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DHH, Baton Rouge General agree on deal to keep Mid-City ER open Video included

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Baton Rouge General made plans to eventually close its Mid-City hospital emergency room, but a last-minute deal on Wednesday with the Department of Health and Hospitals will keep the ER open. More>>

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Officials investigate deputy involved shooting in Livingston Parish Video included

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Officials in Livingston Parish are investigating a case where a deputy shot an armed man Wednesday afternoon.It happened in Albany, La., just north of I-12 on Highway 1040 in Livingston Parish. More>>

Sheriff: TV personality Scott Rogers killed by son-in-law in murder, attempted suicide Video included

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Baton Rouge television personality Scott Rogers was shot and killed inside his home in St. Gabriel, La. Wednesday afternoon. Investigators say they believe his son-in-law shot and killed Rogers and then turned the gun on himself, but survived. More>>

Reports: FBI probes JPMorgan hack

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The FBI is investigating a hacking attack on JPMorgan Chase and at least one other bank, according to reports citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter. More>>

USC's Shaw admits to lying about injuries, rescue

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Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw confessed that he lied to school officials about how he sprained his ankles last weekend, retracting his story about jumping off a balcony to save his drowning nephew. More>>

DirecTV reports outages resolved in US

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After a four-hour outage, satellite television provider DirecTV has resolved its nationwide outage of local channels on Wednesday.

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LSU freshman RB Leonard Fournette looks to 'wow' fans

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While many freshmen students at LSU are struggling with their confidence and trying to find their way, running back Leonard Fournette is already the big man on campus and fans have big expectations of him. More>>

Mother of US reporter in Syria begs for his life

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The mother of a hostage American journalist pleaded for his release Wednesday in a video directed at the Islamic State group, while new images emerged of mass killings, including masked militants shooting kneeling men... More>>

Dutton Road in Prairieville will close Sept. 2 Video included

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If you frequent Dutton Road off of Highway 73 in Prairieville, you will need to find another route.  More>>

Jindal sues Obama administration over Common Core Video included

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Gov. Bobby Jindal filed a lawsuit in federal court Wednesday morning against President Barack Obama's administration over the Common Core education standards. More>>

Vannoy named new LSU Alumni president, CEO

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Cliff Vannoy has been named president and CEO of the LSU Alumni Association. Vannoy previously served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the organization. More>>

Man held in LA serial shootings appears in court

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A man accused of going on a five-day rampage of serial shootings in the Los Angeles area made his first court appearance Wednesday on charges that could lead to the death penalty. More>>

Boston Marathon bombing victim marries his nurse

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If something good could come out of the Boston Marathon bombing, James Costello and Krista D'Agostino seem to have found it. More>>

'Sons of Guns' series canceled after actor charged with aggravated rape Video included

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The Discovery Channel has announced the "Sons of Guns" series has been canceled after the founder of Red Jacket Firearms William Hayden was charged with aggravated rape of a 12-year-old. More>>

Israeli premier, Hamas declare victory in Gaza war

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Both Israel's prime minister and Hamas declared victory Wednesday in the Gaza war, though their competing claims left questions over future terms of their uneasy peace still lingering. More>>

Shreveport father and son to compete on Survivor: Blood vs. Water Video included

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A Shreveport father and son will compete on Survivor: Blood vs. Water in San Juan Del Sur this fall. More>>

Wednesday morning 2-alarm fire destroys house near Walker Video included

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Fire District 10 and Fire District 4 were called to a fire north of Walker, La around 11:30 a.m.The fire happened in the 38000 block of Acres Drive. More>>

Uzi recoil causes girl to fatally shoot gun instructor Video included

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Authorities in northwest Arizona said the recoil on an automatic Uzi while in the hands of a 9-year-old girl led to a weapon instructor's fatal shooting. More>>

Insta-gator: Farm-raised alligators help population roar back

Mid-August through early September marks brings a population explosion in Louisiana, as baby alligators hatch in the marsh and on alligator ranches. More>>

US journalist thankful for work to secure freedom

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A U.S. journalist speaking publicly for the first time since his release from a Syrian extremist group said Wednesday that he was overwhelmed to learn that so many "brave, determined and big-hearted" people were behind... More>>

Ascension Parish Council breaks ground on new governmental complex Video included

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The Ascension Parish Council held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday morning for the new $6 million facility at its future location on East Worthey Street in Gonzales. More>>

SPCA of Livingston collects enough donations to pay bills and reopen Video included

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The animal fostering program that was forced to close Tuesday because of overwhelming veterinary bills posted on its Facebook page that it has received enough donations to pay off its current bills. More>>

Bourbon Street shooting suspect pleads not guilty

Trung Le, the only suspect arrested in the deadly Bourbon Street mass shooting on June 29, has pleaded not guilty. More>>

Journalist speaks after release from Syrian militants Video included

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Peter Curtis' release came days after ISIS militants executed another journalist, James Foley. The execution was meant as a warning to the U.S. government, to stop its airstrikes against Islamic State fighters in Iraq.

