• Fox News host Brenda Buttner dies at age 55

    NEW YORK - Brenda Buttner, host of Fox News Channel's "Bulls and Bears" has died after a battle with cancer. She was 55.Buttner served as CNBC's Washington correspondent and hosted the network's "The Money Club" before joining Fox News in 2000.Buttner graduated from Harvard University and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.Fox News host Neil Cavuto paid tribute to Buttner on his show "Your World with Neil Cavuto." He praised her intelligence and sense of humor, saying "business journalism
  • LSP: Truck driver killed in two-vehicle crash

    FRANKLINTON - A 30-year-old man was killed in a two-vehicle crash on LA 10 Monday afternoon.According to State Police, the incident occurred shortly after 3:00 p.m. on LA 10 east of Franklinton.The crash claimed the life of Christopher Rex Blansett of Sumrall, MS, according to State Police. Through the initial investigation, State Police determined the crash occurred as 36-year-old April Bertoniere was driving a 2004 Ford Explorer eastbound on LA 10.For reasons still u
  • 6 teenagers fall through ice into Central Park pond, rescued

    NEW YORK - Six teenagers have fallen through ice into an off-limits pond in New York's Central Park but have been rescued.It happened Monday evening at the southern end of the park.Police say the 15- and 16-year-olds were on the ice when it gave way. A nearby sign said, "Danger Thin Ice Keep Off."Police and fire rescue units including divers responded and pulled the teenagers out of the water.A police spokesman says the teens are expected to be OK.Permalink| Comments
  • Several tornadoes hit Central Texas

    AUSTIN, Texas - Authorities say severe storms have pushed several tornadoes through parts of Central Texas, ripping the roofs from homes in San Antonio and toppling freight train cars near Austin.No major injuries have been reported from the storms that moved across the area late Sunday and early Monday.Officials estimate the weather damaged roughly 150 structures, most of them homes and apartments in the San Antonio area. The National Weather Service has confirmed at least six tornadoes touched
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  • 11 people pass through unmanned NY airport security checkpoint

    NEW YORK - Authorities are trying to find eight of 11 people who passed through an unattended security checkpoint at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Joe Pentangelo says it happened Monday morning at Terminal 5. He says authorities identified three of the travelers, who got onto a flight to California and will be screened upon arrival there. The eight others are believed to have boarded various flights.The Transportation Securit
  • Ex-Texas neurosurgeon sentenced to life for maiming patients

    DALLAS - A jury has sentenced a former neurosurgeon to life in prison for maiming patients who had turned to him for surgery to resolve debilitating injuries.The decision came Monday, almost a week after the Dallas County jury convicted 44-year-old Christopher Duntsch of first-degree felony injury to an elderly person.Prosecutors alleged numerous cases of malpractice against the former Plano physician, including that he improperly placed screws and plates along patients' spines, left a sponge in
  • Congressional aides tour flood damaged region

    BATON ROUGE- Aides of a U.S. Senate Appropriations subcommittee took a bus ride through flood-damaged areas of the capital region while state officials asked them for more aid. Six months after the flood, state officials said many neighborhoods are in danger of falling apart without another congressional aid package.Governor John Bel Edwards and members of the Louisiana's congressional delegation have made several trips to Washington D.C. asking for aid. To date, Congress has appropriat
  • Congressional aides tour flood damage region

    BATON ROUGE- Aides of a U.S. Senate Appropriations subcommittee took a bus ride through flood-damaged areas of the capital region while state officials asked them for more aid. Six months after the flood, state officials said many neighborhoods are in danger of falling apart without another congressional aid package.Governor John Bel Edwards and members of the Louisiana's congressional delegation have made several trips to Washington D.C. asking for aid. To date, Congress has appropriat
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  • Volunteers with Team Gleason and St. Bernard Project help flood survivors rebuild

