• 'Pirates of the Caribbean' tops box office, 'Baywatch' sinks

    LOS ANGELES - It was smooth sailing to the top spot at the box office for "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," but the waters were choppier for the Dwayne Johnson comedy "Baywatch."Studio estimates on Sunday say the fifth installment of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise commandeered $62.2 million in its first three days in theaters.The Johnny Depp-starrer is projected to take in $76.6 million over the four-day holiday weekend.The R-rated "Baywatch," meanwhile, is sinking li
  • Trump says he favors more money for health care

    President Donald Trump is turning his attention to domestic issues after his nine-day trip to the Middle East and Europe.In a tweet Sunday night, the president calls for putting more money into the health care system. And he says he wants it to be "the best anywhere."Trump also takes a swipe at President Barack Obama's health care law. He tweets: "ObamaCare is dead - the Republicans will do much better!"Republican lawmakers have struggled to meet their promise to repeal and replace Obama's law.T
  • Police fatally shoot burglar after North Carolina woman calls 911 from closet

    CARY, N.C. - A woman who couldn't sleep told a 911 operator she saw a man sneak through the garage door of a North Carolina home. Minutes later, he was shot and killed by police.Cary officials released the 911 call from the home in the Raleigh suburb.Two women made the call while hiding in a closet around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. One told the operator she saw the man come into the house while she was on the couch watching TV and made it upstairs to warn the other without being seen.The 911 operator tel
  • First cases of Zika virus reported in India

    INDIA - India has reported its first three cases of the Zika virus, including two pregnant women who delivered healthy babies.On Sunday, Health Ministry officials said the three patients have recovered since being diagnosed with the infection. They also emphasized that the country's citizens should remain calm."There is no need to panic," said Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, a top Health Ministry official. Officials said two of the three patients gave birth to healthy babies d
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  • BRFD investigating house fire on Lobelia Avenue

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Fire Department is investigating after a fire was reported at a home on Lobelia Avenue Sunday.The fire was reported shortly before 4:30 p.m. in the 2500 block of Lobelia Avenue. Curt Monte with BRFD says crews believed that the home was abandoned when they found that it had no water or electricity, but later discovered that one person was living inside the home.Firefighters say the man was not home at the time of the fire. Tthe fire was under control as of 4:38 p.m.
  • North Carolina man kills father, himself in front of mother, wife

    MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. - Authorities say a mentally ill man fatally shot his father and then killed himself in front of his wife and mother in North Carolina before police could intervene.Morehead City Police announced that officers found 67-year-old Benny Burney Sr. dead when they were called to the home around 10:30 p.m. Friday.The police statement says his son Benny Burney Jr. was making threats, and shot himself before officers could safely make their way inside the home.Police say Burney Jr.'s
  • Video of EBR sheriff's deputy changing tire goes viral

    BATON ROUGE - A local sheriff's deputy has become internet famous after he was filmed changing a young man's tire this past week.In a Facebook post, Nicole Johnson says a flat tire stranded her son, Kaelin, on the side of a road Thursday. Luckily for Kaelin, Lieutenant Chad Parker with the East baton Rouge Sheriff's Office noticed that he was having some trouble and stopped to lend a hand. "I just want to thank this officer for helping my son Kaelin, while also teaching him again (after
  • International cyber criminals sentenced

    GULFPORT, Miss. - Three Nigerian nationals have been sentenced to prison for their roles in a large-scale international fraud network.Acting U.S. Attorney Harold Brittain in a news release Friday said 31-year-old Rasaq Aderoju Raheem was sentenced to 115 years in prison; 30-year-old Oladimeji Seun Ayelotan was sentenced to 95 years and 45-year-old Femi Alexander Mewase was sentenced to 25 years.After a three-week trial earlier this year, a federal jury found each defendant guilty of offenses inv
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  • State insurance chief: Do 'checkup' for hurricane season

