BATON ROUGE - Former East Baton Rouge Parish Attorney Mary Roper lost an appeal in her attempt to get a new trial in a defamation case against Councilman and Mayor Pro-Tem Chandler Loupe and the city-parish.In her original suit Roper claimed Loupe made false statements about her eventually causing the Metro Council to fire her as Parish Attorney.
Roper’s petition detailed animosity that she says began in November 2008 with Loupe acting “out of malice and in retaliation&rd
- ST. LOUIS - A St. Louis jury has awarded a California woman more than $70 million in her lawsuit alleging that years of using Johnson & Johnson's baby powder caused her cancer, the latest case raising concerns about the health ramifications of extended talcum powder use.The jury ruling Thursday ended the trial that began Sept. 26 in the case brought by Deborah Giannecchini of Modesto, California. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012. The suit accused Johnson & Johnson of "neglig
- BATON ROUGE – The City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge will be hosting community forums to discuss and review police policy and provide recommendations for a community action plan.Topics of discussion include community policing, police accountability, body cameras, police civil service rules as well as training, recruitment, retention, residency requirements and pay incentives.The forums will be held on Nov. 1 and Nov. 3 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Baton Rouge River Center i
- BATON ROUGE – Baton Rouge Police detectives have arrested a man responsible for a double shooting that took place outside of a North Foster Drive night club on Sunday.38-year-old Mack Arthur Smith has been arrested for principal to second degree murder after he shot and killed Christopher Edwards on Oct. 23 around 1:30 a.m. at The Executive Club on North Foster Drive. A woman was also struck and transported to an area hospital where she is expected to live.Detectives were able to get v
- NASHVILLE - A family is suing Amazon for selling a hoverboard blamed for starting a fire that burned their $1 million home in Nashville.The Fox family's lawsuit says Amazon had information about the dangers of the product before the Jan. 9 fire.The lawsuit was filed in Davidson County Circuit Court late Wednesday. It targets 10 defendants, including Amazon and retailers on its website.The lawsuit says the listed seller of the hoverboard, "W-Deals," is a sham business registered to a New York Cit
- LAFAYETTE - Depending on the design, a 1.5-mile section of proposed Interstate 49 near downtown Lafayette will cost between $355 million and $668 million.The I-49 Community Working Group received that news Thursday evening from consultants working on the I-49 connector project for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.Several design concepts for the section of interstate were eliminated in August, leaving two series of designs, one featuring an elevated interstate with sligh
- PORT ALLEN - Exxon Mobil Corp. has hit full production at its Port Allen aviation engine lubricants plant.The company says the plant is part of a $200 million investment to expand the company's chemical and lubricants complex in Baton Rouge.The 90,000-square-foot lubricants blending, packaging and distribution facility started shipping product worldwide in August after receiving regulatory approvals.Nancy Carlson, vice president of aviation and marine at ExxonMobil Fuels and Lubricants, said the
- BRYAN, Texas - Police say a 19-year-old Texas A&M University student who rear-ended a squad car told an officer she was taking a topless selfie.Miranda Kay Rader posted $200 bond after she was charged with drunken driving and possessing alcohol as a minor.A police report says an officer was checking a reported disturbance when he heard brakes squeal and an SUV slam into the patrol car behind him. Rader told the officer she was taking a topless selfie of herself to Snapchat to her boyfriend.P
- ATLANTA - Six months into a drought across much of the South, the weather is killing crops, threatening cattle and sinking lakes to their lowest levels in years.The very worst conditions are in the mountains of northern Alabama and Georgia. But it's spread downhill and across 13 southern states, from Oklahoma and Texas to Florida and Virginia, putting about 33 million people in drought conditions, according to Thursday's U.S. Drought Monitor.It's also causing wildfires, charring more than 12,000
- MANILA, Philippines - The foul-mouthed Philippine president, who once called the pope a "son of a bitch" and told Barack Obama to "go to hell," says he has promised to God he won't spew expletives again.President Rodrigo Duterte's foul mouth has become a trademark of his political persona as he peppered his speeches with profanities.Duterte says that while flying home from a state visit to Japan, he was looking at the sky while everyone was sound asleep and he heard a voice that said "'if you do
- GRETNA - A Jefferson Parish grand jury has indicted a man accused of stabbing a restaurant manager to death during a June robbery on first-degree murder charges and the district attorney's office says it will seek the death penalty.District Attorney Paul Connick, in a statement Thursday, said he came to that decision regarding 23-year-old Joshua Every after meeting with the victim's family and consulting with staff.Every and three others are charged in the death of 21-year-old Taylor Friloux, wh
- BOSTON - The Obama administration is issuing new rules meant to help students get their federal loans erased in cases where there's been fraud and misconduct by their schools.The Education Department drew up the new rules in response to thousands of claims from former students of the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges chain, which closed or sold all of its campuses last year amid allegations of fraud.The rules set forth the conditions under which students can have their loans erased and put college
