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  • Poll shows Brazil president's popularity drops

    April 6, 2014 2:12 PM

    SAO PAULO (AP) - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's popularity has dipped five percentage points ahead of October's presidential elections, a new poll published Sunday said. The Datafolha polling institute said 36 percent of respondents rated Rousseff's government as "great/good" against the 41 percent who gave it that rating in the... more »
  • Catholic school enrollment drops in Louisiana

    February 25, 2013 8:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - New figures show enrollment in Catholic schools has fallen 18 percent statewide during the past 13 years. Enrollment has dropped 9 percent in the Diocese of Baton Rouge since 2000 and has fallen 25 percent in schools that make up the Archdiocese of New Orleans,... more »
  • Avon Products 3Q net income drops

    November 1, 2012 8:07 AM

    NEW YORK (AP) - Avon Products says its third-quarter net income fell 81 percent, hurt by the stronger dollar and an impairment charge. The company also slashed its dividend as it works on a turnaround. The direct seller of beauty products such as Skin so soft lotion and mark cosmetics... more »
  • DA drops charges against former sheriff candidate

    May 23, 2012 9:01 AM

    GREENSBURG, La. (AP) - Charges against former St. Helena Parish sheriff candidate Frederick D. Bell of Kentwood for alleged insurance fraud and theft have been rejected by the district attorney's office. Assistant District Attorney Angel Monistere tells The Advocate the charges were dropped based on insufficient evidence. The 36-year-old Bell... more »
  • Opelousas woman drops marijuana at police station

    May 9, 2012 10:54 AM

    OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - Bringing a bag of marijuana to a police station is not a smart idea. The Daily World reports an Opelousas woman has been arrested and booked with possession of marijuana. Police Chief Perry Gallow says 31-year-old Jernita Williams went to the station about 4:30 p.m. Monday... more »
  • Sale price drops on former Vacherie school site

    March 29, 2012 10:27 AM

    LUTCHER, La. (AP) - The St. James Parish School Board decided to cut the sale price of the former Vacherie Primary School site by 20 percent after the appraised value failed to attract any bidders. The Advocate report the board also gave the school administration authority to reduce the price... more »
  • Ex-St Helena police juror drops request for pay

    March 22, 2012 9:38 AM

    GREENSBURG, La. (AP) - The former president of the St. Helena Parish Police Jury has dropped his request that the parish return to him more than $100,000 in back pay that piled up after he waived his parish wages from 2005 to 2012. Frank Johnson, who was defeated last fall... more »
  • Louisiana Foreclosure Activity Dropping in October

    November 11, 2010 11:45 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Foreclosure actions aimed at Louisiana homeowners dropped a bit from September to October, although the count was nearly 50 percent higher than a year ago, a national tracking company reported Thursday. Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac said that in October, there were 1,897 foreclosure-related actions. Those ranged from... more »
  • Bahamas drops charges in Travolta extortion case

    September 6, 2010 9:41 PM

    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) - A judge in the Bahamas dismissed charges Monday against two people accused of trying to extort money from John Travolta after the actor decided he no longer wanted to face the pain of a new trial stemming from the death of his teenage son on the... more »
  • Number of state-owned vehicles drops in La.

    August 24, 2010 9:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has cut the state-owned vehicle fleet by more than 1,000 cars, trucks and vans over the last year. The administration says that's the lowest level since the 2003-04 fiscal year - but it's still short of an administration goal to trim... more »

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