9News Early Edition from Matt Williams: January 5, 2012

From the desk of Matt Williams: Coming up this morning

The two teams have arrived in New Orleans in preparation for the BCS national championship and fans are bustling about showing their support. One household is so divided over the contest, even the dogs have a favorite they bark for. And, fire investigators have named a suspect in the fire that caused extensive damage to Mike Anderson's restaurant. Join us for those and other stories on 9NTM & The Early Edition beginning at 4:30 a.m.


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A spokesman with the Baton Rouge Fire Department said a suspect was named in the fire that caused heavy damage to Mike Anderson's Restaurant. More

Detectives are looking for those responsible for taking dozens of street signs in a Louisiana parish. It costs $100 to replace each sign. More

Fire investigators arrested a 36-year-old man after trash cans in a five-block radius were set on fire Wednesday morning. More


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - LSU and Alabama are both in New Orleans as they prepare for the BCS title game at the Superdome. The teams arrived Wednesday and were greeted by brass bands and some fans already in place for Monday's first-ever championship featuring teams from the same conference.

ALLEN PARK, MI (AP) - Detroit Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh says he doesn't plan on anybody running up points on Detroit's defense, not even New Orleans record-setting quarterback Drew Brees. Suh didn't play earlier this season when the Saints beat the Lions 31-17. The teams play again on Saturday.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The losing streak is now at four for the New Orleans Hornets, who fell 101-93 on Wednesday to the Philadelphia 76ers. Eric Gordon led New Orleans with 22 points after missing four consecutive games with a bruised knee. Carl Landry added 21 points and eight rebounds.

BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) - Cannons will fire, F-15 fighter jets will fly overhead and Deacon John will sing "God Bless America" when Gov. Bobby Jindal is sworn in next week. Though events have been scaled back for Jindal's entrance into his second term of office, the inauguration Monday will be filled with the pomp and circumstance of previous swearing-in ceremonies.

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


BRETWOOD, NH (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is trying to lock down support in New Hampshire ahead of next Tuesday's primary. But the winner of the Iowa caucuses can expect a fight from his GOP rivals. Jon Huntsman, who skipped the caucuses, says he can "smell success" in New Hampshire. Newt Gingrich says Romney "has a very limited appeal in a conservative party."

OGDEN, UT (AP) - Police in Utah say six officers have been shot while serving a search warrant on a home in Ogden in a drug investigation. Authorities say there are no fatalities, but there's no word on the officers' conditions. The shooting happened late Wednesday and officials say one suspect is also hospitalized.

SECAUCUS, NJ (AP) - Traffic is moving once again over a New Jersey bridge that got stuck after opening to allow boats to pass. Transit officials say the Portal Bridge over the Hackensack River was stuck for several hours, but was fixed just before midnight. The bridge connects Secaucus and Kearny.

BAGHDAD (AP) - At least 23 people have been killed in a wave of explosions in Baghdad. Police say a bomb attached to a motorcycle blew up near a bus stop today. Then a roadside bomb exploded and two blasts struck a Shiite neighborhood north of the capital.

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


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