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La. lawmakers head back to Capitol for special session to tackle budget crisis

Louisiana State Capitol (Source: WAFB) Louisiana State Capitol (Source: WAFB)
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A last-ditch effort to avoid $650 million in cuts to programs you use every day will begin Tuesday. Louisiana lawmakers will gavel in a special session to deal with the state's budget crisis.

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Low-pressure Gulf system upgraded to Invest 90L

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WAFB Meteorologist Steve Caparotta said the low pressure system is headed into the Gulf of Mexico this week, potentially bringing in heavy rain for our area. 

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FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Memorial Day weekend looks to be wet

First Alert Weather (Source: WAFB) First Alert Weather (Source: WAFB)
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WAFB First Alert Weather team forecast. 

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LSU football legend Billy Cannon passes away; visitation and funeral arrangements set Video included

Billy Cannon at the LSU Spring Game on April 21, 2018 (Source: WAFB) Billy Cannon at the LSU Spring Game on April 21, 2018 (Source: WAFB)
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LSU football legend Billy Cannon died Sunday morning. He was 80 years old.

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LSU opens SEC Tourney play against Miss. St. on Tuesday

Paul Mainieri (Source: WAFB) Paul Mainieri (Source: WAFB)
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Mississippi State Bulldogs (31-24, 15-15 SEC) vs. LSU Fighting Tigers (33-23, 15-15 SEC) SEC Tournament - Hoover, Ala.

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Oakland holds 'BBQ'n While Black' event to unite against racism Video included

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People in Oakland, CA, took a stand against intolerance by firing up their grills. Thousands took part in the "Barbecuing While Black" event on Sunday.

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16 horses die, 13 saved in huge Canadian barn fire Video included

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The Monday morning fire in Toronto devastated a community of horse owners and trainers, but quick thinking by first responders saved 13 horses in a second barn.

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Marching against an 'immoral' La. state budget, 9 protesters arrested Video included

Police arrested nine people for stopping traffic (Source: WAFB) Police arrested nine people for stopping traffic (Source: WAFB)

Police arrested nine people for stopping traffic at the intersection of North Boulevard and 4th Street Monday.

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SPECIAL REPORT: Denham Springs leads effort to eliminate communication barriers with deaf community Video included

Imagine navigating through an emergency situation without the ability to hear (Source: WAFB) Imagine navigating through an emergency situation without the ability to hear (Source: WAFB)

In an emergency, when time is precious and communication is key, navigating through the intense situation without the ability to hear can be hard to imagine.

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TX Gov. Abbott cancels 'Win a Texas-made Shotgun' contest; now giving away gift card

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The contest was launched weeks before Friday's shooting at a Texas high school, but campaign officials made the change in the wake of that tragedy.

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Average price of US gas jumps 10 cents, to $3 a gallon

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The average price of regular-grade gasoline in the U.S. jumped 10 cents a gallon over the past two weeks to $3.00.

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Congressional leaders to review information on Russia probe Video included

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The agreement came after President Donald Trump made an extraordinary demand that the Justice Department investigate whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign.

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'He deeply loved the daughter he killed.' Man plowed into restaurant, killing family members Video included

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Sources say the man came into the restaurant with his family, got up and left, then drove his car into the building.

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Artist Robert Indiana, known for 'LOVE' series, dies at 89

Robert Indiana, best known for his 1960s LOVE series – including the shown sculpture in John F. Kennedy Plaza in Philadelphia – died from respiratory failure Saturday, May 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) Robert Indiana, best known for his 1960s LOVE series – including the shown sculpture in John F. Kennedy Plaza in Philadelphia – died from respiratory failure Saturday, May 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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Artist Robert Indiana, best known for his 1960s LOVE series, has died at his home in Maine.

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A watchdog group asks Netflix to pull '13 Reasons Why'

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A media watchdog group is calling on Netflix to pull its '13 Reasons Why' series because of potentially harmful content. More>>

FIRST ALERT TRAFFIC: Roadway incidents for Tuesday, May 22

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Traffic delays, detours and road closures in the WAFB viewing area.

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Pregnant bride, father shot hours after wedding in Philadelphia Video included

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Police believe jealousy on the part of the groom’s ex-wife may have motivated the shooting.

