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Representatives from the American Red Cross have called this "the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Superstorm Sandy ". They're expected to arrive at the Red Cross Louisiana - Capital Area headquarters in Baton Rouge Tuesday to begin the work of helping those who've lost their homes and businesses to rising water. Read More »

Ex-NFL star gets 18 years for drugging, raping women

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It included Sharper pleading guilty to raping three women in two New Orleans incidents between August and September of 2013. Sharper was also sentenced to three years of supervised release after his prison sentence and fined $20,000. The sentence was 15 months short of the maximum. Yet with the guilty pleas from Licciardi and Nunez, Sharper never took the witness stand. Saying he made "heinous decisions", Sharper told U.S. Read More »

Forecast: Pleasantly Warm Weather Takes Us Into The Weekend

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We're waking up to a few thunderstorms this morning. Otherwise, it's mainly dry, with more sunshine breaking out for the afternoon. It will stay mild and humid with temperatures falling through the 70s. It won't be super dry air, but it will be comfortable enough and the kind of air where you can keep windows open at night. Highs are in the upper 70s to lower 80s on Monday under partly sunny skies. Read More »

Trump is enjoying campaign trail: Kellyanne Conway

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He's also bringing in pollster Kellyanne Conway to serve as his campaign manager. And that's what so many Americans are starving for. It does not help Mr Manafort that he has spent days fending off reports about his time as a highly paid consultant to a Ukrainian political party with close ties to Russian Federation. Read More »

US Fed officials divided on rate hike

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Strong gains in shares of Wal-Mart provided the biggest boost to the Dow and the S&P 500; the stock rose as much as 3.1 percent to $75.19, a more than 14-month high , after the retailer posted a better-than-expected quarterly profit. Wall Street recovered. In 3.06pm trading in NY, the Dow Jones Industrial Average eked out a 0.02 percent gain. The Fed raised its target range for the federal funds rate by 25 basis points to 0.25-0.5 percent in December, the first rate hike in almost a ... Read More »

Michigan's unemployment rate hits 15-year low

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The national unemployment rate held steady in July at 4.9 percent. Total employment decreased by 20,000 over the month while the number of unemployed fell by 8,000, the state Department of Technology, Management & Budget said. July's job gain, however, was a little weaker than the average monthly increase over the past year. "Construction companies still hired in July, just not as much as they usually would in July". Read More »

Staying ahead of the mold, residents salvage what they can

Towns further downriver continue to face the threat of additional flooding. Almost 15,000 homes in Ascension Parish were flooded, said Richard Webre, director of the parish's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. Many residents whose homes were damaged by the floods were not covered by national flood insurance, said Rafael Lemaitre, a FEMA public information officer. Read More »

Local Red Cross volunteers head to Baton Rouge to help flood victims

Mark Paikin, making his sixth Red Cross Disaster Relief Trip, says, "There's no way to express adequately the pain you see in their faces, you don't see that pain from 15,000 feet up but you feel the pain when you see it". An estimated 25,000 homes have been damaged by flooding, affecting at least 75,000 people, according to the Red Cross. Preliminary reports indicate as many as 10,000 homes are damaged, forcing thousands from their homes. Read More »

Louisiana governor: 40K homes impacted by historic flooding

We went along as they took us on a search-and-rescue mission into the flood zone. Some 40,000 homes and business were reported to be without power. "I fully expect that more parishes will be added to the declaration on a rolling basis". On Sunday in the town of Galvez-Lake near the Amite River, a frantic Christy Bourgeois and her husband Tom prepared a fan boat to assist a nearby flooded home. Read More »

Weather: A hot and wet week is in the forecast

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Cloudy, with a high near 72. Chance of rain 70 percent. Warm air serves to heat the atmosphere to a level to produce big cumulonimbus clouds and we haven't seen the sun to fuel the storms. Saturday night's low will be around 59. Southwest wind around 5 miles per hour becoming calm in the evening. Friday: Sunny, high in the mid-80s. Read More »

Trump reveals few details on "extreme vetting" of immigrants

A worker arranges Kosovo and U.S flags in Kosovo capital Pristina main square decorating it ahead of the visit of the U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday, Aug. "Well I say then deal me in". Directing his pitch to voters who were struggling financially, Biden said, "There's only one person in this election who will possibly help you, and that is Hillary Clinton". Read More »

Donald Trump fails to appeal to young US millennials

An NBC News/SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking poll released Tuesday found that Clinton leads Trump nationally by 9 percentage points - 50 percent to 41 percent. The governor, at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia a couple of weeks ago, said he'd support Democrats for the Senate, as long as they were of good moral standing. Read More »

Juanita Broaddrick is not going to go away

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I was even to the point where I was getting very noisy, you know, yelling to 'Please stop.' And that's when he pressed down on my right shoulder and he would bite my lip. Regardless of this, however, Broaddrick is still set on voting for Trump. Trump - who has called Bill Clinton "the worst abuser of women in the history of politics" and referred to Hillary Clinton as an "enabler" who "treated these women horribly" - featured a clip from a 1999 Dateline interview with Broaddrick in a May ... Read More »

