• Man hospitalized after shots fired near Mall of Louisiana

    BATON ROUGE - An 18-year-old man was hospitalized after he was shot near the Mall of Louisiana Saturday.According to an official, it is believed he was hit by gunshots which were reported in the area of the mall Saturday night. The man did not suffer any life-threatening injuries.Details are limited. We will update this story as more information becomes available. Permalink| Comments
  • Trump's pick for Navy secretary withdraws

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's choice to be secretary of the Navy is withdrawing from consideration for the post, citing concerns about privacy and separating himself from his business interests.The nominee, Philip Bilden, is a businessman and former military intelligence officer in the Army Reserve.In a statement Bilden says he has determined that he will not be able to satisfy the Office of Government Ethics requirements without what he calls "undue disruption and materially adverse div
  • Doctor-to-doctor donation: Kidney saves sick colleague

    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - A California doctor has a colleague to thank for giving him the gift of life.The Orange County Register reported Sunday that Dr. Brian Dunn got a kidney from Dr. Colleen Coleman.The two have been friendly more than a decade while working together. Coleman is a surgeon and Dunn is an anesthesiologist at Hoag Hospital Newport Beach.Dunn's kidneys failed from complications due to chemotherapy from a stomach tumor he had as a teen.Coleman almost didn't end up as his donor whe
  • Woman and dog spend night trapped in crashed car in California creek

    SANTA ROSA, Calif. - A woman who drove off a highway into a swollen Northern California creek was rescued after spending a chilly night in the backseat with her dog.The Press Democrat reported Sunday that Victoria Trautvetter was rescued after an eight-hour ordeal when someone spotted the car in Austin Creek.Trautvetter drove her Subaru off Cazadero Highway late Friday night. The car rolled once and ended upright in the middle of the stream.The 67-year-old climbed into the backseat where she and
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  • Mississippi substitute teacher arrested for inappropriate comments

    HERNANDO, Miss. - A DeSoto County substitute teacher is under arrest for allegedly making inappropriate remarks.WREG-TV reports that the teacher was working at Hernando Middle School when he wrote a sexually explicit note to a student. A parent and student filed a complaint with the Hernando Police Department.The parents told authorities Hudson wrote a note to the student asking to meet for the purpose of "engaging in sexually-explicit conduct."Officials with the DeSoto County school district sa
  • Son says Joseph Wapner, unlikely TV star, dead at 97

    LOS ANGELES - A family member says Joseph Wapner, who presided over "The People's Court" with steady force during the heyday of the reality courtroom show, has died. He was 97.David Wapner said his father died Sunday at home in his sleep. He said his father was hospitalized a week ago with breathing problems and had been under home hospice care."The People's Court" was one of the granddaddies of the syndicated reality shows of today.Wapner decided real small-claims cases on the show from 1981 to
  • Joseph Wapner, star of 'The People's Court,' dead at 97

    LOS ANGELES - Joseph Wapner, the retired Los Angeles judge who presided over "The People's Court" with steady force during the heyday of the reality courtroom show, died Sunday at age 97.Son David Wapner told The Associated Press that his father died at home in his sleep. Joseph Wapner was hospitalized a week ago with breathing problems and had been under home hospice care."The People's Court," on which Wapner decided real small-claims from 1981 to 1993, was one of the granddaddies of the syndic
  • Wendy's plans self-ordering kiosks at 1,000 locations

    DUBLIN, Ohio - Wendy's says it plans to install self-ordering kiosks at about 1,000 locations by the end of the year.Wendy's chief information officer, David Trimm, says the kiosks are intended to appeal to younger customers and reduce labor costs. Kiosks also allow customers of the fast food giant to circumvent long lines during peak dining hours while increasing kitchen production.Kiosks are also valued by the Dublin, Ohio-based company for their ability to provide data about customers.The Col
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  • US gas price rises 2 cents over 2 weeks, to $2.33 a gallon