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Proposal looks to have feral cats neutered and released Video included

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The Companion Animal Alliance is asking the Metro Council to allow it to catch, neuter and release community cats. CAA says it will also vaccinate them against rabies. More>>

Report: About 1,000 unaccompanied illegal immigrant children live in Louisiana

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Gov. Bobby Jindal wants to put a stop to illegal immigrants coming into Louisiana. About 1,000 unaccompanied immigrant children are living in the state. More>>

Tanker bursts into flames on I-10; all lanes re-opened Video included

A tanker carrying 8,600 gallons of gasoline burst into flames Tuesday after it was cut off by another vehicle and overturned on Interstate 10.


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Family of American has trouble believing he was with ISIS

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U.S. officials and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Douglas McCain was fighting for ISIS.

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Baby in critical condition after being left in trash can Video included

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Neighbors found the infant Tuesday, after hearing a sound coming from their trash can. 

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LSU's season opener against Wisconsin officially sold out

All tickets for the Aug. 30 matchup between No. 13 LSU and No. 14 Wisconsin at the second annual AdvoCare Texas Kickoff in NRG Stadium have been sold. More>>

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Natchitoches student dies from head trauma; alleged attacker charged with manslaughter Video included

Johnquaries Smith, 18, a Natchitoches Central High School student, has died after an attack at his school Monday. Johnquaries Smith, 18, a Natchitoches Central High School student, has died after an attack at his school Monday.
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The 18-year-old Natchitoches student who was left fighting for his life after an incident at school has died Tuesday morning. More>>

Woman at center of LSU sex-scandal responds to allegations Video included

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New shots fired from the woman at the center of a sex scandal against LSU former Alumni president. More>>

State workers could see increase in health insurance Video included

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State workers could see a spike in out-of-pocket costs and higher deductibles for health insurance. More>>

American woman is being held hostage in Syria

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The Islamic State militant group is holding hostage a young American woman who was doing humanitarian aid work in Syria, a family representative said Tuesday. The 26-year-old woman is the third American known to have been... More>>

Travel experts say gas will be cheaper this holiday weekend Video included

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Labor Day weekend is just days away and some people are gearing up to drive to their vacation destinations. Some may think they will spend a pretty penny on gas, but experts say drivers will actually save. More>>

Judge set to render decision related to court involvement in Mary Roper termination hearing Video included

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A hearing related to the lawsuit filed by the parish attorney of East Baton Rouge against the Metro Council went before a judge Tuesday morning, but he will not make a ruling until Friday. More>>

Study reveals ExxonMobil's economic impact in the community Video included

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Officials with ExxonMobil Baton Rouge recently revealed how much of an economic impact their facilities have on the community.  More>>

Drones to buzz Downtown Baton Rouge for parking feasibility study Video included

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Drones may be seen flying in Downtown Baton Rouge Thursday, according to the Baton Rouge Business Report. The Baton Rouge Business Report says Downtown Development District Executive Director Davis Rhorer will request approval from the Metro Council at its meeting Wednesday to enter into a $49,500 contract with AECOM to assess parking patterns on the streets and surface parking lots. More>>

IG: Shoddy care by VA didn't cause Phoenix deaths

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Government investigators found no proof that delays in care caused veterans to die at a Phoenix VA hospital, but they found widespread problems that the Veterans Affairs Department is promising to fix. More>>

Possible airstrikes in Syria raise more questions

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The intelligence gathered by U.S. military surveillance flights over Syria could support a broad bombing campaign against the Islamic State militant group, but current and former U.S. officials differ on whether air power... More>>

Financial hardship cripples SPCA of Livingston Parish Video included

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There's a call for help from the Livingston Parish SPCA. Monday night, the group posted on its Facebook page that they were closing temporarily, due to money problems. "We are on what we call a pull hold," said Brandi Pearson.  More>>

Teacher charged for second sexual relationship with student Video included

A Baton Rouge teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy is now facing additional charges for allegations of a second inappropriate relationship with a student. More>>

LeBlanc named new principal of Zachary High School

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Joe LeBlanc has been named the new principal of Zachary High School. More>>

Southern getting new scoreboard

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The Jaguar Nation will have a new scoreboard to check out the scores during home games this year. More>>

