• 'Halloween' scares up $77.5 million in ticket sales

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Forty years later, Michael Myers is still drawing huge audiences to the movie theaters for a good scare. "Halloween" has opened in first place with an estimated $77.5 million in ticket sales from North American theaters, according to Universal Pictures on Sunday.  David Gordon Green directed the "Halloween" sequel which brings back Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode and Nick Castle as Michael Myers. It's the second highest horror opening of all time, behind l
  • Who's next after Speaker Ryan? Battle for power looms in GOP

    WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans are at risk of plunging into a messy leadership battle after the November election because they lack a clear heir apparent to the retiring speaker, Paul Ryan.  President Donald Trump signaled he'd be happy with next-in-line Kevin McCarthy, the majority leader and a longtime ally Trump calls "My Kevin."  But Trump is also saying kind words about the No. 3 Republican, Steve Scalise. And there's a third lawmaker in the mix: co
  • National WW2 Museum gets $2M Holocaust education pledge

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A San Francisco foundation has promised the National World War II Museum $2 million to expand its Holocaust education.  The museum says the Taube Foundation's pledge will pay for lectures, movie screenings, partnerships, research and personal accounts of the Holocaust, ensuring "public remembrance of the atrocities that led to the genocide of more than six million Jews."  The new Taube Family Holocaust Education Program formal launch will b
  • Dozens injured at party in South Carolina in floor collapse

    ATLANTA (AP) - Some 30 people were hurt when a floor collapsed early Sunday during a party at an apartment in South Carolina near the campus of Clemson University, news reports say.  A large portion of a floor on the first level caved in as people were dancing, causing dozens to fall through to the basement.  News reports cited a Clemson City Police Department as saying that a call was received about 12:30 a.m. Sunday about the collapse of a floor at an apart
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  • Georgia officer fatally shot near school; suspects run away

    SNELLVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia police officer has been killed after being shot while responding to a suspicious vehicle parked near a middle school.
     News outlets report multiple law enforcement agencies are searching for suspects following the Saturday afternoon shooting near Snellville.
     Police say Gwinnett County police officer Antwan Toney died at a hospital. The 30-year-old had been with the department for nearly three years.
     The shooting happened Saturday abo
  • Authorites are looking for an escaped inmate in St. Helena

    ST. HELENA PARISH- Authorities are looking for inmate that has escaped from St. Helena Parish jail Saturday morning.Taylor Miller is a Caucasian male with a short haircut and a goatee. Miller was reported last seen at 1653 Newman Road, Kentwood, LA wearing dark pants and a white T-shirt.Authorities say to use caution when approaching Miller he was charged for multiple burglaries.Anyone with information is asked to call the St. Helena Sheriff's Office.Permalink| Comments
  • Man arrested after threatening ex-girlfriend with 'Hitman'

    GONZALES, LA- Police arrested a man for stalking and threatening his ex-girlfriend with a hit-man.Police arrested Brady Dugas Friday afternoon after his girlfriend told police he was harassing her outside of her job.Police reported that Dugas yelled at the victim to come outside and when she refused, he threatened her stating, "He hired a hitman from New Orleans and he would be there at 12'O clock."The victim said Dugas left then returned to her job, the two begin to argue Dugas then pushed the
  • 10 days after hurricane, football offers a welcome escape

    PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) - Hurricane Michael delivered quite a punch when it hit the Florida teenagers who make up the Mosley High Dolphins football team.
     But just 10 days later, the Dolphins were ready to punch back. The local high school played against Pensacola on Saturday afternoon in downtown Panama City, providing a little normalcy after a storm that has forever altered their lives.
     An estimated crowd of 1,500 gathered at Tommy Oliver Stadium, enjoying free admission, fr
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  • Pizza shop makes 225-mile delivery for cancer patient

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) - An employee at Michigan pizza shop that usually doesn't deliver made a big exception for a cancer patient and his wife hundreds of miles away in Indiana.
     Julie and Rich Morgan grew fond of Steve's Pizza when they lived in Battle Creek, Michigan, more than two decades ago. They'd planned a trip to the restaurant for Julie Morgan's birthday in September, but Rich Morgan ended up in the hospital in Indianapolis and later in hospice care.
     Julie Morgan'
  • With deadline fast approaching, St. George opponents contact voters directly through text messages