    CAMARILLO, Calif. - The average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline rose 2 cents nationally during the past two weeks, to $2.33.Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that the slight rise was due to small increases in crude oil and wholesale gas prices.Lundberg says she expects modest increases in the near-term.The national average is up 56 cents per gallon over the price a year ago.Gas in Los Angeles was the highest in the contiguous United States at an average of $2.94 a gallon F
  • Man arrested for pointing gun at victim during argument

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge man was arrested after he allegedly threatened someone with a gun during an argument.According to arrest records, deputies were called to the 10000 block of Clearview Ave on Feb. 25 in reference to a disturbance.The victim said that he and the mother of his child were in an argument when the mother left and came back with another man and woman.The victim said that as he, the mother and the other woman were arguing, the other man, Reginald Hawkins, 36, pulled a gun out
  • Will 'La La' have another day of sun at Sunday's Oscars?

    LOS ANGELES - Will the 89th Academy Awards be a parade of political speeches or landslide for "La La Land"? Probably both.Sunday night's Oscars are shaping up to be one of the most turbulent and politically charged ceremonies in recent memory. The telecast, which begins at 8:30 p.m. on ABC, is expected to resemble one very glitzy protest against President Donald Trump, whom award-winners - like Meryl Streep at the Golden Globes - have railed against throughout Hollywood's awards season.An unusua
  • Officials: Trump isn't cutting Medicare, Social Security

    WASHINGTON - Administration officials say President Donald Trump has no plans to cut Social Security or Medicare.Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Fox News Channel's "Sunday Morning Futures" that "we are not touching those now." He says people should not "expect to see that as part" of the administration's first budget.Mnuchin says Trump's priority was passing legislation to reduce middle-class and corporate taxes.Asked about potential cuts to the programs on ABC's "This Week," Deputy White
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  • Jordan Peele's 'Get Out' scares up big $30.5 million debut

    LOS ANGELES - Comedian Jordan Peele's directorial debut "Get Out" has made a splash atop the box office in its opening weekend.Studio estimates Sunday show the thriller earned $30.5 million to take first place. The well-reviewed film only cost a reported $4.5 million to produce."Get Out" pushed "The Lego Batman Movie" into second place. The animated family picture added $19 million this weekend and is now up to $133 million after only three weeks in theaters."John Wick: Chapter Two" took third p
  • 'Moonlight' wins best picture after wrong winner mistakenly announced at Oscars

    The coming-of-age drama "Moonlight" is the winner of the best picture Academy Award.The film won after the end of the awards ceremony was plunged into chaos after "La La Land" was mistakenly announced as the best picture winner.BREAKING UPDATE: Following incorrect announcement, 'Moonlight' has won 'Best Picture' at the #Oscars. https://t.co/o8KUR4ZHUm pic.twitter.com/euLTgShYlN— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 27, 2017
    Presenter Warren Beatty says he paused so long before the name
  • Family representative: 'Titanic' actor Bill Paxton has died

    LOS ANGELES - A family representative says prolific and charismatic actor Bill Paxton, who played an astronaut in "Apollo 13" and a treasure hunter in "Titanic," has died from complications due to surgery. He was 61.The family representative issued a statement Sunday on the death. Further details were not provided.Paxton, a Texas native, got his start in films in the art department on Roger Corman movies in the '70s before getting a chance to go in front of the camera.He quickly became a favorit
  • New Orleans' criminal court house closing for lead abatement

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans' criminal courthouse will be closed until March 6 as crews remove dangerous lead-based paint from the building's first floor.Judicial Administrator Robert Kazik told NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune the building was scheduled to be closed Monday through Wednesday for the Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday holidays. But he says contractors were given the rest of the week to work on the project.The abatement work is part of a large-scale construction and makeover project underway at
  • Louisiana state park entrance fees, cabin costs edging up

