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No separate trial for defendant in alleged death scheme

Jan. 29, 2020 4:15 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A defendant in what federal prosecutors call a murder-for-hire case has lost a bid to be tried separately from an alleged former gang member. Kendrick Johnson is one of five people awaiting trial on conspiracy and other charges in the 2012 death of Milton Womack — a would-be...

FILE - This Feb. 1, 1993 file photo shows Pop superstar Michael Jackson performing during the halftime show at the Super Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Regardless of your musical tastes, it seems the Super Bowl halftime show has gone there. From the sublime (Tony Bennett) to the ridiculous ( Janet Jackson's ``uncovering''), and from Michael Jackson's moonwalks to U2's majestic remembrance of the 911 victims, the halftime presentations have drawn nearly as much attention as the NFL championship game itself. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy, File)

From marching bands to The Boss to Lady Gaga at halftime

Jan. 29, 2020 3:39 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Regardless of your musical tastes, it seems the Super Bowl halftime show has gone there. From marching bands to New Orleans jazz, from Latin and Caribbean vibes to Motown. From classic rock to country, pop to hip hop and rap. From the sublime (Tony Bennett) to the ridiculous (Janet Jackson's...

Churchill Downs executive addresses surge in horse deaths

Jan. 28, 2020 11:48 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The corporate owner of a New Orleans horse racing track appeared before Louisiana's Racing Commission on Monday to address a surge in horse deaths there. Mike Ziegler, executive director of racing for Kentucky-based Churchill Downs Inc., presented a list of potential reforms for the...

Louisiana's Bayou Country Superfest on indefinite 'hiatus'

Jan. 28, 2020 5:08 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Bayou Country Superfest is hanging up its cowboy boots and spurs. In a tweet Monday, organizers of the 10-year-old country music festival announced that the Memorial Day weekend event “will be on hiatus until further notice.” The festival began in Baton...

Search suspended for missing crew in Louisiana barge crash

Jan. 27, 2020 9:39 PM EST

LULING, La. (AP) — The search for three men who went missing on the Mississippi River when two barge towing vessels collided has been suspended, The U.S. Coast Guard said Monday night. The Coast Guard said the agency searched over 835 nautical miles (1,545 kilometers) for the missing mariners who were...

New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) goes to the basket over Denver Nuggets forward Juan Hernangomez, left, and forward Jarred Vanderbilt in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

As Zion Williamson progresses, Pelicans see major upside

Jan. 27, 2020 6:39 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Zion Williamson's crowd-pleasing array of soaring dunks, blocked shots and even 3-pointers during his first three NBA regular-season games have left the New Orleans Pelicans eager to see what he'll do next. “With him on the floor, obviously we’re pretty good," Pelicans...

High Mississippi River: levee inspections up, no nearby work

Jan. 27, 2020 4:08 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Mississippi River is high enough at New Orleans to prompt daily levee inspections and a ban on subsurface work within 1,500 feet (457 meters) of a levee. The river was 15 feet (4.6 meters) deep at the Carrollton Gage on Monday, prompting the moves, the Army Corps of Engineers said...

New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) shoots in front of Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward (20) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Zion has 21 points and 11 rebs, Pelicans top Celtics 123-108

Jan. 26, 2020 11:18 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Zion Williamson's authoritative, two-handed dunk as he was fouled by Boston guard Kemba Walker gave an appreciative crowd its first taste of how effectively the New Orleans Pelicans can close out games with the NBA's top draft choice on the court. Williamson had 21 points and 11 rebounds...

Longtime New Orleans reporter Susan Finch dies

Jan. 26, 2020 4:50 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Susan Finch, an award-winning reporter who developed a reputation of being tough but fair during nearly 40 years in New Orleans journalism, died Saturday, The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reported. She was 74. The newspaper said she died at a hospice following complications...

Louisiana high court to hear 3 cases at Tulane University

Jan. 26, 2020 10:36 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tulane University students are about to get an up-close look at Louisiana's Supreme Court without having to leave campus. The justices usually hear cases at the courthouse in New Orleans' French Quarter. But, on Monday, the court will hear oral arguments in three cases at Tulane...