    BATON ROUGE - Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon is urging Louisiana residents to do an "insurance checkup" ahead of next week's start of hurricane season.He says people should talk to their insurance agents to make sure they know what their named-storm and hurricane deductibles are in their homeowner and rental insurance policies. He encourages people to invest in a flood insurance policy.Donelon also suggests people take pictures or video of the items in their homes, to have inventory records
  • One killed, one injured in fatal skydiving accident in Slidell

    SLIDELL - The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating a skydiving accident that claimed the life of one individual and injured another. The incident occurred shortly after 11 a.m. late Sunday morning on the Royal Golf Course in Slidell, according to STPSO.The initial investigation indicates that a skydiving instructor and a trainee were performing a tandem jump when, for reasons still under investigation, the instructor loss consciousness shortly after leaving the
  • Feds: Man jumps from plane after trying to bite attendant

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A 22-year-old man jumped out of an airplane waiting to take off in North Carolina and had to be stopped from running onto the runway.A federal air marshal said in a sworn statement that 22-year-old Tun Sein was flying from Charlotte to New Bern on Thursday when he stood after the American Airlines flight had pulled away from the gate and was waiting to take off.Authorities say Sein ignored a flight attendant, then tried to bite her and fought off two passengers. He ran to the d
  • No public events planned for one-year anniversary of Harambe's death

    CINCINNATI - No public events are planned at the Cincinnati Zoo marking the one-year anniversary of the shooting of an endangered gorilla.The zoo's dangerous-animal response team concluded the life of a 3-year-old boy who fell into the gorilla enclosure last May 28 was in danger and killed 17-year-old Harambe. That led to global mourning, criticism and satires that made him a pop culture phenomenon.Zoo officials are looking ahead to an expanded Gorilla World exhibit in June and also are working
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  • No public events at Ohio zoo where gorilla killed 1 year ago

    CINCINNATI - No public events are planned at the Cincinnati Zoo marking the one-year anniversary of the shooting of an endangered gorilla.The zoo's dangerous-animal response team concluded the life of a 3-year-old boy who fell into the gorilla enclosure last May 28 was in danger and killed 17-year-old Harambe (huh-RAHM'-bay). That led to global mourning, criticism and satires that made him a pop culture phenomenon.Zoo officials are looking ahead to an expanded Gorilla World exhibit in June and a
  • Manchester police arrest man, 25, in bomb probe

    LONDON - British police say they have made another arrest in connection with the Manchester bombing, bringing the total to 12.Greater Manchester Police says a 25-year-old man was arrested in the city Sunday on suspicion of terrorist offenses. Eleven other men, aged between 18 and 44, are in custody.Bomber Salman Abedi killed 22 people and himself in Monday's bombing after an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena.Police say they are also searching a new property in the Moss Side area of the c
  • US official mulling greatly expanding airplane laptop ban

    WASHINGTON - Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly says he's considering banning laptops from the passenger cabins of all international flights to and from the United States.That would dramatically expand a ban announced in March that affects about 50 flights per day from 10 cities, mostly in the Middle East. The current ban was put in place because of concerns about terrorist attacks.The ban prevents travelers from bringing laptops, tablets and certain other devices on board with them in their
  • Trump attacks news reports on son-in-law, Russia

    WASHINGTON - The White House has been battered in recent days by a relentless stream of sourced reports about alleged Trump campaign contacts with Russia, and President Donald Trump is hitting back on Twitter.Trump tweets that "it is my opinion that many of the leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies" from what he calls the "FakeNews media."He says that "whenever you see the words 'sources say' in the fake news media, and they don't mention names ... it is very possible that thos
  • New Roads community commemorates Memorial Day with a 'blessing of the boats'

    NEW ROADS - A wreath was tossed into False River at New Roads to remember fallen solders over the Memorial Day weekend."We set aside this Memorial Day to give thanks and recall all the blessings of life," Deacon Bob McDonner said.The services for those who died in war are held simultaneously here every year here with a blessing of the boats.Dozens of boats line up, waiting to get their blessing. It's a tradition that dates back longer than anyone can remember, and it's a must f
  • BA says 'many' of its IT systems up and running

