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10 State Names, Deciphered

24/7 Wall St. traces origins to Europe, indigenous cultures

(Newser) - You need look no further than a map to find America's reputation as a melting pot. The evidence is written across the states—specifically in their names, according to 24/7 Wall St. , which surveyed state websites and online resources to trace the origins of those names to England, France,... More »

He Couldn't Save Farmhand's Horse. The Farmhand Retaliated

Douglas Holley gets 105 years in prison for planting pipe bomb under veterinarian's bed

(Newser) - A northwest Louisiana farmhand has been sentenced to 105 years after being convicted of planting a pipe bomb under the bed of the man and wife he worked for in retaliation for the man's failure to save his horse. "I'm going to remove you from normal society,... More »

Couple Is $1.3M Richer After Pre-Thanksgiving Cleanup

They found a lottery ticket 2 weeks away from expiring

(Newser) - A Louisiana couple found something to be very thankful about while cleaning their house to prepare for Thanksgiving guests. Harold and Tina Ehrenberg discovered some forgotten lottery tickets on their nightstand, including a winning Louisiana Lotto ticket worth $1.8 million, NPR reports. "We kept checking the numbers again... More »

USPS Just Had One of Its Biggest Inside Thefts Ever

It involves more than $630K worth of stamps

(Newser) - A Louisiana man who makes about $70,000 a year lost more than $650,000 gambling over the past seven years, casino records show—and federal prosecutors now say they know how he got the money to support his habit, the Times-Picayune reports. The DOJ is calling it "one... More »

Nightmare Infection Took His Hearing. But This, He Heard

Hayward Duresseau gets meningitis. Then, a proposal

(Newser) - For Hayward Duresseau, a "terrifying" diagnosis ended in one of the happiest moments of his life. The 27-year-old had just visited San Francisco with boyfriend Kerry Kennedy in February when he grew exhausted, lost some vision, got a killer headache, and fell violently ill—which landed him in an... More »

Patron Surprises Library With 84-Year-Old Find

His mom took out a book in 1934 and never returned it

(Newser) - If you've been on the waiting list to take Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology out of the Shreve Memorial Library, you're now in luck. That's because a copy that's been missing for 84 years from the library in Shreveport, La., has finally been returned, the... More »

Soldier Gets 11 Years for Detonating Chemical Weapon

'Everything I had worked so hard for, given my all for, was ripped away from me,' one victim says

(Newser) - He'd faced up to life in prison, but Ryan Keith Taylor got a decidedly lighter sentence after pleading guilty to setting off a bomb near a US Army post in April 2017. CNN reports the 24-year-old got hit with just over 11 years behind bars for "manufacturing, possessing,... More »

Discovery of Da Vinci Work Began With Real-Estate Listing

It was spotted, restored, discovered to be from Leonardo; then it sold for $450M

(Newser) - A long-lost da Vinci sold at auction last year for a record $450.3 million, quite a jump from the $120 price it fetched in 1958, before anyone knew it was a work by the master. The Wall Street Journal has done some detective work to piece together the fascinating... More »

Police: Mom Left Kids in Hot Car, Attacked Good Samaritan

She's been charged with battery, child desertion

(Newser) - A mother in Louisiana left her two young children locked in a hot car for around 90 minutes and then attacked one of the people who rescued them, police say. Shawnise Sherman, 22, has been charged with child desertion and battery, the New Orleans Advocate reports. Police say she left... More »

5 US States With Best, Worst School Systems

Massachusetts takes top spot; New Mexico is last

(Newser) - If you know your children will be in public schools for their entire K-12 career, it might pay to check out which states have the highest-quality educational offerings. WalletHub looked at how all 50, plus the District of Columbia, ranked across more than two dozen metrics in the "Quality"... More »

3 Dead After New Orleans Gunmen Fire Into Crowd

7 wounded in shooting outside strip mall

(Newser) - Two armed individuals walked up to a crowd gathered Saturday evening outside a strip mall in New Orleans and opened fire, killing three people and wounding seven more, the police chief said. The shooting happened on a busy thoroughfare about three miles from the French Quarter, police say. Police chief... More »

Zoo: Before Killing Spree, Jaguar Bit Through Steel

Audubon Zoo seeking stronger materials for enclosure

(Newser) - A jaguar that killed nine other animals during a weekend escape from its habitat at New Orleans' Audubon Zoo is believed to have bitten through a steel-cable barrier that forms the roof of its habitat, the zoo's managing director said Tuesday. Kyle Burks told reporters the jaguar apparently slipped... More »

5 Most, Least Violent States

Louisiana and Maine are on opposite ends

(Newser) - The most violent US states tend to be in the South. They also tend to have the least restrictive gun laws in the country. That's according to 24/7 Wall St. , which determined the most and least violent of all 50 states based on the rate of murder, other violent... More »

Snapchat IMs Spark Outrage After White Driver Kills Black Man

Sherell 'Rell' Lewis was trying to clear away road debris

(Newser) - A Snapchat exchange following the road death of a black man in Louisiana is sparking outrage across social media, USA Today reports. Sherell "Rell" Lewis of Leesville pulled over on the roadway of US 171 to remove debris Tuesday, per KPLC-TV , when a 2003 Chevy struck and fatally injured... More »

Search for Vietnam War Buddy Goes Viral

His platoon called him 'Louisiana,' and hope social media outreach can track him down

(Newser) - All they have is a photo from the 1970s, a nickname, and social media—but the veterans from one Vietnam War platoon are hoping that will be enough to track down the buddy they called "Louisiana." Posting from her husband's Vietnam reunion earlier this month, Susan Waldrop... More »

130 Years After La. Massacre, Search for Bodies Begins

Up to 60 African-Americans were killed in Thibodaux in 1887

(Newser) - A patch of ground in southern Louisiana is being surveyed to see if it holds a mass grave from a Reconstruction-era racial massacre. Ground-penetrating radar and limited coring will be used during a survey Thursday in Thibodaux, where locals believe white mobs dumped the bodies of African-Americans they killed during... More »

Upset His Bill Was Blocked, Lawmaker Punches Colleague

'We had a gentleman's disagreement and settled it with our hands'

(Newser) - Two Louisiana lawmakers say they regret getting into a bar fight over legislation. Rep. Stuart Bishop says Sen. Norby Chabert punched him several times at a downtown Baton Rouge bar, but he didn't strike back. They left before police arrived, and no arrests were made, the AP reports. The... More »

These Are the Worst States for Working Moms

Idaho leads the pack

(Newser) - Gender inequality in the US is "obvious," but the steps being taken to resolve it vary widely from state to state, according to WalletHub . The site analyzed 15 metrics, including gender pay gap, child-care costs, and parental leave policies, to come up with the best and worst states... More »

The Answer to an Unsolved Mystery Sat 120 Miles Away

Mary Ann Perez vanished in 1976. Police believe they know what happened to her

(Newser) - Police say the two mysteries were one—but 120 miles separated them. Now, investigators believe they know what happened to Mary Ann Perez, a 33-year-old mother of three who disappeared after meeting friends at a New Orleans-area country-western bar on March 26, 1976. As WKRG explains, just eight months after... More »

Severed Heads of Women With Reddish Hair Found in 2 States

Cops in Texas, Louisiana trying to see if there's a connection

(Newser) - Two severed heads in two separate states, but found with striking similarities, have investigators in Texas and Louisiana trying to see if there's a possible link. KHOU reported earlier this month on the first grim find near Lake Houston on March 24, when volunteers cleaning up litter discovered a... More »

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