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EBR Parish School Board votes to downsize to 9 members Video included

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After a marathon six-hour special meeting Thursday night, the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board voted to downsize from 11 members to nine. The decision was made after a controversial vote to redistrict the system.

9News Investigators: How much chlorine in your home's water is too much? Video included

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Naegleria Fowleri, referred to as a deadly "brain-eating amoeba," was found in Louisiana's public water systems in 2013. Scientists say 0.5 mg/L of chlorine will kill it, but officials add levels should not exceed 0.4 mg/L.

Deal still elusive for Gaza cease-fire

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Turbulent negotiations to broker a temporary truce in the Gaza Strip are continuing against the backdrop of fresh Israeli attacks on Palestinian militants.

Driver dies after going off the road and hitting tree

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Investigators said a man was killed when he drove off the road and his truck slammed into a tree late Thursday night. They added the driver was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Black box found at Air Algerie wreckage site

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French soldiers secured a black box from the Air Algerie wreckage site in a desolate region of restive northern Mali on Friday, the French president said. Terrorism hasn't been ruled out as a cause, although officials...

Police search for woman accused of cashing fake checks

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Authorities are trying to find a woman accused of cashing counterfeit business checks. The Baton Rouge Police Department said Latrese Flowers, 36, is wanted on several counts of monetary instrument abuse and felony theft.

Deputies arrest woman in western story burglary

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Authorities said a 23-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with a burglary at a clothing store. Investigators did not indicate how much was taken or if anything was recovered.

Police: 3-year-old diapered driver crashes Jeep, runs home to watch cartoons

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A 3-year-old boy is accused of climbing into a Jeep, knocking it out of gear, crashing into a nearby house and then running home to watch cartoons.

9-Year-old boy survives lightning strike Video included

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The afternoon of June 25th, the Felder family was practicing track events at the Johnson C. Smith Stadium when the worst happened.

Officials: 3 Palestinians killed in West Bank

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Palestinian hospital officials say three Palestinians have been killed in the West Bank, which has become increasingly restive because of a war between Israel and Hamas militants next door in the Gaza Strip.

Remains still being found at MH 17 crash site Video included

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 More crash victims are being transported to the Netherlands but human remains are still being found at the crash scene.  

US weighs refugee status for youth from Honduras

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The Obama administration is weighing giving refugee status to young people from Honduras as part of a plan to slow the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, White House officials said Thursday.

Air Algerie jet with 116 on board crashes in Mali

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An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people crashed Thursday in a rainstorm over restive Mali, the third major international aviation disaster in a week.

Traveler catches epic lightning strike on flight

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Traveler Gina Hyams caught a massive cloud-to-ground lightning strike while on a flight Thursday.

DHH confirms first death from West Nile in Louisiana is in Caddo Parish Video included

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Louisiana health officials have confirmed the first death from West Nile virus in the state this year, and it was in Caddo Parish. 

Grandfather, granddaughter killed in East Feliciana Parish crash

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A two-vehicle crash in East Feliciana Parish has taken the lives of an 86-year-old man and his 19-year-old granddaughter.The crash happened shortly before 12:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon on LA Highway 67 north of Highway 422 near the Mississippi state line in East Feliciana Parish.

Tangipahoa jury convicts man of murder

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A jury in Tangipahoa Parish convicted a man for a murder case dating back to April 2012.It took less than 3 hours for the jury to decide the fate for Hammond resident Ronald Vail, 59, of 2nd degree murder. 

Former police officer arrested for sex crimes with juvenile

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A man is facing sex crime charges after being accused of allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old girl. Investigators say that Joseph Brent, 39, of Baldwin, La. a police officer at the Baldwin Police Department, fathered a child with an underage girl. 

'Kim Jong-un Dance' video upsets Kim Jong-un

'Kim Jong-un' shows some fancy footwork in a viral YouTube video. North Korean officials were not amused. (Source: YouTube) 'Kim Jong-un' shows some fancy footwork in a viral YouTube video. North Korean officials were not amused. (Source: YouTube)
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North Korea's supreme leader and The Onion's 2012 Sexiest Man Alive is quite upset about a video making the rounds. A YouTube viral hit out of China features Kim Jong-un's head pasted to several clips of people dancing and breaking out karate moves.

