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4 killed in ‘random’ killing spree in 2 parishes, according to sheriff

An arrest has been made in what the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office is calling random shootings that killed four people. Sheriff Joseph Lopinto arrested Sean Barrette, 22, of Metairie, on multiple homicide counts related to two separate shootings that occurred on West Metairie Avenue. He is being held without bond and is being represented by…MORE

Pompeo overrules experts, keeps Saudi Arabia off US child soldiers list

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo decided not to include Saudi Arabia on the State Department’s list of countries that recruit child soldiers and overruled his own team of experts, who argued that there was sufficient evidence to do so, a source familiar with the issue told CNN. While the State Department is legally required to…MORE

Complaint says transgender athletes in Connecticut have an unfair competitive advantage

Three Connecticut high school athletes are challenging the state’s policy of letting transgender athletes compete on sport teams based on their gender identity. The students filed a federal complaint with the US Department of Education claiming the policy violates Title IX, the federal law that aims to ensure students have equal access to opportunities regardless…MORE

Pontchartrain Expressway will be temporarily closed starting at 7 p.m.

The Pontchartrain Expressway will be temporarily closed Wednesday night starting at 7 p.m. as part of an investigation into a homicide on Monday.The homicide happened on Interstate 10 East at Orleans Avenue. New Orleans Police Department investigators will be temporarily shutting down I-10 at the Pontchartrain Expressway eastbound coming from the Westbank from Tchoupitoulas to…MORE

Amite high school football player dies after practice

An Amite high school football player died Tuesday night following a practice at the school.According to Amite Police Chief Jerry Trabona, officers arrived on scene and found Terrance Allen, 15, in need of emergency attention. Trabona said Allen was in the locker room before he collapsed. CPR was given to Allen and he was rushed…MORE

EU may be slow to sanction Iran deal violations, sources say

As the Trump administration continues its hardline approach on Iran, the European Union — in a bid to preserve the Iran nuclear deal — is reluctant to impose sanctions for potential violations of that deal, two diplomatic sources told CNN. Federica Mogherini, the top EU foreign affairs official, has conveyed this sentiment in meetings over…MORE

Ilhan Omar introduces bill to end school lunch debt shaming

Rep. Ilhan Omar and Sen. Tina Smith, both Democrats from Minnesota, introduced a bill on Wednesday that aims to combat school lunch debt shaming after a string of incidents that caused outrage this year. “Across this country, students whose families are struggling to afford school meals are being singled out and humiliated at lunchtime,” Omar…MORE