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Decision strikes key parts of Native American adoptions law

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Parts of a federal law giving Native American families preference in the adoption of Native American children were effectively struck down Tuesday by a sharply divided federal appea...

At least 5 dead as series of tornadoes strike Deep South

A series of tornadoes hatched by early spring “super cell” storms tore across Alabama and moved into Georgia early Friday, leaving at least five people dead amid ruins of wrecked homes, splintered tre...

Tornadoes pummel Alabama, killing at least 3

Deadly tornadoes roared through Alabama on Thursday, toppling trees, demolishing homes and knocking out power to thousands, part of a broad swath of violent weather sweeping across the Deep South. At ...

States sue to undo Biden pause on US oil & gas lease sales

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Thirteen states sued the Biden administration Wednesday to end a suspension of new oil and gas leases on federal land and water and to reschedule canceled sales of leases in the Gul...

New Orleans health care workers' heralded in 'Dear Nurses'

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — If the eyes of the nurses photographed for Robert Fogarty's latest project aren't expressive enough, there are always the words — emblazoned on forearms or faces or chests. ...

Prosecutor: Louisiana man tried to kill, dismember gay man

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A southwest Louisiana man was charged with federal hate crime and kidnapping charges Thursday by prosecutors who said he tried to kill and dismember one of three men he abducted aft...

Bond set at $225,000 for man who shot ex-NFL star

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Bail was set at $225,000 Thursday for the man who shot ex-New Orleans Saints star Will Smith in New Orleans in 2016 following a confrontation over a traffic crash. ...

Lawsuit filed in Black man's death from fight with police

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Family members of a Black man who died after an altercation with police filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against a northwest Louisiana city, its police chief and four of its officers...

Music? Yes. Dancing? No, as New Orleans eases virus rules

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Live indoor music can resume in New Orleans beginning this weekend, city officials announced Wednesday, but dancing will remain prohibited, while venues, performers and audiences wi...

Abortion concerns prompt archdiocese warning on vaccine

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Archdiocese of New Orleans is advising Roman Catholics that the COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson is “morally compromised” because it is produced using cell lines deri...

Motive remains unclear in police officer's fatal shooting

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Investigators are trying to determine why the suspect in the killing of a law enforcement officer was trying to force his way into a high school basketball game the night the office...

Feds: Scheme involved $15 million in government contracts

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana man used his position overseeing subcontracts for the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve to help steer $15 million in government work to a business in which he had a finan...

Utility: Much more power cut than necessary Mardi Gras night

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The utility company serving New Orleans appears to have cut three times as much electricity as it needed to during emergency winter weather blackouts, slashing power to roughly 26,0...

Muted Mardi Gras: Closed bars, barricaded Bourbon Street

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Coronavirus-related limits on access to Bourbon Street, shuttered bars and frigid weather all were expected to prevent what the city usually craves at the end of Mardi Gras season —...

Police emphasize clampdown on crowds as Mardi Gras nears

Crowds are usually welcome and even encouraged in tourist-dependent New Orleans in the days leading up to Mardi Gras but as the final weekend of the 2021 season began Friday, police warned that crowds...