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Pelicans take 3-0 series lead against Blazers

Posted: 19 Apr 2018 11:41 PM PDT

New Orleans -- The Pelicans brought undeniable effort in their 119-102 game 3 win over the Trail Blazers, forcing 24 turnovers and getting the ball up-court in transition the entire game, finishing with 32 fast break points.

"I thought we did probably our best job, maybe of the year, as far as getting our hands on balls and things like that," said Pelicans Head Coach Alvin Gentry. "As far as the fast break points, we had said all along that we have to get out and try to create some easy baskets. The way we do that is that we have to run off a miss, not off makes."

"We knew they were going to come in and play desperate," said Anthony Davis, who finished with 28 points and 11 rebounds. "We just tried to match that desperation honestly and play more desperate. They came out early and made some shots but we were able to counter that and start playing a little bit of defense and was able to separate and we just didn't look back. We wanted to make sure we came out with a mindset defensively that we're going to come out, play hard, play for each other, fly around, rebound. And that's what we were able to do tonight."

Nikola Mirotic was an incredible spark for the Pels, leading all scorers with 30 points on a 12 of 15 effort from the floor. He's the third different Pelicans player to score more than 30 points in this series. AD scored 35 in game one, and Jrue Holiday scored 33 in game two.

"I'm really feeling very comfortable and I think finally I found a role here," Mirotic said. "I've been doing what they were expecting me to do. But most important for me, was to show them that I can play some defense-- especially in those kind of games and in the playoffs-- we need everybody defensively."

The Pelicans now have a chance to not only close-out the series at home Saturday, but also to get the series sweep. Tip-off for game 4 is at 4:00 p.m. (CT).

Sweep on the horizon? Pelicans rout Blazers, lead series 3-0

Posted: 19 Apr 2018 09:33 PM PDT

The New Orleans Pelicans are one win from a franchise first.

The Pelicans routed the Portland Trail Blazers, 119-102 Thursday night to take a 3-0 lead in the best of seven first round Western conference playoff series. The Pelicans can sweep a playoff series for the first time with a victory over Portland Saturday.

Nikola Mirotic scored 30 points, making 12 of 15 shots from the field. Anthony Davis scored 28 points and pulled down 11 rebounds.

Mirotic has scored 63 points in the three playoff wins, on 24 of 41 shooting. A reporter asked head coach Alvin Gentry, why has Mirotic been so hot?

“Gillette, Gillette should get the credit,” joked Gentry. Mirotic’s great play has coincided with him shaving his beard.

Rajon Rondo scored 16 points and handed out 11 assists. The Pelicans led by 25 points in the third and fourth quarters.

The 15 highest paying jobs that don’t require an advanced degree

Posted: 19 Apr 2018 08:38 PM PDT

Increased educational attainment certainly has its perks in the workplace. In the U.S., advanced-degree holders tend to command higher salaries and enjoy lower unemployment rates than those with less education, according to a new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In 2017, for example, full-time employees with an advanced degree (master's, professional, or doctoral) earned 25% more than those with only a bachelor's degree, and 106% more than those with just a high school diploma. Similarly, employees who stopped their formal education after high school had a 4.6% unemployment rate in 2017, compared with 2.5% for bachelor's degree-holders and 2.0% for advanced-degree holders over the same time period.

That said, investing in education beyond college doesn't necessarily guarantee these benefits for every individual. In part, this is because the return on investment for advanced degrees varies widely by occupation. At the upper end of the spectrum, those who pursue careers in medicine (e.g. physicians, surgeons, and orthodontists) often bring in over $200,000 per year. On the other hand, the median annual wage for mental health counselors — an occupation requiring both a master's degree and extensive internship experience — was just $42,840 in 2016.

With this in mind, researchers at Credit Sesame wanted to see which occupations not requiring advanced degrees have the highest wages. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Credit Sesame found that there are many bachelor's degree-level jobs that pay far above the approximate $76,000 average for advanced-degree holders. Here are the highest paying jobs that don't require an advanced degree.


For each occupation, data is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projections Report, accessed on March 28, 2018. The data included is for 2016, the most recent available. "10-year projected employment growth" is for 2016-2026. "Typical prior work experience" is defined by the BLS as "work experience that is commonly considered necessary by employers, or is a commonly accepted substitute for other, more formal types of training or education." The final list only includes occupations in which the "typical education needed for entry" is a bachelor's degree or lower. Occupations requiring master's, doctoral, or professional degrees are not included. Occupations are ordered by median annual wage.

Aggregate earnings and unemployment statistics by educational attainment were computed using the Bureau of Labor Statistics Current Population Survey, accessed on March 28, 2018. The data included is for people age 25 and over. Earnings are for full-time wage and salary workers only. Median annual earnings referenced in the article and shown in the graph Earnings by Educational Attainment for Full-time Employees were calculated by multiplying median weekly earnings by 52 weeks per year.