Search for bodies continues at Maryland explosion site

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Two bodies were recovered Thursday and another one was found Friday. A sixth body was recovered Monday from an apartment fire in Silver Spring, Montgomery County Police said. "I think this speaks loud about solidarity and about knowing in our hearts what is really important, and knowing that life is fragile and sacred and we have to take care of it", said Friar Erick Lopez, St. Read More »

Police say Houston woman drowned 2 kids in tub

When the man asked about her kids, she calmly said she had killed them, said Houston police spokesman Kese Smith. Officers then took Thomas into custody and searched the area around her home, where they found the children's bodies, police said. Read More »

Five die in 'historic' Louisiana flood

President Barack Obama spoke with Edwards to say the governor's initial request for an emergency declaration had been granted, according to Jen Friedman, the White House's Deputy Press Secretary. Moderate to heavy rainfall is predicted for the next few days. "We were anxious about the wind - swinging that rescue swimmer into other obstacles such as power lines and trees", Lt. Read More »

If Clinton wins Pennsylvania, she cheated

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Unable to condone his behavior that has turned traditional Republican-leaning states like Georgia and Texas into toss-ups, several high-profile Republicans have announced that they will support Hilary Clinton over Trump. "And at the end it's either going to work or I'm going to you know, I'm going to have a very, very nice, long vacation". Trump claimed sarcasm in July as well after he was heavily criticized for inviting Russian Federation to dig up tens of thousands of "missing" emails ... Read More »

Clinton to portray Trump economic plans as handouts for rich

Clinton today said Trump's tax proposals would amount to "about a $4 billion gift to him and his family". Trump lashed out at the television host in a tweet, saying the show's "weakness is its low ratings". It's a strategy that initially anxious some Clinton aides, who feared he would drown out their candidate's general-election message. After the Democratic convention, Trump sparked days of outrage across the political spectrum by repeatedly criticizing a Muslim family whose son died ... Read More »

Hacker posts personal info of House Democrats and staff

Personal cell phone numbers and home addresses of the lawmakers, their schedulers, and their press secretaries, among others, were posted in an excel spreadsheet on the site. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who began publishing thousands of the emails last month, has said there is "no proof" Russian Federation was behind the hack . Read More »

Obama has been briefed on Milwaukee violence

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Walker says he made the decision after discussions with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Adjutant General Donald Dunbar, and following a request by Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke . The race of the victim and of the officer involved weren't released. But they said he was carrying a loaded semiautomatic handgun when he was stopped. Read More »

Trump Defends Comments That Obama Was 'Founder Of ISIS'

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Cuomo stressed that Trump has open invitation to appear on CNN and explain. Obama opposed the 2003 invasion of Iraq and campaigned for the White House in 2008 on a promise to end the war. You know what - I think we should fact check that. "I gave him the most valuable player award". I can't believe I have to say this, but, no, President Barack Obama is not the founder of ISIS. Read More »

Schooling edges Phelps in butterfly heats

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Phelps' four consecutive golds in the same event are unique for a swimmer, and place him in the same Olympic pantheon as fellow-Americans Al Oerter in the discus and Carl Lewis in the long jump. He announced his return two years later. He also created a new national record for himself as his previous personal best of 50.96 sec was clocked at the world championships past year, where he won a historic bronze medal. Read More »

Reports say police have responded to shooting at mall

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Southeast, according to its website. "We heard at least 10 shots, maybe more". Shoppers and store workers took to social media around 2:30 p.m. local time Saturday to say that the Crabtree Valley Mall was on lockdown following a possible shooting. Read More »

In An Effort To Pressure Trump, Clinton Releases Tax Rate

However, Trump previously had said he wanted US troops out years earlier than Obama withdrew them. More than 70 Republicans have urged the party to cut funding for Presidential nominee Donald Trump and instead shift contributions to Senate and House races. Read More »

US declares health emergency in Puerto Rico due to Zika

Florida has reported homegrown Zika transmission by mosquitoes. The statement came at the request of Alejandro García Padilla, governor of the USA commonwealth, where the Zika virus is spreading rapidly, threatening hundreds of pregnant women and their unborn babies and women of childbearing age. Read More »

State investigates new Zika case outside Miami neighborhood

Researchers say they've identified two proteins in the Zika virus linked to the severe birth defect microcephaly. Some charities also hand out mosquito repellent. Health authorities say they believe the number of Zika cases is much higher because eight of 10 people show no symptoms and many don't go to the doctor. Read More »

'Making A Murderer' Subject Brendan Dassey's Conviction Has Been Overturned

A U.S. federal judge has overturned Brendan Dassey's conviction for murder. He is now serving life in prison without parole. Dassey's attorneys did not respond to requests for comments. Or, the state could let the decision stand and Dassey would be a free man after spending 10 years in the Wisconsin prison system. "These repeated false promises, when considered in conjunction with all relevant factors, most especially Dassey's age, intellectual deficits, and the absence of a supportive ... Read More »

Swiss police say stabbings, fire reported on train

Swiss police have ruled out terrorism as a motive for the attack, describing the possibility as "very, very far-fetched". Be proactive - Use the "Flag as Inappropriate" link at the upper right corner of each comment to let us know of abusive posts. Read More »