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Cyberattack, ransomware hobbles New Orleans city government

Dec. 13, 2019 7:00 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ransomware was detected after a suspected cyberattack prompted a shutdown of city government computers in New Orleans on Friday, officials said. The city had not received any ransom demands as of Friday afternoon, however, Mayor LaToya Cantrell said at a news conference. City officials...

Ex-Saints "Dome Patrol" linebacker Johnson dead at 57

Dec. 13, 2019 3:29 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints say former Pro Bowl linebacker Vaughan Johnson, who was a member of the club's vaunted “Dome Patrol” linebacker corps, has died at age 57. Johnson played in college at North Carolina State and began his pro career with the Jacksonville Bulls of the...

Louisiana State University president heading to Oregon job

Dec. 13, 2019 3:06 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana State University is looking for a new system chief, after President F. King Alexander was appointed Friday to lead Oregon State University. Oregon State's Board of Trustees unanimously agreed to hire Alexander in a special meeting, confirming that Alexander was leaving the...

Nearly $226M to restore open Gulf after 2010 BP oil spill

Dec. 13, 2019 1:56 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal agencies have approved nearly $226 million for 18 projects to restore open ocean and marine habitats that were decimated in the Gulf of Mexico by the 2010 BP oil spill. The projects range from $52.6 million to study deep-sea habitats to $290,000 to find ways to keep sea turtles...

Injury-plagued Saints brace for visit from desperate Colts

Dec. 12, 2019 9:07 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton is trying not to let New Orleans' latest bout with key injuries undermine his club's Super Bowl aspirations. A pair of starting defensive linemen who are both former first-round draft choices — end Marcus Davenport and tackle Sheldon Rankins — left...

Ex-Roman Catholic deacon indicted on child rape charge

Dec. 12, 2019 7:49 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former Roman Catholic Church deacon in New Orleans was indicted Thursday on a charge that he raped an altar boy nearly 40 years ago. George Brignac, 84, was charged by a grand jury Thursday with one count of aggravated rape. He was arrested in September. The victim in the case came...

Pelicans languishing as Williamson's absence drags on

Dec. 12, 2019 7:10 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Zion Williamson was supposed to be making his highly anticipated NBA debut by sometime next week, if not earlier. That looks unlikely now, given the overall No. 1 draft pick has yet to practice with the New Orleans Pelicans since having surgery to repair the lateral meniscus in his right...

Colts-Saints Preview Capsule

Dec. 12, 2019 1:58 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (6-7) at NEW ORLEANS (10-3) Monday, 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN OPENING LINE - Saints by 7 1/2 RECORD VS. SPREAD - Colts 6-5-2, Saints 8-5 SERIES RECORD - Saints lead 8-5 LAST MEETING - Saints beat Colts 27-21, Oct. 25, 2015 LAST WEEK - Colts lost to Buccaneers 38-35; Saints lost to 49ers 48-46 AP PRO32...

Saints place defensive linemen Davenport, Rankins on IR

Dec. 11, 2019 8:47 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have place starting defensive linemen Sheldon Rankins and Marcus Davenport on injured reserve. The move ends the season for the former first-round draft picks with New Orleans just weeks away from beginning a third-straight playoff run. Rankins, a defensive tackle...

Louisiana lawmakers get special access to football tickets

Dec. 11, 2019 2:37 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — In the middle of a record-breaking, undefeated LSU college football season, Louisiana's lawmakers have a special perk that gives them access to face-value, postseason game tickets that regular fans can't easily obtain before they hit the pricey secondary market. The longstanding...