    LONDON - British Airways says "many" of its IT systems are up and running, but travelers still face cancellations and delays after a global computer failure grounded hundreds of flights.BA chief executive Alex Cruz says the airline is running a "near-full operation" at London's Gatwick Airport and plans to run all scheduled long-haul services from Heathrow on Sunday. But he says there will still be delays, as well as some canceled short-haul flights.Passengers still face hours-long lines to chec
  • Witness says Mississippi shooter gunned down family, deputy

    BROOKHAVEN, Miss. - A witness says a Mississippi man had been arguing with his estranged wife about their children when he opened fire inside his in-laws' home after a sheriff's deputy arrived.Vincent Mitchell told The Associated Press in an interview Sunday the slayings of eight people "all stemmed from domestic violence."Mitchell says three family members were killed at his home. He says: "I'm devastated. It don't seem like it's real."He's the stepfather-in-law of suspect Willie Corey Godbolt.
  • California woman who kicked dog sentenced to jail time, banned from owning pets

    LAGUNA BEACH - A woman has been sentenced after she pleaded guilty to animal cruelty for kicking a 9-month-old German Shepherd.According to  a report from the Los Angeles Times, 39-year-old Amber Castillo pleaded guilty to two counts of animal cruelty and was sentenced to 34 days in jail and three years’ probation.As part of her probation, Castillo is prohibited from owning, possessing, caring for or living with live animals.According to Laguna Beach Police, authoriti
  • Judge dismisses lawsuit against Clinton by Benghazi families

    WASHINGTON - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Hillary Clinton filed by the parents of two Americans killed in the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington says the former secretary of state didn't defame the parents when disputing allegations that she had lied.The lawsuit also alleged Sean Smith and Tyrone Woods were killed because Clinton's use of a private email server ultimately exposed terrorists to sensitive information.
  • Portland mayor: Men who confronted attacker 'died heroes'

    PORTLAND - The mayor of Portland, Oregon, says the two men who were fatally stabbed when they intervened as a man yelled racial slurs at two young women on a light-rail train who appeared to be Muslim "died heroes."Speaking at a Saturday afternoon news conference, Mayor Ted Wheeler said "their actions were brave and selfless and should serve as an example, an inspiration to us all."Police on Friday arrested 35-year-old Jeremy Joseph Christian of Portland. He is being held in the Multnomah County
  • Elvis' private jet auctioned off after sitting for 35 years

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A private jet once owned by Elvis Presley has been auctioned after sitting on a runway in New Mexico for 35 years.GWS Auctions Inc. says the plane sold for $430,000 on Saturday at a California event featuring celebrity memorabilia.The auction house says Elvis designed the interior that has gold-tone woodwork, red velvet seats and red shag carpet. But the red 1962 Lockheed Jetstar has no engine and needs a restoration of its cockpit.Liveauctioneers.com says the 1962 red Lockhe
  • VIDEO: Canadian hunter survives bear attack

    ONTARIO - A man in Canada got more than he bargained for when he came across a black bear during his hunting trip.A video of Richard Wesley's encounter with the wild bear has been making its rounds on the internet after it was uploaded to Youtube earlier this week. The video, recorded on Wesley's Go Pro camera, shows the bear slowly wander over to him while seemingly unaware of his presence. Once the bear spots Wesley, it charges and knocks him to the ground. The attack only lasts for a
  • Carcass of 79-foot blue whale washes ashore in California

    BOLINAS, Calif. - The body of a 79-foot blue whale has washed ashore in California's Marin County and experts are trying to determine why it died.The whale was discovered off Agate Beach in Bolinas on Thursday. Scientists from the Marine Mammal Center say it's a sub-adult female. They collected skin and blubber samples on Friday and plan a full necropsy Saturday.Blue whales are the world's largest animal and they're endangered. About 2,800 live off the California coast.Based on fluke markings, t
  • Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers Band dies at age 69

