Sentencing for soldier who pleaded guilty to chemical weapon

Sentencing is scheduled Monday for a soldier who pleaded guilty to making bombs that released chlorine gas in a forested training area near a U.S. Army base in Louisiana. Twenty-five...

White student accused of noose around black student's neck

A white high-school student has been accused of putting a noose around a black student's neck in northeast Louisiana. A teacher at West Ouachita High School saw the incident and imme...

Deadly plant disease threatens $250M rose business

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The outlook for American-grown roses is becoming a bit less rosy, with the spread of an incurable virus that's causing major damage to the nation's $250-million-a-year rose business...

McDonald's workers across US protest against sex harassment

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — McDonald's workers are staging protests in several cities in what organizers called the first multistate strike seeking to combat sexual harassment in the workplace. ...

German zoo sends its last orangutan to Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A German zoo is sending its last orangutan to Louisiana, and it is already learning some English. Jambi is a Sumatran orangutan, a critically endangered species of...

Last reunion for famed US WWII unit, Merrill's Marauders

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It's the last reunion for members of the famed U.S. Army jungle fighters called Merrill's Marauders . Three thousand volunteered for a dangerous secret mission during World War II —...

Scientists: Surprisingly small 'dead zone' off Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Scientists say this year's Gulf of Mexico "dead zone" is surprisingly small but the oxygen-depleted water rose higher toward the surface than usual. Tuesday's repo...

Huge sea-life sculptures made from ocean's plastic trash

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Huge sculptures of sea life are on display at New Orleans' aquarium and zoo , all of them made from plastic trash that washed ashore on the Pacific Coast. Angela H...

Louisiana's whooping crane comeback: 5 chicks this year

JEFFERSON DAVIS PARISH, La. (AP) — In a southwest Louisiana crawfish pond, two endangered whooping crane chicks peck about for crawfish, insects, plants and other food. They're only 2 months old, but ...

Opera pairing with circus acts to dispel stuffy image

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An internationally acclaimed tenor from New Orleans is pairing circus acrobatics and opera, with a lot of help from his friends. "We want it to be fun. That's what...

Ella Brennan dies at 92, mentored chefs Prudhomme, Lagasse

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ella Brennan, who played a major role in putting New Orleans on the world's culinary map as matriarch of the restaurant Commander's Palace, has died at age 92. A s...

Searching for mass grave of victims in 1887 racial massacre

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A patch of ground in southern Louisiana is being surveyed to see if it may hold a mass grave from a Reconstruction-era racial massacre. A graduate student and a pr...

Music mural displayed for 1st time since Hurricane Katrina

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A mural that covered the wall of a pioneering New Orleans bar is back on display for the first time since Hurricane Katrina. The 29-foot-long (9-meter-long) painti...

Aerosmith packs 'em in at New Orleans Jazz Fest

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Aerosmith drew a huge crowd and smaller but still packed crowds boogied to Cage the Elephant, Delbert McClinton and Anita Baker and a rousing mix of other musical acts as the New Or...

Jazz Fest lagniappe: interviews, cultural exchange

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — If you just can't get enough of a performer or group at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival or want to learn more about him, her or them, you may get lucky at two sideline st...