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Cleanup underway of oil spill in a Louisiana bay

Aug. 09, 2022 14:16 PM EDT

HOUMA, La. (AP) — An oil spill cleanup is underway at a site where an oil tank platform collapsed in a Louisiana bay, the Coast Guard said. The spill of crude oil occurred at Hilcorp’s Caillou Island facility in Terrebonne Bay, Louisiana, according to a news release emailed late...

Marine general takes over Africa Command, sees challenges

Aug. 09, 2022 13:37 PM EDT

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Marine Gen. Michael Langley took over as the top U.S. commander for Africa on Tuesday, heading U.S. military operations on a continent with some of the most active and dangerous insurgent groups and a relatively small Pentagon footprint. Langley, who made...

New Orleans woman accused of stabbing her 2 kids, 1 fatally

Aug. 08, 2022 23:17 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans woman is accused of killing her 4-year-old daughter and also stabbing her 2-year-old son. Janee Pedescleaux was arrested Sunday on charges of second-degree murder, attempted murder, and second-degree cruelty to a juvenile, New Orleans police said....

Advocates: Conviction in 1997 death vacated; prisoner freed

Aug. 08, 2022 16:13 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A man convicted and imprisoned for more than 20 years for the 1997 shooting death of another man in New Orleans was freed Monday after prosecutors agreed that his conviction should be vacated. Court records show a motion to vacate the conviction of Cedric L....

Appeal court: Shreveport mayor disqualified from reelection

Aug. 08, 2022 17:30 PM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — The mayor of Shreveport cannot run for reelection because he signed up for this fall's elections using the wrong address, a Louisiana appeals court ruled Monday. The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a state district judge who ruled last week that...

Saints QB Winston leaves practice with foot 'tweak'

Aug. 08, 2022 15:37 PM EDT

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints quarterback Jameis Winston left practice on Monday with what coach Dennis Allen described as an apparent foot injury. "He tweaked his foot a little bit," Allen said after practice. Winston did not receive treatment on the field and...

New this week: 'Day Shift' and 'Five Days at Memorial'

Aug. 08, 2022 10:00 AM EDT

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — One of the best movies of the year is finally streaming. “Belle,” Mamoru Hosoda's...

Congressman and Louisiana House member Buddy Leach dies

Aug. 07, 2022 15:32 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Anthony Claude “Buddy” Leach Jr., who spent a term in the U.S. House and ran the budget committee in the Louisiana House before leading the state Democratic party, has died. He was 88. Leach died Saturday, according to a statement by Louisiana Gov. John...

Louisiana school district bans corporal punishment

Aug. 07, 2022 12:59 PM EDT

OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — A Louisiana school system is banning paddling students, saying the time to use corporal punishment in the classroom is long past. The St. Landry Parish School Board voted unanimously Thursday to specifically prohibit corporal punishment in the district's...

Exploring the practice of Cajun traiteurs -- faith healers

Aug. 07, 2022 01:12 AM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — New Orleans resident Chuck Blamphin recently learned about Acadiana faith healers, or traiteurs, while searching for treatments for a friend with migraine headaches. As tends to happen online, one thing led to another, and he soon found himself reading about...