9News Early Edition from Matt Williams: January 17, 2012

From the desk of Matt Williams: Coming up this morning

It's no secret, we love our football down here in the south. It's a passion rivaled few other places. But really, these stories coming out in the last couple of days. First, an Alabama fan unzips on an LSU fan. You've probably heard or seen the video by now. Then, a Saints fan pulls out a gun and starts shooting because the Black & Gold lose. Really? Passion is one thing, criminally crazy is another. Do you think we take our sports too seriously down here, or are these isolated incidents? Join us for 9NTM & The Early Edition beginning at 4:30 a.m.


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A circulating video shows a man dressed in Alabama attire take out his genitals and rub them on the body of a passed out LSU fan at a fast food restaurant on Bourbon Street after the Tide beat the Tigers in the BCS championship. More

Volunteer firefighters are being credited with saving people with disabilities after their home caught fire and exploded Sunday morning. More

A 38-year-old man was killed when he flipped a dune buggy Monday afternoon. His 11-year-old passenger was safely buckled up and suffered only very minor injuries. More

Entergy customers can expect slightly lower electricity bills this summer compared to previous summers because the price of natural gas is dropping. More

Interviews for the six semifinalists for East Baton Rouge superintendent were expected to begin over the weekend, but are now being pushed back until later this week. More


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - LaMarcus Aldridge scored 22 points and the Portland Trail Blazers snapped a three-game skid with an 84-77 victory over the New Orleans Hornets. The Hornets were plagued by poor perimeter shooting and turned the ball over 19 times.

ITTA BENA, MS (AP) - Cor-J Cox scored 23 points off the bench to lead Mississippi Valley State in a 77-56 rout of Southern University. Five Delta Devils (6-11, 5-0 Southwestern Athletic Conference) scored in double figures as MVSU grabbed sole possession of first place in the conference.

METAIRIE, LA (AP) - Louisiana authorities are investigating the deaths of a married Metairie couple in which the woman apparently shot her husband, called 911 to report the slaying then shot herself. The sheriff said the front door of the home was unlocked when officers arrived and found the bodies.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Authorities say there has been a chemical leak at Avondale Container Yard. The Times-Picayune reported the chemical was identified as sodium carbonate peroxyhydrate, a substance used in fungicides and algaecides. The extent of the release was not immediately known. No injuries were reported.

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


MYRTLE BEACH, SC (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is being attacked by his GOP rivals for his record at the private equity firm Bain Capital. At Monday night's debate in South Carolina, Rick Perry said Bain swept into a steel mill in Georgetown, SC, "picked that company over and a lot of people lost jobs there."

ANCHORAGE, AK (AP) - Crews off the coast of Alaska are transferring 1.3 million gallons of much-needed fuel from a Russian tanker into storage tanks in the city of Nome. The transfer began near sundown Monday, after workers laid hoses along a stretch of Bering Sea ice. If everything goes okay, the process could be finished within 36 hours.

EL CAJON, CA (AP) - A 10-year-old California boy is in custody for allegedly stabbing a 12-year-old friend in the chest with a kitchen knife. San Diego County sheriffs said the stabbing happened Monday in the 10-year-old's home and his mother was home at the time. The paper UT San Diego reported the 12-year-old died after being taken to a hospital.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government is setting up what it calls an ambitious plan to develop ways to treat and prevent Alzheimer's disease. A newly released draft of those goals sets a deadline of 2025 to find better treatments for the mind-destroying illness and offer better day-to-day care for those who have it.

ROME (AP) - Italian authorities say at least 29 people are missing following Saturday's cruise liner accident off the Tuscan coast. There's no word as to why the number of missing jumped from 16 people, but they say among the missing are 10 Germans and two Americans. Six people are confirmed dead.

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



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