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Sleeping 3-year-old killed in MI drive-by shooting Video included

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The shooter remains at large, and no description of them has been released.

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School shooting may not bring change to gun-loving Texas Video included

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The shooting suspect, 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, has been jailed on capital murder charges.

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FBI, Justice to 'review' classified info sought by lawmakers Video included

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Trump's demand puts further pressure on the Justice Department, which later Sunday asked its watchdog to expand an existing probe of FBI actions, as the White House combats the threat posed by special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation.

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More restaurants mandated to include calorie labels Video included

More restaurants are being mandated to include calorie counts on labels (Source: WAFB) More restaurants are being mandated to include calorie counts on labels (Source: WAFB)

Beginning this month restaurant chains will be required by the FDA to list calorie values on their menus.

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Cyclists tried to scare cougar but it attacked, killing 1 Video included

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Authorities say the cougar believed responsible for the attack has been euthanized.

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Discovery of missing WW2 plane gives family closure Video included

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A family in Nebraska is celebrating the discovery of a plane that crashed in World War II, killing one of their relatives.

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Twin girls raise money for hospital where they were treated Video included

Source: BRG Facebook page Source: BRG Facebook page

Twin girls who are former patients at Baton Rouge General (BRG) raised $600 at their family garage sale and donated the proceeds back to the hospital where they received care. Ellie and Emma, 6-year-old twins, played their part in the family garage sale, selling lemonade and brownies to add to the proceeds.

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Livingston Parish schools expanding ESL program Video included

Livingston parish schools are expanding their English as a Second Language programs (Source: WAFB) Livingston parish schools are expanding their English as a Second Language programs (Source: WAFB)

Florencia Martinez used to stand out, with English being her second language. Now, she's one of Livingston parish school's paraprofessionals.

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School victims honored at Billboard Awards; Janet, BTS shine

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After celebrating her 52nd birthday and the 25th anniversary of her groundbreaking "janet.". More>>

BRPD Top Brass to launch summer operation aimed at violent criminals Video included

Baton Rouge Police Department (Source: WAFB) Baton Rouge Police Department (Source: WAFB)

Top brass at the Baton Rouge Police Department have a message for criminals after a violent weekend in the Capital City.

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Suspect in deadly 17th street shooting turns himself in; victim identified Video included

Deandre Hollins (Source: EBRSO) Deandre Hollins (Source: EBRSO)
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Police are investigating a double shooting that left one dead Sunday evening. The Baton Rouge Police Department identified the victim as Kelvin Howard, 41. Deandre Hollins is wanted in connection with the shooting.

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Middle schoolers document every day life in film festival entry Video included

These students are hunting a news story (Source: WAFB) These students are hunting a news story (Source: WAFB)

The school year may be just about over, and while many students are focused on summer, a group of Southeast Middle School students are still learning, and possibly teaching others.

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Man rides lawnmower on highway while drunk, deputies say

Brian Cheramie (Source: LPSO) Brian Cheramie (Source: LPSO)
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A man was arrested over the weekend after Lafourche Parish authorities found him riding a lawnmower while drunk on the highway.

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Kensington Palace released the official Royal Wedding family photo and it's what Disney princess dreams are made of Video included

(Source: Alexi Lubomirski/Kensington Palace Twitter) (Source: Alexi Lubomirski/Kensington Palace Twitter)
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Kensington Palace released a handful of photos from Saturday's royal wedding and it's better than any Disney movie come to life.  

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2 MS officers fired amid claims of police brutality Video included

Barnett is still recovering from his injuries. He claims he was beaten so badly, he is currently unable to work and has to have surgery on his eye. (Photo source: WDAM) Barnett is still recovering from his injuries. He claims he was beaten so badly, he is currently unable to work and has to have surgery on his eye. (Photo source: WDAM)
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Two Laurel police officers have been terminated from the department following an internal investigation into allegations of police brutality.

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5 teens arrested for sneaking into Tiger Stadium

Top: Daniel Turner, 18, Keller Britton, 18, Jakob Langston, 18 Bottom: Alabn Maldanado, 19, and Jordan Millspaugh, 18 (SourcE: EBRSO) Top: Daniel Turner, 18, Keller Britton, 18, Jakob Langston, 18 Bottom: Alabn Maldanado, 19, and Jordan Millspaugh, 18 (SourcE: EBRSO)
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Five men were arrested early Monday morning for sneaking into Tiger Stadium.

