Expert testifies former officer justified in pinning Floyd to pavement as trial continues

The question of what is reasonable is important: Police officers are allowed certain latitude to use deadly force when someone puts the officer or other people in danger.

  Navy veterans rescued after birthday canoe trip leaves them stranded

  Man killed in freak accident when NYC bus knocks over street pole

  Multiple people in the water, rescues underway near Grand Isle

  Streets in Plaquemine see high water after Tuesday’s rain event

  LSU student dies after trying to save boy from rip current in Florida

Beloved Baton Rouge hardware store owner, pastor dies

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  EBRPSS discusses plan for schools in event of another COVID-19 outbreak

  Coach O looks forward to seeing crowd for LSU Spring Game

  Southern and Grambling get ready for abnormal Bayou Classic

  Police: Man attacked Asian woman, believing she was white, over anti-Asian hate crimes

  GRAPHIC: Minnesota cop, police chief resign 2 days after Black motorist’s death

Man accused of seriously injuring, robbing 2 women in Baton Rouge arrested in Kenner

  ‘Prime suspect’ arrested in Kristin Smart’s 1996 disappearance

The ‘prime suspect’ in the 1996 disappearance of California college student Kristin Smart has been arrested.

Biden to address joint session of Congress on April 28

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi extended the invite to Biden on Tuesday, “to share your vision for addressing the challenges and opportunities of this historic moment.”

White House: First lady Jill Biden to undergo ‘procedure’

The White House says President Joe Biden will accompany his wife, Jill Biden, early Wednesday morning to an appointment where she will undergo a “common medical procedure.”

US to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11

Biden’s choice of the 9/11 date underscores the reason that American troops were in Afghanistan to begin with — to prevent extremist groups like al-Qaida from establishing a foothold again that could be used to launch attacks against the U.S.

  Lawmakers aim to reduce income tax but toss out federal tax deductions

  US recommends ‘pause’ for J&J shots in blow to vaccine drive

Rapper NBA YoungBoy booked into St. Martin Parish Jail on federal hold

  Louisiana to immediately pause J&J vaccine distribution following FDA, CDC recommendations

LSU police awaiting word on body found in St. John Parish

Mick Jagger and Dave Grohl team up for a pandemic anthem

  New child payments expected to start this summer, IRS chief says

Democrats view the tax change as an opportunity to address income inequality worsened by the pandemic. According to some estimates, it would reduce the number of children living in poverty in the U.S. by more than half.

  Expert says cop was justified in pinning down George Floyd

Chauvin lawyer Eric Nelson has argued that Floyd died last May because of his illegal drug use and underlying health problems, not because Chauvin pinned him to the pavement with his knee.

  EXPLAINER: How does an officer use a gun instead of a Taser?

Some questions and answers about officers who mistakenly discharge firearms when they intended to draw and deploy stun guns.

  Biden raises concerns with Putin about Ukraine confrontation

Ukraine has said Russia has accumulated 41,000 troops at its border with eastern Ukraine and 42,000 more in Crimea. Russia’s defense minister said Tuesday the buildup was part of readiness drills in response to what he described as threats from NATO.

  ONE-STOP-SHOP: Stats, links related to COVID-19

This is your one-stop-shop guide to everything you need to know about the impact of COVID-19.

2 LSU softball players earn SEC honors

LSU softball players Aliyah Andrews and second-year freshman Ciara Briggs have been named weekly SEC winners.

  Leaders of GM, Ford among objectors to voting restrictions

In a separate statement, GM urged state lawmakers across the U.S. to protect and enhance “the right for all eligible voters to have their voices included in a fair, free and equitable manner.”

  Iran says it will enrich uranium to 60%, highest level ever

An Iranian nuclear negotiator says Tehran will begin enriching uranium to 60% purity after an attack on its Natanz nuclear facility, higher than the program ever has before.

US investigating possible air bag failures in GM vehicles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the probe covers nearly 750,000 Chevrolet, Cadillac and GMC vehicles from the 2020 and 2021 model years. Most are full-size pickup trucks and SUVs.

LSU engineering students work with local youth to build hydraulic bike

LSU mechanical engineering students teamed up with local non-profit Front Yard Bikes (FYB) to design and build a hydraulic-powered bike.

