• Trump promises health insurance for all

    WASHINGTON - President-elect Donald Trump says his plan to replace the nation's health care law will include "insurance for everybody."Trump made the comment in an interview with the Washington Post published on Sunday.The president-elect says: "We're going to have insurance for everybody. There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can't pay for it, you don't get it. That's not going to happen with us."Trump declined to reveal any details.An embrace of universal health care woul
  • Obama speaks on Israel, Trump in last White House interview

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the increase in the number of Israeli settlements is inhibiting the possibility for an "effective, contiguous Palestinian state."Speaking in his final interview as president, Obama dismissed the idea that there is a "major rupture" in the relationship between the United States and Israel after last month's decision by the U.S. to abstain from a United Nations vote condemning Israeli settlements.The outgoing president reflected during the hourlong intervie
  • John Lewis books sell out on Amazon day after Trump's tweets

    New York - Two of John Lewis' books have sold out on Amazon after the Democratic congressman claimed the top spots on the retailer's best-seller list.Sales of the civil rights leader's graphic novel "March" and his 2015 memoir "Walking With the Wind" skyrocketed following his feud with President-elect Donald Trump over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. After Lewis questioned the legitimacy of Trump's victory, Trump tweeted that the 16-term Georgia representative "should spend more time
  • Coates leads No. 5 South Carolina past LSU, 84-61

    BATON ROUGE - Alaina Coates had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 5 South Carolina again overcame the absence of All-American A'ja Wilson, beating LSU 84-61 on Sunday.Coates scored 18 of her points in the first half - eight of those from the free throw line - en route to the powerful 6-foot-4 center's 53rd career double-double. Allisha Gray scored 21 and Bianca Cuevas-Moore added 17 points for South Carolina (15-1, 5-0 Southeastern Conference), which now rides a nine-game winning streak.Chloe J
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  • Former pro wrestler Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka dies at 73

    PHILADELPHIA - Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, a former professional wrestler who earlier this month was found not competent to stand trial in the 1983 death of his girlfriend, has died. He was 73.A lawyer representing Snuka said family members told him that Snuka died Sunday afternoon at his son-in-law's home near Pompano Beach, Florida.A Lehigh County judge on Jan. 3 dismissed the murder case against the retired WWE star in the death of Nancy Argentino, whose body was found in their Whitehall Township
  • Packers-Cowboys will be 8th playoff meeting

    There should be good vibes at AT&T Stadium for Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers and NFL rushing champion Ezekiel Elliott of Dallas.The divisional playoff game between the Packers and Cowboys is Rodgers' first game in the $1.2 billion retractable roof stadium since winning the title as Super Bowl MVP in a 31-25 victory over Pittsburgh to conclude the 2010 season.Rodgers, who has thrown 19 touchdown passes without an interception during a seven-game winning streak, had 304 yards passing wit
  • Catch by Cook sets up winning kick for Packers

    Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are headed to the NFC championship game for the first time since the 2014 season after a thrilling finish in Dallas.Mason Crosby kicked a 51-yard field goal as time expired, and the Packers edged the NFC's top-seeded Cowboys 34-31 on Sunday. The kick was set up by a Jared Cook 35-yard reception as he was sliding out of bounds.Rodgers threw for 320 yards and two touchdowns as the Packers (12-6) won their eighth straight.The Cowboys (13-4) rallied twice, fir
  • Arkansas tries to strip Gen. Lee from Martin Luther King Day

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Every third Monday in January, Arkansas state offices are closed in observance of an unlikely holiday: the shared birthdays of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.Now Arkansas' Republican governor is reviving an effort to remove Lee from the holiday. But he faces resistance from opponents who complain the move belittles the state's Confederate heritage and from black lawmakers worried about a plan to set aside another day to hon
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  • Officials: Unfilled border tunnels in Mexico a security risk

