9News Early Edition from Matt Williams: January 6, 2012

From the desk of Matt Williams: Coming up this morning

The Honey Badger has videos, songs, shirts and now a drink. It's being snatched up by many of the fans in New Orleans for the BCS championship. The man who shares the nickname with the animal said he tries to play with the same ferociousness the creature displays. And, don't forget about our special, "Destiny in the Dome: Winner Takes All" on Sunday after 60 Minutes.


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Gov. Bobby Jindal is competing with a Saints playoff game, BCS championship game and the chance of rain for his swearing-in ceremony Monday. More

Detectives are looking for a used tire bandit who apparently had a tough time getting away from the scene of the crime. He rammed the gate to get out. More

The search for a missing man and woman went into its eighth day Thursday. Crews are dragging the river and using dogs along the shorelines. More

According to authorities, a drunk driver made a crash landing in a pond and then fled the scene Thursday. She was later arrested for DWI. More


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Bowl season has produced scores that look a little like high school basketball, like 70-33, West Virginia over Clemson, in the Orange Bowl. But, there will be plenty of defense on Monday in the BCS title game. Alabama and LSU have the two top-ranked defenses in the country and many say that is part of the reason the SEC has been so successful. The conference is now assured of claiming a sixth straight BCS championship.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The prospect of a defensive struggle in a game featuring Drew Brees and Matt Stafford seems far-fetched at this point. Brees and Stafford are two of only four quarterbacks to pass for more than 5,000 yards in a season and will be in ideal conditions on Saturday night in the Superdome.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The New Orleans City Council has approved an amendment to the city's curfew law. The change would bar those 16 years old or younger from the French Quarter and Marigny after 8 p.m. on weekends. The curfew ordinance will have several exceptions.

LAKE CHARLES, LA (AP) - A 25-year-old inmate at the federal prison in Oakdale has pleaded guilty to making threats against President Barack Obama and his family. Prosecutors say Carlton Norah entered the plea to one count of making a threat against the president. He faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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


MANCHESTER, NH (AP) - Rivals of Republican front-runner Mitt Romney are trying to derail his campaign momentum ahead of the New Hampshire primary. He's being called timid, an unreliable conservative and a defender of the status quo, among other things. Romney has focused his criticism on the president as he campaigns in South Carolina, which votes in two weeks.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The mother of a German man suspected of more than 50 arson attacks over New Year's weekend is due in a Los Angeles courtroom today to face fraud charges from her native country. The purpose of the hearing is to determine whether Dorothee Burkhart should be released on bond. Her son is being held on nearly $3 million bail.

EL PASO, TX (AP) - A Texas teen who was deported to Colombia after claiming to be an illegal immigrant could soon return home. Immigration officials say when Jakadrien Turner, 15, was arrested for theft in Houston, she gave police the name of a Colombian woman. Turner kept the fake name through deportation proceedings.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Five NATO service members have died in a pair of roadside bombings in southern Afghanistan. NATO says four troops died in one of Friday's bombings and one was killed in a separate blast.

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


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