    BATON ROUGE – Organizers of a vocal group against the proposed City of St. George sent mass text messages this weekend to voters who live in the boundaries of the proposed area.Phone numbers were obtained through voter registration information and were sent to voters whether they had signed the petition or not. St. George supporters turned in the petition with some 14,000 signatures backing the proposed city in a southern swath of East Baton Rouge Parish Monday.Michael Beychok with On
  • Magnitude 4.0 earthquake shakes Texas, Oklahoma panhandles

    AMARILLO, Texas (AP) - An earthquake has shaken parts of the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles.  The U.S. Geological Survey says the 4.0 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 8:04 a.m. Saturday about 9 miles north-northeast of Amarillo. The temblor was recorded at a depth of 3 miles.  There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. Geologists say damage isn't likely in quakes of magnitude 4.0.  Thousands of earthquakes have been recorded i
  • Detroit police find 63 fetuses in funeral home amid probe

    DETROIT (AP) - Police have removed the remains of 63 fetuses from a Detroit funeral home in a widening investigation of alleged improprieties at local funeral homes.  Officers found 36 fetuses in boxes and 27 others in freezers during Friday's raid at the Perry Funeral Home. Detroit police Chief James Craig said he's "stunned" by the grisly discovery.  Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs says the remains were turned over to state investigators, who imme
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  • Louisiana spends $120K on state lawmakers' travel this year

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's lawmakers have traveled the country to meet with colleagues and attend conferences since their legislative sessions ended, trips that have cost taxpayers nearly $120,000.  Twenty-four of 105 House members and 17 of 39 senators attended events in a dozen states, including Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Florida and Nevada.  Lawmakers went to meetings of the Southern Legislative Conference in Missouri; the National Conference
  • Tales of paranormal activity surrounding the Old State Capitol

    BATON ROUGE- Tales of paranormal activity throughout Louisiana have been passed down through the decades, some of those hauntings right here in Baton Rouge including at the Old State Capitol“We get it all the time. It's the first question we get from school kids when they enter the building. Is the building haunted,” said Mary DurusauAs all hallow's eve arrives each year, the tales of ghost sightings seem to flutter from floor to floor.“We've had security guards se
  • First new oil wells in years being drilled in shale region

    GILLSBURG, Miss. (AP) - An Australian company is drilling new wells for the first time in years in an oil formation that straddles southwest Mississippi and southeast Louisiana.  Australis Oil & Gas Ltd. announced earlier this month that it had started drilling the first of at least six planned wells near Gillsburg, Mississippi.  The company says it picked well sites in the most productive and proven part of the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale. It says it plans t
  • Number of Louisiana boards up, along with their spending

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's efforts to reduce state-created boards and commissions have failed, with their number instead increasing, along with their spending.  Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office released its annual report on the entities, finding 477 boards and commissions, up 13 from the prior year.  The auditor's office tallied the panels' spending for the financial year that ended June 30 and found $1.3 million spent on per diem, $1.7 mil
  • LSU fans excited to be back in Death Valley for Homecoming

    BATON ROUGE - Die hard LSU fans were out early tailgating Saturday near Tiger Stadium for the Homecoming game against Mississippi State."It's being alumni, being able to come back and see your friends," said Scott Slaughter.LSU Graduate, Scott Slaughter says, it doesn't beat coming for Homecoming to turn up, tailgate and party."All the home games are big time according to us the fans, it doesn't make a difference," said Slaughter.The Tigers aren't the only ones enjoying homecoming, hundreds of
  • Pot left unattended causes house fire on Tennessee Street

    BATON ROUGE - A pot left unattended on a stove caused a house fire on Tennessee Street early Saturday morning.According to the Baton Rouge Fire Department, firefighters were called to the 1900 block of Tennessee Street around 2:59 a.m.Firefighters arrived on scene to find fire coming from the rear of the house. The neighbors knocked on the door to wake up the residence that were asleep when the fire started.Everyone inside escaped safely. Firefighters did not find a working smoke detector in th
  • Baton Rouge Police investigating death on Dougherty Drive

    BATON ROUGE - Officers with the Baton Rouge Police Department are investigating a death on Dougherty Drive.According to BRPD, the investigation is concentrated to the 2900 block of Dougherty Drive near the Howell Community Park.No further information was provided.Permalink| Comments
  • Man arrested for purchasing $17k worth of LSU football tickets with a stolen credit card

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a Geismar man, accused of using a stolen credit card to purchase $17,000 worth of LSU football tickets.Over the course of a month, David Trey Chambers allegedly bought 168 tickets as well as one campus parking pass. The Athletic Ticket Office says Chambers resold the tickets on StubHub for over $18,815. The LSU Athletic Ticket Office received an email from American Express reg
  • The Louisiana Red Cross gives out free smoke alarms in two neighborhoods

