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Sheriff: Teacher confessed to sexual relationship with student Video included

A 41-year-old teacher is out of prison after she was arrested for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy.

Israeli airstrike collapses Gaza apartment tower

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Israel bombed an apartment tower in downtown Gaza City on Saturday, collapsing the 12-story building in an unprecedented strike, while Hamas kept up heavy rocket fire that sent more Israelis fleeing border areas close to...

Thousands turn out for rally over chokehold death

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Thousands of people expressing grief, anger and hope for a better future marched peacefully through Staten Island on Saturday to protest the chokehold death of an unarmed black man by a white police officer.

Your Week in Viral Videos: You should be using sunscreen

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Summer is ending but it's never too late to learn how to protect yourself from the sun.

Airlines on alert as eruption begins in Iceland

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Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano began erupting Saturday under the ice of Europe's largest glacier, prompting the country to close the airspace over the volcano.

Ferguson streets stay calm after violent nights

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Ferguson's streets remained peaceful as tensions between police and protesters continued to subside after nights of violence and unrest that erupted when a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old.

Wash. flash floods, mudslides damage several homes

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An estimated 10 homes were damaged or destroyed and highways were blocked as heavy rains unleashed mudslides in an area of north-central Washington where hillsides have been left barren by wildfires.

Russian aid trucks leave; highlight dire needs

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Hundreds of Russian aid trucks returned home from rebel-held eastern Ukraine on Saturday, highlighting a dire need for long-term assistance to the region where homes and livelihoods have been destroyed by months of fighting.

SpaceX spacecraft explodes during test mission; no injuries reported

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A SpaceX space craft exploded in the air during testing on Friday at a Texas test site.

Plea deal in case linked to 2013 parade violence

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Court papers show that a man charged as a member of the street gang authorities have linked to a shooting spree at a 2013 Mother's Day parade in New Orleans has made a deal with prosecutors.

Ferguson residents struggling with daily life

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Life in this working-class St. Louis suburb of modest brick homes and low-rise apartments hasn't been the same since Angelia Dickens' son tearfully told her, "The police shot a boy."

Phelps wins gold, Ledecky breaks 400 world record

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The second coming of Michael Phelps gained momentum with another gold medal at the Pan Pacific championships on a night when U.S. teenager Katie Ledecky set yet another world record.

Paris to celebrate end to Nazi rule 70 years later

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Her code name was Rainer and she had a gun she called Oscar. Not yet 20, she aimed her weapon at a Nazi officer and shot him to death on a Paris bridge on a Sunday afternoon.

Gov't warns US retailers about hacking software

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More than 1,000 U.S. retailers could be infected with malicious software lurking in their cash register computers, allowing hackers to steal customer financial data, the Homeland Security Department said Friday.

Gas for Guns event Saturday Video included

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Baton Rouge Police are hoping for another successful Gas for Guns event.

Family, friends remember 16-year-old killed in Hammond Video included

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In Tangipahoa Parish, a vigil was held for a man killed in his home in May. The Hammond community remembered 16-year-old Hector Dotey Friday night with a candlelight memorial.

High school coaches keep close eye on climbing temperatures

Full pads and helmets in the head is all part of New Orleans high school football, but that doesn't mean coaches aren't conscious of the dangers.

Free motorcycle safety seminar Saturday Video included

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The annual Police Motorbike Skills Competition is giving back this year. Saturday there is a free seminar for local riders at Cabela's in Gonzales.

New website helps workers find jobs

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There is a new website in Baton Rouge that might help you get a job.

Candidate qualifying has ended, races now set Video included

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Several key political races in South Louisiana are now set. Qualifying wrapped up Friday afternoon.

DCFS releases details about family of 5-year-old murder victim Video included

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The Department of Children and Family Services released a statement late Friday evening concerning the family situation of the 5-year-old boy, Jay'v'vune Bergin, allegedly beat to death by the hands of his father.

