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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 »

Truck Plows Into Crowd at Mardi Gras, Injures 28

DWI suspected: cops

(Newser) - A suspect is in custody after 28 people were injured Saturday when a vehicle plowed into a crowd watching the Krewe of Endymion parade in the Mid-City section of New Orleans, reports the AP . Police Chief Michael Harrison said the suspect is being investigated for driving while intoxicated. Harrison said... More »

Beyonce Sued Over 'Formation'

Song included a sample from rapper, his sister says permission wasn't given

(Newser) - Beyonce sampled New Orleans bounce rapper Messy Mya in her wildly popular "Formation," and now, a year after the song was released, Mya's sister is suing, TMZ reports. Angel Barre says that Beyonce did not get permission to use the "voice, performance, and words" of her... 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 »

New Orleans Parade Honors Carrie Fisher

Tap-dancing Princess Leias led the way.

(Newser) - Carrie Fisher was honored New Orleans style Friday as thousands of people joined a parade in honor of the late star and her most famous role. The "Interergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus" Mardi Gras crew organized the parade through the city, which featured many marchers dressed as Princess Leia and... More »

The 10 Neediest Cities in the US

Detroit tops the list

(Newser) - If you're planning to share the wealth this holiday season, WalletHub has a list of places that could use it. It's ranked the neediest cities in the country, based on poverty rates, homelessness, food insecurity, and more. The top 10: More »

Argument at Intersection Leaves Ex-NFL Player Dead

Joe McKnight shot to death in New Orleans

(Newser) - Road rage is being blamed for the shooting death of former NFL player Joe McKnight in New Orleans on Thursday. McKnight, 28, who spent three seasons with the Jets and Chiefs and played this year in the Canadian Football League, was shot to death at an intersection, reports the Times-Picayune... More »

NOLA Cops: 1 Killed, 9 Hurt in Bourbon Street Shootings

'This was the wrong place to bring firearms,' says police superintendent

(Newser) - New Orleans Police say one man is dead and nine others injured following a shooting in the French Quarter, reports the AP . Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said during a news conference that officers responded about 1:30am Sunday to the shooting at the intersection of Iberville and Bourbon streets. Harrison... More »

10 Best Big Cities in US

New York is No. 1, says 'Conde Nast Traveler'

(Newser) - Conde Nast Traveler has released its annual Readers' Choice Awards, and more than 100,000 votes came in for the best cities in the nation. The magazine broke candidates down into larger and smaller cities (larger meaning those with 150,000 or more people), and ascending to the No.... More »

What Really Happened the Night Will Smith Died

How 2 football players came together for one fateful night on the streets of New Orleans

(Newser) - Sean Flynn at GQ has put together an extensive piece of reporting about the shooting that took the life of former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith in April. Retired Saints are basically, well, saints in New Orleans, so by the morning after Smith's death on a Saturday night,... More »

Family: Man Saved Girlfriend by Pushing Her From Plane

They say Reginald Hillard Jr. helped his girlfriend survive

(Newser) - On Tuesday, a New Orleans family received the confirmation they were dreading: One of two bodies pulled from a plane that went down in Lake Pontchartrain was that of Reginald Hillard Jr., 25. "They said that he was in the plane. I still didn't believe it," his... More »

Kids Roast Their Dad in Hilarious Obituary

William Ziegler didn't fake death to 'avoid creditors or old girlfriends'

(Newser) - William Ziegler died July 29 at the age of 69 "to avoid having to make a decision in the pending presidential election," and "unlike previous times, this is not a ploy to avoid creditors or old girlfriends." At least according to an obituary published Friday in... 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 »

5 Best US Cities for Foodies

You'll want to wear your stretchy pants in New Orleans

(Newser) - Who's up for a foodie road trip? Travel and Leisure knows just where you should stop for gumbo and crawfish: New Orleans is the ultimate destination, according to the magazine's ranking of the 10 best US cities for food, based on readers' votes. The top five: More »

Cops: Deputy Shot, Killed by Pedestrian He Stopped

Suspect fled after shooting in New Orleans suburb

(Newser) - A pedestrian walking down a busy commercial strip of a New Orleans suburb in the middle of the afternoon shot a sheriff's deputy multiple times, killing him, after being stopped by the officer Wednesday, an official said. Col. John Fortunato, a Jefferson Parish Sheriff's spokesperson, announced the officer'... More »

New Orleans Is Sinking Faster Than Previously Thought

Up to 2 inches annually in some areas

(Newser) - Scientist already knew that New Orleans was sinking. But a new study finds that the Big Easy and its environs are losing elevation (a process called subsidence) at a faster rate than previously thought—some two inches per year near the Mississippi River and in industrial areas, and more than... More »

Groom-to-Be Murdered During Trip to Plan Wedding

He was found dead on a New Orleans street

(Newser) - A St. Louis man who visited New Orleans to plan his wedding in the city he loved was found dead in a street early Saturday morning. Police say the body of 25-year-old Thomas Rolfes, who went to a bar with friends on Friday night and was seen on surveillance video... More »

Judge OKs Putting Durst Away for 7 Years

Real estate heir will be sent to Calif. prison for his medical needs

(Newser) - A New Orleans judge officially approved Robert Durst's February plea deal on a gun charge and sentenced him to seven years in prison on Wednesday, Reuters reports. For more than a year, the real estate heir has languished in a New Orleans prison after being nabbed with a handgun... More »

Woman Killed When Lightning Hits Festival Tent

2 others injured, a dog also died in accident

(Newser) - When the weather got bad at Louisiana's T-Bois Blues Festival on Friday night, Jacqui Stavis, two other women, and a Labrador retriever sought shelter in a small tent. But tragedy struck when lightning hit the tent, killing the 28-year-old and the dog and injuring the other two women, the... More »

Gun in Grandma's Bed Kills 3-Year-Old Sleeping There

Police arrested 42-year-old grandmother

(Newser) - A New Orleans woman allegedly slept with both her gun and her grandson in her bed, with tragic consequences. Police were called to home around 2am Wednesday to find the 3-year-old boy had been shot in the chest; he later died at a hospital, NBC News reports. The grandmother, 42-year-old... More »

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