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15. Public relations and fundraising managers

  • Median annual wage: $107,320
  • Total employment: 73,500
  • 10-year projected employment growth: 10.4%
  • Typical prior work experience: 5 years or more
  • Job description: Plan, direct, or coordinate activities designed to create or maintain a favorable public image or raise issue awareness for their organization or client; or if engaged in fundraising, plan, direct, or coordinate activities to solicit and maintain funds for special projects or nonprofit organizations.

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14. Aerospace engineers

  • Median annual wage: $109,650
  • Total employment: 69,600
  • 10-year projected employment growth: 6.1%
  • Typical prior work experience: None
  • Job description: Perform engineering duties in designing, constructing, and testing aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft. May conduct basic and applied research to evaluate adaptability of materials and equipment to aircraft design and manufacture. May recommend improvements in testing equipment and techniques.

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13. Purchasing managers

  • Median annual wage: $111,590
  • Total employment: 73,900
  • 10-year projected employment growth: 5.5%
  • Typical prior work experience: 5 years or more
  • Job description: Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of buyers, purchasing officers, and related workers involved in purchasing materials, products, and services. Includes wholesale or retail trade merchandising managers and procurement managers.

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12. Computer hardware engineers

  • Median annual wage: $115,080
  • Total employment: 73,600
  • 10-year projected employment growth: 5.5%
  • Typical prior work experience: None
  • Job description: Research, design, develop, or test computer or computer-related equipment for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use. May supervise the manufacturing and installation of computer or computer-related equipment and components.

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11. Compensation and benefits managers

  • Median annual wage: $116,240
  • Total employment: 15,800
  • 10-year projected employment growth: 5.0%
  • Typical prior work experience: 5 years or more
  • Job description: Plan, direct, or coordinate compensation and benefits activities of an organization.

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10. Sales managers

  • Median annual wage: $117,960
  • Total employment: 385,500
  • 10-year projected employment growth: 7.5%
  • Typical prior work experience: Less than 5 years
  • Job description: Plan, direct, or coordinate the actual distribution or movement of a product or service to the customer. Coordinate sales distribution by establishing sales territories, quotas, and goals and establish training programs for sales representatives. Analyze sales statistics gathered by staff to determine sales potential and inventory requirements and monitor the preferences of customers.

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9. Natural sciences managers

  • Median annual wage: $119,850
  • Total employment: 56,700
  • 10-year projected employment growth: 9.9%
  • Typical prior work experience: 5 years or more
  • Job description: Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields.

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8. Financial managers

  • Median annual wage: $121,750
  • Total employment: 580,400
  • 10-year projected employment growth: 18.7%
  • Typical prior work experience: 5 years or more
  • Job description: Plan, direct, or coordinate accounting, investing, banking, insurance, securities, and other financial activities of a branch, office, or department of an establishment.

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7. Air traffic controllers

  • Median annual wage: $122,410
  • Total employment: 24,900
  • 10-year projected employment growth: 3.5%
  • Typical prior work experience: None
  • Job description: Control air traffic on and within vicinity of airport and movement of air traffic between altitude sectors and control centers according to established procedures and policies. Authorize, regulate, and control commercial airline flights according to government or company regulations to expedite and ensure flight safety.

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6. Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers

  • Median annual wage: $127,820
  • Total employment: 84,000
  • 10-year projected employment growth: 3.4%
  • Typical prior work experience: Less than 5 years
  • Job description: Pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-wing, multi-engine aircraft, usually on scheduled air carrier routes, for the transport of passengers and cargo. Requires Federal Air Transport certificate and rating for specific aircraft type used. Includes regional, National, and international airline pilots and flight instructors of airline pilots.

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5. Petroleum engineers

  • Median annual wage: $128,230
  • Total employment: 33,700
  • 10-year projected employment growth: 15.2%
  • Typical prior work experience: None
  • Job description: Devise methods to improve oil and gas extraction and production and determine the need for new or modified tool designs. Oversee drilling and offer technical advice.

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4. Marketing managers

  • Median annual wage: $131,180
  • Total employment: 218,300
  • 10-year projected employment growth: 10.1%
  • Typical prior work experience: 5 years or more
  • Job description: Plan, direct, or coordinate marketing policies and programs, such as determining the demand for products and services offered by a firm and its competitors, and identify potential customers. Develop pricing strategies with the goal of maximizing the firm’s profits or share of the market while ensuring the firm’s customers are satisfied. Oversee product development or monitor trends that indicate the need for new products and services.

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3. Architectural and engineering managers

  • Median annual wage: $134,730
  • Total employment: 180,100
  • 10-year projected employment growth: 5.5%
  • Typical prior work experience: 5 years or more
  • Job description: Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as architecture and engineering or research and development in these fields.

