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Traffic stop ends with hug between trooper, speeding driver

Jul. 25, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Months after their first chance encounter, Michael Williams still speaks with amazement of the time he crossed paths with a Mississippi state trooper. The New Orleans native has told friends and family the story many times of how the officer’s act...

Disabled man says rat-infested camper is only housing option

Jul. 25, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Stewart Buller, 54, has spent the last two months at a Lake Charles RV park, living in a rundown camper that has power, but no running water. Disabled for the last two years, he has to retrieve water from a nearby faucet, urinate in cups and defecate in buckets. ...

Saints enter first training camp of the post-Brees era

Jul. 24, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (13-5) CAMP SITE: Metairie, Louisiana LAST YEAR: In the final season of quarterback Drew Brees’ 20-year, record-setting career, and with considerable help from versatile running back Alvin Kamara and the NFL’s fourth-ranked...

Court: Man entitled to new hearing in 1998 rape

Jul. 24, 2021 08:18 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — One of three men convicted in a 1998 home invasion and rape is entitled to a hearing on whether prosecutors withheld evidence that could clear him, a state appeal court has ruled. The state 4th Circuit Court of Appeal ruled in the case of Jarvis...

Edwards calls for return to masks indoors amid COVID spike

Jul. 23, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — With more than 1,000 people hospitalized with COVID-19 across Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards on Friday encouraged everyone, whether vaccinated or not, to wear masks indoors if they can't stay distanced from others. But the Democratic governor...

Vaccinations rise in some states with soaring infections

Jul. 22, 2021 20:52 PM EDT

Vaccinations are beginning to rise in some states where COVID-19 cases are soaring, White House officials said Thursday in a sign that the summer surge is getting the attention of vaccine-hesitant Americans as hospitals in the South are being overrun with patients. ...

Pelicans hire Suns assistant Willie Green as new head coach

Jul. 22, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans have hired Phoenix Suns assistant Willie Green as their new head coach. Green, a former NBA player who turns 40 on July 28, is a first-time head coach after serving as an NBA assistant coach the past five years — first with...

Louisiana lawmakers agree to add Caesars name to Superdome

Jul. 22, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — New Orleans' iconic Superdome may soon bear the Caesars Entertainment name and logo, under a 20-year naming rights deal with the Saints that is nearing completion and won required legislative backing Thursday. Terms of the contract are still...

COVID surge: Steve Scalise, Little Freddie King vaccinated

Jul. 22, 2021 17:20 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A once-reluctant blues musician and a powerful Louisiana congressman are among those who have recently rolled up their sleeves amid climbing COVID-19 infections and an urgent push to increase the number of people vaccinated in the state. House...

The Latest: Indian government dismisses excess deaths study

Jul. 22, 2021 07:07 AM EDT

DELHI, India — India's government has dismissed a recent study which estimated that the country's excess deaths during the pandemic could be 10 times the official COVID-19 toll, calling it “misleading” and “fallacious." On Tuesday, new research by the Center for...