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Retired judge gets formal apology for 1963 attack

May. 22, 2022 01:17 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Retired Judge Calvin Johnson can still smell the tear gas. He was 16 years old, marching with other Black teenagers to integrate their high school in Iberville Parish, when a mob of White lawmen and civilians attacked with billy clubs, fire hoses, cattle prods...

Judge: COVID asylum restrictions must continue on border

May. 20, 2022 22:01 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Pandemic-related restrictions on migrants seeking asylum on the southern border must continue, a judge ruled Friday in an order blocking the Biden administration’s plan to lift them early next week. The ruling was just the latest instance of a court derailing...

Snake-killing day, something snake lovers wish would end

May. 20, 2022 19:20 PM EDT

LAKE PROVIDENCE, La. (AP) — If you’ve heard the saying, “The only good snake is a dead snake,” then a town in the northeast corner of Louisiana is the place to be on Saturday. Lake Providence will revive a tradition dating to at least the 1960s called the snake rodeo. Armed...

Snake-killing day, something snake lovers wish would end

May. 20, 2022 18:45 PM EDT

LAKE PROVIDENCE, La. (AP) — If you've heard the saying, “The only good snake is a dead snake,” then a town in the northeast corner of Louisiana is the place to be on Saturday. Lake Providence will revive a tradition dating to at least the 1960s called the snake rodeo. Armed...

Ruling in securities case could mean limits on regulators

May. 20, 2022 16:18 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A divided federal appeals court panel in New Orleans has vacated stiff financial penalties imposed on a hedge fund manager by the Securities and Exchange Commission, ruling that he was unconstitutionally denied a jury trial by the agency. This week's 2-1 ruling...

Mississippi doctor and civil rights historian dies, age 68

May. 20, 2022 14:44 PM EDT

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Gilbert Mason Jr., who grew up in the civil rights movement and became a physician and a Black and civil rights historian, has died at age 68. Mason died Wednesday and funeral arrangements were not yet complete, according to Infinity Funeral Home in Biloxi. ...

Volunteer group suspends Mississippi River search for girl

May. 19, 2022 18:35 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — After nearly a month, a search-and-rescue boaters’ group has suspended its search for an 8-year-old girl who fell into the Mississippi River last month, the group said Thursday. “It is with an extremely heavy, and painfully broken heart” that the United...

New Orleans: Now is the time to head off summer COVID surge

May. 17, 2022 12:30 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Now is the time to head off a COVID-19 surge like the one that swamped area hospitals last summer, the head of the New Orleans Health Department said Tuesday. Case counts average 155 a day, five times higher than a month ago, and wastewater tests show increased...

DNA tests confirm body in Arkansas creek is Fargo man

May. 16, 2022 13:49 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — DNA testing has confirmed a body found in a creek near Little Rock, Arkansas is a missing man from Fargo, authorities said. Jordan Simeon, 25, disappeared March 7 while on his way to New Orleans, Louisiana. His car broke down on Interstate 40 in Arkansas. ...

6 months in, Biden's infrastructure plan has 4,300 projects

May. 16, 2022 05:22 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Six months after the signing of President Joe Biden's $1 trillion infrastructure package, the government said Monday there are 4,300 projects underway with more than $110 billion in funding announced — milestones the administration is publicly heralding as midterm politics...