Hurricane hype causes social media scare

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Thousands of Facebook users came across a frightening image this week: a tropical forecast with a “cone of uncertainty” aimed at the Gulf Coast. The headlines on the image read “HURRICANE THREATENS GULF STATES NEXT WEEK” and “STRONG CONCERNS WITH THIS SYSTEM. The forecast is a fake, according to the National Weather Service.

Single-engine plane crashes near Lakefront Airport

A small plane went into Lake Pontchartrain near the Lakefront Airport on Friday.

Pentagon cites 'dangerous' Chinese jet intercept

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The Obama administration on Friday accused a Chinese fighter jet of conducting a "dangerous intercept" of a U.S. Navy surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft off the coast of China in international airspace - the fourth...

Official says hackers hit up to 25,000 fed workers

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The internal records of as many as 25,000 Homeland Security Department employees were exposed during a recent computer break-in at a federal contractor that handles security clearances, an agency official said Friday.

Bike group circulating petition to make city more pedestrian friendly Video included

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Meagan Delatte hits the streets around LSU Lakes almost every day. She started jogging with her dad three years ago. It's not just the scenery that attracts her and the hundreds of other runners here.

New Obama birth control fixes for religious groups

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Seeking to quell a politically charged controversy, the Obama administration announced new measures Friday to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth control for female employees while...

BRPD's Basic training class participates in ice bucket challenge Video included

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Baton Rouge Police Department's 80th Basic Training Academy are cooling off for a good cause. They are participating in the ice bucket challenge.

Trooper who arrested NFL's Montgomery fired

The state Department of Public Safety said Friday that Lance Cpl. R.S. Salter was terminated for violating agency policies including conduct unbecoming a state employee. 

WATCH LIVE: BR Zoo tiger cubs are 3-weeks old, starting to walk

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The two female tiger cubs at BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo are doing well. Zoo officials say they've doubled their weight  from birth just three weeks ago. Their eyes are opened and they are standing on all fours and trying to walk.

LSU's Martin Carries Flag For White Castle & Tigers

LSU senior safety Ronald Martin knows what he means to the tiny White Castle community. Martin played quarterback for then head coach Ferrante Dominique and the Bulldogs' first ever state championship football team in 2010, before moving on to the Tigers.

Police: Man refuses to let woman leave house, 4 guns found on couch

Police say 65-year-old Morgan Fremin, of Baton Rouge, has been booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison after being accused of false imprisonment with a dangerous weapon. 

Attorney for Bourbon Street shooting suspect not satisfied with reduced charges

Attorney Martin Regan said 20-year-old Trung Le is innocent and was only acting in self-defense on June 29, the night one person was killed and nine others were injured.

Federal lawsuit filed against new La. abortion law

An abortion rights organization has filed the first court challenge to a Louisiana law that would require doctors who perform abortions to be able to admit patients to a nearby hospital.

Homeland security, weather officials talk about social media in a crisis

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In this social media age, many of us turn to the internet in times of disaster. It really doesn't matter what kind of emergency, twitter and Facebook light up in a crisis.

Wisconsin residents report rise in fish-eating spiders

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The Department of Natural Resources in Wisconsin is warning residents about an increase in large spiders big enough to eat a fish.You read that statement correctly. These spiders don't mess around.

Police: Slidell mom busted for DWI with toddler triplets in tow

A 41-year-old Slidell mother was arrested Thursday evening for driving while intoxicated after she was pulled over for driving erratically with her three young children in the vehicle.

ExxonMobil kicks off United Way campaign with Jambalaya Cookoff Video included

The 25th Annual Jambalaya cookoff is officially under way at ExxonMobil, making the start of this year's campaign to raise money for the Capital Area United Way.

Maintenance will suspend EBT transactions for 5 minutes Monday Video included

A third party contractor for the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) will conduct system maintenance at 11 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25 that will suspend Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) transactions for five minutes.