    SAN DIEGO - U.S. officials say Mexico's inability to fully seal up border tunnels dug by drug smugglers poses a security risk and is an "open invitation" for cartels to carve out new tunnels.On the U.S. side, drug tunnels have been filled with concrete since 2007, after the Los Angeles Times reported that they were being left unfilled because of budget constraints within Customs and Border Protection.Mexican authorities say they lack the money to fill the tunnels completely. Only the openings ar
  • SC teen abducted as a Florida newborn meets birth parents

    WALTERBORO, S.C. - An 18-year-old South Carolina woman abducted from a Florida hospital hours after her birth is meeting her biological family for the first time.Multiple media organizations report that Kamiyah Mobley met her birth parents on Saturday at the police department in Walterboro, the city 50 miles west of Charleston where she was raised under a false name.Craig Aiken said after the 45-minute meeting he is still in shock about suddenly being reunited with his long-lost daughter, but th
  • 'Hidden Figures' keeps orbit at top; Affleck, Scorsese flop

    NEW YORK - The crowd-pleasing NASA drama "Hidden Figures" has topped the box office for the second straight week, while a pair of high-priced prestige releases sputtered.Estimates on Sunday say "Hidden Figures," a tale about African-American mathematicians in the 1960s space race, sold $20.5 million in tickets in North American theaters over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. Fox anticipates it will make $25.3 million when Monday is included.In a crowded field that included the "Star Wa
  • Envoys urge Israel, Palestinians to back peace

    PARIS - More than 70 countries have called on Israel and the Palestinians to restate their commitment to a peace settlement and to refrain from unilateral actions.The closing statement at a Mideast peace conference in Paris on Sunday was meant to send a powerful message to Israel and the incoming Trump administration to keep hopes alive for a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians.Trump's campaign platform made no mention of Palestinian independence - the solution favored by the
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  • Red Cross staffer freed in Afghanistan weeks after abduction

    BERLIN - The International Committee of the Red Cross says a staff member who was abducted in northern Afghanistan last month has been released.The ICRC's head of delegation in Afghanistan, Monica Zanarelli, said Sunday that the man is "safe and sound" and is now with its team in Kunduz. The agency said it wouldn't comment on the identity of the abductors or their motives or give any details of the release.The ICRC staffer, whose nationality wasn't specified, was snatched on Dec. 19 in the north
  • Kerry backs "2-nation" solution for Mideast

    PARIS - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is defending an international call for renewed efforts at Mideast peace.Kerry, speaking to reporters after taking part in a peace conference Sunday in Paris, rejected Israeli criticism of the meeting, saying the concept of a two-state solution to the conflict is "threatened" and must be reinforced if it is ever to happen. The conference's final communique, he said, endorses a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians without imposing a resoluti
  • Sanders says Comey should consider stepping down

    WASHINGTON - Sen. Bernie Sanders is so steamed about the FBI director that he thinks James Comey may want to find another job.The Vermont senator - who ran against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination - is among the lawmakers still angry about how Comey handled the election-year inquiry into Clinton's private email practices.And now Comey is refusing to say whether the FBI is investigating possible links between President-elect Donald Trump's campaign and Russia.Sanders tel
  • 2 semis crash on icy interstate in Nebraska

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Officials believe icy conditions contributed to a fiery crash involving two semitrailer trucks on Interstate 80 in central Nebraska.The accident happened as the latest wave of sleet and drizzle was glazing parts of the central U.S. on Sunday.The Nebraska Roads Department closed 15 miles of I-80 after the trucks crashed shortly before 9 a.m. The crash happened about 9 miles west of Kearney.Pictures of the crash show the trucks on fire along the road, but the Nebraska State Patr
  • 6 killed in stampede during Hindu festival in India

    KOLKATA, India - An official says at least six people have been killed in a stampede during a Hindu religious festival in eastern India.West Bengal state Development Minister Mantu Ram Pakhira says the stampede took place Sunday as hundreds of thousands of people had assembled on the banks of the Buriganga river.Pakhira says the stampede occurred as people were trying to get into a crowded boat. Six women were killed and seven other people were injured.The area where the stampede occurred is abo
  • CIA director says Trump tweeting harms security