Very bad week: Airline disasters come in a cluster

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Nearly 300 passengers perish when their plane is shot out of the sky. Airlines suspend flights to Israel's largest airport after rocket attacks. Two airliners crash during storms. Aviation has suffered one of its worst...

Ohio State marching band chief fired after probe

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Ohio State University fired the director of its celebrated marching band on Thursday after determining he ignored a "sexualized" culture of rituals including students being pressured to march in their underwear and...

Catholic High and EBRSO practice active shooter drills Video included

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Officials at Catholic High School and the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office tested safety and security plans during a number of active shooter drills Thursday morning. 

Professionals set up mechanical bull riding in town square Video included

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Have you ever ridden a mechanical bull?Professional bull riders set up a play area in the town square on Thursday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., just in time to attract the lunch crowd. One little boy got a tame version of the ride, which was so popular in the 80’s.

Astronaut tweets 'saddest photo' of Israel-Gaza firefight

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Astronaut Alexander Gerst took a photo of the fighting in the Middle East from the International Space Station, calling it his "saddest photo" yet.

UN school in Gaza caught in cross-fire; 15 killed

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A U.N. school in Gaza crowded with hundreds of Palestinians seeking refuge from fierce fighting came under fire Thursday, killing at least 15 civilians and leaving a sad tableau of blood-spattered pillows, blankets and...

Gonzales Police Department launches program to catch wanted suspects Video included

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Criminals who have been dodging the law in the City of Gonzales are being put on the spot.The Gonzales Police Department has launched an initiative called “Gotcha Gonzales.”

Strong start to Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo

It was a late start for fishermen at the Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo this year, but as soon as the sky cleared - they were out in force. 

EBR school officials voting on reducing board size Video included

The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board will vote tonight whether or not to downsize the board with one of five proposed redistricting plans.The various plans reduce the number of districts from the current 11 to as few as seven and as many as ten. 

NJ couple identified as victims of Virginia tornado Video included

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A New Jersey couple was identified as the victims of a tornado that hit the Cherrystone Family Camping & RV Resort in Northampton.

Candlelight vigil set for Shreveport woman killed by falling limb Video included

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A candlelight vigil will be held Thursday night in memory of the Shreveport woman who died Wednesday after storms brought a massive tree limb crashing down on top of her. 

House, Senate chairs offer competing bills on VA

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With Congress scheduled to recess in a week, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees offered competing proposals Thursday to fix a veterans' health care program scandalized by long patient wait...

West Feliciana deputies arrest two men for armed robbery

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West Feliciana Parish deputies have arrested two men wanted for the robbery at the Southern Belle truck stop which is located near the South end of the parish.On Monday, July 21, deputies say Joshua Wells, 21, and Reginald Jackson, 21, both of Zachary, robbed the store at gunpoint.

'Coolest Cooler' Kickstarter set to break crowdsourcing record

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Don't get bored with those 20th century coolers - buy into the technologically-savvy, new millennium version of Ryan Grepper - the Coolest Cooler, and it's set to break a Kickstarter record. 

Police officers turned snake charmers during unusual call for help

When you work for law enforcement, you never know who, or what, you’ll encounter on a call. 

Power back on for more than 1,200 residents, businesses

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Power is back on at more than 1,200 businesses and residents in the Airline Highway, Greenwell Springs Road, and Florida Boulevard-area.Traffic signals are also working again too.

Jury finds man guilty of killing Brusly High football player Video included

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A jury has found the man accused of killing a Brusly High football player guilty of second degree murder. The verdict announced just after 3 p.m. Thursday.

Argument among roommates ends with stabbing, 2 arrested

Two men were arrested and one was charged with attempted murder after an argument with their roommate ended with bloodshed. 

Suspension upgraded, vice principal permanently replaced following sexting arrest Video included

School officials have upgraded the suspension for Edwin Chastang, 42, the former vice principal at Southeast Middle School who is accused of sexting a student via Facebook.

EBR Sheriff Sid Gautreaux to be inducted into Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame

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East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux and six other inductees will be inducted into the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame Friday. Sheriff Gautreaux will be honored with the award given to governmental and civic leaders dedicated to protecting residents.

