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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 »

New Danger That May Emerge From La. Floods: Zika

As floodwaters recede, mosquito eggs may hatch—and bring Zika virus to the public

(Newser) - As thousands of people deal with treacherous flooding in southern Louisiana, a new danger may enter into the mix: increased risk of a mosquito surge over the next few weeks, and with them, the potential spread of the Zika virus, a tropical medicine expert tells USA Today . Peter Hotez of... More »

More Than 20K Rescued From Louisiana Floods

Hundreds had to abandon cars on I-12

(Newser) - More than 20,000 people were rescued from their homes as rivers swollen from days of heavy rain flooded their banks and wreaked havoc across southern Louisiana, leaving thousands homeless , the AP reports. At least 10,000 people were in shelters Sunday, according to Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards. In... More »

Louisiana Floods Leave Thousands Homeless

Low pressure system has moved into Texas, but there's still danger

(Newser) - Robert and Gwen Arceneaux endured a sleepless night Sunday after noticing floodwater creeping into their home—in a neighborhood that had never seen water before. They gathered up their dogs and a few bags of belongings and fled out the back door, wading through waist-deep water to a passing National... More »

Video: Guy Saves Woman, Dog From Sinking Car

A bright spot amid 'historic' flooding in Louisiana; 2K people have been rescued

(Newser) - Three people are dead in Louisiana flooding described by the state's governor as "historic," and that number would easily have been four but for the heroic actions of three men aboard a boat. As WAFB reports, the men came upon a car sinking in the floodwaters Saturday,... More »

Flooded-Out La. Governor Declares State of Emergency

The state is about to get even wetter

(Newser) - More rain Saturday was expected to swamp already soggy ground across Louisiana and other parts of the Gulf Coast where at least two people died and dozens had to be rescued from waist-high water surrounding their homes. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency as rescue workers... More »

Woman With String of Dead Husbands Goes to Trial

She's charged with 2nd hubby's murder

(Newser) - Emma Raine either has the worst luck with men, or she's—as prosecutors suggest—a "serial husband killer" and "black widow." The 52-year-old woman, widowed three times, face charges of second-degree murder in the death of her second husband, Ernest Smith, shot to death in Louisiana... More »

Sheriff Raids House to Find Online Critic

'If you're gonna lie about me ... I'm gonna come after you'

(Newser) - Jerry Larpenter, sheriff of Louisiana's Terrebonne Parish, appears to have launched a crackdown—on critics of Jerry Larpenter. The Intercept reports that six of Larpenter's deputies raided another police officer's home this week in a bid to find the author of the ExposeDAT blog, which calls itself... More »

Black Lives Matter Activist Sues Baton Rouge Over Arrest

DeRay Mckesson says the police were 'militarized and aggressive'

(Newser) - Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson sued the city of Baton Rouge and police officials on Thursday, saying officers responded in a "militarized and aggressive manner" in arresting him and other people protesting the police shooting death of Alton Sterling , the AP reports. The federal class-action lawsuit, which names... More »

America's 10 Most Violent States

Louisiana tops the list

(Newser) - Bad news, Louisiana. The state is the most violent in the country, according to a 24/7 Wall St. ranking, based on violent crimes, homicides, incarceration rates, the number of police officers per 100,000 residents, and estimated small-arms ownership. The top 10: More »

Ex-KKK Leader David Duke: I'm Running for Senate

Says country is 'coming apart at the seams'

(Newser) - Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke said Friday that he's running for the US Senate in Louisiana, the AP reports. A registered Republican, he will be seeking an open seat being vacated by Republican David Vitter, who has decided not to run for re-election on the Nov. 8... More »

Slain Officer Wrote of Struggles as Black Cop

Baton Rouge shooter was former Marine

(Newser) - "I swear to God I love this city but I wonder if this city loves me," wrote Montrell Jackson a few days before he was gunned down along with two other Baton Rouge officers on Sunday morning. The 32-year-old, who joined the force 10 years ago, made emotional... More »

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