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'Moral Concerns' Hover Over J&J Vaccine

Archdiocese of New Orleans, Diocese of Baton Rouge slam it for using cell lines from abortions

(Newser) - As health experts continue to plead with the public to accept any vaccine currently offered—be it one from Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson —a new wrinkle has emerged for the latter shot in Louisiana. That's because on Friday, the Archdiocese of New Orleans implored Catholics to,...

Footage Shows Trooper Dragged Black Man Who Died

Louisiana State Police have refused to release body cam video

(Newser) - A Louisiana State Police trooper has been suspended without pay for kicking and dragging a handcuffed Black man whose in-custody death remains unexplained and the subject of a federal civil rights investigation. Body camera footage shows Master Trooper Kory York dragging Ronald Greene "on his stomach by the leg...

Man Walks Into Gun Store and Starts Shooting

'We're trying to put it all together, piece it together'

(Newser) - A shooting incident at a Louisiana gun store and shooting range on Saturday left three people dead, including the “initial shooter,” the BBC reports. Two other people were injured in the shootout, which occurred around 2:50pm at the Jefferson Gun Outlet in the New Orleans suburb of...

Mardi Gras Canceled? New Orleans Wasn't Having It

Thousands of house floats have been set up for locals to safely stroll by

(Newser) - Thanks to the pandemic, there won't be any Mardi Gras parades this year in New Orleans—but what there will be is the Krewe of House Floats. That's the name of the initiative created by Megan Boudreaux in November when the city announced the parades had been canceled,...

The Greediest, Angriest, Most Jealous States in America

WalletHub takes note of our sins and ranks us

(Newser) - The first day of Lent is Wednesday, and for Christians who follow the observance, it's often a time to give up a bad habit for the six weeks that follow. That may be harder for people in some parts of the country, per WalletHub , which has ranked US states...

After Teen Found Dead, Friend's Mom Is Charged

Janet Irvin charged with failing to report the disappearance of Quawan Charles in Louisiana

(Newser) - When a teenage boy was found dead in a shallow pool of water in Louisiana in November, family members faulted Baldwin Police, who they said had failed to search for the boy when he was reported missing days earlier, and the mother of one of the boy's friends, who...

Cops: When Hit Men Came, She Lied, Took Bullet for Daughter
Cops: When Hit Men Came, She
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Cops: When Hit Men Came, She Lied, Took Bullet for Daughter

Police say Louisiana woman murdered in error after brother hired men to kill niece he allegedly raped

(Newser) - A Louisiana man accused of raping his niece is now suspected of hiring two hit men to kill her before she could testify against him—except instead of killing his niece, the two hit men mistakenly killed the suspect's own sister and another woman, police say. Per KLFY , the...

Black Deputy's Family Told Cemetery Won't Bury 'Coloreds'

Louisiana's Oaklin Springs Cemetery updates contract amid uproar

(Newser) - As he was dying of cancer, a Louisiana sheriff's deputy told his family the specific cemetery he wanted to be buried in. Allen Parish Sheriff's Deputy Darrell Semien was comforted to know that Oaklin Springs Cemetery in Oberlin was close to home, meaning the possibility of frequent visitors....

Sheriff Issues Plea to Parents After Girl Stabbed in Walmart

12-year-old is among 4 girls charged in Louisiana killing

(Newser) - After a 15-year-old girl was stabbed to death in a Walmart in Louisiana Saturday night, the local sheriff issued a heartfelt plea for parents to help stop the frightening rise in youth violence. "This is not something we can police our way out of," said Calcasieu Parish Sheriff...

Home Nurse Saves Her Patient, Dies in the Attempt

64-year-old was overcome by smoke in home fire

(Newser) - A 64-year-old home nurse died saving her 71-year-old paraplegic patient from a fire, Louisiana's state fire marshal said Wednesday. The homeowner told investigators Gwendolyn Theus tried several times to wheel her bed out of her room and was trying to push her out of a window Monday evening when...