    Baton Rouge- The Louisiana Red Cross and the St. George Fire Department went knocking door to door to each house hoping to install as many smoke detectors as possible."The incidents of fires being in homes is probably the majority of them, the difficulty is that they are not all working a lot of the time, You have a smoke detector present but the battery will either be absent or it will be worn down," said the Public Information Officer for the St. George Fire Department.Earlier this week, two
  • Frustrated commuters call for officials to 'raise hell' after Sunshine Bridge closure

    PLAQUEMINE- Commuters fighting hour-long waits in traffic want to see more done to alleviate the headaches they now face, including the construction of a new bridge. It comes one week after the Sunshine Bridge closed indefinitely after a crane barge crashed into it.Iberville Parish President Mitch Ourso said upset constituents have been calling him, asking him to "raise hell." He's been listening to all of their complaints."Always too big to hide and too fat to run," Ourso said. "I've got to si
  • Report: Inconsistencies found in story fired cop told after firing gun

    BATON ROUGE – An internal investigation found inconsistencies in the story a fired Baton Rouge police officer told investigators following a controversial officer-involved shooting in August.Officer Yuseff Hamadeh was fired in the weeks following the incident.Hamadeh claimed Raheem Howard fired at him during a traffic stop and Hamadeh had to return fire.When police and the district attorney’s office could not find evidence to match that claim, charges against Howard related
  • Saudi state media confirms Khashoggi is dead

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Saudi state-run media is reporting that prosecutors in the kingdom believe Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in a quarrel.  State media also quotes prosecutors as saying 18 Saudi nationals are being held on suspicion of being involved in the Washington Post columnist's death.  Saudi state TV and the state-run Saudi Press Agency carried the statement early Saturday morning. &n
  • Another major power outage reported in Baton Rouge Friday

    BATON ROUGE - Several neighborhoods are without power, less than an hour after electricity was restored downtown.In the second major outage reported in the Baton Rouge area, Entergy reports that roughly 3,000 customers north of Florida Boulevard near Sherwood Forest Boulevard have been affected.There is no word on what caused the outage or when power might be restored.Permalink| Comments
  • Drew Brees eyes another rare milestone against Baltimore on Sunday

    NEW ORLEANS - Saints Quarterback Drew Brees has racked up numerous awards and accomplishments this season, none bigger than becoming the NFL's all time leading passer. This Sunday against Baltimore though, he has a chance at two more career milestones.Brees is one touchdown pass away from his 500th career touchdown, joining the elite company of Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, and Tom Brady. He also has a chance to beat the only team in his NFL career he has yet to defeat
  • Sunshine Bridge's long repair process begins this weekend

    DONALDSONVILLE - The Department of Transportation and Development says it expects to begin the long process of fully repairing the Sunshine Bridge over the weekend.The department says Coastal Bridge, LLC, which has been selected to handle repairs, will be on-site this weekend, building a platform so long-term fixes can begin.Engineers are finalizing the design and plans for the bridge. Once that's done, a timeframe for the repair process will be announced. DOTD says it is authorized to spend up
  • LHSAA won't discipline local high school over vulgar 'Neck' chant at volleyball game

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana High School Athletic Association says it will not discipline a school where fans were heard shouting a vulgar chant during a volleyball game.A spokesperson with the LHSAA tells WBRZ that staff at Parkview Baptist High School are addressing the incident and it will not face discipline for the fans' actions.Video from the Advocate showed a portion of the crowd at a volleyball game earlier this week shouting an obscene chant along to the tune of the band's performance o
  • Istrouma High briefly placed on lockdown after threat made to school

    BATON ROUGE - Istrouma High School was briefly placed on lockdown Friday afternoon after a threat was made to the school on social media. A spokesperson for the East Baton Rouge Parish School System says the lockdown has been lifted, but law enforcement continues their investigation.No other details were given.Permalink| Comments
  • Adam Sandler gives shout-out to U-High as team dons Mud Dog gear Friday

    BATON ROUGE - Bobby Boucher himself has given his blessing to University Lab as the school prepares to take on the appearance of the South Central Louisiana State University Mud Dogs Friday night.Earlier this week, it was announced that Adidas was producing licensed recreations of the jerseys worn in the Adam Sandler football comedy 'The Waterboy' for the movie's 20th anniversary. As part of the announcement, Adidas also gifted U High in Baton Rouge with head-to-toe SCLSU gear
  • Louisiana's Avery Island listed on historic place register

