9News Early Edition from Matt Williams: December 28, 2011

From the desk of Matt Williams: Coming up this morning

It's only going to get crazier. If you'd like a seat in the Superdome for the BCS Title Game, don't come with less than $1,000. And, that's just the starting price. Folks and officials say it's blowing last year's game out of the water. Speaking of water, a couple of hunters took an unplanned dip and may be feeling lucky to be alive this morning after being tossed from their boat. Rescuers say they did a number of things correctly that may have spared them. Join us for 9NTM & The Early Edition beginning at 4:30 a.m.


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Investigators with the Office of the Louisiana State Fire Marshal reported nine people across the state have died in house fires in the month of December. More

LSU already has Baton Rouge in an uproar. Now, businesses are preparing for an even bigger boost as Saints fans get a taste of Super Bowl fever. More

Police report a 19-year-old suspected murderer is behind bars after turning himself in to authorities Tuesday morning. More

Authorities said a father and son who were duck hunting when their boat capsized are safe after being rescued Tuesday morning. More


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Record-setting quarterback Drew Brees and one of his favorite targets, tight end Jimmy Graham, are among five Saints players voted to the 2011-12 NFC Pro Bowl roster. All five players are part of the Saints' league-leading offense, and three are linemen - Jermon Bushrod, Carl Nicks and Jahri Evans.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The committee that hosts the Sugar Bowl has announced plans with oil giant BP for a two-week promotion of Gulf Coast seafood and culture. The Gulf Coast Seafood & Tourism Bash is billed by the Allstate Sugar Bowl Committee as a celebration being held as New Orleans hosts the Sugar Bowl Jan. 3 and the BCS championship Jan. 9. The Gulf seafood industry continues efforts to rebound from the 2010 BP oil spill.

BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) - Christmas break has ended for the LSU football team. Players and coaches returned for their first post-holiday practice as the Tigers drew closer to their Jan. 9 showdown with Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A man is suing the city of New Orleans over his arrest by two police officers who quit amid allegations they falsely arrested him on a drug charge. The former officers pleaded guilty to malfeasance charges. Alvin Bean filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the officers, the city, its police department and the police superintendent.

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


NEW YORK (AP) - New York City's airports say delays are down to no more than 15 minutes after strong winds forced some planes to either hold off on landing or go to other airports to land. Tuesday night's wind gusts of up to 50 mph forced long delays at LaGuardia and Newark International.

WASHINGTON (AP) - In just a few days, the government will start charging a fee to health insurance plans that's part of the new health care law. The $1-per-person fee that goes into effect in 2012 is to pay for research to find out which drugs, medical procedures, tests and treatments work best. The fee increases to $2 per person in its second year and then rises with inflation.

KANEOHE, HI (AP) - An attorney in Hawaii says five women knew they did wrong when they and a man stole about $1,000 worth of toys from a Toys R Us display. The attorney says most of the women are single, out-of-work moms who took the toys as Christmas gifts for their children. The attorney says the women returned the merchandise to him after police released surveillance photos of the theft.

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - A limousine carrying a huge portrait of a smiling Kim Jong Il leads the funeral procession Wednesday for the late North Korean leader. And tens of thousands of mourners - many in military uniform - are lining the streets of Pyongyang to watch Kim's hearse go by. Kim died Dec. 17 of a heart attack. On Thursday, there'll be a national memorial service at noon.

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


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