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Rain clouds hover over mountains during tropical storm Amanda in Barberena, eastern Guatemala, Sunday, May 31, 2020. The first tropical storm of the Eastern Pacific season drenched parts of Central America on Sunday and officials in El Salvador said at least seven people had died in flooding. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Tropical Storm Cristobal advances toward US Gulf Coast

Jun. 6, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A re-energized Tropical Storm Cristobal advanced toward the U.S. Gulf Coast early Saturday, bringing with it the heavy rains that already caused flooding and mudslides in Mexico and Central America. After weakening to a tropical depression while moving over land in Mexico's Gulf coast,...

WW2 Museum, road race team up for 'Liberty Road Challenge'

Jun. 6, 2020 12:25 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The National WWII Museum and the organization that puts on an annual road race in New Orleans are collaborating on a challenge to honor the museum’s 20th anniversary and the Allied route to liberate France in 1944. The Liberty Road Challenge will run from July 5 through Sept. 10,...

Many don't take tip, but black-owned eatery lists are gold

Jun. 6, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A good restaurant tip is gold in this town. New Orleans people covet them, cultivate them, exchange them. But when it comes to one particularly rich vein of restaurant intel, the response by some tells me they aren’t thinking with their bellies, or that maybe the trouble is in...

Fishing: life has slowed down but fishing has picked up

Jun. 6, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Only a kayak, paddle and life vest are needed. And maybe some fishing skills. Kayak fishing has caught on as a popular past time during coronavirus. The activity is naturally isolating, a good excuse to leave the house, and can even provide some free food. Doug Menefee has been out...

The Latest: China orders pangolin protection amid pandemic

Jun. 5, 2020 11:11 PM EDT

BEIJING — China is ordering its highest level of protection for the armadillo-like pangolin as part of its crackdown on the wildlife trade following the global coronavirus pandemic. While the virus is believed to have originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, most scientists say it was most likely...

Police: Man who fell from interstate bridge was found dead

Jun. 5, 2020 9:36 PM EDT

SLIDELL, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man who fell over the side of an interstate into Lake Pontchartrain after a crash was found dead Friday, authorities said. Louisiana State Police said Thomas Melchionne, 66, fell over the Twin Span bridge on Interstate 10 in St. Tammany Parish Thursday night. Police...

COVID-19 reopenings: Some Louisiana businesses busy

Jun. 5, 2020 8:32 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Some businesses were slammed from the minute they reopened Friday after a 2 1/2-month COVID-19 pandemic closure, while others waited for their first customers or even took another week to prepare. Bars, massage facilities, bowling alleys, recreational pools and tattoo shops in Louisiana...

A Bombardier plant is seen in Montreal on Friday, June 5, 2020. Bombardier Aviation is reducing its workforce by about 2,500 employees due to challenges caused by COVID-19. The company said Friday that it had to make the move because business jet deliveries, industry-wide, are forecast to be down approximately 30% year-over-year due to the pandemic. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Nations try to get back on their feet but job cuts continue

Jun. 5, 2020 7:43 PM EDT

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Friday related to the national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus. ________________________ JOB CONCERNS: — Mall operator CBL & Associates warned...

Cristobal to bring heavy rain, strong winds to Louisiana

Jun. 5, 2020 6:17 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As Louisiana moved Friday into its second phase of reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic, residents now have Cristobal to worry about. A tropical storm warning is in effect for metropolitan New Orleans as Cristobal moved into the Gulf of Mexico, the National Weather Service said. A...

Rep. Troy Romero, R-Jennings, center, asks questions about next year's budget proposal as Reps. Chris Turner, R-Ruston, left, and Daryl Deshotel, R-Hessmer, right, listen during a meeting of the House Appropriations Committee on Friday, June 5, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Louisiana lawmakers start moving $33B budget for next year

Jun. 5, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A $33 billion Louisiana operating budget that would keep most programs and services from cuts in the upcoming financial year thanks to federal coronavirus aid started advancing Friday in the House of Representatives. The spending proposal backed by the House Appropriations...