Woman accused of trafficking juveniles into prostitution

A 38-year-old woman from Marrero is facing a combined total of more than 200 years in prison. That's the maximum sentence if she's convicted for charges related to the trafficking of juveniles for sexual purposes. More>>

Judge delays sentencing for man convicted in deadly 'road rage' crash

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The man convicted of five counts of vehicular homicide in a deadly “road rage” crash will get to remain free for another month before learning his fate after his sentencing hearing was delayed. More>>

Hazmat officials cleaning up diesel spill after 18-wheeler tanker ruptures

In Baker Tuesday morning, an 18-wheeler ran over debris in the roadway and ruptured the diesel tank causing 48 gallons of diesel fuel to leak on the shoulder of the road.  More>>

Cyclist seriously injured by hit-and-run crash Video included

A 40-year-old man is in the hospital with serious injuries after he was struck by a vehicle. The driver took off, and police are asking for any witnesses to step forward with information. More>>

Brees family welcomes fourth child

Drew Brees and his wife Brittany welcomed a new baby girl on Tuesday. Brees tweeted that his wife and baby girl are happy and healthy.


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Public relations 'icon' Bill Michelet passes away

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Longtime public relations executive and community leader Bill Michelet passed away Monday. He was 82 years old. A longtime friend said Michelet was an "icon" of public relations. More>>

DCFS seizes $2M in gambling winnings from dead beat parents Video included

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The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services reported more than $2 million in state gambling winnings have gone directly to the children of parents behind on child support. More>>

Police say teen riding scooter may be connected to drive-by Video included

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Baton Rouge police recovered an unusual "vehicle" possibly connected to a drive by shooting.Someone called police to report seeing a man riding down the streets firing a gun. . More>>

Gonzales City Council votes in favor of nearly same budget plan previously vetoed by mayor Video included

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The Gonzales budget merry-go-round continues, as the city council voted Monday in favor of virtually the same spending plan as before. More>>

Some drivers blame St. George-Baton Rouge battle for road project delay Video included

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Work on a construction project that should be widening a major roadway has stopped and some who live in the area wonder if the political battle between St. George and Baton Rouge is to blame. More>>

Cristobal picks up speed in Atlantic

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The storm was moving north at 12 mph, packing winds of 75 mph. More>>

Laplace man charged in rape, kidnapping of New Orleans teen Video included

New Orleans police have issued an arrest warrant for a man already behind bars. He now faces charges of kidnapping and raping a teen.
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Baton Rouge church coming together to stop the violence Video included

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A Baton Rouge Church is working hard to stop violence in the community.  More>>

Judge strikes down little-known gun law Video included

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A federal judge Monday struck down an obscure Baton Rouge gun law calling it unconstitutional.The 1962 Ordinance reads in short “no guns allowed anywhere alcohol is sold and/or consumed—including the parking lot.” More>>

Driver cited after striking 7-year-old girl getting off the bus

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A seven-year-old girl from Clinton suffered moderate to serious injuries after being hit by a vehicle after getting off the school bus. More>>

State audit reveals EBR schools electronic records better than paper Video included

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A state audit uncovers flaws in EBR Public High School Academic records. The latest investigation into EBR record keeping stemmed from a state education department audit earlier this year.  More>>

Video obtained after pastor, NAACP claim police mistreatment Video included

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WBTV obtained the more than six minute video of Reverend Bill Godair's traffic stop in 2013. More>>

Miles says No. 13 LSU will play 2 QBs vs Wisconsin

LSU coach Les Miles says sophomore quarterback Anthony Jennings and freshman quarterback Brandon Harris both will play in Saturday's season opener against Wisconsin. More>>

Soldier dies after shooting at Fort Lee Video included

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Fort Lee officials say a soldier has died after she likely shot herself at the post Monday morning.
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Money Monday: Yelp celebrates 10 years, offers 'freebies' Video included

Yelp, Inc. is partnering with more than 20 businesses in the Baton Rouge areas to offer special deals and “freebees” for the month of August. It is all part of the company's 10th anniversary celebration. More>>

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Fire shoots up from ground near gas station, HazMat investigating Video included

The Baton Rouge Fire Department and HazMat officials are on the scene of a fire near the Texaco gas station in the 6900 block of Florida Blvd. More>>

Highland Road near Perkins now open after railroad crossing malfunction

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All lanes are blocked in both directions on Highland Road at the KCS Railroad Crossing between Old Perkins Road East and Perkins Road East. More>>

Mourners urge black Americans to take action

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The mourners filled an enormous church to remember Michael Brown - recalling him as a "gentle giant," aspiring rapper and recent high school graduate on his way to a technical college. More>>

