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Mardi Gras Parade Began, Then 'Everybody Started Running'

One person is dead, 4 injured after shooting during Krewe of Bacchus parade in New Orleans

(Newser) - Five people were shot, one fatally, during a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, police said, and a suspect is in custody. The victims included a young girl, a woman, and three men, who were all taken to a hospital after Sunday night's shooting during the Krewe of Bacchus...

Miss USA Crowned Miss Universe
Miss USA Crowned
Miss Universe

Miss USA Crowned Miss Universe

R'Bonney Gabriel teaches sewing to human trafficking survivors

(Newser) - R'Bonney Gabriel, a fashion designer, model, and sewing instructor from Texas who competition officials said is the first Filipino American to win Miss USA, was crowned Miss Universe on Saturday night. Gabriel closed her eyes and clasped hands with runner-up Miss Venezuela, Amanda Dudamel, at the moment of the...

CNN Misses Midnight During New Orleans Party
CNN Needed to Back
That Clock Up

CNN Needed to Back That Clock Up

Don Lemon dances through what was supposed to be a countdown to 2023 in New Orleans

(Newser) - CNN inadvertently took the countdown to midnight out of New Year's Eve, when Don Lemon instead danced through 2023's arrival during the network's broadcast from New Orleans. The host and partiers were shown dancing to Juvenile's "Back That Azz Up" when the new year arrived,...

This Is the Most Fun City in America

Sin City tops WalletHub's list

(Newser) - If only Jack Torrance had had a bit more playtime in The Shining, things may have turned out better for everyone. Time to kick back and have a little fun is an important balance to our daily stressors, and some cities host that fun in abundance. WalletHub took a look...

Chris Christie's Niece Booted Off Plane, Allegedly Bites Officers

Shannon Epstein accused of injuring six deputies during altercation at New Orleans airport

(Newser) - Chris Christie is in the mix as a potential 2024 candidate, and one of his nieces is providing the wrong kind of headlines for him. The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that 25-year-old Shannon Epstein bit and spit on deputies trying to detain her at Louis Armstrong International Airport. Jefferson Parish...

His Conviction Is Overturned After 4 Decades Behind Bars

Innocence Project helps Raymond Flanks win his freedom in New Orleans

(Newser) - A man who spent nearly four decades behind bars for a 1983 killing won his freedom Thursday after New Orleans prosecutors joined defense lawyers in asking to have his murder conviction overturned. Attorneys on both sides said evidence of inconsistencies in the only eyewitness’s testimony was kept from the...

Teen Being Robbed Calls 911, Talks to Her Mom

Teri Clark, a New Orleans dispatcher, handles most harrowing call of her career

(Newser) - In the annals of memorable 911 calls, this one stands out. When 16-year-old Tenia Hill called police in New Orleans to report a robbery in progress, her own mother answered, reports WDSU . Tenia had been working her part-time job at a McDonald's when an armed robber forced her and...

3 Exonerated After 28 Years as Prosecutors Point to Killer Cop

Ex-cop Len Davis, now on death row, covered up crimes by his drug dealer associates

(Newser) - Three men imprisoned for 28 years were wrongfully convicted of murder in a 1994 drive-by shooting, now linked to two former police officers who happened to arrive on the scene before the lone eyewitness even finished calling 911, a New Orleans court heard Wednesday. Bernell Juluke, Kunta Gable, and Leroy...

After Telling School of Accused Priest on Payroll, a Giant Fine

New Orleans attorney Richard Trahant says he'll appeal the $400K payment to archdiocese

(Newser) - A lawyer who alerted a Catholic high school to past sexual misconduct by its chaplain has been fined $400,000 for violating confidentiality rules by speaking out. Attorney Richard Trahant says he'll appeal the decision handed down Tuesday, which gives him 30 days to pay the Archdiocese of New...

Report: New Orleans Is Now America's Murder Capital

'We’re in a crisis of crime and a crisis of confidence in this city'

(Newser) - Violent crime in Chicago makes a lot of headlines, but the murder rate in New Orleans was higher even before a massive surge in violent crime over the last two years. The city now has the highest homicide rate of any major American city, with around 41 homicides per 100,...