    CENTRAL – Steve Gleason, former New Orleans Saints player, and his team are helping flood survivors rebuild.Gleason, who was diagnosed with ALS when he was 34 years old, and his team of volunteers arrived in Central Monday morning to help Julie Harvey and her family."A flood literally have stripped these guys of their home, but like all of you, Team Gleason is here to help," Gleason said.Team Gleason has joined with the St. Bernard Project volunteer organization to rebuild Harvey's flo
  • State Police changes policies, investigates road trip

    BATON ROUGE – State Police announced sweeping new policies, procedures and staff reassignments following a report by New Orleans' WWL TV and The Advocate newspaper.The Advocate has a print edition in the Crescent City where it's also partnered with WWL; WWL and WBRZ have a news partnership, too.Reports highlighted a trip to a law enforcement conference in San Diego included a lengthy road trip that had stops at the Grand Canyon and a Las Vegas resort and casino. The drive cost the stat
  • Man arrested for contractor fraud in Baker

    BAKER – A contractor has been arrested for home improvement fraud, according to the Baker Police Department.Barney Carter, Jr. was arrested after he only completed $4,000 worth of repair work for a Baker flood victim who paid him $14,000 for repairs.Additionally, Carter continued to work after the Louisiana State Licensing Board of Contractors notified him that his worker's compensation insurance was canceled.This story will be updated as more information becomes available.Permalink| C
  • Deputies searching for man who burglarized home on Southpark Drive

    BATON ROUGE – The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office is looking for a man who burglarized a home in the 4000 block of Southpark Drive last week.The incident occurred on Feb. 16 when deputies responded to an alarm activation. When they arrived, they found that the home had been burglarized. The suspect was captured on surveillance video.He is described as man wearing a white t-shirt, khaki shorts and red, white and gold San Francisco beanie cap. The man has dreadlocks that are p
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  • Homeowner sick of speeders, speed bumps no use

    WALKER - A homeowner in Livingston Parish says she's tired of people speeding in front of her house. After multiple calls to the sheriff's office, Patty Shearin called 2 On Your Side for help.Shearin lives on Percy Young Road in Walker. Her driveway is a thoroughfare between homes and people living behind her use her driveway to get to their homes. After spending thousands of dollars to improve her driveway and asking people to drive safely, Shearin says she's been ignored."Their response is, 'n
  • Publisher cancels Milo Yiannopoulos book 'Dangerous'

    NEW YORK - Milo Yiannopoulos' publisher has cancelled his planned book, "Dangerous."Simon & Schuster and its Threshold Editions imprint announced Monday that "after careful consideration" they had pulled the book, which had been high on Amazon.com's best-seller lists and was the subject of intense controversy.The announcement came hours after the Breitbart editor and right-wing provocateur was disinvited to this year's Conservative Political Action Conference because of past comments about r
  • Elayn Hunt Correctional cadet booked with battery after punching inmate

    BATON ROUGE – An Elayn Hunt Correctional Center cadet has been booked on a battery charge after punching an inmate while on duty.St. Gabriel Police detectives booked 23-year-old Eric Lands with simple battery.After learning of the incident, the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections notified the police department and began an internal investigation. Detectives obtained video surveillance that showed Lands repeatedly hitting an inmate while on duty Sunday at the prison.Th
  • Pelicans acquire Cousins, Casspi in multi-player deal

    NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to trade with the Sacramento Kings to acquire center DeMarcus Cousins and forward Omri Casspi in exchange for guards Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway.The trade also includes two of the Pelicans' future draft picks.
    Cousins, 6'11'' was drafted fifth overall by Sacramento in 2010 out of the University of Kentucky. This season he averages 27.8 points, 10.7 rebounds 4.9 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.3 blocks. Cousins is a three-tim
  • Baton Rouge officer suspended after allegedly shooting dog

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge Police officer will be suspended for five days after he allegedly shot a dog.A spokesperson for Baton Rouge Police said Abraham Wilson III was originally set to be suspended for 10 days due to the incident. He appealed that decision last week and the Civil Service Board then reduced the suspension to five days.Details about the incident are limited at this time.This is a developing story. Stay tuned to WBRZ News 2 online and on Facebook and Twitter for updates as new
  • Trump taps military strategist as national security adviser