Austin: US adds 500 troops in Germany, despite Trump pledge

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced on Tuesday that he is expanding the U.S. military presence in Germany by 500 troops and has stopped planning for large-scale troop cuts ordered by the Trump administration.

  Skateboarder rolls 2,500 miles along Australian coast

The 28-year-old embarked on an epic voyage of self-discovery skating from Melbourne to Cairns.

Business leaders urge Biden to set ambitious climate goal

An ambitious 2030 target would guide the federal government’s approach to sustainable and resilient infrastructure, as well as zero-emissions vehicles and buildings, and “would inspire other industrialized nations to set bold targets of their own,’' the group wrote.

Poll: 15% of Americans worse off a year into pandemic

The pandemic has wreaked havoc on the economy — the United States still has 8.4 million fewer jobs than it had in February 2020, just before the pandemic struck.

Record-holding giant rabbit stolen in UK, police say

Darius, a Continental Giant rabbit, disappeared from his enclosure in a backyard in the village of Stoulton over the weekend, the West Mercia Police force said.

Will Smith’s ‘Emancipation’ to film in New Orleans after pulling from Georgia over voting law

"New Orleans is a welcoming city," a city spokesperson said.

Body recovered from Miss. River in St. John Parish

Sheriff Mike Tregre says it appears as though the body had been in the river for a while.

  St. Vincent seeks water, funds as volcano keeps erupting

He estimated the country will need hundreds of millions of dollars to recover from the eruption, but did not give any details.

No. 15 LSU softball game at McNeese State postponed

No. 15 LSU softball game at McNeese State in Lake Charles, La. has been postponed due to weather concerns.

What you need to know ahead of Saturday’s Bayou Classic in Shreveport

The 47th Annual Bayou Classic will be played in Shreveport Saturday, April 17 at Independence Stadium.

  Biden, lawmakers pay tribute to slain Capitol Police officer

Evans’ casket was placed in the Capitol Rotunda for the second such memorial ceremony this year for a force that has edged close to crisis in the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection.

J.K. Rowling children’s story ‘The Christmas Pig’ out in October

Scholastic announced Tuesday that “The Christmas Pig" will be released worldwide Oct. 12.

Consumer prices jump 0.6% in March, biggest gain since 2012

The big gains were expected to be a temporary blip and not a sign that long dormant inflation pressures were emerging.

  Selena Gomez and J.Lo headline vax concert for poor nations

The concert, which airs May 8 on ABC, CBS and FOX as well as on iHeartMedia radio stations and YouTube, will also showcase the Foo Fighters, Eddie Vedder, J Balvin and H.E.R.

Facebook users can appeal harmful content to oversight board

Facebook’s quasi-independent Oversight Board said Tuesday that it will start letting users file appeals over posts, photos, and videos that they think the company shouldn’t have allowed to stay on its platforms.

LSU baseball game vs. Grambling State postponed

LSU baseball game vs. Grambling State scheduled for Tuesday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. has been postponed due to severe weather.

  EBRSO searching for attempted car burglar

The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office is looking for an attempted car burglar. Deputies say a man was able to get into an unlocked car in the 500 block of West Rio Drive Monday, April 10.

Two people escape mobile home fire in west Shreveport

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

  COVID-19 Vaccine, Testing Locations

More and more locations around the Baton Rouge area are receiving doses of the coronavirus vaccine and we want people to know where they can receive them.

Former LSU track star becomes sixth fastest woman in world history

Former LSU track star Sha’Carri Richardson became the sixth fastest woman in world history in the 100 meters after running a 10.72 at the Miramar Invitational on Saturday, April 10.

MISSING: 17-year-old not seen since last Friday

Kemaya Patin, 17, was last seen by a relative on April 9.

Ingram, Williamson help Pelicans hold off Kings 117-110

Pelicans own a three-game winning streak

Japan to start releasing Fukushima water into sea in 2 years

The water has been used to cool the melted fuel at the nuclear plant damaged by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, but the tanks where it's stored will be full late next year.

  Honoring National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

Dispatchers, telecommunicators and communications operators are being recognized this week for their ability to act fast and manage high-stress situations.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Multi-day period of active weather starts today

A multi-day period of active weather begins by this afternoon. Showers and thunderstorms are likely, with the potential for a few strong storms and locally heavy rainfall.