    WASHINGTON - CIA Director John Brennan says Donald Trump's "talking and tweeting" is not in the nation's interest and that the president-elect lacks a full understanding of the threat Russia poses to the U.S.Brennan said Sunday the national security questions Trump will face after becoming president on Friday are not "about him." Brennan addedthat Trump needs to understand that "he's going to have an opportunity to do something for our national security as opposed to talking and tweeting." Such
  • Trump team calls on Obama to stop attacks

    WASHINGTON - Donald Trump's team is still plenty steamed after a leading House Democrat described Trump as an illegitimate president - and there are now calls for President Barack Obama to act.Trump's incoming White House chief of staff says the congressman, civil rights leader John Lewis of Georgia, is being "irresponsible" and has started a "firestorm."Reince Priebus tells NBC's "Meet the Press" that Obama should "step up" and "call it what it is - it's wrong what is happening, it's wrong how
  • Loyola University hosts panel discussion on Trump presidency

    NEW ORLEANS - Experts from New Orleans' Loyola University are hosting a panel discussion this week about Donald Trump's upcoming presidency.The discussion will be held on Thursday at the university's Nunemaker Auditorium.History professor Behrooz Moazami says the event will discuss some of the major issues that came up during the election cycle.The discussion will touch on issues such as the role of gender and race in the coming years, environmental and foreign policies and immigration.Moazami,
  • 3-parish African-American museum opening Feb 4 in Houma

    HOUMA - A segregation-era high school for black students will reopen next month as a museum celebrating African-American history in Terrebonne, Lafourche and St. Mary parishes.The Courier reports that the Finding Our Roots African American Museum in Houma will be dedicated Feb. 4.The 9 a.m. ceremony will be followed by a book fair and entertainment at the building once called The Academy.The museum will open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is $7.Finding Our Roots vice
  • New Orleans police chief to meet with Paul Ryan

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison will meet with House Speaker Paul Ryan on Monday about new approaches police departments are taking on police training regarding de-escalation, decision-making and use of force tactics.Harrison's office, in a news release, said the meeting will take place in Janesville, Wisconsin and focus on the Police Executive Research Forum's new Integrating Communications, Assessment, and Tactics training guide. PERF introduced the guide at a
  • White House urges Trump to mend ties with Lewis

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's chief of staff says Donald Trump should mend relations with civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis to send a message to the American people and the world.The president-elect tore into Lewis on Saturday for questioning the legitimacy of his White House victory, intensifying a feud with the black congressman days before the national holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr.Obama's chief of staff, Denis McDonough, told CNN's "State of the Union" that Trump should ad
  • Police investigate if restaurant worker contaminated food

    COLUMBUS, Miss. - Columbus police have launched a criminal investigation into whether a fast-food worker intentionally served contaminated food.The Commercial Dispatch reports that a Tupelo resident who may have received contaminated food contacted Police Chief John Lewis.The state Health Department and Jack's Family Restaurants of Homewood, Alabama, say they've already started investigating. A woman claims her daughter saw a fellow restaurant worker lick and wipe bodily fluids on an or
  • Russian security chief says country seeing more cyberattacks

    MOSCOW - The head of the Russian Security Council says the country recently has seen a marked increase in attempted cyberattacks from overseas.The comments by Nikolai Patrushev, quoted by Russian news agencies Sunday, come amid tensions over the allegations by United States' intelligence agencies of a Kremlin-directed effort to interfere in the U.S. presidential elections and bolster support for President-elect Donald Trump using stolen information. .The alleged cyberattacks included penetration
  • Military: Mosul University fully liberated by Iraqi troops

