paper towel.She called 311 and the city delayed pickups from her Upper West Side building to give her a chance to sift through the building's trash.When her search proved unsuccessful, the 46-year-old Lombardo went to a facility in Fairview, New Jersey, with her husband.The New Yor
  • New driveway for business owner who couldn't access property

    DENHAM SPRINGS – A business owner in Denham Springs got some relief after a call to WBRZ 2 On Your Side.Last week, TJ Adams, the owner of Elite Transportation, said a state a project meant to improve safety by minimizing left turns changed the flow of traffic and prevented his drivers from accessing his property.Following a call to DOTD, officials told 2 On Your Side it would help solve the issue.Permalink| Comments
  • Six hurt in crash involving prisoner transport bus

    BATON ROUGE - Several people were taken to the hospital after a crash involving a Department of Corrections prisoner transport bus Monday.The crash occurred around 1:30 p.m. on Highway 61 at New Rafe Mayer Road. Sources say six people were transported from the scene with minor injuries.This is a developing story. We will update with more information as it becomes available.Permalink| Comments
  • House intel chairman met source on White House grounds

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    Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) - House intelligence chairman Devin Nunes' spokesman says the congressman met on the White House grounds with the source of the claim that communications involving President Donald Trump's associates were caught up in "incidental" surveillance.The meeting came a day before Nunes disclosed at a news conference that U.S. spy agencies may have inadvertently surveilled Trump and his associates in routine targeting o
  • Two hurt in Davenport Avenue shooting

    BATON ROUGE – Police are investigating a shooting off Highway 19 in Baton Rouge Monday afternoon.According to Baton Rouge Police, the shooting happened around 1 p.m. in the 2100 block of Davenport Avenue. Two people were hurt but police say the injuries appear to be non-life threatening.Police could not provide any further details at this time. This is a developing story. Stay tuned to WBRZ News 2 online and on Facebook and Twitter for updates as new information becomes available.Perma
  • Trump convenes panel on empowering women in business

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump says that empowering and promoting women in business are priorities in his administration.In a round-table discussion, the president is telling a group of female business owners that his team will work on barriers women face. He says the administration is also trying to make childcare more affordable and accessible.The gathering comes on the first work day since the Republican-led plan to repeal and replace the nation's health care law was pulled before a Hous
  • Uber suspends self-driving car program in 2 states after crash

    NEW YORK - Uber says its self-driving cars remains suspended in Arizona and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, following a crash over the weekend.There were no serious injuries reported in the incident in Tempe, Arizona on Friday night. Police said the self-driving Uber SUV was obeying the law while the human driver of the other car was cited for a moving violation.Uber says it is investigating the incident and that there were no passengers in the back seat of the self-driving car.Multiple automakers and
  • Manufacturer: Drones should transmit identifier for security

    WASHINGTON - The world's largest manufacturer of civilian drones is proposing that the craft transmit identification information to help law enforcement and safety agencies figure out which might belong to rogue operators.DJI, a Chinese company, said in a paper released Monday that radio transmissions of an identification code could help allay security concerns while also protecting operators' privacy.Anyone with the proper radio receiver could obtain those transmissions, but only law enforcemen
  • Man arrested after argument led to stabbing in Geismar

    ASCENSION – A man has been arrested after police say that an argument led to a stabbing in Geismar on Sunday night.The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office arrested 29-year-old Robert Gonzales on charges of attempted second degree murder and aggravated assault.According to the sheriff's office, deputies received a call around 10 p.m. in reference to a man suffering from stab wounds to the upper chest who was being treated an area hospital. According to deputies, the stabbing occurred foll
  • NFL owners approve Raiders' move from Oakland to Las Vegas

    PHOENIX - NFL owners approved the Oakland Raiders' move to Las Vegas at the league meetings on Monday.The vote was a foregone conclusion after the league and Raiders were not satisfied with Oakland's proposals for a new stadium, and Las Vegas stepped up with $750 million in public money. Bank of America also is giving Raiders owner Mark Davis a $650 million loan, further helping convince the owners to allow the third team relocation in just over a year.The Rams moved from St. Louis to Los Angele
  • Family visiting South Florida hit by truck while walking

    DANIA BEACH, Fla. - A pickup truck struck a family of six tourists as they were walking back to their South Florida hotel Sunday night.The Sun Sentinel reports one woman's leg was severed and a 10-year-old also suffered serious leg injuries. Four people, including the 57-year-old driver, were taken to the hospital.A spokesperson with Broward Sheriff's Fire Rescue says the family was in Florida for a cruise departing from Port Everglades Monday. Authorities have not released the identities of the
  • London attacker not linked to ISIS or al-Qaida

    LONDON - A senior British counterterrorism officer says police have found "no evidence" Westminster attacker Khalid Masood was associated with the Islamic State group or al-Qaida.Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu says Masood clearly had "an interest in jihad," but police have no evidence he discussed his attack with others.Basu says in a statement that the attack in which Masood used an SUV and knives to kill four people in London "appears to be based on low sophistication, low tech, low c
  • Tennessee couple accused of trying to sell a baby online for $3K

    ELIZABETHTON - Authorities say a Tennessee couple is accused of trying to sell a 5-month-old baby online for $3,000.Local news outlets report that the Greene County Sheriff's Office says 37-year-old Deanna Lynn Greer and 26-year-old John David Cain were arrested Friday on charges of aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect or endangerment.Sheriff Pat Hankins says authorities were alerted after another couple saw an ad posted on Craigslist listing the infant for sale.Hankins says an un

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