  ‘Neurotic, man hating’ dog wins hearts after brutally honest adoption call

Instead of scaring people off, the hilarious description has resulted in the Chihuahua getting hundreds of inquiries.

  GRAPHIC: Minnesota officer meant to draw Taser, not handgun, police say

The police chief in a Minneapolis suburb where a Black man was fatally shot during a traffic stop said Monday that he believes the officer who fired intended to use a Taser, not a handgun.

  Man accused of fatally shooting pregnant girlfriend; arrest warrant issued

The victim was four months pregnant with her second child. Her body was found in a wooded area nearly a week after she was reported missing.

  Congressman Graves meets with president to discuss Louisiana’s infrastructure woes

Louisiana Rep. Congressman Garret Graves was one of the few members of Congress who met with President Biden and Vice President Harris on Monday, April 12, to discuss the country’s infrastructure.

  La. session kicks off with governor’s State of the State address

The first day of the 2021 legislative session followed tradition with the governor giving his State of the State address on Monday, April 12, but it was not delivered from its regular location.

LSU student-athletes discuss solutions to Title IX reports

LSU student-athletes gathered outside of the PMAC on Monday, April 12, to discuss how to hold coaches and students accountable for their actions.

CDC issues alert after ground turkey linked to salmonella outbreak

At least 28 people in 12 states have gotten sick, and two have been hospitalized in connection to the raw meat items, according to the CDC.

LSU Health Shreveport responds to report that EEOC complaints have been filed against the medical school

“We have been informed that notices of retaliation, gender, and race discrimination are being filed...”

Student at Tenn. high school identified as suspect, killed in shooting

One male was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

  Biden wants infrastructure deal, but GOP doubts persist

The administration is banking that the data will confirm the everyday experiences of Americans as they bump over potholes, get trapped in traffic jams and wait for buses that almost never correspond to published schedules.

Gov. Edwards delivers State of the State address

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards delivered his State of the State address Monday, April 12 from A.W. Mumford Stadium on the campus of Southern University in Baton Rouge, La.

  Half of US adults to be vaccinated by end of week

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says nearly 46% of adults in the US have already received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and about 28% are fully vaccinated.

  Coroner identifies 3 young children killed in Los Angeles

The children’s grandmother returned home from work Saturday morning and found their bodies in their apartment in the San Fernando Valley neighborhood of Reseda.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: 67-year-old handcuffed, in back of unit when officer allegedly tased him twice

Port Allen Police Chief Corey Hicks said one of his officers is facing charges after an investigation into a complaint about an incident involving unnecessary use of a taser.

  Expert: Chauvin did not take actions of ‘reasonable officer’

Seth Stoughton, an associate professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law, judged Chauvin’s actions against what a reasonable officer in the same situation would have done, and repeatedly found that Chauvin did not meet that test.

Former LSU TE acquired by the Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals have acquired former LSU Tiger tight end Thaddeus Moss on waivers from the Washington Football Team

Robert Durst murder trial resumes May 17 after virus delay

Robert Durst, who turned 78 on Monday, is charged with murder in the killing of his best friend, Susan Berman, in her Los Angeles home in December 2000.

Kanye agrees with Kim on joint custody in divorce response

West’s filing was virtually identical to Kardashian West’s original petition, agreeing that the marriage should end over irreconcilable differences, and that the two should share custody of their children.

US budget deficit jumps to record $1.7 trillion this year

The deficit has been driven higher by trillions of dollars in support Congress has passed in successive economic rescue packages since the pandemic struck in early March 2020.

  Airlines prepare for jump in air traffic

American Airlines says all of its planes will be flying again by the end of the month.

  Mayor-President Broome looking to rename City Hall Plaza in Downtown after Davis Rhorer

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome wants to rename City Hall Plaza in Downtown Baton Rouge, to honor the memory of Davis Rhorer.

East Feliciana Rural Water System receives $2.5M to consolidate with Clinton Water System

The East Feliciana Rural Water System has received $2.5 million for the consolidation of the Town of Clinton Water System, which has been investigated for several problems.

  Uncollected: IRS fails to collect billions of dollars in tax debt each year, including from some of the wealthiest Americans

After 10 years, the IRS can no longer collect most tax debt, and the amount rolling off the books each year is growing. That includes debt from high-income taxpayers, who historically are responsible for much of the tax gap.