    SAVANNAH, Ga. - A publicist for rock legend Gregg Allman says the organist and singer for The Allman Brothers Band has died. He was 69.Ken Weinstein confirmed Saturday that Allman died at his home in Savannah, Georgia.Allman had cancelled some 2016 tour dates for health reasons. In March 2017, he canceled performances for the rest of the year.After years of substance abuse, Allman contracted hepatitis C and underwent a 2010 liver transplant.Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Allman was raised in Flor
  • Valero makes $1 million gift to LSU College of Engineering

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana State University's College of Engineering is getting a $1 million leadership gift from Valero Energy Corporation to support the engineering education and hands-on experiences for engineering students.Officials say the Valero Fund at the LSU Foundation will acquire cutting-edge equipment for undergraduate education and research labs and offer technology support for research by College of Engineering faculty.Judy Wornat, dean of the engineering college, says the gift will p
  • Some women-only screenings planned for 'Wonder Woman'

    NEW YORK - Take a seat, "Thor."Scattered plans among Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas to host women-only screenings of the upcoming "Wonder Woman" movie have produced both support and some grumbling about gender discrimination.Various locations have taken to social media in response, including the operators of the Brooklyn theater promising on Twitter to funnel proceeds from women-only screenings in early June to Planned Parenthood. And by women only, they mean staff, too.Some of the screenings were alr
  • Police: Utah woman locked her kids in trunk while she shopped

    RIVERDALE, Utah - A 39-year-old Utah woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her two young children in her car's trunk while she went inside a Wal-Mart store to shop.Riverdale police say witnesses heard the children ages 2 and 5 making noise and saw the car shaking, got the older child to pull the emergency latch and called 911.Tori Lee Castillo remains jailed on suspicion of child abuse after being arrested Thursday evening when she returned to the car.Police Lt. Casey Warren says th
  • Body found on beach along Mississippi's Gulf coast

    BILOXI, Miss. - Police on Mississippi's Gulf coast are investigating after a body was found on the beach.WLOX-TV reports that the body was found Saturday morning in the sand near the water's edge in Biloxi.Police didn't immediately say how the man died or release his name.The television station reports that Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove was at the scene as police continued their investigation.Permalink| Comments
  • Mississippi deputy killed in 1930 is finally recognized on memorial

    VICKSBURG, Miss. - A Mississippi deputy killed in the line of duty in 1930 is finally getting recognized.The Vicksburg Post reports that Clarence Lanier, a Warren County sheriff's deputy, was shot and killed Aug. 10, 1930.But it wasn't until Doug Arp, a retired Vicksburg police officer, heard about his case that he was eventually added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.Arp was alerted to the omission in 2015, when someone called him and said the deputy's n
  • Ex-Senate staffer: Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning has died

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Jim Bunning, a former Hall of Fame pitcher who went on to serve in Congress, has died. He was 85.Bunning's death was confirmed by Jon Deuser, who served as chief of staff when Bunning was in the Senate. Deuser said he was notified about the death by Bunning's family.Bunning was one of only 18 Major League Baseball pitchers to throw a perfect game in the modern era. In the Senate, his ornery nature forced Republican leaders to push him to retire after two terms.The Kentucky Repu
  • BA cancels all flights from Heathrow, Gatwick

    LONDON - British Airways says it is canceling all of its flights from London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports for the rest of the day because of a "major IT system failure."BA has not said what is causing the computer problem, but says it has no evidence of a cyberattack.The airline had earlier suspended flights up to 6 p.m. (1700 GMT) because the two airports had become severely congested.The global computer failure has caused misery for tens of thousands of travelers on a key holiday weekend in
  • Armed police guarding FA Cup final after Manchester bomb