    BATON ROUGE - The cost to enjoy Louisiana's state parks is going up a bit.The Office of State Parks announced it is raising entrance fees and camping and cabin charges on March 1. Also, sales taxes now will be charged on the fees.Among the changes, the entrance charge for state parks will increase from $2 per person to $3. Entrance will remain free for anyone 62 years or older and children 3 years old and under.Increases for cabin, lodge and camping site rentals vary depending on type and day. T
  • Mississippi teacher charged with sexual battery

    PURVIS, Miss. - A teacher is behind bars in Forrest County for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a high school student.WDAM-TV reports that Amy Gore was arrested Friday for an incident that allegedly occurred when the 41-year-old worked last year at Hattiesburg High School. Gore is charged with one count of sexual battery.Gore was teaching this year in Lamar County before that district's officials there became aware of the Hattiesburg allegation. Lamar County Superintendent Tess Smith
  • Lamar County teacher charged with sexual battery

    PURVIS, Miss. - A teacher is behind bars in Forrest County for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a high school student.WDAM-TV reports that Amy Gore was arrested Friday for an incident that allegedly occurred when the 41-year-old worked last year at Hattiesburg High School. Gore is charged with one count of sexual battery.Gore was teaching this year in Lamar County before that district's officials there became aware of the Hattiesburg allegation. Lamar County Superintendent Tess Smith
  • New LG phone influenced by Samsung's Note 7 troubles

    NEW YORK - Samsung's fiasco with its fire-prone Note 7 phone has pushed its rival LG to take additional precautions with its next smartphone.LG says it hasn't had the types of failures that Samsung has had with the Note 7 batteries, yet wireless carriers are seeking greater safety assurances for all phones they sell. Samsung recalled millions of Note 7 phones after dozens overheated and caught on fire.LG unveiled its next phone, the G6, on Sunday. The changes are under-the-hood and meant to redu
  • Vehicle crashes into Donaldsonville home, starts house fire

    DONALDSONVILLE- A home is reportedly on fire after a vehicle crashed into it Sunday night.According to the Ascesnion Parish Sheriff's Office, firefighters are responding to the scene of the fire on Christy Drive.It is not yet known if anyone has been injured as a result of the crash or fire.Details are limited. We will update this story as more information becomes available.Permalink| Comments
  • Car crashes into Donaldsonville home, starts house fire

    DONALDSONVILLE- A home is reportedly on fire after a vehicle crashed into it Sunday night.Firefighters are responding to the scene of the fire on Christy Drive.It is not yet known if anyone has been injured as a result of the crash or fire.Details are limited. We will update this story as more information becomes available.Permalink| Comments
  • One injured in Baton Rouge house fire

    BATON ROUGE - One person has been transported to an area hospital after a home caught fire.Sources say the person suffered minor injuries in the fire on Bard Avenue at Sherwood Forest Drive.Details are limited at this time. We will update this story when more information is available.Permalink| Comments
  • Trump says he won't attend correspondents dinner this spring

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump says he won't be attending the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner this spring.In a tweet on Saturday, the president doesn't give a reason but says he wishes "everyone well and have a great evening!"The annual fundraiser for college scholarships mixes politicians, journalists and celebrities.Trump has long had an adversarial relationship with news media. In recent weeks, he has accused some news outlets of publishing "fake news."Trump has als
  • Baton Rouge family helps those in need during Mardi Gras season

    BATON ROUGE - One family has set out on a mission to supply the needy with everyday items they can't come up with themselves. The Allen Family fills hundreds of plastic baggies with everyday necessities like deodorant, tooth paste and cheese crackers to pass out at Saint Vincent De Paul's homeless shelter."You may call this something little, but is a lot to donate tooth brush, tooth paste, deodorant soap, whatever you can give," said Juanita Valentine, a member of The Allen Family.This
  • Mississippi authorities look for murder, assault suspect