Rep. McAllister signs up for re-election, with ice

 U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister started his sign-up for re-election the same as any other candidate, filling out paperwork and handing over cash to pay his qualifying fee. But he finished it quite differently, doused with ice.

Weekend temperatures will feel like 108 degrees, stay hydrated Video included

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The hottest weekend so far this year may be here in the Capital area, and Baton Rouge EMS is warning everyone to stay hydrated, stay cool and stay safe.

Residents in drought-stricken state take Dirt Bucket Challenge

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When your state is experiencing a severe drought, taking the Ice Bucket Challenge may not be allowed.

Sheriff: Man fired, arrested for spending $5,000 with company gas card

A former Air Gas employee has been arrested for using the company gas card for personal use. He is accused of using the card 12 times and spending a total of $4980.33.

Forecasters say activity associated with area of low pressure remains disorganized Video included

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The National Hurricane Center said the showers and thunderstorms associated with an area of low pressure in the Atlantic Ocean remained disorganized Friday morning.

NHC warns of 'increased Internet hype' surrounding non-credible predictions

The National Hurricane Center warns about an "increase in Internet hype" with non-credible predictions popping up online.

Family and friends plan candlelight vigil for Brandon Augusta

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A candlelight vigil is planned for the 15-year-old boy found dead on August 14. Family and friends will gather Friday to remember Brandon Augusta of Donaldsonville.

Crime Stoppers searches for suspected rapist

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Authorities are asking for the public's help in tracking down a suspect wanted for forcible rape, home invasion and felony theft. He is described as 5'7" and weighs about 160 pounds.

U.S. Sen. Corker: "We have never faced a terror group like this" Video included

"We have never faced a terrorist organization like the one that exists in Syria and Iraq," Sen. Corker said. "We have never faced a terrorist organization like the one that exists in Syria and Iraq," Sen. Corker said.
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United States Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) thinks America needs to wake up to the new terror threat brewing in the Middle East."We have never faced a terrorist organization like the one that exists in Syria and Iraq," Sen. Corker said. " They share a border and go back back and forth - the most dastardly, demonic terror group."

La. lawmakers head to Oklahoma to explore options for replacing Common Core

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A group of Louisiana legislators is heading to Oklahoma to figure out what's next for Common Core. In June, Oklahoma became the third state to withdraw from Common Core.

Proposed ordinance sets requirements for owning 'dangerous' dogs Video included

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The Ascension Parish Council introduced a measure Thursday that will force the owners of dogs labeled "dangerous" to meet requirements before leaving the dog unattended outside.

Neighbor says father accused of beating son to death usually kept to himself, boy rarely seen Video included

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A man who lives in the neighborhood of the father arrested in the beating death of his 5-year-old son said the dad was quiet and the child was rarely seen.

Affidavit details teacher's shocking molestation confession Video included

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A South Mississippi teacher has admitted to investigators that he molested at least eight boys who were his students, and the abuse spanned a period of 20 years. That's according to an affidavit released Thursday. William Richard Pryor, 68, is in federal custody charged with transportation of minors with intent of sexual activity. (WARNING: This story contains explicit details that may be offensive to some readers.)

NOLA Patrol proposal irks police association Video included

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If Mayor Mitch Landrieu gets his way, New Orleans cops assigned to the Eighth District will get assistance through "NOLA Patrol."

ISIS's threat to US could include native sleeper cells

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Does the Islamic State, who beheaded journalist James Foley, have sleeper cells in the U.S.? 

Robin Williams reportedly cremated, ashes scattered off CA coast

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According to his official death certificate, actor and comedian Robin Williams was cremated one day after his death.


Malaysia receives bodies from Flight 17 crash

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The bodies and ashes of 20 Malaysians killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine in July arrived home on Friday, the first day of national mourning in the country's history.

Study shows instant ramen bad for the heart Video included

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Its cheap and easy to prepare that's why instant ramen is such a staple for those low on cash and time.