    BAGHDAD - An Iraqi military spokesman says government troops have fully liberated the sprawling complex of Mosul University, a major step in the massive operation to retake the Islamic State-held city of Mosul.The spokesman of the Joint Military Command, Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool, declared Sunday that the campus was under the full control of Iraqi special forces, officially known as the Counter Terrorism Service, who raised the Iraqi flag over its buildings.Iraqi forces entered the university grou
  • Flood victim said trailer "exploded" after attempting to lighting cigarette inside

    BATON ROUGE - A man set his trailer on fire and was transported to a hospital after it "exploded" when he tried to light a cigarette inside.According to the Baton Rouge Fire Department, emergency crews were called around 1:50 a.m. Sunday morning to a reported trailer firein the 2000 block of Park Circle.Firefighters arrived at the scene to find the trailer fully engulfed in flames, according to BRFD.According to BRFD, the resident was living in the trailer while remode
  • Flood victim said trailer "exploded" after attempting to light cigarette inside

    BATON ROUGE - A man set his trailer on fire and was transported to a hospital after it "exploded" when he tried to light a cigarette inside.According to the Baton Rouge Fire Department, emergency crews were called around 1:50 a.m. Sunday morning to a reported trailer firein the 2000 block of Park Circle.Firefighters arrived at the scene to find the trailer fully engulfed in flames, according to BRFD.According to BRFD, the resident was living in the trailer while remode
  • Firefighters respond to strip mall fire on Jefferson Hwy

    BATON ROGUE - Baton Rouge and St. George Firefighters worked to extinguish a blaze in a Strip Mall on Jefferson Hwy. Sunday morning.According to BRFD, the fire started around 4:00 a.m. Sunday morning in a strip mall in the 12000 block of Jefferson Hwy.Firefighters were able to control the blaze by 5:15 a.m., according to BRFD.Investigators believe the fire started in the business of "Tax Free Entertainment", according to fire officials. Most of the fire damage was in the attic&
  • State Police: Motorcyclist killed in Lafourche Parish crash

    RACELAND - A single vehicle crash claimed the life of a 37-year-old man shortly after 3:00 a.m. Sunday morning just north of Raceland.According to State Police, the crash took the life of Jacob Kraus, 37, of Houma. State Police said a preliminary investigation of the crash revealed Kraus was traveling north on LA 1 driving a 2013 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic. Kraus entered a right curve in the roadway, and for unknown reasons, crossed the centerline, accordin
  • Ringling Bros. circus to close after 146 years

    ELLENTON, Fla. - After 146 years, the curtain is coming down on "The Greatest Show on Earth." The owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus told The Associated Press that the show will close forever in May.The iconic American spectacle was felled by a variety of factors, company executives say. Declining attendance combined with high operating costs, along with changing public tastes and prolonged battles with animal rights groups all contributed to its demise."There isn't any o
  • Trump tweets again about 'legitimate president' comment

    NEW YORK - Donald Trump isn't done with criticizing congressman John Lewis for saying he doesn't consider the president-elect a legitimate president.Trump turned to Twitter once against Saturday night to say of the Georgia Democrat: "Congressman John Lewis should finally focus on the burning and crime infested inner-cities of the U.S. I can use all the help I can get!"Congressman John Lewis should finally focus on the burning and crime infested inner-cities of the U.S. I can use all the help I c
  • No plans to digitize Fisher in future 'Star Wars' films

    LOS ANGELES - Lucasfilm, the company behind "Star Wars," says there are no plans to digitally recreate the late Carrie Fisher to play Princess Leia in future episodes of the movie saga.The Disney-owned Lucasfilm made the rare foray into the world of "Star Wars" speculation Friday night by issuing a statement denying rumors there were plans to digitize Fisher, who died Dec. 27.Fisher, who reprised her role as Leia in 2015's "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens," had finished shooting "Star
  • Maryland school employee fired for tweet aimed at student's spelling