    PALM BEACH - President Donald Trump has tapped Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new national security adviser.Trump announced the pick Monday at his Palm Beach club, Mar-a-Lago. He says McMaster is "a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience."Trump says retired Army Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, who had been his acting adviser, will now serve as the National Security Council chief of staff.Trump had been looking for a replacement for retired Gen. Michael Flynn, who was ousted last week.Per
  • California police officer killed during traffic accident

    WHITTIER - Officials say a California police officer was killed and another wounded in a shooting while they were trying to help a man who had been in a traffic accident in Whittier.Lt. John Corina of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said the two city police officers had responded to a report Monday of a traffic accident and approached the vehicle when they were shot.Police returned fire, wounding the suspect. His name was not released and his condition was not immediately available.
  • Judge asked to order release of San Bernardino iPhone records

    WASHINGTON - The Associated Press and other news organizations are asking a judge to force the federal government to reveal how much it paid for a tool to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters.The news organizations said Monday there's no reason for the FBI to withhold information on the cost of the tool or the identity of the vendor that sold it.The lawsuit seeks records about the FBI's contract with a third party for a tool that hacked into the phone of Syed Rizwan Farook
  • Troopers: Wrong way South Carolina school bus driver charged with DUI

    NEWBERRY - South Carolina troopers say a bus driver has been charged with driving under the influence after officers saw him drive a school bus the wrong way down a highway.Highway Patrol Sgt. Bob Beres said that 50-year-old Brent Carter was driving the Goose Creek High School bus east in the westbound lanes without its headlights on along state Highway 34 near Newberry around 7 p.m. Sunday.Beres says Carter's blood-alcohol level was 0.18 percent, more than twice the legal limit.Authorities say
  • Four arrested for purse snatching in Denham Springs

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Police arrested four suspects connected to numerous purse snatching cases Sunday.Officers arrested 20-year-old Ashley Smith, 22-year-old Qualashia Henry-Phipps, 24-year-old Trey Dickerson, and 23-year-old Troy LeBlanc and transported them to the Livingson Parish Detention Center.All four suspects are from the Houston area of Texas.Permalink| Comments
  • Russia's ambassador to United Nations dead at 64

    NEW YORK - Russian officials say its ambassador to the United Nations has died suddenly in New York City. Vitaly Churkin was 64.Russia's deputy U.N. ambassador, Vladimir Safronkov, told The Associated Press that Churkin became ill in his office at Russia's U.N. mission and was taken to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, where he died Monday. His cause of death wasn't immediately known.Churkin has been Russia's envoy at the United Nations for a little over a decade and was considered Moscow's great
  • Tax filing extensions available for tornado-impacted areas

    BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Revenue is offering tax filing and payment extensions to taxpayers impacted by severe storms and tornadoes that struck the state on Feb. 7.Tax filing and payment extensions are offered for residents whose homes, critical tax records or principal places of business are located in the following ZIP codes:Livingston Parish:70447
    70454
    70462
    70706
    70785Orleans Parish:70126
    70127
    70128
    70129The Department of Revenue will waive any late filing penalt
  • Dividing lines drawn: House and Senate try to negotiate deal

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the state House and Senate have staked out their positions, each drawing up proposals to close Louisiana's $304 million deficit.Now, the two sides have three days remaining in the budget-rebalancing special legislative session to reach a deal. The session must end Wednesday.The central disagreement remains how deeply to cut state spending in the remaining four months of the budget year versus how much to tap into Louisiana's "rainy day" fund.Gov. John Bel Edwards wants
  • Baton Rouge Veterans Parade apologizes for anti-muslim image

    BATON ROUGE- An apparent anti-Muslim image was posted and quickly removed from the Baton Rouge Veterans Day Parade group Facebook page Monday morning.The meme depicted a racial slur of a middle eastern man using his hand to clean himself after going to the bathroom. The post only stayed up for an hour while angry commenters decried it as bigoted, some even posted pictures of Muslim tombstones in Arlington National Cemetery.Parade organizer Tommy Straight with the Capital Area V
  • Man's obscene, silly attempt at being famous gets him ticketed

