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High winds postpones Big Easy's Mardi Gras parades Thursday

Feb. 20, 2020 9:33 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A high wind advisory for southeast Louisiana prompted a postponement of three parades scheduled to roll Thursday as New Orleans kicks into high gear ahead of Fat Tuesday. The Krewe of Muses said its parade will be rescheduled to 4:45 p.m. Friday. The Krewe of Babylon will follow at 5:15...

Higher red snapper 'target' for charter boats now permanent

Feb. 20, 2020 9:19 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — After Gulf of Mexico charter boat captains stayed within federal limits for red snapper, regulators are making permanent a rule that lets them catch more of the fish. The rule initially was to be just for one year. The change will likely mean that the 2020 charter boat season for red...

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019 file photo, New Orleans Saints owner Gayle Benson waves to the crowd before the first half of an NFL football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints in Atlanta. Benson, who inherited the team following her husband Tom Benson's 2018 death, said the team's senior vice president of communications advised Archbishop Gregory Aymond to be “honest, complete and transparent” about clergy abuse. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

NFL Saints backed by church in effort to keep emails secret

Feb. 20, 2020 4:53 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An attorney for New Orleans' Roman Catholic archdiocese Thursday strongly defended the New Orleans Saints' behind-the-scenes help in dealing with the clergy sex abuse crisis, saying the legal effort to release hundreds of confidential emails between them is aimed at trying to shame those...

Former Louisiana council member found dead amid fraud case

Feb. 20, 2020 4:33 PM EST

BELLE CHASSE, La. (AP) — The body of a former Louisiana elected official who had been indicted on charges of fraud and tax evasion has been found in an isolated, wooded area, authorities said Thursday. Chris Roberts, 42, was found dead of an apparent suicide late Wednesday night in Plaquemines Parish, the...

Emergency personnel work at the scene after a person was run over and killed by a float during The Mystic Krewe of Nyx Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)

Woman struck and killed by Mardi Gras float during parade

Feb. 20, 2020 2:04 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans is mourning the death of a woman who was run over by a parade float as the city celebrates the season leading up to Mardi Gras. Police are still investigating the accident, spokesman Juan Barnes said Thursday. The Orleans Parish Coroner's Office identified her Thursday as...

200 Louisiana state troopers in New Orleans for Mardi Gras

Feb. 19, 2020 6:07 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — More than 200 Louisiana state troopers have been sent to the New Orleans area as the Carnival season revs up toward Mardi Gras next week. They'll be in the city through Fat Tuesday, according to a state police news release sent Wednesday. They'll be in the French Quarter and metro area,...

NFC quarterback Drew Brees, of the New Orleans Saints, (9) looks to pass, during the first half of the NFL Pro Bowl football game, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Saints' Brees announces intention to return for 2020 season

Feb. 18, 2020 3:26 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Quarterback Drew Brees' record-setting NFL career is on track for a 20th season — and a 15th with the New Orleans Saints. The 41-year-old Brees announced his intention to return for what would be his 20th NFL season in a social media post on Tuesday. “My feelings about the...

This Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020 booking photo provided by the New Orleans Police Department shows Ahmad Ahmad. Ahmad was arrested after New Orleans police said he fired shots at passengers on Sunday. Police said in a statement that an argument had erupted when the passengers told Ahmad he was driving the wrong direction. (New Orleans Police Department via AP)

Police: Uber driver who drove wrong way shoots at passengers

Feb. 18, 2020 9:09 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An Uber driver accused of firing shots at passengers who told him he was driving the wrong direction has been arrested in Louisiana. Ahmad Ahmad, 53, picked up the passengers after midnight Sunday morning from a bar in New Orleans, news outlets reported. They requested that he take...

Murray, Larsson lift Incarnate Word past New Orleans 67-66

Feb. 15, 2020 10:43 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Lutz registered 19 points and seven assists and Marcus Larsson threw down the winning dunk with one second remaining as Incarnate Word edged New Orleans 67-66 on Saturday night. New Orleans led 64-61 with one minute remaining, then there were three lead changes in the final 18...

Honeymoon ends in handcuffs: Wrong Louisiana woman arrested

Feb. 15, 2020 5:24 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A case of mistaken identity caused a Louisiana woman to leave her honeymoon in handcuffs and spend 36 hours in the New Orleans jail before it was sorted out. Sara Saucier of Ponchatoula was on a cruise ship returning from a trip to Cozumel with her new husband when U.S. customs...