• Pentagon: One al-Qaida leader killed in Afghanistan airstrike

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon says a U.S. counterterrorism airstrike earlier this month in Afghanistan killed an al-Qaida leader responsible for a deadly hotel attack in Islamabad in 2008 and the 2009 attack on a bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team.In a statement Saturday night, U.S. defense officials confirmed the death of Qari Yasin.Officials say Yasin is a senior terrorist figure from Balochistan, Pakistan, had ties to the group Tehrik-e Taliban and plotted multiple al-Qaida terror attacks.O
  • Pedestrian hit by vehicle on Jefferson Ave.

    BATON ROUGE - A pedestrian was hit by a vehicle on Jefferson Avenue Saturday night.EMS was called to the scene around 8:30 p.m. Sources say the pedestrian's injuries didn't appear to be life threatening.The pedestrian also refused to be taken to the hospital.Permalink| Comments
  • Municipal election wraps up

    BATON ROUGE -Voting has concluded in the March municipal elections around Louisiana.Statewide voting concluded Saturday afternoon for residents in East Feliciana, Livingston, East Feliciana, St. Helena and Tangipahoa parishes. Full results from the polls can be viewed here.Permalink| Comments
  • N. Carolina father accused of killing newborn, toddler

    RAEFORD, N.C. - A North Carolina father is accused of stabbing his infant and toddler daughters to death.Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Peterkin says 30-year-old Tillman Freeman III of Fayetteville is charged with two counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of 4-day-old Genesis Freeman and 2-year-old Serenity Freeman. Their bodies were found early Saturday near an intersection near Raeford.Peterkin tells the Fayetteville Observer the children were stabbed multiple times with what appears to be
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  • Man arrested for cyberstalking after sending threatening messages to ex-wife

    BATON ROUGE - A man was arrested Friday after he sent several harassing text messages to his ex-wife in October.According to the victim, 42-year-old Jack Collins Jr. sent 30 threatening text messages over the course of three days. Deputies say the two had been separated since Jan. 2013.Deputies checked the victim's phone and found several messages from Collins that mentioned the victim's location, suggesting he'd been following her. Collins was arrested by East Baton Rouge Pari
  • Man who bound dog's muzzle with tape sentenced to 5 years

    CHARLESTON, S.C. - A South Carolina man who wrapped electrical tape around a dog's muzzle to stop her from barking has been sentenced to five years in prison.Media outlets report William Dodson's sentence Friday represented the state's maximum for animal cruelty. However, it will run simultaneously with a 15-year sentence on a federal gun charge. Dodson's treatment of Caitlyn won't extend his prison time.Judge Markley Dennis told the 43-year-old North Charleston man, "I wish I could give you mor
  • One dead after shooting on Vegas Strip; Suspect surrenders

    LAS VEGAS - The gunman in a fatal shooting on the Las Vegas Strip who barricaded himself inside a public bus has surrendered peacefully after shutting down the busy tourism corridor for hours, police said.The standoff began about 11 a.m. Saturday with a shooting that killed one person and injured another. It happened on a double-decker bus stopped on Las Vegas Boulevard near the Cosmopolitan hotel-casino.Two people were taken to the hospital after the shooting, University Medical Center spokeswo
  • One dead after shooting on Vegas Strip; Suspect barricaded in tour bus

    LAS VEGAS - A hospital spokeswoman says one person has died in a shooting along the Las Vegas Strip.University Medical Center spokeswoman Danita Cohen said two people were taken to the hospital after the Saturday shooting.Police say a gunman has barricaded himself inside a bus along the Las Vegas Strip, prompting a partial closure of the busy boulevard.The standoff began after a shooting was reported Saturday on Las Vegas Boulevard in the heart of the Strip near the Cosmopolitan hotel-casino.Las
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  • Man carrying a sword, dressed as Joker arrested in Virginia

    WINCHESTER, Va. - Police in Virginia have arrested a man who was dressed as comic book villain the Joker and reportedly carrying a sword.Winchester Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Hall said in a news release that the department got several 911 calls Friday afternoon reporting a man made up as Batman's nemesis. He was wearing a cape and carrying a sword.Thirty-one-year-old Jeremy Putman has been charged with wearing a mask in public, a felony that can result in a year in jail.It wasn't imm
  • Geismar man arrested for second-degree rape

    BATON ROUGE - A 23-year-old man was arrested for second-degree rape after sexually assaulting a victim inside a vehicle.According to arrest records, the incident occurred on Oct. 23, 2016.The victim contacted police from a local hospital and stated the accused man, Jean Walston of Geismar, had met up with her at a friend's house that day.The victim said she was at the residence with Walston for about 1 and a half hours before he asked her to walk him to his car.Walston then asked the victim to g
  • Self-driving Uber SUV struck during Arizona accident

