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Judge partially blocks state's new abortion law, which takes effect Monday

The ruling is limited to the four doctors who have challenged the law.

Who Dat flash mob

A flash mob took the French Quarter stage to the Neville Brothers "Who Dat" song and the Black & Gold crunk song across from Jackson Square on Sunday, August 31, 2014, featuring choreographed dancers, representatives from Tabasco and Tony Chachere's, and former Gov. Edwin Edwards and his wife. The flash mob was presented by Sonic to promote its new Who Dat! Burger, which will be served at all Sonic locations in the New Orleans area starting on Monday.

Low has 50 percent chance of becoming depression in Bay of Campeche by Tuesday

The National Hurricane Center is giving a low-pressure system moving across the Yucatan Peninsula into the Bay of Campeche, in the southwestern corner of the Gulf of Mexico, a 50 percent chance of forming a tropical depression by Tuesday. "Satellite...

Southern Decadence's Sunday of glitter, drag, bears, boys and some Baptists

While events for this annual event started Thursday, Sunday was the day for all to fly their costume or chest hair high at the 40th annual official Southern Decadence Walking Parade.

National Hurricane Center reports tropical wave moving west over Yucatan

A tropical wave is moving west over Yucatan at 10 knots, the National Hurricane Center reported Sunday afternoon. Conditions for development are expected to improve once the system enters the southwestern Gulf of Mexico on Monday, the center said, adding that the...

Bobby Jindal says won't make his presidential campaign decision until 2015

Gov. Bobby Jindal won't make an official announcement about whether he is running for president in 2016 until after the new year. The governor told national radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt Wednesday that he definitely wouldn't make a decision about the...

Washington Post editorial board criticizes Bobby Jindal over Common Core

This morning, | The Times-Picayune editorial board criticized Gov. Bobby Jindal over his recent legal challenges to the Common Core academic standards, but it wasn't the only one to do so. The Washington Post editorial board also used its Sunday newspaper to...

3 homicides, 4 armed robberies, 3 aggravated batteries reported in New Orleans in 20 hours, police say

Three homicides, four armed robberies and three aggravated battery incidents were reported in New Orleans in a 20-hour period Saturday and early Sunday, New Orleans police said.  The armed robberies occurred within nine hours, according to police. The first incident happened at...

Islamist militia group says it 'secured' US compound in Libya

The Islamist militia's move likely will reinvigorate debate in the U.S. over its role in Libya, more than three years after supporting rebels who toppled dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

Mary Landrieu sued over her Louisiana residency by state legislator

Former challenger Paul Hollis has sued Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, contending that she cannot represent Louisiana because she lives full-time in Washington. The suit was filed Friday in state district court in Baton Rouge. It says Landrieu's home "is...

House, Senate intel chiefs push Obama to be tougher on Islamic State militants

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the California Democrat who leads the Senate intelligence panel, said Obama is perhaps "too cautious" in his approach to combatting the Islamic State group.

Why do we walk? A journalist looks at the personal and competitive reasons

Two new books give different motivations for this basic means of getting around.

Bobby Jindal to get beers, brats after LSU win over Wisconsin

Gov. Bobby Jindal will receive cheese, beers and brats from Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker after LSU's win over Wisconsin in football Saturday night. Jindal and Walker announced they had made a bet over the football game on their Twitter accounts Saturday afternoon. If...

Mississippi school says kindergartener injured herself on playground, mom believes she was attacked by student, website reports

A Pascagoula, Miss., kindergartener is recovering from injuries her school said she suffered while playing on the playground, but her mother has insisted she was attacked by another student, according to a report on The girl's mother, Lacey Harris,...

Wednesday Mass set for Louis Gruntz Jr., longtime Jefferson Parish and Kenner attorney

A Mass will be said Wednesday for Louis Gruntz Jr., a longtime attorney for Jefferson Parish and Kenner, who died Friday. The Mass will be said Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Greenwood Funeral Home, 5200 Canal Blvd. Visitations will be held...

Share your memories and photos of Tulane Stadium

For more than a half-century, Tulane Stadium was a major presence in New Orleans athletics. The Green Wave played there, and the Uptown stadium was home to the Sugar Bowl and, in 1970, 1972 and 1975, the Super Bowl. The...