    BATON ROUGE - Police ticketed a 23-year-old for disturbing the peace after what is likely a drunken attempt at showing off when he shouted expletives into a microphone attached to a camera that was being used to broadcast live from downtown Friday. Mason Peter Carbonell was written a citation, police confirmed.  Authorities said it was Carbonell who shouted a phrase associated with sex acts on live television during a channel 2 broadcast at 10 p.m.  What Carbonell shou
  • Fire station on Government Street gets a facelift

    BATON ROUGE - A well-known downtown Baton Rouge building is getting a facelift.It is the first time in over 40 years the Robert A. Bogan fire station on Government Street has received any attention. It has not been remodeled since it opened in 1975.Assistant Chief of Special Services Scott Pertuis said the station is being remodeled in a two-part series. The exterior of the building is being renovated now, and the exterior renovation will begin once that is completed."The new roof, the awnings,
  • Telephone owned by Adolf Hitler sells for $243,000

    CHESAPEAKE CITY - A telephone owned by Adolf Hitler has sold at auction for $243,000.Andreas Kornfeld of Alexander Historical Auctions says the phone sold Sunday afternoon to a person who bid by phone. The auction house does not disclose the names of buyers.Bidding for the phone started at $100,000.The red telephone includes a Nazi party symbol and Hitler's name engraved on the back. Occupying Russian officers gave the phone to a British officer, Sir Ralph Rayner, during a visit to Hitler's bunk
  • Coast Guard rescues two men aboard disabled vessel

    NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard rescued two men aboard a disabled vessel near Lafitte early Monday evening.Watchstanders with the Coast Guard Sector New Orleans were notified at 5:45 p.m. of an overdue 17-foot vessel with two men aboard.The two were last seen near Crown Point at 1 p.m. Sunday, according to the Coast Guard.Coast Guard watchstanders launched a helicopter aircrew at 6:09 p.m., and a small boat crew at 6:12 p.m. to search for the men.The aircrew spotted the vessel with both survivors
  • Cassidy to host five town halls across southeast Louisiana

    BATON ROUGE – U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy will host five town halls across South Louisiana this week.Tuesday, Cassidy will join FEMA and SBA officials in Livingston Parish to discuss flood relief for local residents. Later in the week, he will host town halls in Jefferson, Assumption, Lafourche and St. Martin parishes to give updates on his work in Washington.The town halls schedule is below:WHAT:Host Flood Relief Town Hall Meeting in Livingston ParishWHEN:Tuesday, February 21, 20174:00
  • Fifty-five years after first orbit, Glenn still inspires

    COLUMBUS - John Glenn is continuing to inspire 55 years after becoming the first American to orbit Earth.Since Glenn's death on Dec. 8 at the age of 95, devotees have visited an exhibit of his artifacts at Ohio State University, backers have begun fundraising for an observatory and astronomy park in Glenn's name and work has begun on a 7-foot statue in his likeness.Glenn's storied life included time as a military test pilot and U.S. senator, but it was the history-making Mercury mission that pro
  • Deadline looms for Dakota Access pipeline protest camp

    CANNON BALL - State and federal authorities have told Dakota Access oil pipeline protesters at an encampment in North Dakota to leave. But many in the camp say they're not going.The deadline is Wednesday. It comes amid concerns that spring flooding could wash tons of trash into nearby rivers. State officials are warning of an environmental disaster if the camp isn't cleaned up and closed.Some in the camp say the flood fears are overblown. They plan to seek higher ground, but have no plans to lea
  • 'Lego Batman' stays No. 1, conquers 'The Great Wall'

    NEW YORK - "The Great Wall" was a hit in China. In North America, it was a dud.The most expensive film ever made in China and with a budget of $150 million, "The Great Wall" was intended to prove that the world's no. 2 movie marketplace could produce Hollywood-sized blockbusters of its own. Though it ran up $171 million in ticket sales in China, "The Great Wall" pulled in $18.1 million in its North American debut over Presidents Day weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.That was good eno
  • Atlanta, other cities eye test tracks for self-driving cars

