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New Orleans Starts Taking Down 'Aberration'

Mayor says Confederate statues don't represent city

(Newser) - Workers in New Orleans began removing the first of four prominent Confederate monuments early Monday, making it the latest Southern city to sever itself from symbols viewed by many as representing racism and white supremacy. Trucks arrived to begin removing the first memorial, one that commemorates whites who tried to... More »

Police Raffle Has Shocking Grand Prize, Literally

An officer will be hit by a stun gun in Louisiana

(Newser) - A police union in Louisiana is raffling off a grand prize that is raising eyebrows: the use of a stun gun on one of its officers, per the AP . DeRidder Police Chief John Gott says officers themselves suggested one of their own be stunned April 15 to raise funds for... More »

Man, 74, Confesses 'Out of the Blue' to 1993 Murder

He went to cops on 24th anniversary of NC killing

(Newser) - On the 24th anniversary of the crime, a 74-year-old Louisiana man confessed to killing his son-in-law in North Carolina, officials say. Maj. Tom Effler of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office in Goldsboro, NC, said that on Feb. 7, Allen Deaver told authorities he'd killed Sydney Maurice Gregory on... More »

Louisiana Tornado Kills Mom, 3-Year-Old Daughter

State on high alert; storm system has damaged homes across Deep South

(Newser) - A tornado flipped a mobile home Sunday in Louisiana, killing a mother and her 3-year-old daughter as a storm system with hurricane-force winds crawled across the Deep South, damaging homes and businesses. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards put the entire state on "high alert" and warned residents to stay... More »

Cop Gets 40 Years in Fatal Shooting of Autistic Boy, 6

Boy was shot and killed after 2-mile car chase

(Newser) - A Louisiana law enforcement officer was sentenced Friday to 40 years in prison a week after a jury convicted him of manslaughter in the shooting death of a 6-year-old boy with autism , the AP reports. Derrick Stafford, 33, was convicted in the November 2015 shooting that killed Jeremy Mardis and... More »

Cop Found Guilty of Killing Autistic Boy, 6

La prosecutor called it an 'execution.'

(Newser) - A Louisiana deputy marshal charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of an autistic 6-year-old boy was convicted of the lesser offense of manslaughter Friday. Derrick Stafford was one of two officers who fired 18 bullets at the car of Christopher Few after a chase in 2015, unaware that... More »

Woman Sees Cop in Trouble, Jumps on Attacker's Back

Vickie Williams-Tillman is being hailed as a hero

(Newser) - When Vickie Williams-Tillman saw a police officer struggling with someone on the side of the road as she was headed out to shop Sunday morning in Baton Rouge, the 56-year-old says she didn't have time to think. "I could see in his eyes he needed help," she... More »

The Small-Town 'Suicide' That Maybe Wasn't

Dead man's dad suspects it was a case of police brutality

(Newser) - In a Louisiana town with railroad tracks serving as a literal racial divide comes the story of a young black man who died after supposedly shooting himself on March 3, 2014—a "Houdini suicide" that cops say he pulled off while handcuffed in the back of a police car.... More »

Jamie Lynn's Daughter 'Awake and Talking' After Accident

8-year-old Maddie didn't seem to suffer neurologically after Louisiana ATV accident

(Newser) - Jamie Lynn Spears and the rest of her family are likely breathing a cautious sigh of relief after her 8-year-old daughter regained consciousness Tuesday following an ATV accident over the weekend in which she almost drowned, People reports. Maddie Aldridge's mom, dad (Spears' ex Casey Aldridge), and stepdad (Spears'... More »

Tornadoes Destroy Homes, Injure Dozens in New Orleans

Louisiana declares state of emergency

(Newser) - Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency in Louisiana on Tuesday after a severe storm moved across the state's southeast corner, injuring about 40 people. Edwards said he was heartbroken to see Louisiana families suffering again, the AP reports. He said seven parishes were hit by tornadoes... More »

