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Louisiana AG warns doctors against performing abortions

Jun. 29, 2022 21:23 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Arizona’s Republican attorney general on Wednesday said that a total ban on abortions that has been on the books since before statehood can be enforced, putting him at odds with GOP Gov. Doug Ducey, who says a 15-week abortion ban he signed in March takes precedence. ...

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Jun. 29, 2022 16:21 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

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...

Admitting privileges issue revived at abortion clinics

Jun. 29, 2022 15:36 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge refused Wednesday to immediately reinstate a law requiring that doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. That law was blocked in 2017 by a the judge, who said it illegally affected a woman’s right to an...

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...

Ex-Coast Guard employee pleads guilty in test-fixing case

Jun. 29, 2022 12:21 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former U.S. Coast Guard employee has pleaded guilty in a test score-fixing scheme that happened over seven years at an exam center in Louisiana, federal prosecutors said. U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans, in a news release Tuesday, said Eldridge Johnson entered the...

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...

Amberjack count: tags worth $250 to Gulf, S Atlantic anglers

Jun. 28, 2022 19:33 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Scientists are trying to get a better estimate of greater amberjack populations in the South Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico, and this means the chance at a $250 catch for anglers. Although the popular sport and table fish are not overfished in the South...

Justices nix 2nd mostly Black district in Louisiana for 2022

Jun. 28, 2022 19:24 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday put on hold a lower court ruling that Louisiana must draw new congressional districts before the 2022 elections to increase Black voting power. As a result, Louisiana’s November congressional elections will be held using a...

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...