• JUDGE Aug 22, 2019

    US Citizen Held for Skin Color, Latino Name, Lawsuit Says

    A Honduran-born U.S. citizen says in a federal lawsuit that he was illegally held in a Louisiana jail for days because a sheriff’s office wrongly suspected he was in the country illegally. Lawyers for the New Orleans-based American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana filed the suit Wednesday in Baton Rouge on behalf of Ramon Torres. It says Torres was jailed...

  • Associated Press Jul 16, 2019

    Weakened Barry Still Poses Flood, Tornado Risks

    Tropical Depression Barry spared New Orleans from catastrophic flooding, but it still swamped parts of Louisiana with up to 17 inches of rain and transformed part of the Mississippi Delta into “an ocean.” Although Barry was downgraded from a tropical storm Sunday afternoon, its torrential rains continued to pose a threat Monday. Much of Louisiana and Mississippi were under flash-flood...

  • JUDGE May 21, 2019

    La. Couple Pleads Guilty in Abuse of Autistic Relative That Included Forcing Her to Eat Mother's Ashes

    A husband and wife charged with violently abusing a young autistic woman in Louisiana and forcing her to live in an outdoor cage pleaded guilty Monday to multiple crimes in federal court. Terry Knope II, 46, and Raylaine Knope, 43, both pleaded guilty in New Orleans to charges involving forced labor. Terry Knope II also pleaded guilty to a hate...

  • PRESIDENT Apr 17, 2019

    Donations for Burned Black Churches Top $1M After Notre Dame Fire

    A crowdfunding campaign for three African American churches in Louisiana recently gutted by arson reached seven digits Wednesday after social media posts urging the public not to forget the plight of the small houses of worship as the eyes of the world were on the fire-ravaged Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. “As we hold Paris in our hearts today, let’s...

  • NFL Feb 1, 2019

    No Do-Over of Rams-Saints NFC Championship Game After Further (Judicial) Review

    A courtroom quest by two New Orleans Saints ticketholders for a full or partial do-over of this year’s NFC championship game because of a blown “no-call” by game officials was rejected Thursday by a federal judge. NFL officials have acknowledged that flags should have been thrown when a Rams defensive back leveled a Saints receiver with a helmet-to-helmet hit at...

  • food Jul 18, 2018

    Official: Escaped Jaguar Bit Through Steel Cable Barrier

    A jaguar that killed nine other animals during a weekend escape from its habitat at the Audubon Zoo is believed to have bitten through a steel-cable barrier that forms the roof of its habitat, the zoo’s managing director said Tuesday. Kyle Burks told reporters at a zoo news conference Tuesday that the jaguar apparently slipped through the resulting small gap...

  • Virginia Jul 17, 2018

    Fox Is 9th Casualty in Jaguar's Weekend Escape at Zoo

    A little girl’s teary-eyed self-portrait, stuffed toys and a stick of taffy from a local street vendor, were among the items left at the entrance to the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans on Monday — a makeshift memorial for nine animals killed by a jaguar that escaped its enclosure two days earlier. Zoo officials announced the ninth animal death Monday:...

  • Mayor May 17, 2017

    New Orleans Takes Down 3rd Confederate-Era Monument

    Piece by piece, New Orleans’ landscape is changing as city workers take down massive works of bronze and stone that once seemed immovable in a region where some still cling to a Confederate legacy. The city announced late Tuesday that it had begun the process of removing a statue of Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard — the third of four monuments...

  • Louisiana Feb 8, 2017

    Louisiana Tornado Survivor: ‘We Thought We Weren't Gonna Make It'

    At least three confirmed tornadoes destroyed homes and businesses on Tuesday, flipped cars and trucks and left thousands without power, but no deaths were reported, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said. The governor took an aerial tour and made a disaster declaration before meeting with officials in New Orleans. Worst hit was the same 9th Ward so heavily flooded in...

  • Louisiana Feb 8, 2017

    Tornadoes, Storms Bring Havoc to Southern Louisiana

    Tornadoes touched down in southern Louisiana Tuesday, wiping houses from their foundations and downing power lines as a severe line of weather was moving across the region. Gov. John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency for Louisiana after a severe storm moved across the state’s southeast corner. Much of the worst damage is in eastern New Orleans, part...

  • NFL Dec 12, 2016

    Manslaughter Conviction in Death of Ex-NFL Star Will Smith

    The man who fatally shot retired New Orleans Saints defensive leader Will Smith was convicted of manslaughter on Sunday night, ending a week-long trial in which the defendant insisted he only fired because the popular football star was drunk, violent and had grabbed a gun following a traffic crash on the night of April 9. Smith was part of the...

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