Baggage Handler Killed in Freak Accident at NOLA Airport

Jermani Thompson was unloading baggage from a flight that had landed

(Newser) - A 26-year-old employee at the New Orleans airport was killed in a freak accident on Tuesday night. Jermani Thompson was working on the tarmac where planes are parked and was in the process of offloading luggage from a Frontier flight that had landed when her hair became caught in the...

Prisoner Convicted at 17 Exonerated 36 Years Later

Sullivan Walter freed after judge vacates conviction for New Orleans rape

(Newser) - A Black man wrongfully convicted as a teenager for a New Orleans rape more than 36 years ago was ordered freed after a judge threw out his conviction. Sullivan Walter, now 53, used a handkerchief to wipe away tears as a state district judge formally vacated his conviction for a...

After Failed Effort to Help New Orleans, Brad Pitt Settles

Homes built by the actor's foundation after Hurricane Katrina are falling apart, said lawsuit

(Newser) - Update: A $20.5 million settlement has been reached on behalf of the New Orleans homeowners who say their supposedly flood-proof homes started rotting away almost immediately after Brad Pitt's now-defunct charity foundation built them and residents moved in. The money will be used entirely on repairs and renovations...

Court Officer Suspended, Accused of Ignoring Rape

New Orleans police make clear it wasn't one of their officers involved

(Newser) - New Orleans' police chief said it wasn't his officer who failed to intervene in a rape in the city's French Quarter. A witness had reported the crime on July 26, telling a 911 operator that a man was raping an unconscious woman while an officer about a block...

This Is the No.1 Stressed City in the US

Cleveland might have your stomach in knots, per WalletHub's rankings

(Newser) - If you've been feeling a little overwhelmed lately, you're not alone—especially depending on where you live. WalletHub wanted to see what parts of the country were more frazzled than others, and so the site looked at more than 180 of the most populated US cities, examining more...

Woman, 80, Shot Dead at Grandson's Graduation

2 others hurt in New Orleans shooting

(Newser) - An 80-year-old woman was fatally shot minutes after she saw the youngest of her 15 grandchildren receive his high school diploma on Tuesday. Augustine Greenwood was shot outside the Morris Jeff High School graduation ceremony at Xavier University in New Orleans, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Police say two men...

Tragedy Strikes After Teens Take Younger Siblings Out to Play

3 of the 4 children went into the Mississippi River, have not been found

(Newser) - To give her mom a break Saturday, Brandy Wilson, 14, and her 15-year-old boyfriend took Brandy's younger siblings, 8-year-old Ally and her 5-year-old brother, to the park at the foot of the Crescent City Connection bridge, which connects the east and west banks of New Orleans, in the city'...

They Were Sold the American Dream, Got a Toxic Mess

Residents of NOLA's Gordon Plaza are sitting on contaminated land

(Newser) - For an egregious example of environmental injustice, look no farther than Gordon Plaza, a housing development in NOLA's Upper Ninth Ward. As Darryl Fears writes for the Washington Post, the neighborhood's story begins in the late 1970s. "Racist housing covenants, redlining, and legal racial separation" had kept...

Head-Scratching Century-Old Rule Reversed in Birthplace of Jazz

School board in New Orleans lifts ban on teaching jazz

(Newser) - It's hard to imagine jazz music being banned in any US public schools, let alone schools in New Orleans, known as the birthplace of jazz. But there's actually a policy on the books in the Big Easy that prohibits students from learning about the genre or taking part...

Girl on Breathing Machine Saved After Tornado Tosses Home 30 Feet

She was trapped inside but is 'doing fine'

(Newser) - With the tendrils of a killer tornado bearing down on her family through the darkness, Dea Castellanos heard the rain and wind outside as she sat on her living room couch. Her daughter, who has muscular dystrophy and is on a breathing machine, was in another room. The next thing...

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