- NEW YORK - New York authorities say Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence's campaign plane slid off a runway during a rainstorm at New York's LaGuardia Airport late Thursday.Those aboard said the approach was bumpy and that the plane hit the runway hard before careening into a grassy area. They smelled burning rubber when it was over.Airport officials say the plane was slowed by crushable concrete safety barriers designed to slow aircraft that overshoot the runway.When the plane came
- MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama's defense has changed with the times.The top-ranked Crimson Tide still has 300-pounders clogging the line of scrimmage, but nowadays the biggest stars are the hard-to-block pass rushers like Jonathan Allen, mobile linebacker Reuben Foster and cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick.It's a group tailor made for stopping all those hurry-up, spread-you-out offenses pervading college football while still defending the run as well as any team in the nation. Alabama has an open date t
- METAIRIE - New Orleans Saints center Max Unger finally gets to play against a defense he knows so well in a game that counts."It's just a lot of memories of playing the defense in practice," Unger said when asked what he finds most compelling about the chance to play Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, the team with which he spent his first six NFL seasons.Unger, who was popular both in the Seahawks' locker room and with Seattle fans, concedes that he was caught off guard by the 2015 trade that
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- BATON ROUGE - One person is injured after a shooting on Louise Street.It happened around 9:45 p.m. Thursday. BRPD sources say they shooting occurred on the 200-block of Louise Street near Highland Road.Police say one man was shot and is being transported to a local hospital. Details of his condition are unknown.Police say the shooter is no longer on the scene.Details are very limited at this time. We will update this story when more information becomes available.Permalink| Comments
- MINDEN - The Louisiana National Guard says the smallest of three burns to destroy unstable and potentially explosive material at Camp Minden is scheduled Friday, if weather permits.
A news release Thursday says experts from Fort Hood, Texas, plan to set fire to about 820 pounds of clean-burning igniter - the compound used to touch off M6 propellant in artillery shells.
If conditions remain favorable, the team will ignite 57 tons in
- NEW ORLEANS - A judge has ruled a group of attorneys will divide $555.2 million for their work on behalf of people and businesses who suffered economic damages because of BP's 2010 Gulf oil spill.
U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier of New Orleans issued a 42-page ruling spelling out reasons for the award, the result of work on a 2012 settlement that is expected to account for at least $13 billion of the energy company's spill-related costs.
- BATON ROUGE – The school president who led his Catholic High school through August’s historic flooding will retire at the end of this year.The Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School Board of Directors announced President James L. Llorens, Ph.D. retirement Thursday.Llorens was was one of the most influential people behind the school’s approval in June 2016. He stepped out of retirement to lead a feasibility study and the school’s first year.&ldqu
- BATON ROUGE - The private operators of LSU's charity hospitals are in line for a $135 million boost in their payments as part of new deals struck by Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration.State lawmakers are being asked Friday to increase financing for the privatization deals to nearly $1.3 billion in the current budget year.Part of the increase is coming from increased federal Medicaid financing.The state needs to put up some money to draw down the federal dollars. It is using money from LSU's N
- LAS VEGAS - A judge in Las Vegas has sentenced former NFL star Darren Sharper to as many as eight years in prison for attempted sexual assault as part of a four-state plea deal.Clark County District Judge Michelle Leavitt ordered Sharper on Thursday to serve the Nevada sentence concurrently with an 18-year sentence he's already started on state and federal charges in Louisiana.The former star with the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints is appealing his conviction and 18-year prison sentenc
- BATON ROUGE - Louisiana closed the books on the last budget year with a $313 million deficit.That's the figure Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says will be presented to lawmakers Friday.Dardenne says Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration hasn't yet decided how to deal with the shortfall, which is from the budget year that ended June 30.But state agencies and public colleges have been told to prepare for cuts that could reach as much as 7 percent to 10 percent of their state general f
- BATON ROUGE – The Baton Rouge Police Department and other agencies have a few safety tips for those who plan on trick-or-treating for Halloween this year.The safety tips for parents are as follows:- Do not leave home without a charged cell phone in case they have an emergency or in case a parent gets separated from their child.- Write a phone number and address on their child's arm or costume in case they are separated or get lost so another adult can help find them.- Parents should ta
- BATON ROUGE - It's not uncommon to see a person running or jogging, especially on a beautiful day. Many people, both men and women don't think twice about venturing out alone.But when three women were murdered while running over the course of nine days earlier this year, discussion spurred about runner safety. While many runners say they feel safe while running, others began to feel vulnerable.A study performed by Runner's World found that 43 percent of women at least sometimes experien
