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Average US gas price edges up 2 pennies to $2.26 per gallon

Sep. 13, 2020 3:22 PM EDT

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline edged up about 2 cents over the past three weeks to $2.26 per gallon. That’s 37 cents below the average pump price from a year ago. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey says Sunday that slipping crude oil...

Alton Sterling case: Baton Rouge nixes $5M settlement offer

Sep. 10, 2020 9:08 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Attorneys representing the children of Alton Sterling, a Black man fatally shot by a Baton Rouge police officer in 2016, said Thursday that a decision by local officials against offering $5 million to settle a pending civil case showed they were uninformed about the matter. Sterling was...

Police: Toddler killed in shooting along Louisiana road

Sep. 5, 2020 11:21 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A toddler was fatally shot while riding in a vehicle along a Louisiana road late Friday in a shooting that was condemned by the city's mayor. Ibrie Combs, 3, was identified Saturday as the child who was killed, Baton Rouge Police Sgt. L’Jean McKneely Jr. said in a news...

A grave digger walks in the COVID-19 section of the cemetery of San Lorenzo Tezonco Iztapalapa on the outskirts of Mexico City, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

The Latest: Mexico states run out of death certificates

Sep. 4, 2020 9:20 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY — The coronavirus pandemic has hit Mexico so hard that the governments of several states ran out of death certificates. Officials said Friday the federal forms started running out about 15 to 20 days ago in at least three states — Baja California, the State of Mexico and Mexico City. ...

Edwards cautions state's recovery from Laura will be long

Sep. 3, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards on Thursday urged people sheltering in hotels in Texas to stay there if possible, saying Louisiana is having difficulty finding available hotel rooms for more evacuees after Hurricane Laura. More than 92,000 people had registered for assistance from...

Man who shot unarmed panhandler released from jail on bond

Sep. 3, 2020 1:44 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man who fatally shot an unarmed panhandler was released from jail on bond Thursday, a week after his arrest and public outcry over the shooting. Jace Boyd, 24, posted $300,000 bond and was released Thursday, news outlets reported. Boyd, who is white, was arrested Aug. 27...

Facebook removes congressman's post over 'incitement'

Sep. 2, 2020 3:31 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana congressman's Facebook post promising the use of force against armed protesters has been removed from the social media platform, prompting a response from the congressman that “America is being manipulated into a new era of government control.” Republican Rep....

An auto parts store employee surveys the damage to the facilty on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Lake Charles, La., in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The Latest: Reported tornado in Arkansas spins off Laura

Aug. 28, 2020 12:19 AM EDT

The Latest on Laura: JONESBORO, Ark. — A reported tornado tore part of the roof from a rural church in northeastern Arkansas as the remnants of Hurricane Laura crossed the state. Craighead County was under a tornado warning with there was a report of a tornado on the ground Thursday night near the Refuge...

This GOES-16 GeoColor satellite image taken Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, at 2:40 p.m. EDT., and provided by NOAA, shows Hurricane Laura over the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane Laura strengthened Wednesday into “an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane,

The Latest: Louisiana governor closes part of Interstate 10

Aug. 26, 2020 9:32 PM EDT

The Latest on Hurricane Laura (all times local): BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said the state is closing Interstate 10 from around the Atchafalaya Bridge outside of Lafayette all the way into part of Texas, because several stretches within that area are expected to flood. In a radio...

FILE - In this March 4, 2020, file photo, LSU coach Will Wade watches the team play Arkansas during an NCAA college basketball game in Fayetteville, Ark. NCAA enforcement officials say Wade is suspected of offering or providing “impermissible benefits” to 11 prospective recruits or people associated with them. The allegation is detailed in documents made public Wednesday, Aug. 26, by LSU. (AP Photo/Michael Woods, File)

NCAA probe of LSU's Wade includes offers to 11 players

Aug. 26, 2020 8:22 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — NCAA enforcement officials say LSU basketball coach Will Wade is suspected of offering or providing “impermissible benefits” to 11 prospective recruits or people associated with them. The allegation is detailed in documents made public Wednesday by LSU. The documents...