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LSU officially signs Ohio St. transfer QB Joe Burrow

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LSU officially added graduate transfer quarterback Joe Burrow to the 2018 roster as the school received his signed institutional athletics financial aid agreement and the Southeastern Conference Grant-in-Aid Agreement, head coach Ed Orgeron announced.

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Bees delay plane at Shreveport airport Video included

(Source: KSLA News 12 viewer) (Source: KSLA News 12 viewer)
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Crews had to work to remove bees from a plane at Shreveport Regional Airport Monday morning.

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Barack, Michelle Obama to produce for Netflix

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Barack and Michelle Obama have agreed to produce films and series for the streaming service.

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New Orleans expected to host Super Bowl LVIII

Report: New Orleans will host Super Bowl in 2024. (FOX 8 Photo/FILE) Report: New Orleans will host Super Bowl in 2024. (FOX 8 Photo/FILE)

New Orleans will host the Super Bowl LVIII in 2024

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Police believe deadly shooting on N. Harco Dr. resulted from argument Video included

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Police are trying to identify the gunman responsible for a deadly shooting late Sunday night. The Baton Rouge Police Department identified the victim as Marcus Clay, 45.

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Grand jury indicts 2 of 3 men arrested in beating death of woman in Maurepas

John Cowart (Source: Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office) John Cowart (Source: Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office)
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Two of three men have been formally charged in connection with the beating death of a woman in Maurepas.

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Southern University announces 5-year deal with Under Armour

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The Southern University Athletics Department today (May 21) announced that it has entered into a 5-year partnership with Under Armour through BSN SPORTS.

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'Deadpool 2' ends Avengers' box-office reign, rakes in $125M Video included

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Deadpool and his foul-mouthed crew of misfits and malcontents have taken down the Avengers.

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Baton Rouge man accused of rape, human trafficking of teenager with mental disability

A Baton Rouge man was arrested Sunday and faces charges of rape and human trafficking involving a teenager with a mental disability, officials said.

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St. John deputies investigating homicide in LaPlace

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The St. John Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating a homicide. 

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Baton Rouge apartment catches fire after resident tries to get rid of hornets' nest

Baton Rouge Fire Department (Source: WAFB) Baton Rouge Fire Department (Source: WAFB)
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Several people are displaced after a resident accidentally started a fire while trying to get rid of a hornets' nest on Saturday in Baton Rouge.  

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Hurricane sales tax holiday set for May 26-27 Video included

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Louisiana residents can buy flashlights, batteries, portable generators and other hurricane supplies with a discount on the state sales tax Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27.

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WINNERS: 5 people receive new cars as part of OLOL Driving the Future giveaway Video included

5 Cars, 5 Winners (Source: WAFB) 5 Cars, 5 Winners (Source: WAFB)
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Five lucky people each received a brand new Lexus on Monday, courtesy of the Our Lady of the Lake's "5 Cars, 5 Winners" Driving the Future Giveaway.

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VIDEO: Salon owner clings to car as customer leaves without paying Video included

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A nail salon owner clung to the back of a car driven by an employee she said did not pay for her services.

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Police identify victim in deadly Gus Young Ave. shooting; suspect arrested Video included

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One man is dead and another is behind bars after a shooting Sunday afternoon. The Baton Rouge Police Department identified the victim as Arvion Finley, 20.

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Teen killed over stolen video game console claim, family says Video included

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Several people have been taken into custody, family members said.

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Congo to begin vaccinating against Ebola on Monday Video included

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Congo's health ministry says there is one new death from Ebola, bringing to 26 the number of deaths from the deadly outbreak in Equateur province in the country's northwest.

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Wanted woman arrested after taunting police on Facebook

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The 19-year-old is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of heroin.

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LSU defeats UL-Lafayette, advances to Super Regional

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For the fourth-straight year, the LSU softball team advances to the Super Regional in the NCAA Tournament.

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NHTSA offers safe summer driving tips

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a list of summer driving safety tips you need to know. You should make sure your car is in tip-top shape.