Man turns himself in after shots fired at Gonzales house

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A Baton Rouge man tuned himself into Gonzales, LA detectives Thursday morning after being accused of firing shots into a house full of people.

Viral Video: Whale lifts kayakers out of the water

Two adventurous kayakers in Argentina experienced the thrill of a lifetime following an encounter with a pod of massive whales.

Motion filed to expedite hearing for alleged Bourbon St. shooter

The alleged Bourbon Street shooter's attorney wants to speed up his client's preliminary hearing.

GM profit 2Q falls 85 pct. on recall costs

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Recall expenses chopped $1.5 billion from General Motors' bottom line in the second quarter, as it added up the costs of repairs for nearly 30 million cars and set aside funds to compensate victims of small-car crashes.

Fiery crash on Horace Wilkinson Bridge (New Bridge) sends 6 to the hospital Video included

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Police said a crash on I-10 West on the Horace Wilkinson Bridge (New Bridge) resulted in six people being taken to the hospital by ambulance early Thursday morning.

Soccer tournament gives Baton Rouge hotels revenue boost Video included

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Baton Rouge officials reported the regional youth soccer tournament created a huge boost in revenue for area hotels. Reports showed $6.7 million was collected from June 19 through June 26.

Deputies ask for help identifying store burglar

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Authorities are asking the public to help them identify a woman seen on surveillance video around the time when a store was burglarized on Monday.

Middle school vice principal accused of exchanging nude photos with teen bonds out of jail

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A middle school administrator accused of inappropriate relations with a teenage girl was released from jail on bond Wednesday. His bond was set at $20,000.

Think Fast: What if there was an active shooter? Video included

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You are enjoying a leisurely afternoon at the mall when all of sudden, a man whips out a gun, brandishing it toward everyone in his path. Think fast! What are you going to do?

Arizona inmate dies 2 hours after execution began

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A condemned Arizona inmate gasped for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S.

No vote on 'Fairness Ordinance' due to time limits Video included

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After hearing more than three hours of opinions both for and against, the East Baton Rouge Metro Council adjourned its meeting without voting on the "fairness ordinance' due to time limits.The council voted to extend the meeting past 8 p.m. to give residents opposed to the ordinance a chance to voice their opinions just like those  in support of the ordinance had done. 

Council offers new position to parish attorney

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Mary Roper was offered a new position in order to avoid a hearing on whether or not she should be removed as parish attorney.

Funeral held for man who died in NY police custody

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An overflow crowd packed a church and sang songs on Wednesday at the funeral of a man who died in police custody after an officer placed him in an apparent chokehold.

VIDEO: Rankin County woman surprised with fairy tale proposal

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"Marriage is created for one purpose and one purpose only -- and that is to further point us to what our relationship is to you, Father..." That is the prayer that Seth Conerly, of Hattiesburg, said in

Work on Bayou Corne sinkhole gets delayed again

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The Office of Conservation has reported that another hold has been placed on the work needed for the sinkhole in Assumption Parish. 

Greater Food Bank needs your help Video included

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The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank is in dire need of donations.During the summer, officials say donations typically drop, but it is also time when they see more people in need. 

Apartment owner arranges for Savoy residents to stay at hotel Video included

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Continued issues regarding security and safety following an apartment fire will prevent many residents from returning home. In response to this, the Red Cross is opening a temporary shelter Wednesday night.

Livingston Deputies: 'Lock your doors' Video included

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Deputies in Livingston Parish are warning residents to lock their vehicles. This is after the Forest Ridge and Westminster Estates subdivisions in Denham Springs, had 36 cars broken into. 

New technology makes radiation treatment easier for patients, doctors Video included

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 Radiation treatment can be hard on cancer patients, but new technology at Mary Bird Perkins Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center allows doctors to deliver faster and more precise treatments, making it easier for patients.  

Woman ticketed after stopping to help stranded ducklings

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A New Hampshire woman's good deed did not go unpunished. After helping some stranded ducklings, she was ticketed. 

Sanders pleads for VA reform bill as talks stall

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The chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee said Wednesday there is still time for Congress to approve a landmark bill to improve health care services for veterans, despite deep disagreement over how much...