The Saints are coming, and the 'old Fujita' jersey still fits fine

So, Saints get out there and win one, not for the Gipper, but for all of those Saints nuts who live and die, eat and sleep, and talk in black and gold metaphors, do it for them and for those of us who put up with them.

Habitat restoration in Bayou Sauvage will be focus of project for New Orleans students

The Habitat Is Where It's At program will be the focus of the New Orleans project.

Hurricane Center predicts showers, storms to hit Yucatan

A disorganized system of shower and thunderstorm activity is moving across the northwest Caribbean Sea and into Yucatan, the National Hurricane Center said Sunday morning. The potential for development is expected to be low - 30 percent in the next 48...

Officers fired shots at Metairie robbery suspect at end of high-speed chase across Causeway

Officers fired shots at a suspect in a Metairie convenience-store robbery at the end of a high-speed northbound chase across the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Saturday night, Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Col. John Fortunato said. The suspect was not wounded, he said. Police...

Continuing accreditation earned at St. Charles Catholic High in LaPlace

SACS CASI accreditation is recognized across state lines, which not only eases the transfer process as students move from accredited school to accredited school but also assures parents that the school is meeting nationally accepted standards for quality and successful professional practice.

Pencil drive held for Luling Elementary, sons collectively attend 79 years of school

With 79 years of schooling under their belts, collectively, three sons may have completed their education.

Baba Oncale of Garyville named volunteer of the year by the Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival

Helping with the St. John Sugar Pageant and Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival is among several of Oncale's many volunteer endeavors.

Keep St. John Beautiful Fall Clean Sweep is Sept. 20

Students will receive community service hours by participating in the event.

1 dead in 7th Ward shooting, NOPD says

The New Orleans Police Department is investigating an overnight shooting in the 1400 block of Frenchmen Street that left a man dead. He was shot several times and died at the scene, police said. Police have not identified him. Police said the shooting...

Lake Pontchartrain Causeway open after police chase Saturday night

The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is open in both directions. The bridge had been closed late Saturday night into Sunday morning as law enforcement agencies processed the scene of a police chase.The bridge was reopened after 2 a.m. Sunday (Aug. 31). Bridge...

No good reason for Gov. Jindal to be in court on Common Core: Editorial

Gov. Bobby Jindal is willing to spend $275,000 of Louisiana taxpayers' money -- maybe more -- to try to keep students here from being compared academically to children in other states. He is wasting the public's money. His fight against Common Core...

Alleged robber leads police chase across Causeway; bridge closed in both directions for investigation

The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway remained closed in both directions at 12:30 a.m. Sunday (Aug. 31) as law enforcement agencies processed the scene of a police chase. Bridge General Manager Carlton Dufrechou said the bridge would reopen as soon as possible....

Lake Pontchartrain Causeway closed Saturday night due to police situation

The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway was closed in both directions late Saturday (Aug. 30) night. Details were not available, but an operator answering the phone at the bridge police department said at 11:55 p.m. that it was due to a "police...

NOPD investigating Saturday night double shooting; one dead

New Orleans police were investigating a double shooting Saturday (Aug. 30) night at the corner of North Broad and Treasure Streets. Police said one of the victims later died at the hospital. A man and woman were shot inside of...

Busy day for Florida Gulf Coast lifeguards Saturday, newspaper reports

Heading to the Florida Gulf Coast beaches for Labor Day? Be careful in the surf, authorities are saying. Lifeguards on Pensacola Beach were busy on Saturday (Aug, 30) and moderately rough surf conditions and big crowds are again forecast for...

US jets strike Iraqi militants to allow airdrop of food, water to beleaguered town

Aircraft from Australia, France and Britain joined the U.S. in delivering the aid to thousands of Shiite Turkmen in the farming community about 105 miles north of Baghdad.

Family of I-10 crash victim trying to raise money for medical bills

The family of a man critically injured in an Aug. 21 crash is holding a raffle for a New Orleans Saints wreath and asking for donations to help cover mounting medical bills. Jeffrey Scott Guillory, a 45-year-old hair salon owner, was...

Louisiana kayaker found dead in water near Navarre Beach, Fla., newspaper reports

The body of a Louisiana woman last seen kayaking near Navarre Beach, Fla., was found in the water early Saturday (Aug. 30), according to a story on the Pensacola News Journal's website. The woman was identified as Joetta Goss, 56....