4-Foot-Long Lizard Is Spreading in Southeast US

Hardy, invasive tegu appears to have begun its spread in south Florida

(Newser) - Wildlife authorities are asking Americans to be on the lookout for a dog-sized, egg-hunting lizard spreading across the southeastern US. The Argentine black-and-white tegu, which reaches up to 4 feet long, is believed to have spread through south Florida after escaping captivity or being intentionally released more than a decade...

Black Teen's Mysterious Death Investigated as a Homicide

Disfigured body was found in ankle-deep water

(Newser) - When the family of 15-year-old Qauwan "Bobby" Charles reported him missing on Oct. 30, police in Baldwin, Louisiana told them the boy was probably at a football game, an attorney for the family says. No Amber Alert was issued. Four days later, the Black teenager was found dead in...

Mom Walked Her Daughter to School—and Into History

Lucille Bridges, 'a Mother of the Civil Rights Movement,' dies at 86

(Newser) - Lucille Bridges, the mother of civil rights activist Ruby Bridges, who walked with her then-6-year-old daughter past crowds screaming racist slurs as she became the first Black student at her all-white New Orleans elementary school, has died at the age of 86, per the AP . "Today our country lost...

LSU Player: I Was 'Violated Numerous Times' in Police Stop

3 Baton Rouge officers placed on leave

(Newser) - Police in Baton Rouge say three officers have been placed on administrative leave following a Saturday night incident in which LSU Tigers player Koy Moore said he was "violated." "Last night, I was approached by a policeman. They pulled guns on me assuming I had a gun...

Rhode Island Voters to Decide on State's Name

Ballot measures also cover flag, minimum wage

(Newser) - More than 120 ballot measures could transform state policy this election. In two of those cases, the topic is abortion. In Colorado, Proposition 115 seeks to block abortion after 22 weeks of pregnancy unless to save the life of the mother. That's the sole exception that would be provided,...

Man Gets 25 Years in Prison for Torching Black Churches

Prosecutors: Holden Matthews, 23, burned down 3 La. churches to impress 'black metal' fans

(Newser) - Three Black churches in Louisiana whose roots stretch back to the post-Civil War Reconstruction period were burned to the ground in 2019, and now a 23-year-old white man is being held accountable for what a DOJ official calls "acts of hate." Holden Matthews, who pleaded guilty to three...

Zeta Leaves 'Catastrophic' Damage in Louisiana

Storm killed at least 6 people in 4 states

(Newser) - Trees on top of buses and cars. Roofs ripped off homes. Boats pushed onto the highway by surging seawater. Hundreds of thousands of people left in the dark. The remnants of Hurricane Zeta were far from land over the Atlantic on Friday, but people across the South were still digging...

Zeta Weakens to Tropical Storm After Battering Gulf Coast
A Fast-Moving Zeta Weakens

A Fast-Moving Zeta Weakens

Storm has left at least 2 dead

(Newser) - A fast-moving Zeta weakened to a tropical storm as it barreled northeast Thursday morning after ripping through Louisiana and Mississippi where storm-weary residents were advised to stay indoors overnight while officials assessed the havoc the storm had wrought. The storm raged onshore Wednesday afternoon in the small village of Cocodrie...

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Rare Hurricane Strikes the US

Zeta, nearly a Category 3, lands near New Orleans

(Newser) - Hurricane Zeta slammed into storm-weary Louisiana on Wednesday with New Orleans squarely in its path, pelting homes and businesses with rain and howling winds, knocking out power to thousands, and threatening to push up to 9 feet of sea water inland in a Gulf Coast region already pounded by multiple...

Here's What's Worrying New Orleans as Zeta Takes Aim

Gulf Coast steeling itself for 11th hurricane of the season

(Newser) - Residents of the storm-pummeled Gulf Coast steeled themselves Tuesday for yet another tropical weather strike as Tropical Storm Zeta took aim at southeast Louisiana, fraying the nerves of evacuees from earlier storms and raising concerns in New Orleans about the low-lying city’s antiquated drainage pump system. Zeta, the 27th...

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