Cinderella project helps young women prepare for college Video included

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A program run by the Cinderella project in Baton Rouge is helping underserved young women get better prepared to go to college.

Gov. Nixon taking National Guard out of Ferguson

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Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly...

Police: Couple used dog to lure 2 Amish girls

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A northern New York couple used a dog to lure two Amish sisters from their family farm stand with a plan to turn them into slaves, an investigator said Thursday.

Zachary residents say bridge repair taking too long Video included

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It has been a year since the Milldale Road Bridge in Zachary was first closed. Last year, the closed bridge caused headaches for people in that area. A year later the story is still the same as “road closed” signs are still out.

NAACP taking lawsuit against school board to Supreme Court Video included

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Attorneys for the NAACP plan to take their case against the East Baton Rouge School Board to the State Supreme Court.

BR Zoo cuts ribbon on new rhino exhibit

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A new exhibit can be seen at BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo; a 2,570 pound Indian rhinoceros from Zoo Miami. This 2-year-old female is the second species of rhinoceros living at the Baton Rouge Zoo and is the only Indian rhino in Louisiana.

Southern's president responds to board member's call for his resignation Video included

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Southern University System President Ronald Mason responds to a call for his resignation by a member of the Southern University Board of Supervisors.

River Rd. in Geismar reopens after dump truck crash

River Road (LA 75) in Geismar south of Ashland has re-opened after an accident shut it down for several hours

Dash cam video released of police officer shot seven times

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Dash cam video released by the Alpharetta Police Department shows an officer shot seven times in April of 2013.

Council approves controversial Dome security detail plan

They are essential to any big event: scores of New Orleans police officers working details to make sure things run smoothly.

Election sign-up period wraps up second day

The field of candidates vying to oust Louisiana's embattled congressman, Vance McAllister, grew larger on the second day of the sign-up period for the Nov. 4 election.

5-year-old child dies from injuries, charges upgraded against father Video included

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Varnell Day Jr. is now facing a murder charge after his 5-year-old son, Jay'v'une Bergin, died Wednesday night at a Baton Rouge hospital as a result of suspected abuse. 

400 computers donated to La. community, faith-based organizations Video included

Madison Preparatory Academy received a boost in the technology department Thursday, thanks to UnitedHealthcare.The company donated 100 refurbished laptops to the school, which is one of more than a dozen community and faith-based organizations across the state to receive computers from the company.UnitedHealthcare says donating the computers they no longer need does more than just help people connect."It allows them to take the funds they have in their organizations and put them towards other...

Parish officials trying to come up with traffic solutions Video included

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Traffic around Baton Rouge happens at any given time. Thursday, officials from surrounding parishes were at the table, yet again, to discuss the problems and possible solutions at a forum on the issue.

4 indicted in fatal shooting of rapper Magnolia Shorty

Four people face indictment in connection with the deaths of New Orleans rapper Magnolia Shorty and a man she was with.

74-yr-old blues guitarist debuts CD Video included

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Baton Rouge has thousands now who gather each year for the Blues Fest. There can be no doubt, Red Stick loves its Blues artist. That's why it's a surprise that there's one so sophisticated and experienced whose name we don't know.Thursday night at 9:30 pm, 74-year-old James Johnson will debut his very own album for the first time in his life.In preparation for the Phil Brady's gig, Donna Britt went to a small house in Mid-City Baton Rouge for one last rehearsal. James Johnson was waiting on t...

Police arrest Hammond man on child porn charges

Investigators booked 19-year-old Brandon Brown into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on 15 counts of possessing and a single count of distributing pornography involving juveniles.

4 firefighters shocked, 1 critically, while helping CU students with ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Video included

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Two of the injured firefighters were treated at and released from a Campbellsville hospital, according to police.

What is an 'Invest' and what makes it special?