    TEMPE, Ariz. - Officials say a self-driving Uber SUV was operating on its own when it was struck by another vehicle making a left turn at an intersection in Arizona, where the company is testing autonomous vehicles.No one was seriously injured. Uber says its vehicles have been grounded as it investigates.Police in Tempe say the self-driving SUV was obeying the law and the driver in the other car who didn't yield was cited for a moving violation after the Friday night crash.An Uber statement Satu
  • 15-pound boxes of catfish from Mississippi company recalled

    DUNDEE, Miss. - A Mississippi catfish processor is recalling 1,700 pounds of fish after the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that it contained chemicals banned in fish farming.The Food Safety and Inspection Service said Friday that a Thursday inspection found the fish contain residues of a fungicide called malachite green above allowed levels.The contaminated products are 15-pound boxes of frozen raw whole catfish, fillets, nuggets, steaks and labeled as Lake's Farm Raised Catfish, with lot
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  • Exotic livestock: Slovakian students learn of gator farming

    BATON ROUGE - Students from the Slovak University of Agriculture learned a bit about alligator farming and uses for 'gator hides during an eight-day visit to Louisiana State University.One visiting student, Lukás Sýkora, said he was surprised that an exotic predator could grow on a farm.The LSU AgCenter's coordinator of international programs, Ivana Tregenza (tray-GEN-zuh), says alligator farming is an example of how to come up with innovative solutions in a changing indust
  • Roadside bomb kills 3 policemen in Egypt's Sinai

    EL-ARISH, Egypt - Egyptian security officials say a roadside bomb planted by suspected Islamic militants has hit a police armored vehicle in the north of the Sinai peninsula, killing three members of the security forces.They say the Saturday blast south of the city of el-Arish injured six other policemen.The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.The attack came two days after Sinai militants killed 10 army soldiers and two policemen in Sina
  • Study: New Orleans tourism records: 10.45M tourists, $7.4B

    NEW ORLEANS - A new study says New Orleans has broken a tourism record set before Hurricane Katrina, with nearly 10.5 million visitors in 2016. The record had stood at 10.1 million since 2004, the year before the hurricane struck.University of New Orleans' Hospitality Research Center says last year's visitors spent $7.41 billion dollars. That's 51 percent more than the amount spent in 2004, and 5.1 percent above the spending record set in 2015.The study, made for the New Orleans Convention and V
  • Strong storms roll through Baton Rouge area

    BATON ROUGE - A thunderstorm is rocking the Baton Rouge area, bringing with it lightning and hail.  These pictures of hail sent to us by 2 News Reporter Mark Armstrong.  Mark shot the video near downtown Baton Rouge just before 11 AM.Some Saturday events are canceled because of the storms including the Cancer Services annual spring party for children and families affected by cancer.#Hail video taken off of Brightside Dr. in #BatonRouge... sent in via the @WBRZweather A
  • Lightning strike sparks house fire in Baton Rouge

    BATON ROUGE - A lightning strike sparked a small house fire in Baton Rouge Saturday morning.According to the St. George Fire Department, firefighters were called to the 3800 block of Blecker Drive at 8:47 a.m.Firefighters then discovered a fire in the attic of the home as the result of a lightning strike.The fire was contained to the attic and the home suffered minor damage, according to St. George fire officials. No injuries were reported.Permalink| Comments
  • Abandoned next-door property keeps flood victim from returning home

    BATON ROUGE - A bent and broken chain link fence is the only thing separating one woman's home of 21 years and the blighted property next door."It needs to be a safe neighborhood, and it's not safe right now, not with the doors wide open and abondoned. That's not safe," Patricia Battiste said. Patricia's flooded home is 90 percent complete, but getting to this point wasn't easy. During the construction, she was the target of thieves, stealing her "shelter at home" belongings on
  • WBRZ wins five awards in Mississippi-Louisiana AP Competition

    JACKSON, Miss. — WBRZ News won five awards in the 2016 Mississippi-Louisiana Associated Press competition.Winners of the 2016 Mississippi-Louisiana Associated Press broadcast, newspaper college competitions were announced Saturday at an awards presentation in Jackson.AP-member broadcasters and newspapers in both states submitted nearly 2,000 entries in the contests conducted by the Mississippi and Louisiana AP Broadcasters and the Louisiana-Mississippi AP Media Editors. Winner
  • Mugger killed by victim in BR altercation