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's Avery Island, a salt dome and the birthplace of Tabasco pepper sauce, is newly listed on the National Register of Historic Places.U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy announced Friday that the U.S. Department of the Interior has given the historic designation to the island, located in Iberia Parish.In a statement, the Republican senator called Avery Island a significant part of Louisiana's history and culture. The island houses more than 100,000 birds and other species suc
  • South Carolina man sentenced for biting off girlfriend's lip

    GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for biting off his ex-girlfriend's lip.Greenville prosecutor Walt Wilkins told news outlets that 23-year-old Seth Aaron Fleury pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and battery Thursday. Wilkins said Fleury met his ex-girlfriend last October in Simpsonville to discuss their relationship. The prosecutor said Fleury became angry when she refused to resume the relationship and he tried to kiss her.When she pulled
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  • 2 inmates on work release fall from pickup bed; 1 dies

    DIXIE INN, La. (AP) - Louisiana State Police say one jail trusty died and one was hurt when they fell from the bed of a moving pickup truck on a highway.Trooper Glenn Younger said in a news release Thursday night that 30-year-old Kenneth George of Shreveport and 26-year-old Tyler Hodges of Minden were both on work release from the Webster Parish jail.Younger says George died and Hodges suffered moderate injuries.He says they were on a route to read water meters in the town of Dixie Inn when the
  • Witches to hex Brett Kavanaugh, others accused of sexual assault

    A bookstore in Brooklyn is allowing people upset over the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court to vent their frustration in... unique ways.According to USA Today, the event is a public hex. Witches, nonbelievers, and sexual assault survivors will gather at Catland Books Saturday evening. Event organizer Dakota Bracciale said the hex is to "make Kavanaugh suffer.""We will be embracing witchcraft's true roots as the magik of the poor, the downtrodden and disenfranchised a
  • Mega Millions jackpot reaches $1 billion ahead of Friday drawing

    BATON ROUGE - The Mega Millions  Jackpot has been raised to $1 billion, the biggest jackpot in Mega Millions history.Officials say no tickets matched all six numbers to claim the Mega Millions prize Tuesday night. The numbers were 3, 45, 49, 61, 69 and Mega Ball 9.The next drawing will be at 10 p.m. Friday.The next drawing will be Friday night. The estimated jackpot for that drawing would be the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history. The largest lotter
  • Trader Joe's recalls three salads due to possible contamination

    A popular grocery store chain is recalling three different salads sold in nine states, including Louisiana.Trader Joe's is recalling the products due to possible listeria and/or salmonella contamination. According to the company, no illnesses have been reported to date.The recall includes Trader Jose’s Mexicali Inspired Salad, Trader Joe’s BBQ Flavored Chicken Salad, and Trader Joe’s Field Fresh Chopped Salad with Grilled Chicken Breast. The "best by" dates on the
  • Florida firefighter dies; Michael toll up to 35

    PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) - A falling tree has killed a firefighter while he was helping his family clear debris from Hurricane Michael in the Florida Panhandle, increasing the overall storm-related death toll to 35.  Fire coordinator Brad Price, 49, of Wewahitchka was on his tractor when he was killed Thursday, the Gulf County Sheriff's Office said on its official Facebook page.  With Price's death, 25 of the fatalities have been confirmed in Florida.
  • High School Football Scores - Week 8

    PREP FOOTBALL  Acadiana 29, Sulphur 19  Amite 50, St. Helena Central 18  Archbishop Hannan 24, Albany 14  Ascension Catholic 45, White Castle 6  Assumption 14, Vandebilt Catholic 13  Barbe 40, Sam Houston 28  Basile 41, Oberlin 22  Bastrop 47, Franklin Parish 20  Baton Rouge Catholic 35, East Ascension 3  Baton Rouge
  • Southern University band to perform at halftime for Saints-Falcons Thanksgiving game

    NEW ORLEANS - Southern University's renowned 'Human Jukebox' will take center stage at halftime of the New Orleans Saints' primetime match-up with the Atlanta Falcons on Thanksgiving day.The university announced Friday that the band, along with the Dancing Dolls, will perform at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome when the Saints take on their division rivals on Nov. 22.The Human Jukebox and Dancing Dolls’ performance will lead into the Bayou Classic weekend, as Southern battles Gram
  • Dozens of rescued beagles begin finding new homes

    ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - More than 70 beagles rescued from a home in rural Pennsylvania are finding new owners and new homes.The Lehigh County Humane Society received thousands of inquiries and began accepting adoption applications Thursday.The dogs were rescued this month from a home outside Allentown where a woman had been breeding them without a license before she died last month.Adoptions were to continue Friday.The Allentown Morning Call reports the man who owned the house where the dogs were
  • Model Karlie Kloss marries Jared Kushner's brother

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Supermodel Karlie Kloss has married businessman Joshua Kushner.Kloss posted a photo of her in a wedding dress and Kushner in a tuxedo - both of them beaming - on Instagram and Twitter Thursday night. People magazine reports the couple married at a small ceremony in upstate New York and will have a larger ceremony in the spring. Kloss' publicists did not return an email seeking details about the wedding Thursday.Kushner is the younger brother of Jared Kushner, President Donald
  • School cook who added kangaroo meat to chili loses job

    POTTER, Neb. (AP) - A Nebraska school cook who mixed kangaroo meat into chili he made for students has lost his job.Potter-Dix Schools Superintendent Mike Williams said Thursday that Kevin Frei, the junior/senior high school's head cook in Potter, no longer works for the district.Williams said in a letter to parents Wednesday that Frei told him he'd augmented the chili's beef on Oct. 10 with kangaroo meat because it is lean and nutritious. Williams says the meat came from a food distributor tha
  • Baby finishes road trip, possibly youngest member of All 50 States Club

    Harper Yates, the five-month-old who embarked on a road trip across the U.S., may now be the youngest member of the All 50 States Club.On Thursday Harper and her parents crossed made it to Vermont, making the Green Mountain State the child’s 50th destination, ABC News reports."We arrived at approximately 4:30 pm ET," said Cindy Lim. "Just feeling really happy and proud that we made it but mainly really lucky that we got to experience this great adventure together as a family."Lim, her
  • Louisiana university gives Smithsonian crustacean collection

    LAFAYETTE - A Louisiana university is giving the Smithsonian Institution a huge collection of crustaceans that has been used, among other things, to identify seafood mislabeled as coming from the Gulf of Mexico.Smithsonian crustacean curator Rafael Lemaitre says getting the collection from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is a career highlight for him. The transfer ceremony was scheduled for Friday at the university.Lemaitre and the retired professor who oversaw the collection for 40 ye
  • Red Cross, firefighters installing smoke alarms following recent fatal fires

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Red Cross, along with area firefighters, will be installing free smoke alarms in two Baton Rouge neighborhoods Friday.Red Cross volunteers along with the Baton Rouge Fire Department will be in the 7200 block of Sevenoaks Avenue from 10 a.m. until noon. From 1 p.m. until 3 p.m., volunteers will team up with the St. George Fire Department to canvas the neighborhoods surrounding the 7220 block of Meadowbrook Avenue.Two fatal fires were reported in those areas earlier th
  • Woman accused of abusing, stealing from mother

    BATON ROUGE - A woman is facing criminal charges after she allegedly abused her mother and stole money from her bank account. Authorities were contacted by an employee of Elderly Protective Services in July 2017 in reference to a complaint of physical abuse. In April of that year, the victim was admitted to the hospital with injuries allegedly inflicted on her by Charlene McCorey and another woman.The victim said the suspects physically abused her and spent her money without her consen
  • 20 years later: Suspect arrested in 1998 rape case

    BATON ROUGE - More than 20 years after the alleged crime, Baton Rouge police have arrested a man in connection to a 1998 rape case. According to the arrest report, the female victim was assaulted in January 1998 in the 3800 block of Choctaw Drive. Documents say the suspect, later identified as John Davis, hit the victim in the head and force himself upon her.  Davis fled the scene following the attack. The victim filed a report with police, but the case remained unsol
  • Louisiana police department to stop hosting prayer vigils

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Prayer vigils will no longer be hosted or promoted by police in Shreveport, Louisiana.That's according to City Attorney William Bradford, in response to a letter from a national nonprofit that advocates for the separation of church and state. The Shreveport Times reports that the Freedom From Religion Foundation wrote Shreveport Police Chief Alan Crump in August saying that hosting the vigils suggests the department "prefers religion over nonreligion," thereby violating t
  • Woman says man broke into her home, made eggs, bathed

    ATHENS, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama woman says a man broke into her house and made himself breakfast, took a bath, and washed his clothes.Mary Royster tells WAAY-TV she came home Tuesday and found a strange man who wouldn't leave -- he told her he was waiting for his clothes to dry. Thirty-one-year-old Tyler Love is now back at the Limestone County jail on a charge of burglary.He had been released just last week after serving time for another burglary. Royster says "every drawer" in her house had be

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