    LONDON - Soccer fans are arriving for the FA Cup final with armed police on the streets outside at Wembley Stadium as Britain stages its biggest sporting event since the Manchester suicide bombing.The 22 victims will be remembered in the London stadium before Arsenal and Chelsea contest the soccer showpiece. Prince William will lead the tributes, laying a wreath along with Manchester mayor Andy Burnham on the Wembley pitch before kickoff on Saturday.There were additional bag checks going into We
  • Virus hitting Louisiana crawfish ponds

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana crawfish producers: beware.State aquaculture specialists say a deadly virus is threatening the industry.Mark Shirley of the LSU Agriculture Center says the virus - known as white spot syndrome - primarily affects shrimp and was first discovered in Thailand and other parts of southeast Asia. He says it somehow made its way to crawfish ponds in South Louisiana and is having a significant impact.Crawfish farmer Ian Garbarino says he was having a great harvest until his catch
  • Judge to examine death sentence in killing of store owner

    BILOXI, Miss. - A Mississippi man convicted of killing of a convenience store owner while her child slept in the back of the store can have another hearing about his death sentence.The Sun Herald reports the state Supreme Court recently granted one request that 37-year-old Jason Lee Keller raised on appeal. His case will go to a judge who will consider questions about the sentencing phase of Keller's 2009 trial.Keller was convicted of capital murder in the June 2007 killing of 41-year-old Hat Ng
  • Therapy dog program debuts in Louisiana juvenile court

    LAKE CHARLES - A Louisiana juvenile court is introducing a therapy dog program to help children at court dealing with difficult family situations.The American Press reports that Judge C. Kerry Anderson in Beauregard Parish's juvenile court heard a presentation given by a dog handler and decided to introduce the concept at the courthouse.The dog handler, Judy Bailey, and her dog Blue recently came to the courthouse to interact with children as families and children waited for their day i
  • Aid program taking applications from flood-damaged business

    BATON ROUGE - The loan application period has opened for flood-damaged small businesses and nonprofits seeking aid from a $51 million new program.The Restore Louisiana Small Business Program was created by Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration, using dollars earmarked by Congress for rebuilding after the March and August 2016 floods.The program offers partially-forgivable loans between $20,000 and $50,000 to qualified businesses. If borrowers comply with the requirements, the loan will be intere
  • G-7 summit ends without unanimity on climate

    TAORMINA, Sicily - A summit of the leaders of the world's wealthiest democracies has ended without a unanimous agreement on climate change, as the Trump administration plans to take more time to say whether the U.S. is going to remain in the Paris climate deal.The other six powers in the Group of Seven have agreed to stick with their previous commitment to implement that Paris deal to rein in greenhouse gases to fight climate change. The final G-7 statement expresses "understanding" for the U.S.
  • Friends say McKinley High student did not die in vain

    BATON ROUGE - Hundreds filled church pews at a service held for Bryant Lee, a McKinley High School student who was shot and killed earlier this month.Those in attendance Saturday said they don't believe Lee's death will be in vain."There are pivotal moments in the life of a community... Moments that demand our attention and our action," Mayor Sharon Weston Broome said.Some of Lee's teammates from the McKinley High football team spoke of his humor and character, garnering laughs and tears from th
  • Texas House rejects attempts to strengthen 'bathroom bill'

    AUSTIN, Texas - Texas' Republican House speaker says he won't work anymore on a "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people, putting the hotly debated legislation in jeopardy.
     House Speaker Joe Straus said Friday it was "absurd" how much time lawmakers have spent prioritizing efforts to pass a North Carolina-style law that would restrict bathroom rules for transgender people.
     The Texas Legislature adjourns Monday, and the defiance from the House again raises the prospects of
  • 22 candidates vying for US Rep. Chaffetz's seat

    SALT LAKE CITY - Nearly two dozen candidates are competing for the Utah congressional seat that U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz will soon vacate.
     State lawmakers and a mayor are among those expected to lead the packed field that met Friday's filing deadline for most candidates.
     Fifteen Republicans, four Democrats, one Libertarian and two independents are running.
     Republican state Sen. Deidre Henderson could be a key candidate. She's served in the Legislature since 2013 and
  • Power outages caused by accident involving electrical pole