Plane crashes off Va. coast after Air Force jets spot unconscious pilot

The plane was registered to Ronald Hutchinson, of Brookfield, Wisconsin

Pilot loses consciousness, crashes into Atlantic Ocean off Virginia coast

CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) -- The pilot of a small airplane lost consciousness while flying and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the Virginia coast on Saturday, the Coast Guard said. Coast Guard Petty Officer Nate Littlejohn said crews were searching...

Jefferson Parish police investigating death after Mardi Gras World concert

Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies are investigating a man's death early Saturday morning (Aug. 30), shortly after he had returned from a concert at Mardi Gras World. Robert Taylor, 22, of 909 Wilson Drive in New Orleans, died around 6:40 a.m....

Recruiting efforts rise to promote greater female presence in construction industry

On this Labor Day weekend, ponder the latest federal data: About 7.1 million Americans were employed in construction-related occupations last year -- and only 2.6 percent were women.

Washington mother gets year in jail after gun in son's backpack goes off, injures classmate

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) -- The mother of a Washington state boy who brought a gun to school that went off in his backpack and critically wounded a classmate will spend more than a year behind bars. Jamie Lee Chaffin...

'I'm hit. Someone help me,' dying eastern New Orleans shooting victim told neighbors

A New Orleans man died Saturday (Aug. 30) after a shooting that shocked his neighbors in a sleepy pocket of eastern New Orleans. Neighbors and a relative identified the man as Gerard Darcy, a 53-year-old drywall installer, who was shot...

St. Francisville man killed when pecan tree falls on his truck during storm

ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) -- A St. Francisville man was killed after a pecan tree fell on his truck as he was pulling out of his driveway. West Feliciana Parish Sheriff Austin Daniel tells the Advocate the incident occurred about...

John McDonogh High School Katrina vigil

Community members who want the school returned to local control held a combined "bring John Mac back"/Katrina candlelight prayer vigil in front of John McDonogh High School on Friday August 29, 2014.

Hurricane Katrina recovery a starting point for stronger Mississippi coast, newspaper reports

Nine years after Hurricane Katrina laid waste to the Mississippi Gulf Coast the storm was remembered this week for the misery it wrought but also as the starting point for rebuilding a stronger region, the Sun Herald reports. Consequently, the...

Man killed after shot in stomach in eastern New Orleans

A man shot in the stomach in eastern New Orleans shortly after 2 p.m. has died at the hospital, according to the New Orleans Police Department. The incident occurred at the 4600 block of Galahad Drive, near Crowder Boulevard and...

Man shot in stomach in eastern New Orleans, police report

A man is in critical condition after he was shot in the stomach shortly after 2 p.m. Saturday (August 30), according to the New Orleans Police Department. The incident occurred in eastern New Orleans in the 4600 block of Galahad Drive,...

Heavy rain across New Orleans area. Are streets flooding in your neighborhood?

With thunder cracking overhead and scattered power outages across New Orleans, the National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for New Orleans on Saturday afternoon (August 30). Are you seeing swamped roads as you look out from your stoop, or...

Ferguson rally marks 3 weeks after Michael Brown's death

The rally started at West Florissant Avenue where it meets Canfield Drive, the street on which the unarmed black 18-year-old was shot and killed Aug. 9 by white Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.

Almost 70 years after dying in World War II, Tennessee soldier makes it home, newspaper reports

Helen Harris Cook long held out hope, praying that her husband would be found. He was, last year, when hikers' stumbled upon some bones in Dambach, France. On Friday (Aug. 29), nearly 70 years after his death, Army Pfc. Cecil...

Thunderstorm knocks out power to 600 customers in Gentilly

In addition to the power outages that affected 1,900 Entergy customers across New Orleans on Saturday morning (August 30), 684 customers in Gentilly have lost power, according to Entergy's online outage map. The outages were caused by thunderstorms and winds...

In Ferguson, some signs of healing but much work to be done: Associated Press

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- The unmistakable signs of healing are beginning to dot Ferguson, even the small area of this St. Louis-area suburb that was the center of attention for three weeks. But those in the community know they've got...

Fighter pilot killed in Virginia crash identified as Lt. Col Morris Fontenot Jr., reports

The pilot of an F-15C fighter jet that was killed when the aircraft crashed Wednesday (Aug. 27) in the Virginia mountains en route to New Orleans has been identified as Lt. Col. Morris "Moose'' Fontenot Jr., reports. Fontenot, of...
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