    JACKSON, Miss. - Mississippi authorities have launched a nationwide search for a man wanted for murder and aggravated assault.Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Warren Strain says the suspect, 28-year-old Alex Bridges Deaton, is the boyfriend of 30-year-old Heather Robinson, who was found dead at the Vineyards Apartments. Her car, a white 2012 GMC Arcadia sports utility vehicle, was missing.He also is a suspect in the shooting of a woman as she jogged early Friday morning in Rankin Co
  • Woman sentenced to 10 months for stealing from New Iberia company

    LAFAYETTE - Federal prosecutors say a Breaux Bridge woman has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for stealing more than $64,000 from a New Iberia company.U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley, in a news release, said 66-year-old Joan C. Edgar was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell on one count of wire fraud.Drell also ordered her to pay $64,860 in restitution and a $5,000 fine.According to the Sept. 20, 2016 guilty plea, Edgar worked as an office manager for a New Iberia compa
  • Man shot on New Orleans parade route

    NEW ORLEANS - Police say a man was shot along a parade route Saturday afternoon.According to a report from WWLTV, a firearm was shot from inside of a port-o-let at the corner of St. Charles and Napoleon Avenues and wounded a man on the neutral ground. NOPD says the man was shot in his side. No arrests have been made in connection to the shooting.Permalink| Comments
  • Remains found in St. Charles identified as man who went missing in 2012

    HAHNVILLE - Remains found in a wooded area of St. Charles Parish in November belong to an elderly man who went missing during Hurricane Isaac.The sheriff's office said Friday that Antoine Edmund Sr. was reported missing on Aug. 29, 2012, when it's believed he walked out of the home where he was staying and wandered off during the storm. Edmund was 92 years old at the time and was said to have Alzheimer's.WWL-TV reports Edmund was identified using LSU's FACES lab, which determined the remains wer
  • Emergency repairs to begin at Cabildo, Presbytere

    NEW ORLEANS - About $3.4 million in emergency repairs are needed to save the historic Cabildo and Presbytere buildings that flank St. Louis Cathedral from crumbling.The Louisiana State Museum says moisture intrusion at the 200-year-old French Quarter buildings has put the plaster and stucco at risk of breaking off, potentially falling onto pedestrians outside or damaging museum artifacts inside the buildings.Both buildings are listed as National Historic Landmarks with the National Park Service.
  • IS fighters in Syria's Homs target gas pipeline

    BEIRUT - Syrian State News Agency SANA is reporting that Islamic State militants in the country's central province of Homs have lobbed mortars at natural gas pipelines, putting some production lines out of service.Syrian Minister of Electricity Mohammad Zuheir Kharboutli told State TV the attack on the southern factory will reduce its capacity to generate power by 65 percent. The Oil Minister Ali Ghanim said the factory feeds the national grid with 6.6 million cubic meters a day but he added mai
  • New York Times to broadcast 'truth' ad during Academy Awards

    NEW YORK - The New York Times will air a commercial called "The Truth Is Hard" during the Oscars, just days after the company and other news organizations were blocked from joining an informal, on-the-record White House press briefing.The 30-second ad includes audio from voices in the vein of news clips, talking about certain "truths," like "the truth is our nation is more divided than ever" to "the truth is the media is dishonest."It premiered on YouTube Thursday and has more than 1.5 million v
  • Malaysia looks for deadly chemical traces at airport

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysian authorities have begun sweeping the airport terminal where North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un's half brother was killed to check for possible traces of the nerve agent that was suspected to have been used in the attack.The investigation has unleashed a serious diplomatic fight between Malaysia and North Korea, a prime suspect in the Feb. 13 killing of Kim Jong Nam at Kuala Lumpur's airport. Friday's revelation by Malaysian police that the banned chemical weapon VX
  • Malaysia looks for chemical traces at airport