Mike the Tiger celebrating 9th birthday Video included

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Happy Ninth Birthday to Mike the Tiger.Tigers don’t really like birthday cake so his party was a quiet one. But Mike had a ball and cool water on a hot day so he seemed happy. Children were excited when they heard the tiger was celebrating a birthday.

Closing arguments expected Thursday in Brusly High football player murder trial Video included

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The state and defense rested its case in the trial of a man accused of killing a Brusly high school football player Wednesday. Closing arguments will take place Thursday morning. Marcus Richardson is facing a charge of second-degree murder for the May 2012 shooting death of Justin Warner, 18.

Garcia charged with capital murder for Janaya's death Video included

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Gulfport Police will hold a news conference at 3pm to release new information about the investigation into the murder of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson. WLOX News will live stream the news conference as soon as it starts.

Greenbriar Resort hosting Saints in first NFL training camp Video included

This is the first time White Sulphur Springs has hosted an NFL training camp, but the staff is ready for the Black and Gold and the Who Dat Nation.

Livingston Parish Sheriff's looking for Walmart shoplifting suspect

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Livingston Parish Sheriff’s need your help identifying a man they say stole an otter box and some baseball collector cards from the Walmart in Watson.

40 bodies from jet solemnly returned to Dutch soil

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Victims of the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine returned at last Wednesday to Dutch soil in 40 wooden coffins, solemnly and gently carried to 40 identical hearses, flags at half-staff flapping in the wind.

CPSO: Woman shot in face after trying to run over deputy Video included

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A 33-year-old Sulphur woman was shot Tuesday night while trying to run over a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's deputy, authorities said.

GM issues 6 more safety recalls

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General Motors issued six more recalls on Wednesday, bringing its annual total to 60 recalls covering almost 30 million vehicles.

Former LSU star Tyrann Mathieu put on PUP list

Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu and nose tackle Alamdea Ta'Amu will begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list as they recover from last season's injuries. 

North Baton Rouge Career Fair set for Aug. 14

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The Third Annual North Baton Rouge Community Education for Careers Fair will be held onThursday, Aug. 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Baton Rouge Community College’s Student Activity Center, 3250 North Acadian Thruway, in Baton Rouge.

All lanes at I-12 East at Albany now open after 6-vehicle crash

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All lanes at I-12 East at Albany are now open after a six-vehicle crash. But State Police say traffic is still very heavy.

Police: Man charged with rape, sexual battery of teen girl

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A Baton Rouge man has been arrested and charged with aggravated rape, forcible rape and sexual battery of a teenage girl.The 16-year-old victim told police the abuse started when she was 12-years-old. 

Social Seduction: Man lured to house by woman, carjacked, police say

Police say that the victim met a woman, known as "Ali W" through a social media site, known as "Tagged," and arranged to meet her in person. That is when he was allegedly carjacked.

Agents get subsidized 'Obamacare' using fake IDs

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Undercover investigators using fake identities were able to secure taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law, congressional investigators said Wednesday.

Police arrest suspect in Prescott Road shooting Video included

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A man wanted in connection with a shooting that left another man fighting for his life is now behind bars. He is charged with attempted second-degree murder. His bond was set at $80,000.

VIDEO: Time-lapse of sunset over Lake Charles Video included

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KPLC Chief Meteorologist Wade Hampton produced a time-lapse video Tuesday night.

Bourbon St. shooting suspect appears in court

The only suspect arrested so far in connection with a deadly gunfight on New Orleans' Bourbon Street has made a brief court appearance with new lawyers.

St. George incorporation effort looks to December for issue to go before voters Video included

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The St. George movement to incorporate will not be placed on the November ballot after organizers failed to reach the number of signatures required to put the issue before voters.

Southeastern picked to defend Southland Title Video included

Southeastern Louisiana, which won its first league title in school history last season, was picked as the favorite heading into the 2014 season as voted on by the league’s coaches and sports information directors.

Deputies search for suspects after 36 vehicles broken into

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Authorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying vehicle burglary suspects after more than 30 cars that were left unlocked were broken into early Monday morning.

Officers injured during shootout with murder suspect Video included

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Two officers were injured during La Joya, TX shootout with a murder suspect.

