9News Early Edition from Matt Williams: February 7, 2012

From the desk of Matt Williams: Coming up this morning

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Stolen 2003 National Championship ring recovered

Detectives have recovered more than $100,000 in stolen electronics, guns and jewelry - including a 2003 LSU National Championship ring. More

A house tarnished by meth and other drugs has people in an Ascension Parish neighborhood pressing their leaders for answers. More

A south Louisiana family brought back some unwanted souvenirs from their trip to Alabama. They were covered in bites from bed bugs. More

SU's School of Music will have two fewer degree programs if the Board of Regents gets its way.  Faculty and students said they fear losing other music programs. More

A Redemptorist High School coach was issued a misdemeanor summons after allegedly having a sexual relationship with a student. More


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has set aside nearly seven hours for opening statements in a trial over the deadly rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico that resulted in the nation's worst offshore oil spill. The order divides up 400 minutes of opening statements by lawyers for the plaintiffs, government entities and companies involved in the trial scheduled to start Feb. 27.

BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) - A Louisiana man has pleaded guilty to participating in a plot to submit more than $21 million in fraudulent claims to the Medicare program. Forty-five-year-old Rodney D. Taylor faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison following his guilty plea Monday.

GULFPORT, MS (AP) - The sentencing of a Slidell man has been postponed to give him time to sell an apartment building in Louisiana so he can repay a government loan he obtained through false statements. Victor Planetta Sr. pleaded guilty in November.

JACKSON, MS (AP) - Southern University has pulled out a 49-44 overtime win over Jackson State. Jameel Grace scored six of his 18 points in overtime for the Jaguars, who are now 9-2 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. The game was tied at 41 at the end of regulation.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The New Orleans Hornets are now on a six-game losing streak. The Hornets saw an 18-point lead vanish on Monday night and they fell 100-92 to the Sacramento Kings. Greivis Vasquez scored 20 points to lead New Orleans.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress will find out today whether the Federal Reserve chairman still thinks the economy is "frustratingly slow" after January's hiring surge. Ben Bernanke will testify before the Senate Banking Committee and economists expect him to stick with the Fed's plan to keep a key interest rate at a record low near zero until at least late 2014.

GRAHAM, WA (AP) - Authorities in Utah believe that Josh Powell planned to kill his two young boys when a social worker brought them for a supervised visit Sunday. Authorities say they found two cans of gasoline and a hatchet in the remains of the house that blew up, killing Powell and his children. A medical examiner says the boys also had "chopping injuries."

NEW YORK (AP) - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the city will give the Giants a parade to remember. The Super Bowl champs will return to their home turf today for a ticker-tape parade in the Canyon of Heroes on Broadway. And the team will be presented with symbolic keys to the city in a ceremony at City Hall Plaza. The Giants beat the Patriots 21-17 Sunday.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran is dismissing the new U.S. sanctions on Tehran. Iran's foreign ministry says they are part of a "psychological war" meant to sow discontent among Iranians. The U.S. is giving U.S. banks additional powers to freeze assets linked to the Iranian government and close loopholes that officials say Iran has used to move money. The U.S. suspects Iran's nuclear activities are geared toward nuclear arms.

BEIRUT (AP) - Russia's foreign minister is due in Syria for talks with embattled President Bashar Assad. The trip comes after Russia and China rejected a U.N. Security Council resolution Saturday aimed to end the Assad regime's crackdown on dissent. Activists say hundreds of people have died since the weekend assault on the city Homs began.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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