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FILE - This April 1991 file photo shows AP correspondent Guy Coates in Baton Rouge, La. Coates, a retired Associated Press correspondent in Louisiana, died late Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, at the age of 80. Coates' early career included stints at The Times of Shreveport as well as KNOE TV in Monroe and KSLA TV in Shreveport. (Mark Keedy/The Advocate via AP, File)

Guy Coates, longtime AP reporter in Louisiana, dies at 80

Jan. 13, 2021 10:10 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Guy Coates, a former Associated Press correspondent who covered Gulf Coast hurricanes and civil rights, dodged gunfire during a New Orleans sniper's shooting spree and chronicled the tumult of politics in his native Louisiana for four decades, died late Tuesday. He was 80. His wife...

Venue change request denied for trial in Alton Sterling suit

Jan. 12, 2021 2:59 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A judge in Louisiana has rejected a change-of-venue request in a civil lawsuit over the death of Alton Sterling, a Black man who was fatally shot by a white police officer in 2016. Judge William Morvant’s decision on Monday means a trial that was scheduled for March 1 will...

A woman wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus walks at a train station in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

The Latest: New Zealand visitors must show negative test

Jan. 11, 2021 11:57 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand will soon require that travelers from most countries show negative coronavirus tests before they leave for New Zealand. COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says New Zealand is in a fortunate position to have stamped out community spread of the virus, but takes...

Average US price of gas up 9 cents a gallon to $2.35

Jan. 10, 2021 1:21 PM EST

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline jumped 9 cents a gallon over the past three weeks to $2.35. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that a rise in crude oil prices spurred the increase. The price at the pump is 30 cents less than it...

FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020 file photo, LSU coach Ed Orgeron shouts instructions to players on the field during the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against Florida in Gainesville, Fla. LSU coach Ed Orgeron has hired Jake Peetz as his offensive coordinator and DJ Mangas as passing game coordinator, luring both coaches away from the NFL's Carolina Panthers. Peetz and Mangas, whose hirings were announced Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 both worked as offensive assistants alongside Panthers offensive coordinator and former LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady.(AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

LSU taps Peetz, Mangas as top offensive coaches

Jan. 6, 2021 5:03 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU coach Ed Orgeron has hired Jake Peetz as his offensive coordinator and DJ Mangas as passing game coordinator, luring both coaches away from the NFL's Carolina Panthers. Peetz and Mangas, whose hirings were announced Wednesday, both worked as offensive assistants alongside...

Pedestrians wearing masks to protect against coronavirus pass a sign for doctors rooms in Johannesburg Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared the wearing of masks compulsory and has reimposed a ban on the sales of alcohol and ordered the closure of all bars as part of new restrictions to help the country battle a resurgence of the coronavirus, including a new variant. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

The Latest: Louisiana congressman-elect dies from COVID-19

Dec. 29, 2020 10:29 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. — Luke Letlow, who was to have been Louisiana’s newest Republican member of the U.S. House, has died from complications related to COVID-19 only days before being sworn into office. He was 41. Letlow spokesman Andrew Bautsch confirmed the congressman-elect’s death Tuesday at...

A woman wearing a face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus walks near the display of South Korea's capital Seoul logo in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Dec. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: S Korea tightens pandemic rules over virus surge

Dec. 22, 2020 1:43 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea will limit private social gatherings to fewer than five people and shut down ski resorts and major tourist spots nationwide starting on Christmas Eve as it contends with a surge in coronavirus infections. The restrictions announced Tuesday extend to a national level similar...

Gabriel Bump, 2020 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence winner, discusses his novel,

Gabriel Bump named 2020 winner of the Ernest Gaines Award

Dec. 21, 2020 1:49 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Chicago's South Side comes alive through the writings of Gabriel Bump's debut novel, “Everywhere You Don't Belong," which has earned him recognition as the 2020 winner of the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. The nationally acclaimed award, which recognizes...

FILE - In this May 3, 2020, file photo, the setting sun shines on the Supreme Court building in Washington. As coronavirus cases surge again nationwide, the Supreme Court late Wednesday, Nov. 25, temporarily barred New York from enforcing certain attendance limits at houses of worship in areas designated as hard hit by the virus. The court’s action won’t have any immediate impact since the two groups that sued as a result of the restrictions, the Catholic church and Orthodox Jewish synagogues, are no longer subject to them.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

The Latest: Coronavirus vaccine provided to US Supreme Court

Dec. 17, 2020 9:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON — The justices on the U.S. Supreme Court are being provided with doses of the coronavirus vaccine. That is according to a letter by Capitol Physician Brian Monahan, which says the court, along with Congress and executive branch agencies are being given a limited supply of doses “for...

LSU head coach Ed Orgeron leads his team on the field before an NCAA college football game against Alabama in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

LSU self-imposes bowl ban for current season amid NCAA probe

Dec. 9, 2020 8:07 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU is self-imposing a one-year ban on postseason play for this season as part an effort to cooperate with an NCAA probe into rules violations. “LSU leadership made this decision after careful deliberation and review of the NCAA rules violations that have been discovered in...