- General Mills plans to launch a limited-edition Girl Scout cookie cereal, the company announced this week.The cereal will come in two flavors, Thin Mints and Caramel Crunch. Thin Mints are one of the 12 famous Girl Scout cookie flavors, while Caramel Crunch is not.However, both cereals will carry the Girl Scouts brand and logo.General Mills said the cereal will go on sale in stores nationwide in January, the start of the traditional cookie-selling season. The company said that some of the procee
- WIGGINS, Miss. - A black mother in Mississippi says her 15-year-old son was shaking in fear when he described white schoolmates putting a noose around his neck and pulling it tight.Stacey Payton tells The Associated Press her son bears no physical injury, but she believes the incident has permanently changed him.He continues attending classes and playing football at Stone High School in Wiggins. However, his mom says he's quieter than usual and the family fears retaliation for having brought att
- BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's state agencies and colleges are being asked to prepare for budget cuts of as much as 10 percent of their state financing because of a deficit from last year that could reach $300 million.Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration notified departments this week of the possible cuts.Agencies say they've been asked to draw up scenarios for slashing 7 percent to 10 percent of their state general fund revenue. That's the money they get from general tax collections - not their fin
- DENHAM SPRINGS – Three Louisiana men have been arrested more than 550 counts of child pornography.31-year-old Michael Clark of Denham Springs was arrested on 300 counts on possession of child pornography, four counts of production of child pornography, three counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of molestation of a juvenile. Clark was booked on the above charges into the Livingston Parish Jail.66-year-old Darrell Ricks of Covington was arrested on 250 count
- Twitter announced Thursday that it will be discontinuing its popular mobile app that allows users to share short snippets of video.In a statement Thursday afternoon, Twitter said that Vine will be discontinued “in the coming months.”The social media giant said that the website will remain online for now. Users can still view and download their videos.“We’ll be keeping the website online because we think it’s important to still be able to watch al
- BATON ROUGE – Investigators in Iberville Parish say an arrest has been made Thursday in two decades old cold case murders.According to Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi, 61-year-old Tommy Francise was arrested in Lafayette around 4 a.m. Thursday. He was transported to Iberville Parish and was later booked with two counts of second-degree murder.Stassi said the first homicide happened in 1991 when Francise allegedly had a confrontation with Curtis Smith over stolen equipment. Invest
- BATON ROUGE - Relatives of a 6-year-old autistic boy who was shot and killed during a traffic stop last year are suing the central Louisiana town where two deputy city marshals opened fire on his father's car.The lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court claims Marksville city officials failed to properly train the deputies on use of deadly force.The deputies, Derrick Stafford and Norris Greenhouse Jr., are charged with murder in the shooting that killed Jeremy Mardis and critically wounded his fa
- LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles police have arrested a man suspected of using a sledgehammer to destroy Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.Officer Andrew Chambers says Jamie Otis was arrested early Thursday on suspicion of felony vandalism. It wasn't immediately known if Otis has an attorney.The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which maintains the popular tourist attraction, says it will take several days to repair Trump's star.Otis told several media out
- NEW YORK - She may be a little bleary-eyed, but Fox News' Megyn Kelly is booked to co-host the morning talk show "Live" with Kelly Ripa on the day after the election.The show said it will be Kelly's first time as a co-host. "Live" has been looking for a partner for Ripa since last spring, when Michael Strahan left to join "Good Morning America."It's an intriguing booking. Although Fox is anxious to keep her, Kelly will soon become a free agent able to look for other broadcasting jobs.Kelly has b
- Forget the debate about "The Dress." Twitter is abuzz about "The Legs."The controversy swirling now is whether a photo of a pair of legs shows them shiny or streaked with white paint.A Twitter user ignited the debate by posting the photo with a question Tuesday: "Are these legs shiny and oily or are they legs with white paint on them?"are these legs shiny and oily or are they legs with white paint on them pic.twitter.com/7Z8e8F1JCZ— kayden ?? (@kingkayden) October 26, 2016
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- BATON ROUGE – Baton Rouge Police Traffic Homicide detectives are investigating a fatal hit and run crash that occurred on Florida Boulevard on Wednesday afternoon.The crash occurred on Oct. 26 around 4 p.m. in the 10000 block of Florida Boulevard near Sharp Road. 31-year-old Sam Edward Williams was driving a motorcycle when he was struck by a white, lifted, Chevrolet 1500 pickup truck.Williams was ejected from the motorcycle and transported to an area hospital where he later succumbed
- CHICAGO - A former Republican congressman from Illinois says he plans to grab his musket if GOP nominee Donald Trump loses the presidential election.Former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh tweeted Wednesday afternoon : "On November 8th, I'm voting for Trump. On November 9th, if Trump loses, I'm grabbing my musket. You in?"On November 8th, I'm voting for Trump.On November 9th, if Trump loses, I'm grabbing my musket.You in?— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) October 26, 2016
