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Judge: Suit over arrest of pipeline protesters can go on

Sep. 30, 2020 8:06 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit by three people who say they were illegally arrested as they protested construction of a major oil pipeline in south Louisiana. The suit was filed last year by protesters Cynthia Spoon, Sophia Cook-Phillips and Eric Moll, who say...

New Orleans Saints running back Latavius Murray (28) lands on wide receiver Michael Thomas' right ankle while being tackled by Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Antoine Winfield Jr., left, late in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. (Andrew Stagni/The Advocate via AP)

Saints receiver Thomas back at practice after 2 missed games

Sep. 30, 2020 7:51 PM EDT

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints top receiver Michael Thomas returned to practice on Wednesday for the first time since injuring his ankle in New Orleans' season-opening victory over Tampa Bay on Sept. 13. While Saints coach Sean Payton has yet to say if Thomas is on schedule to play this Sunday at Detroit, the...

Man appeals 29-year sentence after prison murder guilty plea

Sep. 30, 2020 7:19 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — A Mexican man who pleaded guilty to a prison murder in Louisiana has appealed his 29-year sentence. The appeal for David “Grim” Cortez, 36, was put on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals docket on Wednesday, online records show. They did not include a brief...

Feds: 2 men breached NFL, NBA players' social media accounts

Sep. 30, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

A Louisiana man and a Florida man allegedly gained access to professional athletes’ social media accounts and either sold the information or used it to extort payments, according to federal criminal complaints released Wednesday. Trevontae Washington and Ronnie Magrehbi each face wire fraud conspiracy and...

Rep. Jack McFarland, R-Winnfield, left speaks with Rep. Royce Duplessis, D-New Orleans, ahead of the House and Governmental Affairs Committee meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. The committee discussed bills that would give lawmakers more oversight of the governor's emergency orders. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Hearings demonstrate Louisiana's political divide over virus

Sep. 30, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — House Republican lawmakers Wednesday outlined their grievances about Louisiana's handling of the COVID-19 outbreak, saying Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards' regulations are too strict even as public health experts warned of another expected coronavirus spike in flu season....

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2010 file photo, a horse makes his way through the early morning fog at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. Federal prosecutors say the owners of the horse racing track in New Orleans have agreed to pay a $2.8 million penalty for letting horse manure and urine into the city’s drainage system for at least six years and to spend twice that on ending the discharges. The U.S. Justice Department described the fine to be paid by Churchill Downs Inc. as the largest ever paid by a “concentrated animal feeding” operation under the Clean Water Act, news outlets reported.  (AP Photo/Alexander Barkoff, File)

Race track settles with feds for manure, urine discharges

Sep. 30, 2020 1:32 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The owners of the horse racing track in New Orleans have agreed to pay a $2.8 million penalty for letting horse manure and urine into the city’s drainage system for at least six years and to spend twice that on ending the discharges, federal prosecutors say. The U.S. Justice...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Sep. 30, 2020 12:21 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ___ Sept. 30 The Advocate on a student who was suspended for having a BB gun during his online class: The pandemic has made K-12 and higher education unlike anything we could’ve imagined before the coronavirus started forcing us to do things differently. Before...

False tax returns net 3-year-plus sentence for Louisiana man

Sep. 30, 2020 5:20 AM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A Louisiana business owner has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison for filing false tax returns. Robert Clifton Poimboeuf, 58, was sentenced Tuesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Shreveport said in a news release. He was part owner of D&G Holdings,...

Deputies: Louisiana man hid in Florida teen's room for weeks

Sep. 30, 2020 3:51 AM EDT

SPRING HILL, Fla. (AP) — A Louisiana man found hiding in a Florida teenager's closet had been staying in the child's bedroom for more than a month, according to investigators. The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office charged Johnathan Lee Rossmoine, 36, with multiple sex crimes Sunday after deputies...

Iowa State running back Breece Hall (28) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a touchdown during an NCAA college football game against TCU on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020 in Fort Worth, Texas. Iowa won 37-34. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

Cyclones' Hall faces stiff test against stout OU run defense

Sep. 30, 2020 2:18 AM EDT

So far, so good for Breece Hall. The Iowa State sophomore has continued the roll he was on to end 2019, leading the Big 12 and ranking third in the nation in rushing through two games. His first real test comes when No. 18 Oklahoma visits Ames, Iowa, on Saturday night. “It's going to be a total different...