The term "Invest" is assigned to a tropical wave/disturbance (an area of disturbed weather, a cluster of thunderstorms) that is thought to have some potential for development into a tropical cyclone (a tropical depression or stronger). The term is shorthand for "investigation (investigative) area."

Bourbon Street shooting suspect indicted on lesser charges Video included

A grand jury on Thursday indicted 20-year-old Trung Le, the alleged Bourbon Street shooter, on one count of manslaughter and one count of attempted second-degree murder.

Seven-year-old boy runs through burning house, saves family Video included

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There's no better feeling than going to bed knowing your loved ones are safe and sound, but that feeling went up in flames for a Marion County a few nights ago. To think a cute little Marion County boy

Ebola patients released from Emory Hospital Video included

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Emory University Hospital will make an announcement later Thursday about the status of Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, who were being treated at the hospital for the deadly disease.

Viral Video: Goliath grouper snags 4-foot shark from fisherman's line

A massive grouper steals a four-foot shark from a fisherman's line off the coast of Florida.

Former hospital worker wanted on theft charges for unauthorized charges on company credit cards Video included

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Police are looking for a former cancer hospital employee accused of making more than $15,000 worth of unauthorized charges using corporate credit cards.

Officials report hydrochloric acid leak at chemical plant Video included

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A hydrochloric acid leak at a chemical plant briefly shut down operations overnight, according to authorities. It happened at the Rubicon plant off LA 75 in Geismar.

The UPS Store data breach includes Baton Rouge location

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Officials said The UPS Store on Highland Road in Baton Rouge was the only location in Louisiana where customers may have had their credit and debit card information exposed by a computer virus.

LSU student-athletes assist with move-in day Video included

Over 200 student-athletes from 11 LSU athletic programs put down their helmets, rackets and balls to help haul an endless stream of mini refrigerators, microwaves and stationary fans for freshman on move-in day.

US mission to rescue hostages in Syria failed

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President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them,...

Voluntary boil advisory in effect in East Feliciana

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A boil advisory is underway in East Feliciana area due to a main line water break.The break is part of the East Feliciana Rural Water System and covers Idlewild, Christy Lane, and Sullivan Road.

Freshmen move back on campus at LSU Video included

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A new generation of LSU Tigers made their way to campus Wednesday as it was freshmen move-in day. Around 2,500 new students moved into their dorms. What looked to be the consensus norm to bring, a T.V. and mini fridge.Students received help moving their things from 500 faculty, staff, and students. 

Ascension Parish deputies looking for car burglar Video included

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Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office detectives are looking for a man who is suspected of breaking into seven cars in the Quail Creek Subdivision in Prairieville.All the burglaries happened on Aug. 19 in the same subdivision. Authorities have surveillance of man breaking into one unlocked vehicle. 

Gonzales councilmen hire attorney to fight rezoning lawsuit Video included

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Three councilmen in the City of Gonzales who are being sued over their decision not to rezone a piece of land have hired their own attorney.District Judge Alvin Turner, Jr., who owns the property, wants to develop a subdivision.

UPS says 51 retail stores breached by malware

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Some customers of The UPS Store may have had their credit and debit card information exposed by a computer virus found on systems at 51 stores in 24 states.

Denham Springs man arrested for third DWI, other charges

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A 47-year-old man was arrested for DWI for the third time along with several other charges.David Poole was stopped b authorities on Aug. 19 after authorities saw him driving erratically in the Watson area. They say he ran through several red lights and passed vehicles in no-passing zones. 

Common Core debate continues Video included

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It's like Groundhog Day at the Department of Education. 

Beheading spurs new attacks on Islamic militants Video included

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The United States launched a new barrage of airstrikes Wednesday against the Islamic State extremist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley and that has seized a swath of territory across Iraq and Syria....

Officer who pointed gun at protesters suspended

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A police officer who was part of the effort to keep peace during protests in Ferguson has been suspended for pointing a semi-automatic assault rifle at demonstrators, then cursing and threatening to kill one of them,...