Walsh later said on Twitter that
- WASHINGTON - Millions of votes that have been cast already in the U.S. presidential election point to an advantage for Hillary Clinton in critical battleground states. Data compiled by The Associated Press also show signs of Democratic strength in traditionally Republican territory.The strong early-voting turnout by those likely to support Clinton could leave Donald Trump with virtually no path to the 270 electoral votes needed for victory.Clinton is showing strength in Florida and North Carolin
- PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Police in Rhode Island say they're searching for three suspects who attacked a woman while wearing clown masks.Police say the three men showed up at the woman's Providence home Tuesday night and were calling her name. The woman was attacked after she opened her door.A police report says the woman fought off her attackers and they fled. A clown mask and a baseball hat left at the scene were seized as evidence by police.The woman suffered minor injuries.The investigation is ongo
- NEW ORLEANS - A lawsuit in which a transgender inmate says she was raped after being locked up with a male prisoner last year in the newly opened New Orleans jail is expected to go to trial in June.A federal judge set a June 19 date in a Wednesday order.The lawsuit against jail officials was filed last month. It says the former inmate, who was born male but lives as a female, had just been transferred to the jail when a male armed robbery suspect raped her.The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified da
- BATON ROUGE – More than 5,000 homes have received temporary repairs through the Shelter at Home program, the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness announced.A total of 5,195 homes have been completed and another 4,480 repairs are taking place with 21,552 people signed up for the program."We are glad to see many families and individuals returning to their homes through Shelter at Home and other housing programs, but we realize there is still much left to be d
- BATON ROUGE – A suspect has been arrested in connection with the rape of three people that occurred all in the month of October.28-year-old Bryan Leduff was arrested Wednesday night and charged with three counts of first degree rape, two counts of armed robbery, two counts of aggravated battery, two counts of false imprisonment and sexual battery.Leduff was arrested for the rape of an 18-year-old on Oct. 3, the rape of a 22-year-old on Oct. 17 and the rape of a 19-year-old on Oct. 26.D
- WEST FELICIANA – A burn advisory has been issued for the Fire Protection District No. 1 of West Feliciana Parish.The advisory is in effect from noon, Oct. 27, until further notice. Weather conditions in West Feliciana Parish are contributing to an increased fire risk. Anyone planning to burn anything outside is advised to take precaution.If planning to burn, the following precautions should be taken:- Only burn small amounts at a time.- Burn after 8 a.m. and extinguish before
- OKLAHOMA CITY - The search for an Oklahoma man wanted in a string of killings, shootings and carjackings is entering its fourth day, and authorities say they have no idea where he is.Michael Dale Vance Jr. is wanted on multiple charges, including two counts of first-degree murder for the near-decapitations of two relatives in the town of Luther that Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel described as "rage killings."The 38-year-old Vance was last seen early Monday about 30 miles from the Texas bor
- BREAUX BRIDGE - Louisiana lottery officials say one ticket won the $120,000 Easy 5 drawing Wednesday night. It was purchased in Breaux Bridge.There were no jackpot winners in the multistate Powerball jackpot or the Louisiana Lotto.Louisiana Lotto players matching all six numbers drawn would have won or shared a $700,000 prize, which will rise to an estimated $725,000 for Saturday.Players matching all five numbers and the Powerball would have won or shared the $164 million jackpot. The prize goes
- NEW YORK - Twitter, seemingly unable to find a buyer and losing money, is cutting about 9 percent of its employees worldwide.Twitter Inc., which has struggled amid competition from the likes of Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, said Thursday that it expects to book about $10 million to $20 million in workforce restructuring charges.Since the end of 2014, Twitter has picked up just 15 million monthly users to expand its audience to 313 million people through June. During the same stretch, Faceboo
- GONZALES - A 25-year-old Baton Rouge man who had faced 251 counts of child pornography possession has been given a five-year prison sentence after a recent guilty plea.Phillip Rome pleaded guilty to two counts of child pornography possession and was given two 10-year prison sentences with five years suspended and five years of supervised probationAscension Parish prosecutors said Tuesday the other 249 counts were dropped.State troopers arrested Rome in February 2015 after investigators searched
- ISSO, Italy - Officials in central Italy have begun assessing the damage caused by a pair of strong earthquakes in the same region hit by a deadly quake in August.Thousands of people spent the night in their cars following the tremors that struck last night, sending residents into the streets in pouring rain.The tremors registered at magnitudes above 4.Permalink| Comments
- CANBERRA, Australia - The Australian theme park where four people died on a river rapids ride is defending its safety record as police have vetoed plans to reopen it to the public. Dreamworld park on Queensland state's Gold Coast has been closed as a crime scene since two men and two women died on Tuesday when their raft flipped on the Thunder River Rapids ride. Dreamworld had announced that it had planned to reopen Friday with a memorial service for the victims.Permalink| Comments
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