    BATON ROUGE - Hundreds of people were without power after a car crashed into a utility pole.The crash happened around 7:45 p.m. on Florida Blvd. near Airline Hwy.According to a BRPD spokesperson, one vehicle was involved in the crash, hitting a utility pole. The spokesperson said there were no major injuries in the crash, if any.Around 8:00 p.m., about 900 Entergy customers are without power in the area surrounding the crash, according to a map of outages. That map can be seen here.As of 9:30 p.
  • New Orleans jail employee arrested in smuggling case

    NEW ORLEANS - A 23-year-old employee at the New Orleans jail has been arrested for trying to smuggle heroin and other drugs into the facility for an inmate.
     The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office says Ciboney Parker was arrested early Friday at the Orleans Justice Center, where she worked. She faces charges of possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession of Schedule IV drugs (tramadol) and bringing contraband into a correctional facility. Bond was set at $7,000.
  • BRPD searching for suspects in Park Forest vehicle burglaries

    BATON ROUGE – Baton Rouge Police detectives are trying to identify suspects who have been burglarizing vehicles in the Park Forest neighborhood since the beginning of the year.According to BRPD, the burglaries have occurred at night and to unlocked vehicles.Anyone with information on the suspects are urged to call the BRPD burglary division at 389-3824.It is not clear at the time of this post if the vehicle burglaries are connected to the 13 reported burglaries in the Round Oak and Wat
  • Hospital CEO brings $6M check to pay debts to budget hearing

    BATON ROUGE - The operator of two Louisiana state-owned hospitals is again in a dispute with Louisiana State University's medical school over unpaid debts.The disagreement spilled out into a Senate Finance Committee budget hearing Friday, with the CEO of the hospitals handing over a $6 million check to LSU in front of stunned senators. The chairman of the committee called it pathetic.G.E. Ghali, chancellor of LSU Health Sciences Shreveport, told senators the medical school was owed $12 million f
  • Recognizing National EMS Week

    BATON ROUGE - Paramedics working countless hours in the community are recognized for doing what they do best. This week marks National EMS Week.Friday, WBRZ joined an EMS crew in the middle of their shift as it responded to calls around East Baton Rouge Parish. The ride-along included a possible drug overdose and unresponsive calls.Knowing when to call for EMS can help save a life. Knowing when not to call EMS can also save lives.Permalink| Comments
  • Area Chipotle stores part of data breach; Here's what you need to know

    BATON ROUGE – Area locations of Chipotle Mexican Grill were affected by a breach of the company's file of cards used by customers to pay for meals.Malware searched for data that may have contained cardholder names, card numbers, expiration date and internal verification codes. The information is recorded by the magnetic stripe of a payment card as someone is buying a meal.The company said the malware has been removed and asked customers to monitor their credit card statements for unaut
  • Man, 44, arrested in Manchester bombing inquiry

    MANCHESTER, England - British police say a 44-year-old man has been arrested in Manchester in connection with the suicide bombing at an arena in the city that killed 22 people.Greater Manchester Police said the man was detained Friday night in Rusholme, an inner city area of Manchester, "on suspicion of offenses contrary to the terrorism act."A police statement didn't provide any details about why the man was arrested, but noted that the department's investigation of Monday's bombing after an Ar
  • S.C. officials investigate photos of gator forced to drink beer

    COLUMBIA - South Carolina wildlife authorities are investigating after photos circulated online showing beer being poured down a young alligator's throat.State Department of Natural Resources Kyndel McConchie says charges are expected on Friday.It's unclear what the charges will be, but alligators are federally protected animals. State law makes it illegal to feed an alligator or capture one without a permit.McConchie says the animal is clearly not being handled properly, as the photos show the

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