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McDonald's customer claims employee spiked drink with bleach Video included

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The Jacksonville, FL, employee denies putting anything in the customer’s drink.

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Man accused of running over woman multiple times after argument Video included

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A witness says two people with concealed carry guns stopped to help, firing shots at the suspect to try and get him to stop.

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US anti-IS office gets reprieve as Syria pullout accelerates

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The State Department unit overseeing the fight against the Islamic State group will stay in business for at least six month more months.

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Texas mourners endure grief that 'none of us can comprehend' Video included

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The mother of one slain student said her daughter may have been targeted because she rejected advances from the suspect, who was an ex-boyfriend of her daughter's best friend.

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As Trump pressures DOJ, Giuliani says probe may end by Sept Video included

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President Donald Trump says he'll demand that the Justice Department review whether the department or the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign for political purposes, and whether any demands or requests came from the Obama administration.

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Pope Francis to invest 14 new cardinals in June Video included

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Pope Francis has announced that he will make 14 new cardinals next month, among them his chief aide for helping homeless people.

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Arrest records of Rosa Parks, MLK to be preserved

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Yellowing court records from the arrests of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and others at the dawn of the modern civil rights era are being preserved and digitized after being discovered in a courthouse box.

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First responders train for Texas Brotherhood Ride Video included

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A dozen men and women in Baton Rouge are training for an 800-mile, 8-day ride with the names of 11 fallen first responders fixed on their back.

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Violent crash splits teen's car in half Video included

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Seventeen-year-old Marcus Case was behind the wheel when a collision with 18-year-old John Khury split his car in half at 222nd Skyline Drive and Center Street in Omaha, NE.

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Couple's gender reveal fail goes viral

A couple's gender reveal failed. (Source: Clariceguido on Twitter) A couple's gender reveal failed. (Source: Clariceguido on Twitter)
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The soon-to-be mom and dad planned to reveal the sex of their baby while playing baseball, but the pitch was a little too high and poor grandpa in the back did not see it coming.

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UPDATE: One dead, two injured following helicopter crash near Boutte

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The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation and Safety Board are on the scene of a helicopter crash near Boutte. 

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Toddler rescued from 10-foot manure pit Video included

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Police officials said they were had difficulty getting to the 3-year-old because of the thickness of the manure. 

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CDC: Watch out for these swimming-related diseases

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 The Centers for Disease Control is warning swimmers and parents that one in three swimming-related disease outbreaks happen at hotels and public pools. 

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Airline passenger accused of punching deaf pregnant woman, service dog Video included

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The case was turned over to the FBI, who are still determining if charges will be filed.

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Doctor sentenced for poisoning girlfriend who lost baby Video included

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The man no longer has his medical license, and he could be deported to his birthplace of Pakistan.

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TX school shooting victims: Pakistani exchange student, junior art student among victims Video included

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The Pakistan embassy in Washington confirmed Sabika Sheikh's death, while a local business confirmed the death of substitute teacher Ann Perkins.

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Cuba: 110 died in plane crash, 3 survivors 'critical' Video included

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A 39-year-old airliner with 110 people aboard has crashed and burned in a cassava field just after takeoff from the Havana airport, leaving three survivors in Cuba's worst aviation disaster in three decades, officials say.

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LSU drops SEC regular season finale at Auburn

Brandt Broussard delivered an RBI double in Saturday's game at Auburn (Source: Ryan McCarble) Brandt Broussard delivered an RBI double in Saturday's game at Auburn (Source: Ryan McCarble)

Shortstop Will Holland blasted two homers Saturday to lead Auburn to a 14-5 win over LSU at Plainsman Park.

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Jimmy Carter: America has abandoned its leadership Video included

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Carter also talked about the growing disparity in wealth, the threat of nuclear war, deepening racial divisions in the US, the loss of confidence in public officials, the US abandoning its leadership in pursuit of a healthy environment and his wish for the US to be "strong enough so that we'd never have to prove that we are strong."

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Woman shot following argument in Bossier City Video included

Woman shot in Bossier City, traffic shut down near Texas Street Bridge. Woman shot in Bossier City, traffic shut down near Texas Street Bridge.
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Woman shot in Bossier City. 

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