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A look at candidates signed up for the Nov. 8 election

The sign-up period for the Nov. 8 election runs through Friday. After the presidential race, the top of the ballot will include a U.S. Senate race and all six U.S. House races. Click here to see the candidates who have qualified so far...

Baton Rouge readies for funerals of 3 slain police officers

Funeral arrangements are set for three Baton Rouge police officers shot to death in an ambush by a lone gunman. Visitation is set Thursday evening for city police department officer Matthew Gerald, 41, the Army and Marine veteran who had graduated from the... Read more

Local Catholic leaders using the silver screen to attract parishioners

Starting this weekend, movie goers in the metro will see New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond appearing on theater screens. The Archbishop is not going Hollywood on us...just asking folks to give the church another chance.  Read more...

Gunman signals 'horrendous acts of violence' in manifesto

The man who killed three Louisiana law enforcement officers purportedly described his actions as a ``necessary evil'' in a self-described manifesto an Ohio musician says was emailed to him by the gunman less than an hour before the shootings.  Read more...

Trump takes the crown, Pence speaks tonight

The art of the coronation has taken something of a beating at the Republican National Convention. Nevertheless, Donald Trump now has the crown — and a final chance to summon unity from the party's restive ranks in the ritual's closing days. The roll call of ... Read more

Defense wants prosecutors off Will Smith shooting case

A judge in New Orleans was set to hear arguments Wednesday on whether the New Orleans district attorney's office should be barred from prosecuting the suspect in the shooting death of retired Saints defensive end Will Smith. Cardell Hayes (above) is charged with ... Read more

Qualifying for US Senate race begins today

Qualifying for the US Senate race begins today. As many as eight well-known candidates are expected to file paperwork to put their name on the ballot, five republicans, two democrats and one independent. JMC Analytics pollster John Couvillion anticipates a... Read more

Trump triumphs as GOP nominee, completing stunning climb

United for a night, Republicans nominated Donald Trump Tuesday as their presidential standard-bearer, capping the billionaire businessman's stunning takeover of the GOP and propelling him into a November faceoff with Democrat Hillary Clinton. "This is a movement, but we... Read more

'Happy Days' creator and 'Pretty Woman' director Garry Marshall dies at 81

Writer-director Garry Marshall, whose TV hits included "Happy Days" ''Laverne & Shirley" and box-office successes included "Pretty Woman" and "Runaway Bride," has died. He was 81. Publicist Michelle Bega says Marshall died Tuesday in at a hospital in... Read more

Allegations of Trump plagiarism, a Louisiana delegate reacts

Louisiana Republican Delegate John Young of Jefferson Parish is among those hearing more and more about the allegations of plagiarism against Melania Trump in her speech Monday night at the party's national convention.  Young doesn't deny the striking similarities between... Read more

Trump campaign dismisses criticism of Melania Trump speech

The Trump campaign on Tuesday dismissed criticism that Melania Trump directly lifted two passages nearly word-for-word from the speech that first lady Michelle Obama delivered in 2008 at the Democratic National Convention, calling the complaints "just absurd."  Read more...

AP EXPLAINS: Do US political conventions still matter?

American political conventions once had real drama as parties held rounds and rounds of voting before settling on a presidential nominee. Now, they are highly staged television pep rallies as party loyalists anoint a nominee determined in state primaries and caucuses.  Read more...

What to Eat Tuesday... Breakfast!

Where is the best restaurant to eat breakfast in and around New Orleans?  We asked listeners on this week's "What to Eat Tuesday" where they like to go for breakfast food. From all of the text messages to 870870 during the Early Edition of WWL First News; we saw several... Read more and see the list

Tolls on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway could go up soon

Crossing the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway could soon get more costly. The Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission is scheduled to consider a proposal to raise the toll fee by $1 to finance as much as $100 million in bonds for safety improvements.  Read more...

Autopsy today on cop killer in Baton Rouge

The coroner in Baton Rouge is conducting autopsies on the cops killed and the on the gunman.  It is a tall task for the medical examiner. "Those guys are our friends.  We work with them on a regular basis," East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Dr. Beau Clark said. "It is very... Read more

Inmate back in custody after clerical error

A state inmate mistakenly released from the New Orleans' jail is back in custody. The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office, in a news release Monday, said 27-year-old Ervin New was serving time on state charges of simple burglary and home invasion. New was awaiting a hearing on... Read more

Melania Trump speech closely resembled Michelle Obama's talk

One delegate said everyone fell in love with her. Another compared her to Jackie Kennedy. Melania Trump's star turn at the Republican National Convention Monday night captivated a GOP crowd that had rarely heard from her. But her speech also drew... Read more

Slain Baton Rouge officers all hailed from same community

Fresh out of the police academy, Matthew Gerald was so proud to bring his cruiser home that he stood in the driveway, wiping it down under the hot Louisiana sun. His neighbor Ashley Poe watched as he flicked the blue lights on and off, on and off.  Read more...

Melania Trump speech paints a 'kind and fair' Donald Trump

Presenting her husband as softer and gentler than the man known by the public, a heartfelt Melania Trump introduced herself Monday to a nation that has often seen but rarely heard from her through months of the tumultuous 2016 White House campaign. "He is tough when he... Read more

Baton Rouge police shooter said he was 'sovereign citizen'

The former Marine who killed three Baton Rouge, Louisiana, police officers in an ambush-style attack identified with a growing sovereign citizen movement whose adherents believe they're immune to most federal and state laws, including paying taxes and... Read more

Baton Rouge shooter targeted and ambushed police

State Police believe the shooter that killed three law enforcement officers and injured three others planned his attack. Major Doug Cain say 29-year-old Gavin Long of Kansas City (above) stationed himself along Airline Highway in Baton Rouge to inflict pain on law enforcement.  Read more...

Year of Trump: Guide to the Republican National Convention

The glitz. The glam. The speeches, protests and parties. The flamboyant presidential candidate who's giving his party more than a touch of heartburn.  The 2016 Republican National Convention, kicking off Monday, will be like no other. Just ask Donald Trump... Read more

2016 GOP convention different than '12, '08 for some Republicans

The 2016 Republican National Convention launches today in Cleveland, and with political outsider Donald Trump on the verge of being nominated, it's one of the unlikeliest conventions in recent memory. It's also quite a change from the last couple of conventions for... Read more

Gunman 'was seeking out,' ambushed 6 Baton Rouge officers

A former Marine dressed in black and carrying extra ammunition ambushed police in Baton Rouge, shooting and killing three law enforcement officers less than two weeks after a black man was fatally shot by police there in a confrontation... Read more

GOP convention kicks off as nation reels from more violence

The Republican National Convention is set to kick off as the nation reels from another deadly shooting and dissident delegates stage a longshot, last-gasp effort to deny Donald Trump the GOP nomination for president. Amid the tumult, it was undeniably... Read more

Who were the cops killed in Baton Rouge?

The two Baton Rouge police officers killed have been identified as 41-year-old Matthew Gerald (left) and 32-year-old Montrell Jackson (center). Jackson leaves behind a wife and a young child. Gerald is a former Marine and graduated from the... Read more

Cop killer spouted hate online

Louisiana State Police have positively identified the shooter who killed three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge as Gavin Long. In a Monday morning Facebook post, Louisiana State Police said they needed to... Read more

Obama condemns attack on Baton Rouge officers

The attacks on public servants and the rule of law "have to stop," President Barack Obama said Sunday after another shooting spree targeting police killed three officers in Baton Rouge and wounded three others. Obama said the motive for Sunday's attack, the second ... Read more
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