    BATON ROUGE - A person being robbed shot their attacker, who died at a hospital Friday.Police released details of the shooting after Kylin Spencer died.  The attempted robbery happened Thursday night, police said.Spencer, 19, and another person tried to rob someone at gunpoint around 10 p.m. Thursday in the 12200 block of La Margie Avenue.   The victim shot at the pair of robbers, hitting Spencer.Police said the investigation is ongoing and did not release details abou
  • At least 3 injured after tree falls on cars near Tara

    BATON ROUGE- Authorities are on the scene of a tree that fell on two cars on Old Hammond Hwy between Tara and Drusilla.Rescue crews had to pull several trapped people from two vehicles.Authorities say at least three of the victims were transported to a local hospital. Two of the victims' injuries were described as significant.Police officers are directing traffic in the area.Police think the incident is weather related. It does not appear anyone ran into the tree and witnesses on scene say it's
  • Jon Batiste and Wynton Marsalis Prize John Lewis, and Each Other

    The pianist and trumpeter talk about their work on the new album “The Music of John Lewis,” their New Orleans roots and their musical forefathers.
  • What are locals saying about the failed health care bill?

    BATON ROUGE – The debate over the future of health care is not over across the country and in Louisiana following the abrupt pull of the GOP health care bill.Some in Louisiana now have health care because of the Obamacare, however on the other hand, many small businesses and individuals say they are struggling under a broken system.John Overton runs a small IT company called Turn Key Solutions. He employs about one dozen employees and is always looking to expand, however he says that O
  • Beloved cat with microchip went missing, adopted by another family

    ADDIS - A woman is distraught after finding out her missing cat has been adopted. The cat was microchipped but animal control told her it couldn't detect anything.Whitney Prudhomme adopted her two cats seven years ago. They were Christmas presents for her daughter."They've been in my care ever since," she said.That is up until a few weeks ago, when Prudhomme went out of town for a few days and her cat Mia went out the front door and into a feral cat trap.The cat, with a half gold and ha
  • Springfield High School to receive grant to rebuild flood-damaged library

    SPRINGFIELD – Springfield High School will receive $20,000 through a grant program, Beyond Words, that will support the school's rebuilding of its library following the August flood.The school's library, including all books and technology, was completely destroyed following the flood. The Beyond Words grant program, established in 2006, provide funding to school libraries affected by disasters.The program has awarded more than $1.8 million and has impacted more than 90,000 stu
  • Vehicle hit by oncoming cars after flipping on Hwy. 61

    ST. FRANCISVILLE – Eyewitnesses described a crash that closed part of Highway 61 Friday as something out of a nightmare: a flipped car, slammed by others after it rolled down the highway.The wreck happened around 2 p.m. near Magnolia Full Gospel Baptist Church just north of the Myrtles Plantation.Traffic reports indicated the highway was either closed or traffic had slowed to nearly a crawl as authorities tended to the injured and cleared the highway up to two hours later.Specific info
  • One killed, three hurt in St. Francisville wreck

    ST. FRANCISVILLE – State Police said a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 61 left one person dead and others injured.Four vehicles were involved in the crash that happened around 2:30 Friday afternoon.  The wreck happened near Magnolia Full Gospel Baptist Church just north of the Myrtles Plantation.State Police said Michael Bilowich, 69, died.  Investigators said the driver of a sedan crossed into oncoming traffic, prompting a large SUV to swerve and flip. &n
  • Woman plots with brother, friend to shoot child's father

    BATON ROUGE – A woman was arrested after police say she plotted with her brother and friend to shoot her child's father.Apriel Bennett, 27, was arrested on four charges of principal to attempted first degree murder, principal to aggravated assault with a firearm and principal to simple battery.According to arrest documents, Bennett intentionally started an argument with her child's father in order to get him to return to her home on Midway Avenue after he dropped the
  • Ex-Penn St president guilty of 1 count of child endangerment

    HARRISBURG - Former Penn State president Graham Spanier has been found guilty of one count of child endangerment over his handling of a child sex abuse complaint against retired assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.Jurors on Friday acquitted the 68-year-old Spanier of the other two counts he faced: conspiracy and another count of child endangermentThe verdict comes more than five years after Sandusky was first charged with sexually abusing children.An investigator told jurors in Spanier's cas
  • Church volunteer accused of raping 15-year-old girl

    BATON ROUGE – A man faces second-degree rape charges after police say he raped a 15-year-old girl last year.Terry Lee Morgan was charged with second degree rape Friday. He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.On Nov. 17, Baton Rouge Police were told that a 15-year-old girl had been raped by Morgan. At an interview at a Children’s Advocacy Center, the victim’s mother said Morgan had volunteered with her at a local church.The mother said she remembered s
  • Prairieville man dies in Ascension Parish motorcycle crash