LSU Student Health Center issues Ebola notice Video included

LSU Health officials are asking students who traveled to certain areas overseas this summer to check in with the Student Health Center on campus. The Student Health Center is hoping to monitor anyone who traveled to Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, or Sierra Leone for any reason within the last 30 days, just as a precaution, after the Ebola outbreak there. More>>

Livingston Parish officials called in backup for help with mosquitoes Video included

Workers at Livingston Parish's Mosquito Abatement have sprayed on the ground, but the program recently got help from a company in Arkansas after some mosquito pools tested positive for West Nile. More>>

LSU smoke-free policy Video included

Students are back in class at LSU, and a new policy means a big change for some students. LSU was one of several campuses to become tobacco-free this summer after a law was passed last year that said all campuses who get state money had to become smoke free. More>>

Two-headed 'mutant' turtle found at Arkansas farm

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An Arkansas biologist calls a newborn two-headed snapping turtle rare, but he says turtle mutations are becoming more common. More>>

Squiggly highway lines confuse drivers Video included

Road striping peels along a Virginia interstate left some drivers confused. (Source: CNN) Road striping peels along a Virginia interstate left some drivers confused. (Source: CNN)
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 Road striping peels along a Virginia interstate left some drivers confused.

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Police arrest two men for stealing more than $1,400 gas

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Two men have been arrested for theft after police say they were involved in stealing more than $1,400 worth of gas in Gonzales.Reginald Leblanc and Joseph Rodriguez were charged with felony theft and identity theft and unauthorized use of an access card on Aug. 21. More>>

Accused killer pleads not guilty in death of Bourbon Street dancer

The woman accused of killing Bourbon Street dancer Jaren Lockhart pleaded not guilty Monday. More>>

Dempsey: We will act if Islamic group threatens US

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Gen. Martin Dempsey says that once he determines the Islamic State militants in Iraq have become a direct threat to the U.S. homeland, he will recommend the U.S. military move directly against the group in Syria. More>>

Gonzales City Council may introduce new version of budget Video included

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After the city council did not override the mayor's veto at its last meeting, members are expected to introduce a new version of the overdue budget Monday night. More>>

Police say train hits car and occupants run off Video included

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Police are investigating a bizarre crash involving a train and a car in which the people inside the car ran away after the collision. The wreck happened at North Ardenwood Drive at Choctaw Drive. More>>

Crime Stoppers reports information leads investigators to whereabouts of suspected rapist Video included

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Crime Stoppers officials said a man wanted for rape was arrested after information they received led them to the suspect. Authorities reported Faron Strausbaugh was found in Lafourche Parish. More>>

Family announces reward for information about missing man Video included

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Authorities continue to search for Jon Wallace, who has been missing for more than a month and now, his family is making a desperate plea for information on his whereabouts. More>>

Thieves steal A/C units from daycare before it opens Video included

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The Baton Rouge Police Department is investigating the theft of several air conditioning units at a Baton Rouge daycare. It is set to open its doors in September. More>>

You're an LSU football fan

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You count down the days to the season opener all summer. And then immediately start griping about the play-calling and everything else shortly after kickoff. You're an LSU football fan. More>>

Concrete mats to help protect Mississippi River from erosion

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers performs an annual operation Monday to help cut back on erosion along the Mississippi River. More>>

Driver dies after SUV veers off road and hits trees

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Louisiana State Police said a man died after the SUV he was driving went off a highway and slammed into multiple trees Sunday evening.The victim was identified as Harry Williams Jr., 50, of Clinton. More>>

City of St. George movement leaders say required number of signatures collected for Dec. ballot Video included

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According to the leaders of the movement for the proposed city of St. George, the number of signatures required for placing the issue on the December ballot for a vote has been reached. More>>

Bow down: Beyonce owns the MTV Video Music Awards

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By MESFIN FEKADU AP Music Writer Bow down: Beyonce was the reigning queen of Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards. More>>

Bishop: Slain US journalist Foley opened our eyes

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Slain U.S. journalist James Foley was living his faith by bringing images to the world of people suffering from war and oppressive regimes, a Roman Catholic bishop said Sunday at a Mass in his honor. More>>

Dad of 18-year-old shot by officer asks for peace

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The father of a black 18-year-old shot to death by a white police officer in Ferguson pleaded Sunday for a "day of silence" as he lays his son to rest Monday. More>>

House where shooting death victim was found caught fire

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A North Baton Rouge house was intentionally set on fire, according to Baton Rouge firefighters.The home located on Mission Street was empty, but when fire crews arrived on scene, there were flames coming through the roof of the structure.  More>>