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysian authorities have begun sweeping the airport terminal where North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un's half brother was killed to check for possible traces of the nerve agent that was suspected to have been used in the attack.The investigation has unleashed a serious diplomatic fight between Malaysia and North Korea, a prime suspect in the Feb. 13 killing of Kim Jong Nam at Kuala Lumpur's airport. Friday's revelation by Malaysian police that the banned chemical weapon VX
  • Transgender boy moves within 1 win of girls Texas title

    CYPRESS, Texas - A 17-year-old transgender boy has moved within one match of winning a Texas state girls wrestling title.Mack Beggs pinned Kailyn Clay to improve to 56-0, putting him in Saturday afternoon's championship match.Beggs is a junior from Euless Trinity in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. His family has said he would rather be wrestling boys. Some girls and their advocates agree.They say the testosterone Beggs has been taking while transitioning from female to male has made him too strong t
  • Governor's Rome trip cost state $15,000 for security detail

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards' trip to meet the Pope in Rome cost taxpayers $15,000 for his state police security detail.Edwards personally paid travel costs for him and his wife for the weeklong trip in January.The travel expenses for the governor's bodyguards were billed to the Louisiana State Police, which released its costs Friday to The Associated Press in response to a public records request.The biggest charge was nearly $8,600 spent on overtime. Flights and transportation cost $3,00
  • Celebrities launch pot brands as California legalizes drug

    SAN FRANCISCO - Country singer Willie Nelson, the children of the late reggae icon Bob Marley and comedian Whoopi Goldberg are just a few of the growing number of celebrities publicly jumping into the marijuana industry and eyeing the California pot market.The market is expected to explode after voters in the state legalized the recreational use of weed.Regulators are still scrambling to get California's recreational marijuana market launched and are racing to issue licenses to growers and selle
  • No decision made on $4M sitting in Louisiana escrow account

    BATON ROUGE - As they wrapped up their special legislative session, Louisiana lawmakers didn't resolve a disagreement between Gov. John Bel Edwards and Attorney General Jeff Landry.At issue was $4 million sitting in an escrow account.The Democratic governor wanted to move the money elsewhere to fill gaps in the state's budget. The Republican attorney general said that money is part of his budget and would damage his office's ability to function if taken.Lawmakers decided against taking the dolla
  • 8-year-old girl fatally shot after Houston car crash

    HOUSTON - Police say an 8-year-old girl has been fatally shot after the vehicle she was in was involved in a car crash in Houston.Investigators say the girl and her mother were traveling down a Houston roadway early today when their Honda Accord was hit by a speeding Pontiac.Police say the Pontiac and a dark four-door sedan were speeding down a street when the Pontiac crashed into the vehicle the girl was in.According to police, the drivers of the Pontiac and the sedan then got out of their vehi
  • New Orleans city planners deadlock on ferry terminal demo

    NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans City Planning Commission has deadlocked on a plan to tear down the dilapidated Canal Street ferry terminal for replacement with a glass building.News outlets report that the City Council now gets the proposal from the Regional Transit Authority and its operator, Paris-based Transdev.The $32 million project also would make a walkway between the aquarium and Riverwalk shopping mall. The agencies say they have $15 million in federal grants.Opponents say the plan caters
  • Victim says alleged shooter asked about visas

    OLATHE, Kan. - One of two immigrants from India who were shot in a suburban Kansas City bar says the attacker was asking about their visa status shortly before the attack, which some have suggested was a hate crime.Alok Madasani told The New York Times that while he and Srinivas Kuchibhotla were on the patio of the Olathe, Kansas, bar Wednesday evening, the man asked what type of visa they had and whether they were in the country illegally. They were not.Madasani says he went to get a m
  • Study: Louisiana has far fewer public defenders than needed

    NEW ORLEANS - A study released by the American Bar Association says Louisiana has far fewer public defenders than it needs to effectively represent poor people caught up in the criminal justice system.The study was released this month against a backdrop of recurring litigation and public debate over the state's system of providing lawyers for the indigent.The study by the ABA and the Baton Rouge-based accounting and consulting firm Postlethwaite & Netterville says the state needs 1,769 full
  • Dealership taken for a ride when $150k Maserati disappears