    GEISMAR – State Police say a Prairieville man has died in a motorcycle crash in Ascension Parish Thursday afternoon.According to Louisiana State Police, the crash took the life of 56-year-old Paul Stephens around 11 p.m. Thursday.Investigators say Stephens was driving a motorcycle westbound on LA 30 east of LA 73 when he tried to pass an 18-wheeler using the center turn lane. Police say Stephens struck a raised divider in the median and was ejected from his motorcycle. He came to rest
  • Man indicted on murder charges after parents dismembered

    KNOXVILLE - A Louisiana man has been indicted on murder charges after authorities say he killed his parents in their Tennessee home and tried to dissolve their bodies in acid while he was visiting them for Thanksgiving.The Knox County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that a grand jury Wednesday indicted 28-year-old Joel Michael Guy Jr., of Baton Rouge, on two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of abusing a corpse and one count of felony murder.Guy is charged in the November deaths of
  • Tennessee school bus driver pleads not guilty in deaths

    CHATTANOOGA - A Tennessee school bus driver has pleaded not guilty to six counts of vehicular manslaughter in a crash last November that killed six children.WTVC-TV reports that Johnthony Walker was arraigned via video Friday morning in Hamilton County Criminal Court.Walker is also charged with four counts of reckless aggravated assault, one count of reckless endangerment, one count of reckless driving and one count of use of a portable electronic device by a school bus driver.Authorities have s
  • Activist speaks to Ascension deputies on race relations

    ASCENSION – Community activist Maxine Crump spoke to leaders of the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office on the dialogue of race relations within the community.Sheriff Jeff Wiley invited Crump to start a dialogue to understand the issues around racism and ways of eliminating it within society. Crump also spoke to leaders about how issues such as diversity and equal rights are important in society and also shed light on her non-profit organization, Dialogue on Race Louisiana.The Ascension
  • US imposes sanctions on China, North Korea entities, people

    WASHINGTON - The Trump administration is imposing sanctions on 30 foreign companies and people from 10 countries, including China.The State Department said Friday that the entities and people contribute to activity that "only serves to escalate regional conflicts further and poses a significant threat to regional security."The statement says that a group of eleven entities and individuals were sanctioned for transfers of sensitive items to Iran's ballistic missile program.The companies included
  • Charter Communications to hire 20K workers over 4 years

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is praising a plan by cable company Charter Communications to invest $25 billion and hire 20,000 American workers over the next four years.Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Charter Communications CEO Thomas Rutledge joined Trump at the White House for the announcement. Rutledge says that the company will return the call center jobs acquired through Time Warner Cable to the United States, opening a new call center in McAllen, Texas, and hiring 600 workers the
  • Two arrested in drug search in Paincourtville

    PAINCOURTVILLE – Deputies say two Assumption Parish men were arrested on various narcotics charges after a search in Paincourtville early Thursday morning.According to Sheriff Leland Falcon, Oscar Davis, 41, and Alex Cedotal,52, was arrested after SWAT teams raided a home that was being used to traffic drugs. During the search, agents seized marijuana, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and body armor.Davis was charged with distribution of marijuana and heroin, possession of marijuana
  • Three killed in rural highway crash Friday

    GREENSBURG - At least three people died in a car crash along a rural stretch of highway in St. Helena Parish Friday night.Sources told WBRZ, the wreck happened around 9 p.m. on La. 10 about two miles west of Greensburg.  Authorities were still investigating the crash as of this post, and had not release specific information.More will be released overnight or Saturday morning.  Check back for updates.****************Follow the publisher of this post on Twitter: @treyschmaltzPerm
  • Trump aide with Russia ties offers to talk to House panel

    WASHINGTON - The Republican chairman of the House intelligence committee says former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has volunteered to speak with the panel as part of its ongoing investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 election.Rep. Devin Nunes of California told reporters that Manafort's counsel contacted the committee Thursday to offer lawmakers the opportunity to interview him.Nunes said he does not know if the interview will take place in a public forum or behind
  • Heimlich hero: Video captures student saving friend's life

    LA CROSSE - A Wisconsin high school student is being called a hero for using the Heimlich maneuver to rescue a choking friend in the school cafeteria.Video of the incident shows several students at La Crosse's Central High School eating lunch when one of them, Will Olson, begins to choke on a cheese curd. After several seconds his friend, Ian Brown, calmly walks over, put his arms around Olson's abdomen, and presses upward several times before successfully dislodging the food from Olson's airway
  • Baton Rouge sued again over protest arrests after Sterling shooting