Baton Rouge Police investigate Saturday night shooting

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Baton Rouge Police say a man was killed in a shooting that took place Saturday night. The shooting happened in the 2600 block of Tecumseh Street just before 8:00 pm. More>>

US says American held in Syria has been freed

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An American journalist kidnapped and held hostage for nearly two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria was released Sunday, less than a week after the horrific execution of American journalist James Foley by Islamic... More>>

Pointe Coupee fatal crash takes life of 73-year-old man

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A two vehicle fatal crash took the life of a 73-year-old man earlier on Sunday morning in Pointe Coupee Parish . According to the Troop A of the Louisiana State Troopers, the incident happened on LA Hwy 415 at LA Hwy 981.  More>>

Overturned vehicle caused hold up near LSU

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An overturned vehicle caused unexpected delays, earlier on Sunday, near LSU at the intersection of Nicholson Dr. and Jennifer Jean Drive. Crews had to flip the vehicle back over.The Baton Rouge Police responded to the incident after a car flipped into the ditch. More>>

Jihadis capture major Syrian air base in northeast

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Islamic State fighters captured a major military air base in northeastern Syria on Sunday, eliminating the last government-held outpost in a province otherwise dominated by the jihadi group, activists and state media said. More>>

Gov declares emergency after SF Bay quake

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A 6.0 magnitude earthquake caused infrastructure damage and dozens of injuries north of San Francisco Bay.

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Palestinian president prepares new UN appeal

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Aides to the Palestinian president said Sunday that he will soon appeal to the international community to set a deadline for Israel to end its occupation of lands captured in the 1967 Mideast war and make way for an... More>>

Suge Knight shot at pre-VMA party

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The lead up to this year's VMAs has proven particularly dangerous. Suge Knight was shot, Iggy Azalea fell off stage and a snake bit a Nicki Minaj back-up dancer.

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No dunking from Graham in Saints' win against Colts, 23-17

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 Saints tight end Jimmy Graham got the message from the NFL. He's not dunking footballs over goal posts any more. On Saturday night, the Pro Bowl tight end finally responded to a $30,000 fine imposed by league officials. More>>

Iceland lowers aviation alert level from volcano

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Iceland lowered its aviation alert level to orange from red Sunday, saying there was no sign of an imminent eruption at the Bardarbunga volcano. And scientists at the Icelandic Meteorological Office said their announcement... More>>

Charter Communications reports Internet outage

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Charter Communications Inc. said late Saturday that the company was aware of some customers experiencing Internet outages across its service area. More>>

2 LDS missionaries die in Taiwan; 1 dies in US

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Two Mormon missionaries serving in Taiwan and another in Oklahoma have died. More>>

Protesters, police march peacefully in Ferguson

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A diverse group of protesters, many of them children, marched peacefully Saturday as calm prevailed for a fourth straight day in the St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black 18-year-old was shot by a white police officer,... More>>

National Guardsmen return to BR after year-long deployment Video included

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Nearly 100 Baton Rouge National Guardsmen returned from a year-long deployment in Afghanistan. One of the National Guardsmen, Sgt. Joseph Rainbolt met his little girl for the very first time.. More>>

Mexico blasts Perry comments about Islamists

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Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Jose Antonio Meade says Texas Gov. Rick Perry's recent statements about the possibility that Islamic fundamentalists could be entering the U.S. from Mexico are "absurd." More>>

Number of guns collected increases at Gas for Guns event Video included

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The Baton Rouge Police have teamed up with Circle K to help clean up the streets with its Gas for Guns event held on Saturday morning.. More>>

Woman with 4 kids in car mistakenly arrested at gunpoint

Dash cam video shows a Forney, TX, police officer arresting Kametra Barbour. (Source: Formey Police Department/WFAA/CNN) Dash cam video shows a Forney, TX, police officer arresting Kametra Barbour. (Source: Formey Police Department/WFAA/CNN)
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In less than a minute the officers knew they had the wrong car.


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Hundreds mourn the loss of 7-year old Terrez Coleman Video included

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Hundreds of people gathered at Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church for the funeral of, 7-year old, Terrez Coleman. Detectives said Coleman was shot during a drive-by shooting Saturday August 16th, 2014. A sense of sorrow filled the air as people wiped their tears and said their final goodbyes.  More>>

More rain forecast for wildfire-singed Washington

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A slow-moving front bringing heavy rain and thunder is expected to arrive in areas of Washington state scarred by wildfires on Sunday - days after flash floods destroyed at least 10 homes and closed down highways. More>>

No arrests as thousands 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. More>>

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