    FREDERICK - A school system employee in Maryland who had a lighthearted quarrel with a student on Twitter over the student's spelling has been fired.Katie Nash tells The Frederick News-Postthat she was fired on Friday afternoon from her $44,000-a-year job. A Frederick County Public Schools spokesman confirmed that Nash had been let go, without providing details.Nash ran the school district's Twitter account. On Jan. 5, a student tweeted to the account, asking that schools be closed "tammarow."Na
  • Penzato elected unopposed to Louisiana appeals court

    NEW ORLEANS - Judge Allison Penzato of Mandeville has been elected unopposed to an open seat on Louisiana's 1st Circuit Court of Appeal in Baton Rouge.Penzato, who serves on the 22nd Judicial District Court for St. Tammany and Washington parishes, was the lone candidate to qualify for the March 25 ballot. Qualifying ended Friday.NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports Penzato, a Republican, will fill the unexpired term of Ernie Drake Jr., who retired Oct. 31. The 10-year term runs through 2024.The 1
  • City slammed as it declares Monday 'Great Americans Day'

    BILOXI, Miss. - The city of Biloxi has sparked a debate about the holiday honoring the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. after announcing on social media that city offices would be closed Monday for "Great Americans Day."Monday is federally recognized as Martin Luther King Jr. Day.The Sun Herald reports Great Americans Day doesn't exist as a holiday and is not even recognized by the Mississippi Secretary of State's Office. However, Biloxi City Council passed an ordinance in 1985 d
  • Wanted man arrested after fleeing through Southern dorm hall, flipping officer

    BATON ROGUE - Authorities said a 20-year-old Houma man with multiple warrants through Lafourche Parish was arrested at Southern University after he attempted to flee.According to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, on Jan. 13 around 2:40 p.m., deputies assisted a local bails bondsman in apprehending the suspect, Akeem Boykin, 20.Boykin has active arrest warrants through Lafourche Parish, according to authorities.Authorities attempted to apprehend Boykin, an
  • SpaceX launches first rocket since explosion

    LOS ANGELES - SpaceX has launched a Falcon 9 rocket for the first time since a fireball engulfed a similar rocket on a Florida launch pad more than four months ago.The two-stage rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on Saturday morning to place 10 satellites into orbit for Iridium Communications Inc.About nine minutes later, the first stage returned to Earth and landed successfully on a barge in the Pacific Ocean south of Vandenberg.SpaceX officials say they identified al
  • House Dems press FBI on Russia, possible link to Trump camp

    WASHINGTON - House Democrats have confronted FBI Director James Comey over his refusal to say whether the FBI is investigating possible links between President-elect Donald Trump's campaign and Russia.The Democrats are still seething over Comey's handling of the election-year inquiry of Hillary Clinton.The strong words came during a closed-door session Friday. Democrats blame Comey in part for Clinton's loss to Trump. In July, Comey announced the findings of the FBI investigation that found Clin
  • Judge: Settlement not 'reachable' in 'debtor prison' case

    NEW ORLEANS - Settlement discussions have failed to bring about a resolution to a federal court case accusing New Orleans criminal court judges of unconstitutionally jailing poor people who cannot afford to pay court fees.The suit was filed in 2015 by six people who said they were locked up for owing court debts. Lawyers are seeking to make it a class action case that could affect hundreds of others.New Orleans criminal court judges are the defendants. U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph Wilkinson said
  • 11 drown, 15 missing after boat capsizes in eastern India

    PATNA, India - Police say at least 11 people drowned and 15 others are missing after their overcrowded boat capsized in a river in eastern India.Police officer Chandan Kushwaha says the incident took place Saturday as 40 people were returning by the boat after attending a Hindu religious festival in a village across the river near Patna, the state capital of Bihar.Kushwaha says 13 people have been rescued and hospitalized. Rescuers are continuing to search for more survivors.Police say the boat
  • Groups celebrate 10-year mark of La. restaurant smoking ban