    ATLANTA  - Self-driving vehicles could one day begin tooling down a bustling Atlanta street full of cars, buses, bicyclists and college students, as the city vies with other communities nationwide to test the emerging technology.City officials say they aim to demonstrate such a vehicle on North Avenue as early as September.Atlanta would be among the largest urban areas testing so-called autonomous vehicles if its plans come together.Nationwide, 10 sites last month were designated as "pr
  • US Defense Secretary Mattis: No plan to seize Iraqi oil

    BAGHDAD - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the U.S. does not intend to seize Iraqi oil, shifting away from an idea proposed by President Donald Trump that has rattled Iraq's leaders.Mattis' arrived in Baghdad Monday on an unannounced visit as the battle to oust Islamic State militants from western Mosul moves into its second day. At the same time, the Pentagon is considering ways to accelerate the campaign against IS in Iraq and Syria.Those efforts could be complicated by Trump's oil threa
  • Americans on Presidents Day: Admiration, fear mark holiday

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The United States on Monday marks Presidents Day, a holiday that's taking on a new meaning for some Americans this year as President Donald Trump - to the dismay of some and delight of others - upends traditional notions of the office.The holiday began as a celebration of George Washington's birthday, Feb. 22, and its official name remains Washington's Birthday.Throughout the 19th century, communities celebrated with parades and fireworks, said Evan Phifer, a research historia
  • Time Square rally protests Trump immigration policies

    NEW YORK - Over a thousand people of various faiths rallied in New York City in support of Muslim Americans and to protest President Donald Trump's immigration policies.The "I Am A Muslim Too" rally was held in Times Square Sunday and was organized by several groups, including the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding.The protesters waved American flags, held signs saying "No Muslim Ban," and chanted "We are One."Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke at the peaceful rally, saying "we have to dispel the stere
  • Storm aiming for California renews flood fears

    SAN FRANCISCO - The first outer rain bands from a storm headed to Northern California are bringing light rain, wind and renewed warnings of possible flooding.Forecasters say a powerful Pacific storm will reach the San Francisco Bay Area on Sunday night and move to the already soggy Central Valley.San Joaquin County Office of Emergency Services spokesman Tim Daly said Sunday afternoon the San Joaquin River at a measuring station near Vernalis remains at "danger stage," meaning it keeps approachin
  • Teen killed in fatal crash on LA 417

    POINTE COUPEE - A teenager was killed in a fatal crash on LA 417 early Sunday morning.According to Louisiana State Police, 17-year-old Clayton Jarreau of Ventress was killed while traveling southbound on LA 417 in a 2003 GMC Sierra around 3 a.m. Troopers say he was not wearing a seatbelt and failed to take a turn properly. He suffered fatal injuries when his vehicle overturned.Two passengers were also in the vehicle at the time of the crash. They were transported to Ou
  • Deputies searching for two escaped Tangipahoa inmates

    AMITE - Two inmates have escaped the Tangipahoa Parish Jail and remain at large.According Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards, Christopher Woolridge, 23, and Daeshawn Woolridge, 20, escaped at 3:15 p.m. Sunday. Surveillance footage confirmed a jail breach in which the Woolridge brothers were seen exiting the grounds, leaving their jail uniforms behind.The two were last seen near Bennett Rd. and McCoy Ln.With the assistance of Homeland Security, Louisiana State Police, Livi
  • Convicted felon arrested after shooting himself in the leg on Elm Drive

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police arrested a convicted felon after he accidentally shot himself in the leg on Elm Drive Sunday afternoon.According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, they received a call that a victim was shot in 4600 block of Elm Dr. at Shelley St. around 5 p.m. Upon arrival, police found 26-year-old Christopher Chatman with gunshot wound in his leg.Chatman told police that he heard gunshots and was struck by a bullet near a corner store.Officers then found a bullet c
  • Man leaves mispelled apology note after damaging truck with baseball bat

