9News Early Edition from Matt Williams: December 12, 2011

From the desk of Matt Williams: Coming up this morning

A large church congregation will be looking ahead to what's next after a fire did some major damage on its campus. The Saints, meanwhile, escaped Tennessee with a win. It wasn't pretty, but it keeps them in the hunt for a two seed in the playoffs. Do you think they have what it takes for a deep run this season? Join us for 9NTM and The Early Edition beginning at 4:30 a.m.


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Members of the largest Vietnamese church in Baton Rouge are trying to pick up the pieces after flames gutted one of the main buildings Sunday night. More

LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu did not take home the Heisman Trophy Saturday night, but he said he does have a lifetime of memories of the experience. More

It seems like every night during the holiday season there is some kind of party going on. If you've had too much to drink, and you call a cab, you may be out of luck. More

Authorities said a man was killed in a single-vehicle crash when his truck blew through an intersection, hit a utility pole and flipped. He was thrown from the pickup. More


NASHVILLE, TN (AP) - The New Orleans Saints are closing in on an NFC South crown. They won their fifth straight by beating the Tennessee Titans 22-17 on Sunday. Drew Brees threw two touchdown passes to Marques Colston in the fourth quarter to keep New Orleans two games clear of Atlanta.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - David West says he has agreed to play for the Indiana Pacers. West started 70 games for the Hornets last season, averaging 18.9 points and 7.6 rebounds before tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in a victory at Utah on March 24. The two-year deal is worth $20 million.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An exceedingly rare 1787 gold Brasher doubloon has been sold for $7.4 million, one of the highest prices ever paid for a gold coin. Blanchard and Co., the New Orleans-based coin and precious metals company that brokered the deal, said the doubloon was purchased by a Wall Street investment firm.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Mayor Mitch Landrieu says he voted to convict a man charged with second-degree murder when he sat on a jury last week. The jury deadlocked 6-6 on four separate votes, according to Landrieu who talked with the Times-Picayune about serving on the jury.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


WASHINGTON (AP) - Arizona's hotly debated new immigration law goes before the U.S. Supreme Court today. The state will ask justices to allow the enforcement of parts of the law that have been blocked by lower courts. The Justice Department says regulating immigration is the job of the federal government, not states.

WASHINGTON (AP) - What will be the future relationship between the U.S. and Iraq once U.S. troops pull out of the country? The leaders of both countries hope to work things out at a White House meeting later today.

CHICAGO (AP) - A new medical report says babies born extremely tiny who lead healthy lives are the exception and that their stories should not raise false hope. The report in Monday's journal Pediatrics says most of the tiniest babies, weighing ounces instead of pounds, do poorly, and many do not survive, even with advanced medical care.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea has lodged a strong protest against China following an attack on two South Korean coast guard officers. Officials say the officers were stabbed by a Chinese fishing boat captain who was suspected of fishing illegally in South Korean waters. One officer was killed.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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