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Police arrest man, 20, in shooting of Kermit Ruffins' niece

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 04:58 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans police say they have arrested a man in the death of a woman identified as the daughter of a New Orleans policewoman and firefighter, and a niece of jazz trumpeter Kermit Ruffins.

Police say 20-year-old Will Reed was arrested during a routine traffic stop Saturday and booked with second-degree murder of the 20-year-old woman. Police are not identifying her but multiple news outlets say she was Milan Arriola, daughter of police Officer Imani Ruffins and fire Capt. Roy Arriola Jr.


The Latest: Crowds await Pope Francis' arrival in Ecuador

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 04:24 PM

Here are the latest developments from Pope Francis' trip to South America:

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3:10 p.m. CDT

Pope Francis has stepped off the papal plane in Quito, Ecuador and has been received by President Rafael Correa.

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2:45 p.m. CDT

Pope Francis has arrived in Ecuador for a nine-day tour of three South American countries.


Arraignment in officer slaying case

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 04:23 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The family of a man accused of killing a New Orleans policeman has released a statement of sympathy and thanks to the dead man's family.

Public defender Christopher Murell, one of Travis Boys' attorneys, emailed the family's statement Sunday.

They say they're deeply sorry for the heartache that Officer Daryle Holloway's family and children must be feeling. And they say they're very moved by his mother's grace in asking the community to pray for them.


World Series of Poker's championship event starts in Vegas

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 04:22 PM

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The bluffing and betting began this afternoon for thousands of poker players in Las Vegas risking $10,000 each in hopes of winning several million dollars and being crowned the next champion of the World Series of Poker's Main Event.

The days-long Texas Hold 'Em matchup played by pros, amateurs and celebrities is the culmination of the 52-day annual tournament at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino that started May 27.


'Trombone Shorty' takes main stage at Essence Festival

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 03:56 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — He's no stranger to huge audiences and national exposure, but Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews says his upcoming performance at the Essence Festival is a dream come true.

Andrews, known for high-energy shows with his band Orleans Avenue, regularly plays to big crowds. On Saturday, he performed with the Foo Fighters in Washington, D.C., and for the past few years he's been the closer for the final day of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival's largest stage.


Arizona prison completes relocation of hundreds of inmates

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 03:54 PM

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) — The operator of a private prison in Kingman says it has finished relocating hundreds of inmates after being sidelined by a disturbance.

The Management and Training Corp. spokesman Issa Arnita says prison officials completed moving roughly 700 inmates to other facilities Saturday night.

Inmates in the Hualapai housing units had refused to comply and caused disturbances and damage.

Arnita says four inmates were hurt. They were taken to a hospital but later released.


The Latest: Crowds await Pope Francis' arrival in Ecuador

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 03:52 PM

Here are the latest developments from Pope Francis' trip to South America:

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2:45 p.m. CDT

Pope Francis has arrived in Ecuador for a three-day tour of South America.

Thousands are already lining the motorcade route in Quito that Pope Francis will travel to the Vatican ambassador's residence where he'll stay for the first leg of the three-nation trip that ends July 13.  

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2:40 p.m. CDT


Boy, 8, drowns n Arizona river on Fourth holiday

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 03:39 PM

CAMP VERDE, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say an 8-year-old boy who was being carried by a relative in a central Arizona river drowned Saturday.

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office says the drowning occurred around 4:30 p.m. in the Verde River at a recreation area, southeast of Camp Verde.

The victim's uncle told deputies he was carrying the boy on his shoulders while crossing the river. He stepped in a deep hole, and they went underwater.


Family searches for missing baby in Northern California

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 03:03 PM

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Relatives of a 6-month-old girl who vanished from her crib are searching throughout Shasta County looking for leads that may help in locating her.

The Record Searchlight reports Sunday (http://bit.ly/1HFG0cP ) that about a dozen relatives of Ember Graham fanned out across Shasta County on Saturday.

The baby's father, Matthew Graham, reported her missing Thursday morning. He told police he had last seen the baby in her crib Wednesday night.


Newport's iconic Cliff Walk now smoke-free

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 02:51 PM

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — People are no longer allowed to smoke while strolling along Newport's iconic Cliff Walk.

But Newport officials say they aren't worried about losing tourists because of the city's new ban.

Councilor John Florez says they don't want to subject tourists to cigarette smoke and litter.


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