    BOCA RATON, Fla. - A Maserati is missing after police say a man conned a salesman during a test drive.Boca Raton police say 45-year-old Michael McGilvary II went to a dealership to test drive a $150,000 Maserati GranTurismo.He and a salesman drove to a marina so McGilvary could supposedly show his girlfriend the car. They walked down the dock, then McGilvary told the salesman he would get his girlfriend. When he didn't return after 30 minutes, the salesman searched for McGilvary. The valet told
  • Suspect dead, 2 Florida officers wounded in shootout

    CASSELBERRY, Fla. - A suspect died and two police officers suffered minor wounds during a shootout at a central Florida home.Casselberry Police Chief Larry Krantz told reporters the two officers responded early Saturday to a reported disturbance at a home in the Orlando suburb. When they arrived, the suspect came outside with a shotgun and fired. The officers returned fire.Krantz said the suspect went back inside his house, where he was later found dead. He said it is unclear if the officers sho
  • Warren Buffett says don't waste money on investment fees

    OMAHA, Neb. - Billionaire Warren Buffett wants investors to be wary of the high fees Wall Street routinely charges because of the damage they do to investment returns, and he emphasized his confident outlook in the U.S. economy.Buffett devoted a section of his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders Saturday to explaining again the benefits low-cost index funds have over most other investments.He says he estimates that wealthy investors who use high-priced advisers have wasted over $100
  • Suspect thought she was playing a prank

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Vietnam says the Vietnamese woman under arrest in Malaysia for allegedly helping to carry out the deadly attack on North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un's half brother thought she was taking part in a prank.Doan Thi Huong is among two women arrested for the Feb. 13 airport attack on Kim Jong Nam, which Malaysian police say was carried out with the banned chemical weapon VX nerve agent.Vietnam's foreign ministry said in a statement posted on its website that a representative fro
  • Opposition leader backs US tack on IS, Iran

    BEIRUT - A leader of the main Syrian opposition group says the group shares the priorities of the new U.S. administration to fight the Islamic State group and contain Iran.Nasr Hariri, in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press in Geneva says: "We have a lot of points that we share with this new administration of America," said Hariri. "On the top of these priorities is fighting terrorism."He said members of the Trump team met with members of the main Syrian opposition before and after
  • Vigil honors man killed at Kansas bar shooting

    OLATHE, Kan. - Residents of a Kansas City suburb gathered at a church to honor a man who died in a shooting earlier this week at a bar across the street.
        
    About 400 people sang, prayed and lit candles Friday night at First Baptist Church in Olathe, Kansas, to honor Srinivas Kuchibhotla. He was killed and two other men were wounded Wednesday at Austins Bar and Grill.
        
    Those in attendance described the community as "tight-knit" and one
  • Foreign film Oscar nominees decry 'climate of fascism' in US

    LOS ANGELES - The six directors whose films are nominated for best foreign language film at the Oscars decried the "climate of fascism' in the U.S. and other countries, in a joint statement two days before the Academy Awards.
        
    The statement, released Friday, was signed by Iran's Asghar Farhadi, Denmark's Martin Zandvliet, Sweden's Hannes Holm, Germany's Maren Ade and the two directors of Australia's "Tanna": Martin Butler and Bentley Dean. The directors blamed "lea
  • Judge won't throw out Bergdahl case over Trump comments

    WASHINGTON - A military judge won't throw out charges against Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl despite scathing comments that President Donald Trump made on the campaign trail.
        
    Bergdahl's lawyers had argued that Trump's comments violated their client's due-process rights and that the judge should dismiss charges accusing him of endangering comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009.
        
    The Judge, Army Col. Jeffery Nance, wrote in h

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