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  • Terror plot thwarted as US-bound explosives seized

    October 29, 2010 10:06 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Authorities on three continents thwarted multiple terrorist attacks aimed at the United States from Yemen on Friday, seizing two explosive packages addressed to Chicago-area synagogues and packed aboard cargo jets. The plot triggered worldwide fears that al-Qaida was launching a major new terror campaign. President Barack Obama... more »
  • Body ID'd as son of former Texas Gov. Clements

    October 25, 2010 9:35 PM

    ATHENS, Texas (AP) - A man known for using an assault weapon to guard his property apparently killed and buried a neighboring landowner, the son of a former Texas governor, then was shot to death by law enforcement officers after he fired dozens of rounds at them, authorities said Monday.... more »
  • NPR gets earful from listeners on Williams firing

    October 22, 2010 9:50 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - NPR and its public radio stations around the country got an earful from listeners and angry citizens in the middle of pledge season Friday over its firing of commentator Juan Williams, receiving thousands of complaints and scattered threats to withhold donations. Still, a number of major stations... more »
  • GOP Leader Creates Division as Candidate

    October 10, 2010 7:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The only direct attacks launched against a candidate in the lieutenant governor's race were by state GOP Chairman Roger Villere against a fellow Republican. Villere failed to make the runoff, and he's back to urging people to vote for Republican candidates - including the one... more »
  • Suspect wanted as a result of another positive DNA match

    October 7, 2010 10:55 AM

    Opelousas Police Department detectives are searching for 47 year old Arthur Lee Jones of 265 Henry Dr . Jones is wanted the burglary at Dupuis Memorial in January of this year, in which an urn containing the remains of James Elder Sr. was stolen. They are now in need of... more »
  • Newt Gingrich Branding GOP as "Party For Paychecks"

    October 6, 2010 6:12 PM

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is advising Republican candidates to frame the choice for voters between Democrats as "the party of food stamps" while selling the GOP as "the party for paychecks." With a month before the election, Gingrich brought his branding effort to Minnesota on... more »
  • Miss. fisherman returns as divers search for him

    September 21, 2010 9:13 PM

    PEARLINGTON, Miss. (AP) - Authorities say a 70-year-old south Mississippi man who had gone fishing didn't realize a search and rescue mission was under way for him in the Pearl River. WLOX-TV reports that people on shore cheered Tuesday morning when Walter Acker of Pearlington sailed up while divers were... more »
  • 15-Year-Old Will Be Tried As An Adult In The Deaths Of His Parents

    September 14, 2010 4:36 PM

    WEST MONROE, La. (AP) - A state grand jury has indicted a 15-year-old, who will be tried as an adult in the deaths of his parents. The News Star says the panel Monday handed up two counts of second-degree murder against Dalton Fletcher, who was arrested in class Friday at... more »
  • Co-owner of painting missing in NY ID'd as a thief

    September 1, 2010 10:01 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - First it was a curious tale of a $1.3 million painting a middleman said he drunkenly lost while trying to help a friend sell it in New York. Now a part owner of the painting is withdrawing her lawsuit against the middleman - after she identified... more »
  • BP fund may use drilling money as collateral

    August 11, 2010 8:57 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The $20 billion victims' compensation fund established for the Gulf oil spill may use revenue from BP's oil and gas drilling as collateral, according to details released Wednesday by the White House. The government watchdog group Public Citizen criticized the arrangement as a conflict of interest, arguing... more »
  • Band can rewrite Pink Floyd song as anthem

    August 10, 2010 9:40 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - Pink Floyd founder Roger Waters has no qualms about giving a Canadian band permission to tinker with his band's classic "Another Brick in the Wall" for use as an anthem for young Iranians. A Toronto-based band named Blurred Vision and fronted by two exiled Iranian brothers... more »
  • Lafayette to Profile as a Top Retirement Town in the September/October Issue

    July 30, 2010 5:37 PM

    Press Release: Where to Retire magazine, the only magazine in America geared toward helping people with retirement relocation decisions, has selected Lafayette, LA, to profile as a top retirement town in the September/October issue which mails to subscribers nationwide on July 30, 2010. Where to Retire editor Mary Lu Abbott... more »
  • YMCA Is Now Known Officially As Just "The Y"

    July 12, 2010 3:48 PM

    CHICAGO (AP) - The YMCA is now known officially as just "the Y." The Chicago-based U.S. nonprofit announced Monday that it is changing both its logo and name to "the Y," marking its first branding change in 43 years. The switch comes after more than two years of research indicated... more »
  • Cap and Additional Ship Could Contain The Spill As Early As Monday

    July 9, 2010 12:55 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The federal official leading the Gulf oil spill cleanup says a new containment cap and an additional ship collecting oil could effectively contain the spill as early as Monday. National Incident Commander Thad Allen said Friday that the work to replace a leaky containment cap on... more »
  • Old Bank to Come Back as Charter School Site

    July 4, 2010 3:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An old Regions Bank branch in downtown Baton Rouge in two weeks will reopen as a high school, the Mentorship Academy. "We have two or three people coming in each week wanting to start a bank account," said Kelley McCormick, communications coordinator for the new... more »
  • Cleanup Ships Idled as Storms Rattle Gulf Region

    June 29, 2010 11:02 PM

    GRAND ISLE, La. (AP) - The crashing waves and gusting winds churned up by now Hurricane Alex put the Gulf oil spill largely in Mother Nature's hands Tuesday. Regardless of whether the storm makes things worse or even better, it has turned many people fighting the spill into spectators. Oil-scooping... more »
  • 'Contingency Fee' Bill Fails as Session Ends

    June 21, 2010 8:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A bill that would have allowed Louisiana's attorney general to hire outside lawyers on a "contingency fee" basis to handle state government lawsuits arising from the Deepwater Horizon disaster died in the final minutes of the 2010 legislative session. The bill would have allowed law... more »
  • Community Draws Closer to Faith as Oil Spill Grows

    May 30, 2010 3:50 PM

    BOOTHVILLE, La. (AP) - The reality that the Gulf oil leak could keep flowing for months was setting in for some somber churchgoers in Louisiana. In Plaquemines Parish near the mouth of the Mississippi River, the Rev. Theodore Turner said Sunday some of his congregants are getting desperate because BP... more »
  • Gulf Oil Spill Has Surpassed The Exxon Valdez As The Worst In U.S. History

    May 27, 2010 11:14 AM

    COVINGTON, La. (AP) - The Gulf oil spill has surpassed the Exxon Valdez as the worst in U.S. history, according to new estimates released Thursday, but the Coast Guard and BP said an untested procedure to stop it seemed to be working. A team of scientists trying to figure out... more »
  • Weather Becoming Obstacle as BP Sprays Chemicals Underwater

    May 10, 2010 5:01 PM

    ON THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) - The weather conditions are becoming an obstacle as BP sprays chemicals underwater on the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The air quality changes based on the amount and concentration of the oil in the water around the vessels. Workers... more »
  • Census: Expect Visits as Early as May 1

    April 22, 2010 12:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Sixty-two percent of the households in Louisiana had returned their 2010 census forms by mail Wednesday, a number lower than the 2000 census total of 65 percent, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. The Louisiana response rate was lower than the national number, which was... more »
  • Specialized Training Grants Available As Part Of Recovery Act

    February 12, 2010 4:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Labor today announced more than $225 million in health care and high growth training grants funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The grants will allow community colleges, community-based organizations, state workforce agencies and other public entities to deliver training that... more »

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