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Coast Guard search: 12 missing in ship capsize off Louisiana

Apr. 14, 2021 09:39 AM EDT

GRAND ISLE, La. (AP) — The Coast Guard kept searching for 12 people missing off the coast of Louisiana on Wednesday, hours after six other crew members were pulled from rough seas following the capsizing of their commercial platform vessel during a “microburst” of bad weather. ...

Rapper Mystikal breaks silence on dropped rape charge

Apr. 14, 2021 09:08 AM EDT

New York (AP) — After spending more than four years under the “bad dream” of rape and kidnapping charges that were recently dismissed, rapper Mystikal says he wants to shed the sexually-charged songs of his past, and now has a higher audience in mind. “When I...

Louisiana fraternity brothers pay off former cook’s mortgage

Apr. 14, 2021 08:33 AM EDT

BAKER, La. (AP) — Members of a Louisiana State University fraternity chipped in more than $50,000 to pay off the mortgage of a woman who fed them when they were students. About a dozen members of Phi Gamma Delta surprised Jessie Hamilton with the money for her 74th...

Body found in Mississippi River at Reserve

Apr. 13, 2021 19:42 PM EDT

RESERVE, La. (AP) — A body was pulled Tuesday from the Mississippi River at Reserve, the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Office said. Sheriff Mike Tregre said a crewmember on a tugboat spotted the body in the middle of the river and called the Sheriff’s Office...

Louisiana lawmakers advance sales tax collection overhaul

Apr. 13, 2021 16:08 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A business-backed effort to centralize Louisiana's sales tax collections began Tuesday working its way through the state House, where Republican leaders are pushing to get rid of the state's unusual system of letting a hodgepodge of local government agencies do the...

Louisiana med school chancellor on leave after complaints

Apr. 13, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — The head of a Louisiana medical school is on administrative leave while the university investigates allegations that he suppressed students’ complaints about sexual harassment and retaliated against faculty members who supported the students. ...

Louisiana pauses use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

Apr. 13, 2021 14:18 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's health department told the state’s vaccine providers Tuesday to stop administering the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine immediately, after federal officials announced they are investigating possible links between the one-shot vaccine and severe...

Coroner: Louisiana inmate died of problems with diabetes

Apr. 13, 2021 04:40 AM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A Louisiana coroner says an investigation showed that an inmate died last month of problems related to diabetes. Casey Louis Simpson, 31, was found unresponsive March 16 in his cell at Caddo Correctional Center, where he had been jailed several...

Ingram, Williamson help Pelicans hold off Kings 117-110

Apr. 13, 2021 01:21 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Brandon Ingram scored 34 points, Zion Williamson added 30 and the New Orleans Pelicans held off a furious Sacramento Kings comeback bid for a 117-110 victory on Monday night. Steven Adams had 16 rebounds and Eric Bledsoe scored 13 points for the...

Lawyer: 2 arrested had no role in Confederate chair theft

Apr. 12, 2021 19:58 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A lawyer for of the two people arrested on charges of possessing a stolen Confederate monument that was taken from an Alabama cemetery said the pair had nothing to do with the theft of the artifact, calling it a misunderstanding. The chair-shaped...