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Agent: Williamson agrees to 5-year, $193M extension

Jul. 02, 2022 21:57 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Zion Williamson’s lost season to injury and unusual absence from the New Orleans Pelicans during his recovery didn’t stop the club from betting big on their long-term future together. The star forward agreed Saturday to a five-year, $193 million extension...

Essence Festival says COVID vaccine still required for entry

Jul. 01, 2022 13:49 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The 2022 Essence Festival of Culture clarified its admission policy Friday, saying its coronavirus safety measures remain in place after an announcement via social media saying a negative COVID test result would be allowed for admission to its events was sent in error. ...

Police: 5 teens arrested in carjacking of shot Uber driver

Jun. 30, 2022 19:14 PM EDT

SLIDELL, La. (AP) — Five New Orleans teens are in custody after being found with an SUV stolen from an Uber driver who had been shot and left wounded by a New Orleans roadside, police in the suburb of Slidell said Thursday. The teens were arrested in Slidell late Tuesday morning,...

Essence CEO Wanga: Festival is 'never leaving' New Orleans

Jun. 30, 2022 18:47 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Essence's chief executive officer said she's been asked multiple times whether the Essence Festival of Culture is staying in New Orleans. On Thursday, Caroline Wanga ended any speculation, making the answer to that question very clear. “The Essence Festival of...

Appeals court won't block new health facilities for jail

Jun. 30, 2022 18:46 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court Thursday upheld an order that the city of New Orleans build new facilities for people jailed with mental health and medical needs. Mayor LaToya Cantrell's administration had appealed U.S. District Judge Lance Africk's order. And the new...

Football hero's killer can't be re-tried for murder

Jun. 29, 2022 15:47 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The man who killed a former NFL player in a New Orleans area road rage incident in 2016 cannot be tried again for murder after his conviction on a lesser charge was overturned, the state's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. Authorities in the New Orleans suburb of...

Essence Fest is back in New Orleans after two-year hiatus

Jun. 29, 2022 13:26 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Black culture, in all its glory, will be on display over the 4th of July holiday weekend in New Orleans as thousands converge on the city for the in-person return of the Essence Festival of Culture. The multiday event begins with a Thursday performance by...

FBI opens sweeping probe of clergy sex abuse in New Orleans

Jun. 29, 2022 10:15 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The FBI has opened a widening investigation into sex abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in New Orleans going back decades, a rare federal foray into such cases looking specifically at whether priests took children across state lines to molest them, officials and others familiar...

Council wants abortion prosecution to be 'lowest priority'

Jun. 28, 2022 17:53 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A resolution calling on police and prosecutors in New Orleans to make investigations and prosecutions of abortions “the lowest priority for enforcement" was introduced Tuesday by three New Orleans City Council members. The resolution by council members Helena...

Supreme Court's abortion ruling sets off new court fights

Jun. 27, 2022 19:56 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Judges temporarily blocked abortion bans Monday in Louisiana and Utah, while a federal court in South Carolina said a law sharply restricting the procedure would take effect there immediately as the battle over whether women may end pregnancies shifted from the nation’s...