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At New Orleans Museum, AI Lets You Talk to WWII Vets

Participants sat for as many as 1K questions each

(Newser) - Olin Pickens sat in his wheelchair facing a life-sized image of himself on a screen, asking it questions about being taken prisoner by German soldiers during World War II. After a pause, his video-recorded twin recalled being given "sauerkraut soup" by his captors before a grueling march. "That...

Driver Praised After School Bus Blast: 'Courage on Wheels'

Quick-thinking Kia Rousseve, 28, got kids off her bus moments before it exploded in New Orleans

(Newser) - A young bus driver in Louisiana is being credited with saving the children in her charge after she got them all off the bus just moments before the vehicle exploded. Kia Rousseve, 28, tells NOLA.com that she was driving her regular route on Wednesday morning through the Central City...

New Orleans Police Chief: 'Rats Are Eating Our Marijuana'

Department to relocate from rodent-infested building lacking air conditioning, elevators

(Newser) - New Orleans' police chief pleaded for a new building to serve as police headquarters on Monday, summing up her case in just two sentences. "The rats are eating our marijuana. They're all high," Anne Kirkpatrick testified during a meeting of the city's criminal justice committee, eliciting...

Baby Pig Tossed Around at Mardi Gras Has a New Home

Louisiana Rep. Lauren Ventrella was 'moved' by story of Earl 'Piglet' Long after incident at parade

(Newser) - A baby pig has found his forever home after being saved by a Good Samaritan who saw it being tossed around at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. WBRZ reports that Earl "Piglet" Long is now set to "live his best porking life" with Louisiana state Rep....

Man on Confiscated Possum: 'Feels Like They Kidnapped My Kid'

William Voiles of New Orleans says his pet marsupial was taken by officials during Mardi Gras

(Newser) - William Voiles isn't feeling very celebratory this Mardi Gras season, even though he lives in the epicenter of the festivities: the Big Easy. That's because the artist's pet possum, Saffron, was confiscated from him in the French Quarter by Louisiana wildlife officials, and now he's vying...

Piglet Thrown Around 'Like a Nerf Football' Saved at Parade

Piglet rescued by Good Samaritan who saw him tossed back and forth at NOLA Mardi Gras event

(Newser) - A baby pig is now in need of its forever home, after a Good Samaritan rescued him from a cruel game of sorts at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. AL.com reports that a bystander was recently attending the Lenten celebration in the Big Easy when they spotted...

A Very New Orleans Theft: Burglar Grabs King Cakes

They're 'that good,' says the bakery

(Newser) - With their purple, gold, and green colors and toy babies hidden inside, king cakes are staples of Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans, but apparently they're also valuable enough to steal—at least this time of year during the Carnival season. Police say a thief stole seven king cakes—...

Landlord's Holiday Gift Has Tenants Calling Her an 'Angel'

Britni Ricard gives renters in her New Orleans apartment building a month's free rent

(Newser) - Britni Ricard certainly has her hands full as the CEO of a cosmetics company, but last year, she decided to branch out and start investing in real estate. Now, some uplifting news from the entrepreneur's very first investment property, a 10-unit apartment building in New Orleans where renters, many...

Chris Christie's Niece Allegedly Bites Deputies
Chris Christie's Niece
Charged With Felony
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Chris Christie's Niece Charged With Felony

Shannon Epstein allegedly injured 6 deputies after being kicked off flight

(Newser) - Chris Christie's niece has been formally charged in connection with an alleged drunken meltdown at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport on Thanksgiving Day last year. The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports Shannon Epstein, 26, was on Monday charged with one felony—resisting police by force or violence—and two...

This Is the Most Fun City in America

Las Vegas tops WalletHub's list

(Newser) - "Work hard, play hard" isn't just a Wiz Khalifa song—it's the mantra of many a worker who needs hard-core recreation to look forward to to get through the workweek. That kind of fun is easy to find in certain cities, per WalletHub , which looked at 182...

3 Teen Girls Get 20 Years in 'Heinous' Carjacking Death

New Orleans teens pleaded guilty to reduced charge in death of Linda Frickey, 73

(Newser) - Three teenage girls involved in the dragging death of a woman whose arm was severed during a carjacking in New Orleans last year pleaded guilty Monday to reduced charges and were sentenced to 20 years in prison. Briniyah Baker, 17; Lenyra Theophile, 16; and Mar'Qel Curtis, 16, pleaded guilty...

Want to Live Where the Cool Kids Are? Try Here

'Time Out' does a global neighborhood ranking

(Newser) - In every city, locals know where the hot spots are: the best eateries, the hippest watering holes, the most happening cultural events. Time Out has posted its sixth annual roundup of the coolest neighborhoods in the world, based on input from more than 12,000 city dwellers and input from...

Along the Mississippi, a 'Serious Situation'

Saltwater intrusion could mean salt water for close to 1M people in Louisiana

(Newser) - A summer of high heat and low rainfall has created a serious risk to New Orleans' drinking water. In the coming weeks, water levels on the Mississippi River are expected to reach historic lows for the second year in a row . That means salt water flowing north from the Gulf...

Priest Charged 24 Years After Admitting to Child Sex Acts

Lawrence Hecker indicted on rape, kidnapping charges in Louisiana

(Newser) - A 91-year-old retired Catholic priest, previously named by the Archdiocese of New Orleans as being "credibly accused" of sexual abuse, is now facing charges over the alleged sexual assault of a teenage boy in 1975. A Louisiana state grand jury has indicted Lawrence Hecker on felony charges including aggravated...

Here Are the Best Cities in America for a Staycation

Honolulu tops WalletHub's list

(Newser) - Want to save your wallet this summer and hover closer to home for some R&R? Those contemplating a "staycation" might want to check out WalletHub's latest rankings , which lists which US cities are best for such homebound holidays. The site looked at more than 180 of the...

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...

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...

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