    CARBONDALE, Colo. - Police in western Colorado say a man battered somebody else's pickup with a baseball bat and then left a note acknowledging he had anger issues.Police say the note read, "Sorryy anger isusesh."The Glenwood Springs Post Independent reports the attack occurred in January near Carbondale.The pickup's owner found the damage and the note when he returned from snowmobiling. Two witnesses told police another snowmobiler apparently thought the pickup had parked too close to his vehic
  • Man leaves mispelled apology note after attacking truck with baseball bat

    CARBONDALE, Colo. - Police in western Colorado say a man battered somebody else's pickup with a baseball bat and then left a note acknowledging he had anger issues.Police say the note read, "Sorryy anger isusesh."The Glenwood Springs Post Independent reports the attack occurred in January near Carbondale.The pickup's owner found the damage and the note when he returned from snowmobiling. Two witnesses told police another snowmobiler apparently thought the pickup had parked too close to his vehic
  • Police seeking suitcase possibly containing remains of Colorado woman

    BOULDER, Colo. - Police are asking for the public's help in finding a purple suitcase that may contain remains of a 25-year-old Colorado woman after her former boyfriend was arrested in Oklahoma on a murder charge.The Boulder Daily Camera reports police in Colorado believe that partial remains found in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, on Wednesday were those of Ashley Mead. She disappeared from Boulder, Colorado, this month.Investigators in the two states say they believe other remains might have been left i
  • Police seek help finding suitcase linked to Colorado slaying

    BOULDER, Colo. - Police are asking for the public's help in finding a purple suitcase that may contain remains of a 25-year-old Colorado woman after her former boyfriend was arrested in Oklahoma on a murder charge.The Boulder Daily Camera reports police in Colorado believe that partial remains found in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, on Wednesday were those of Ashley Mead. She disappeared from Boulder, Colorado, this month.Investigators in the two states say they believe other remains might have been left i
  • LSP: Unrestrained man dies in Lafourche Parish crash

    DES ALLEMENDS - A fatal two-vehicle crash on US 90 claimed the life of one driver Saturday evening.According to State Police, 39-year-old Jamie Delatte of Des Allemends was involved in a crash on US 90 just east of Cypress Drive shortly before 7 p.m.The initial investigation by State Police revealed Delatte was driving westbound on US 90 in a 2012 Honda Civic. Delatte was allegedly in the inside lane and attempted to make a U-turn through a turnaround in the m
  • LSP: Unrestrained 39-year-old man dies in Lafourche Parish crash

    DES ALLEMENDS - A fatal two-vehicle crash on US 90 claimed the life of one driver Saturday evening.According to State Police, the crash occured on US 90 just east of Cypress Drive shortly before 7 p.m.The driver was identified as 39-year-old Jamie Delatte of Des Allemends.The initial investigation by State Police revealed Delatte was driving westbound on US 90 in a 2012 Honda Civic. According to State Police, Delatte was in the inside lane and attempted to make a U-turn through
  • 'Lego Batman' tears down 'The Great Wall' to stay No. 1

    NEW YORK - "The Lego Batman Movie" commanded the Presidents Day weekend box office, staying No. 1 for the second straight week, while the China-focused "The Great Wall" failed to show much muscle in North America.According to studio estimates Sunday. "The Lego Batman Movie" topped the weekend with $34.2 million, sliding only 35 percent from the previous week. The Warner Bros. release will cross $100 million cumulatively on Monday.Universal's "Fifty Shades Darker" pulled in $21 million in its sec
  • 'Lego Batman' stays No. 1; 'The Great Wall' crumbles

    NEW YORK - "The Lego Batman Movie" commanded the Presidents Day weekend box office, staying No. 1 for the second straight week, while the China-focused "The Great Wall" failed to show much muscle in North America.According to studio estimates Sunday. "The Lego Batman Movie" topped the weekend with $34.2 million, sliding only 35 percent from the previous week. The Warner Bros. release will cross $100 million cumulatively on Monday.Universal's "Fifty Shades Darker" pulled in $21 million in its sec

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