    BATON ROUGE - Law enforcement officials in Louisiana's capital face another federal lawsuit accusing them of violating the rights of protesters arrested after a black man's fatal shooting by police.Attorneys from the Roderick & Solange MacArthur Justice Center in New Orleans filed Thursday's lawsuit on behalf of several Baton Rouge residents arrested after the July 2016 shooting death of Alton Sterling during an altercation with two police officers.The suit claims the arrests were part of a
  • Baton Rouge Zoo to host Louisiana Earth Day celebrations

    BATON ROUGE – BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo will host the 27th annual Louisiana Earth Day next month.Louisiana Earth Day will join forces with the Baton Rouge Zoo’s “Party for the Planet” event on April 22. The event will be from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Regular zoo admission fees apply.“We’re excited to partner with the Zoo and offer something new this year for our citizens,” Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome said. 
  • Disney CEO: 'Last Jedi' not changed due to Fisher's death

    SANTA MONICA - Disney CEO Bob Iger says the upcoming "Star Wars" sequel has not been changed due to the death of Carrie Fisher.Fisher completed filming her role as Princess Leia in "The Last Jedi" before her death following a heart attack in December.Iger said in an interview at a University of Southern California tech conference Thursday that Fisher "appears throughout" the film and her performance "remains as it was."Iger says Disney is discussing "what could be another decade and a half of St
  • Col. Mike Edmonson's last day as LSP Superintendent

    BATON ROUGE – Louisiana State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson will enter retirement Friday afternoon.Col. Edmonson, the longest serving LSP leader in Louisiana’s history, said the move is in the best interest of the state and his family.Edmonson has been with the state police for more than three decades. He was first appointed at LSP Superintendent by former Governor Bobby Jindal in 2008. Governor John Bel Edwards chose to keep him in that position.Concerns had been raise
  • Spacewalking astronauts prep station for new parking spot

    CAPE CANAVERAL - Astronauts have ventured out on a spacewalk to prep the International Space Station for a new parking spot.NASA's Shane Kimbrough and France's Thomas Pesquet floated out the hatch Friday morning.Their main job 250 miles up involves disconnecting an old docking port. This port needs to be moved, in order to make room for a docking device compatible with future commercial crew capsules. The new port - the second of two - will fly up late this year or early next.If all goes well, f
  • Ivanka Trump: A White House force, just not an 'employee'

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump will have security clearance, a West Wing office and the ear of her father on important policy matters. But don't call her an employee.When it comes to government work, "employee" is more than just a word. That designation triggers transparency and ethical provisions, including a law prohibiting conflicts of interest.Government watchdogs have written a letter to White House counsel Don McGahn expressing concern that she's not been deeme
  • Rachel Dolezal struggles after racial identity scandal

    SPOKANE - A woman who rose to prominence as a black civil rights leader in Spokane, Washington, and then lost her job when her parents exposed her as white is struggling to make a living these days.Rachel Dolezal says she has been unable to find steady work in the nearly two years since she was outed as a white woman in local media reports.Dolezal tells The Associated Press that she is uncertain about her future and feels she has been treated cruelly.She says she still identifies as black, despi
  • Trump administration approves Keystone XL pipeline

    WASHINGTON- The Trump administration has issued a presidential permit to pipeline builder TransCanada to build the Keystone XL pipeline.White House press secretary Sean Spicer tweeted that President Donald Trump would discuss the pipeline later Friday morning.The State Department says that it determined that building Keystone serves the U.S. national interest. That's the opposite conclusion to the one the State Department reached during the Obama administration.The State Department says it consi
  • Keystone XL construction set for approval

    WASHINGTON- Senior officials say the Trump administration will approve the Keystone XL pipeline today.Officials say the State Department will recommend the pipeline is in U.S. interests, clearing the way for the White House to grant a presidential permit to TransCanada to build the $8 billion pipeline.It still faces obstacles - most notably from Native American tribes and landowners who've joined environmental groups in opposing the project.Permalink| Comments
  • London's attacker identified

    LONDON - London's top terror officer says Khalid Masood, who attacked Britain's Parliament, killing four people and wounding some 50, was born Adrian Russell Ajao.Counter-terror chief Mark Rowley revealed the name in a briefing Friday outside Scotland Yard in which he also said there've been two more significant arrests.That brings the total number of people in custody for the Wednesday attack to nine.The attacker was born in southeastern England and had most recently been living in the central

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