    BATON ROUGE - Anti-smoking groups are touting the 10-year anniversary of Louisiana's law banning smoking in restaurants, schools and workplaces.The law, known as the Louisiana Smoke-Free Air Act, took effect in January 2007. It has exemptions that continue today for smoking in bars and casinos, but allowed local municipalities to enact tougher policies. Many of the state's larger cities, including New Orleans, Hammond, Monroe and Alexandria have done so.The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Li
  • Drone schools look to woo younger pilots for commercial jobs

    GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Leaders in the unmanned aircraft industry are trying to persuade young people who think drones are cool to consider flying them for a living.Commercial pilots must obtain a Federal Aviation Administration drone license, and some companies that employ such pilots have started selling classes that help students prepare for the FAA test or just figure out whether they would be interested in such a career.SkySkopes, a Grand Forks company that employs unmanned aircraft pilots, is
  • Police kill man who fired gun outside Austin church

    AUSTIN, Texas - A man who Austin police say repeatedly fired an assault-style weapon into the air outside a church has been shot and killed by an officer after he refused to drop the gun.Authorities say the shooting early Saturday in northwest Austin culminated a series of events that included police responding to a robbery call and to a fight in a parking lot at the same location. Police were summoned a third time after reports of a man with a shotgun and assault-style weapon.Assistant Police C
  • Military's shift away from oil clashes with Trump's promises

    TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - The Marine Corps and Navy have led the Department of Defense's unprecedented shift away from fossil fuels under the Obama administration, investing millions over the past decade into everything from hybrid electric ships to wind turbines.It's unclear what will happen under President Donald Trump, who has promised to end policies that "undermine" fossil fuel producers, and chosen a Cabinet with climate change skeptics.His nomination for defense secretary has advocated f
  • Thousands expected for Martin Luther King Jr. march

    WASHINGTON - Thousands are expected in Washington for a march organizers say is designed to "protect the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr." and to "preserve the legacy of President Barack Obama."The National Action Network, the group founded by the Rev. Al Sharpton, is sponsoring Saturday's "We Shall Not Be Moved" march and rally ahead of Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.Participants are gathering near the Washington Monument. Organizers' plan is to march down Independence Avenue to
  • Supreme Court takes up suit over 2001 detention of Muslims

    WASHINGTON - Ahmer Abbasi speaks softly as he describes the strip searches, the extra shoves, the curses that he endured in a federal jail in Brooklyn following the Sept. 11 attacks.Abbasi tells The Associated Press in a telephone interview from his home in Karachi, Pakistan, that he doesn't "think I deserved it."Abbasi's quiet, matter-of-fact tone belies his determination, 15 years after his detention, to seek justice in American courts - provided the Supreme Court will let him.The justices on
  • 'We waited for decades': Polish govt welcomes US troops

    WARSAW, Poland - Polish leaders are holding a ceremony to welcome U.S. troops to their country, a deployment that Russia calls a threat to its own security.The ceremony Saturday in the western Polish town of Zagan comes 23 years after the last Soviet troops left Poland. It also marks a new historic moment - the first time any Western forces are being deployed on a continuous basis to NATO's eastern flank.Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo stood before U.S. and Polish soldiers and called it "an i
  • Trump unleashes Twitter attack against congressional critic

    NEW YORK - Donald Trump is lashing out at a Georgia congressman who described the Republican as an illegitimate president.Trump tweeted on Saturday that Democrat John Lewis "should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results."Trump - who'll be sworn in this coming Friday - continues to use Twitter to attack his adversaries as he did throughout the campai
  • Germany mulls parliamentary inquiry over Berlin truck attack

    BERLIN - A senior ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel says he's open to launching a parliamentary inquiry into whether authorities made mistakes in handling the Tunisian man who drove a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin.Attacker Anis Amri had been rejected for asylum in Germany but authorities had been unable to deport him. Amri, who had used at least 14 different identities since coming to Germany, also was on their radar as a potential security risk.Volker Kauder, the caucus leader o

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