2 Ukrainian military fighter jets shot down

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Two Ukrainian military fighter jets have been shot down in the east, according to the country's Defense Ministry.

Jacques Talk: Can the Ragin' Cajuns take the next step?

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In the past three years, the UL-Lafayette football team has gotten some national attention, so now, many wonder if the Ragin’ Cajuns can take the next step and beat quality teams outside their conference.

Middle school vice principal allegedly exchanges nude photos with teen girl Video included

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A middle school vice principal is accused of having sexual conversations on Facebook with a 15-year-old girl and exchanging nude photos. He is charged with computer-aided solicitation of a minor.

Flight bans show skittishness over trouble spots

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By The Associated Press When U.S. and European airlines quickly canceled flights to Israel on Tuesday, they showed both a skittishness and a new sense of urgency in dealing with global trouble spots...

Children saw bodies fall from sky in eastern Ukraine Video included

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 Villagers and orphans witnessed bodies and plane parts from the downed Malaysian airliner fall from the sky.  

Senate, House on collision course on border money

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Senate Democrats prepared Tuesday to whack $1 billion from President Barack Obama's emergency spending request for the border, while leaving out policy changes Republicans have demanded as their price for agreeing to...

Sorrento town council takes steps to abolish police department Video included

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The Sorrento Town Council approved two measures Tuesday night that will pave the way for the town to completely dissolve its police departmentwith voter approval.

Chrysler recalls Jeeps over ignition switch issue

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Chrysler says it will contact affected customers by mid-September.

Heart of Louisiana: Cajun paratrooper Video included

One of the tragic stories of D-Day involved a Cajun paratrooper from South Louisiana.

Baker city council approves budget Video included

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Baker now has a budget in place.City leaders passed the spending plan Tuesday night for the current fiscal year. 

Cleveland Mom facing charges for leaving kids alone after children start fire Video included

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A mother is facing charges after police say she left her kids home alone. The kids then started a fire.
 

Central city council approves assistant police chief position Video included

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Central will soon have an assistant police chief. he City Council voted Tuesday night to approve about $55,000 for the new positionafter a lengthy debate. 

Trial underway for man accused of killing Brusly High football player Video included

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The murder trial for a suspect accused of killing a Brusly High School football player started Tuesday. 

Crews make gains on massive Washington wildfire

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A destructive wildfire in Washington state has grown slightly but firefighters have made progress in their efforts to get it under control.

Indiana officer to keep job after pushing over man in wheelchair

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Shocking video released by police in Indiana that went viral online sparked outrage after footage showed an officer toppling over a man in his wheelchair.

Man on a mission to honor Vietnam vets Video included

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There are not many people who know why September 19 is significant, but a Baton Rouge man is focused on making people aware.Ashton Belcher has taken it upon himself to write Governor Bobby Jindal to ask that he help more than a dozen families honorthe memories of their loved ones who have not made it back home following the Vietnam War.

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Man jumps out of 3rd story window to escape fire Video included

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Officials with the Baton Rouge Fire Department say an adult jumped from a window of an apartment complex to escape a fire that started just after 1:30 p.m.Firefighters rescued 13 people from the fire.

760 pound alligator to move into West Baton Rouge visitor's center Video included

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The West Baton Rouge Visitors Bureau has a new heavyweight lined up; a 760 pound, preserved alligator.The alligator was killed in September 2013 at Solitude Point, but no one knew what to do with an alligator this big. 

Our Turn - Your Turn: Edmonson Retirement Legislation Video included

This is politics at its worst.A last-minute addition gets tacked on to a completely unrelated bill as the Louisiana legislative session comes to a close. The sneaky add-on is a provision that affects the retirement pay for just two state troopers – one of them being the head of the Louisiana State Police, Col. Mike Edmonson.How sneaky was the move? After the fact, one of the lawmakers who sponsored the original bill says he didn’t even realize what he voted for.This is precisely the type of b...

Saints No. 5 in preseason power rankings

The Seattle Seahawks start the preseason right where they ended last season, as the No. 1 team in the AP Pro32 NFL power rankings.

Raleigh man arrested after leaving mother, 98, in truck for 5 hours Video included

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A Raleigh man was arrested in Maryland after police say he left his 98-year-old mother in a hot truck for hours while he visited a casino.

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