Officials release image of vehicle involved in drive-by shooting death of 7-year-old Video included

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Investigators have released a still image of a car possibly connected to the weekend shooting of a 7-year-old in Baton Rouge. The image was captured from surveillance video. During a news conference Wednesday, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Gautreaux also announced that private donors have contributed an additional $10,000 to reward money being offered in the case. 

Spots still open for free 2014 Men's Health Conference in Baton Rouge Video included

Men, when was the last time you got a check up from the doctor? Ladies, having a hard time keeping your man healthy?  This Saturday, the 13th annual Men's Health Conference offers the perfect chance to catch up on health for free.

Man accused of brutal child abuse has long drug-related criminal history

Court documents reveal a long criminal history for the man accused of abusing his 5-year-old child. Nearly all of his prior arrests and convictions are drug-related.

AG: Homeowners need to submit Ocwen foreclosure settlement claims before Sept. 15

Claim forms under the $2.1 billion Ocwen national mortgage foreclosure settlement have been sent to Louisiana borrowers affected by foreclosure between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2012. Borrowers who had mortgages serviced by Ocwen, Homeward Residential Holdings LLC or Litton Loan Servicing LP may be eligible for payments.

State ACT scores slightly down from last year

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Louisiana's ACT scores were slightly down from last year. The average Act and composite scores for students were either the same or slightly down from 2013 to 2014 depending on how you calculate them. 

Qualifying starts for Nov. election Video included

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Candidates running for office in the November elections started qualifying Wednesday and two of Louisiana's top contenders for US senator were among those to complete the process on the first day.

US official: More airstrikes in Iraq

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American fighter jets and drones continued to pound Islamic State militants in Iraq on Wednesday, and military planners weighed the possibility of sending a small number of additional U.S. troops to Baghdad, U.S. officials...

South Louisiana serial killer Derrick Todd Lee's request for new trial denied

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South Louisiana serial killer Derrick Todd Lee was denied a new trial Tuesday in the 2002 killing of LSU graduate student Charlotte Murray Pace. 

Gonzales City Council votes to allow city to pay for lawyer to represent 3 councilmen named in lawsuit Video included

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Three Gonzales City Council members have hired an attorney out of New Orleans to represent them in a lawsuit brought against them by an Ascension Parish judge.

Obama: People like ISIS will 'ultimately fail' Video included

James Wright Foley is shown shortly before his execution at the hands of ISIS extremists. (Source: ISIS/CNN) James Wright Foley is shown shortly before his execution at the hands of ISIS extremists. (Source: ISIS/CNN)
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Foley had been missing since November 2012 when he was abducted in a Sunni rebel battle zone. His family had not heard from him since.

Supt. John White discusses what's next with Common Core

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Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White held a news conference Wednesday morning to talk about the next steps related to the Common Core standards.

All hostages released in IL standoff; 2 arrested Video included

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Two robbery suspects shot at police and took eight people hostage Tuesday. The suspects released four children overnight, but two adults and two children remained inside until around 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Investigators: Are police departments becoming militarized? Video included

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Several military tools, like high-powered rifles and Humvees, are showing up in cities across the country and many are ending up in police departments without the public's knowledge.

Peanut butter, almond butter products recalled for salmonella risk

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Affected products include Arrowhead Mills peanut butters and Maranatha almond butters and peanut butters.

MO Gov. Nixon: 'Vigorous prosecution' needed after death of Michael Brown Video included

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With Michael Brown's funeral scheduled for Monday, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has made his boldest statement since Brown's death, saying in a statement that "a vigorous prosecution must be pursued." 

No-fly list rules get changes

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The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel.

Patient in CA hospital being tested for Ebola

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An unknown person has been admitted to a California hospital and tested for a possible Ebola infection.

Missing US photojournalist James Foley beheaded by ISIS

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American photojournalist James Wright Foley has been allegedly beheaded by the Islamic State, or ISIS, according to the group. 

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