ATV Accident Badly Injures Jamie Lynn Spears' Daughter

8-year-old Maddie Aldridge was allegedly underwater for several minutes, per TMZ

(Newser) - "All I can say is pray for our baby Maddie." That's what Jamie Spears, dad of Britney and Jamie Lynn, told Entertainment Tonight following reports that his 8-year-old granddaughter had been seriously injured in an ATV accident Sunday. TMZ first reported on the incident, which reportedly took... More »

Election 2016 Has a Final Rebuke for Democrats

Republican John Kennedy wins runoff Senate race in Louisiana, giving GOP a 52-48 edge

(Newser) - There's a freshman senator named John Kennedy headed for Washington, DC, in January, but Democrats won't exactly be happy to see him: The Republican won a runoff race for a Louisiana Senate seat Saturday night, sending Democrat Foster Campbell packing and delivering a final rebuke to Democrats who... More »

Sofia Vergara Sued By Embryos

Her own; ex-fiance aims to implant 2 girls in a surrogate via right-to-live suit

(Newser) - Sofia Vergara's ex-fiance Nick Loeb has dropped a lawsuit in California seeking custody of the two female embryos the couple created together, now frozen in a fertility clinic, but the Modern Family star's legal troubles are far from over: She's now being sued by her own embryos... More »

Man Cops Say Killed Ex-NFLer Released Without Charges

Joe McKnight was shot and killed in a road rage incident Thursday

(Newser) - The 54-year-old man police say killed a former NFL player during a road rage incident Thursday in Louisiana had been arrested and charged for a road rage incident at the exact same intersection 10 years ago, USA Today reports. In 2006, a man saw a truck driving unsafely and called... More »

'Billionaire' Killed in Apparent Murder-Suicide at McDonald's

Valerie Dowden Wells starred in CMT's 'Bayou Billionaires'

(Newser) - A star of CMT's short-lived reality-TV show Bayou Billionaires has died in an apparent murder-suicide. Police say Valerie Dowden Wells, 47, was attempting to exit a McDonald's parking lot in Shreveport, La., when she was shot multiple times in her car around 4pm Monday. Her car then "... More »

11-Year-Old's New Video Game Came With Illicit Surprise

GameStop says it has no idea where the meth came from

(Newser) - The debate on whether or not video games are harmful to kids continues to rage. The debate about whether or not video games that come with methamphetamine are harmful to kids is probably pretty much settled. KPLC reports an 11-year-old opened the video game he bought Wednesday at a Louisiana... More »

2 Killed, 40 Hurt in Bus Crash Involving La. Flood Workers

Driver was in the country illegally

(Newser) - Fire District Chief Spencer Chauvin was among two people killed in a horrific crash in St. John the Baptist Parish, La., early Sunday. Police say a bus full of volunteers on the way to help with flood relief slammed into Chauvin and two other firefighters while they were at the... More »

Trump Tours Flood-Ravaged LA; Clinton, Obama Stay Away

State's governor hopes for more than a 'photo-op'

(Newser) - As part of his most recent effort to be more presidential, Donald Trump visited Louisiana Friday with Mike Pence, the AP reports. Flooding in Louisiana has killed at least 13 people and displaced thousands more. According to Reuters , 40,000 homes were damaged. Trump's campaign manager says Trump was... More »

In Louisiana, Many of Those Killed Were Trying to Drive Away

Death toll in flooding at 13, with more rain on the way

(Newser) - The forecast in Louisiana Thursday calls for precisely what the state doesn't need: more rain. As Louisiana reels from catastrophic flooding , the National Weather Service warns that heavy rain could trigger flash floods around the state, reports NBC News . Related coverage:
  • The death toll is now at 13, and
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Scope of Louisiana's '1,000-Year Rain' Is Massive

Risk not over yet as search for bodies continues

(Newser) - The words "unprecedented" and "catastrophic" keep being used to describe Louisiana's flooding, and the danger isn't over yet. Though floodwaters are receding in some areas, residents in the southern part of the state face danger as water moves downstream toward the Gulf, reports NBC News . Some... More »

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