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2. Computer and information systems managers

  • Median annual wage: $135,800
  • Total employment: 367,600
  • 10-year projected employment growth: 12.0%
  • Typical prior work experience: 5 years or more
  • Job description: Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming.

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1. Chief executives

  • Median annual wage: $181,210
  • Total employment: 308,900
  • 10-year projected employment growth: -3.9%
  • Typical prior work experience: 5 years or more
  • Job description: Determine and formulate policies and provide overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations within guidelines set up by a board of directors or similar governing body. Plan, direct, or coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate executives and staff managers.

How to get free McDonald’s fries on Fridays in April

Posted: 19 Apr 2018 07:41 PM PDT

You can get free fries on Friday at McDonald’s by using the McDonald’s iOS app and Apple Pay to check out. (McDonald’s)

Friday will be a fry-yay for french fry fans.

McDonald’s fries will be free on Friday April 20 and again on April 27, according to the company’s website.

Customers can walk into McDonald’s locations and, by using the McDonald’s iOS app and Apple Pay, get a free order of medium french fries at check out.

Are you lovin’ it?

A minimum purchase of $1 is required to get the free french fry deal at McDonald’s.

Customers can only redeem the french fry offer once per week.

The offer is only valid at participating McDonald’s locations.

McDonald’s advertised the french fry deal on their website. You can download the app for the deal here. Find the nearest McDonald’s location here.


Dr. Rachel: Abdominal aortic aneurysm, the silent killer

Posted: 19 Apr 2018 05:48 PM PDT

NEW ORLEANS -- There is a free screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at the LSU Healthcare Network at 3700 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans.

Visit the LSU Healthcare Network website for information about registering.

More than 3 million Americans find out they have an abdominal aortic aneurysm every year, but what is it? Dr. Claudie Sheahan tells us "An abdominal aortic aneurysm is abnormal dilation of the aorta. The aorta is a main artery in the body that brings blood to all the organs and when the aorta balloons out and actually forms the shape of a balloon, it's called an aneurysm, and an aneurysm is a concern because it can rupture."

Who is at risk? "People who are at risk are generally men more than women, but it can happen to women as well over 60. People smoking even 100 cigarettes in a lifetime, you're at risk. Genetics. If you have a relative, in particular, a first-degree relative with an aneurysm, you're in at high risk."

Screening is usually an abdominal ultrasound. It's done just like you would for a pregnancy, and it's painless. The probe goes over your abdomen, and it takes about a minute or two. They can look right away and see if you have an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

Saints release 2018 schedule

Posted: 19 Apr 2018 05:11 PM PDT

NEW ORLEANS — The Saints open their 2018 regular season on Sunday, September 9, in the dome against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The team released the full schedule today.

Other games to note include a Monday night home game against the Washington Redskins, and a Thanksgiving home game against the Falcons.

We close the regular season with a noon game at home against the Panthers.

See the fulls schedule below:

Would you eat it? Garlic Knots!

Posted: 19 Apr 2018 04:06 PM PDT

NEW ORLEANS - Let's see what Test Kitchen Taylor is cooking up today!

Happy National Garlic Day! Test Kitchen Taylor is pulling out a favorite from her hometown, New York - Garlic Knots!

Garlic Knots
2 cans refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon each: dried oregano, dried parsley flakes
Pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Roll each biscuit into a rope and tie into a knot; tuck ends under.
*Test Kitchen Tip* Taylor found that breaking each biscuit in half made for smaller, but better knots. Try it out!
Place 2 inches apart on a greased baking sheet.
In a small bowl, combine melted butter, Parmesan, garlic, dried oregano, dried parsley and salt.
Brush knots with half of butter mixture.
Bake for 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Brush warm knots with remaining butter mixture.

Do you have a recipe that you want Test Kitchen Taylor, Tamica and LBJ to try? Send it to us at twist@wgno.com!

Just how tall are those tall ships sailing in from a century and a half ago?

Posted: 19 Apr 2018 03:47 PM PDT

NEW ORLEANS - The Tall Ships are arriving in New Orleans.

WGNO News with a Twist features guy Wild Bill Wood is at Woldenberg Riverfront Park at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in the heart of downtown New Orleans as they sail into the city.

Four of the Tall Ships will be docked along Woldenberg Riverfront Park for you to see from Thursday, April 19 through Monday, April 23.

Why are these Tall Ships here?

They are teachers really.

The purpose is to educate everybody about their purpose and the impact these kinds of ships had on New Orleans as a port city.

They're here as part of NOLA Navy Week 2018.

And they're here to celebrate the city's tricentennial.

Here's a look at the Tall Ships:

The Elissa was built in 1877 in Aberdeen, Scotland.  Just a rusted, iron hulk before being rescued by the Galveston Historical Foundation in Galveston, Texas.

The Oliver Hazard Perry comes from Newport, Rhode Island.  The ship gets its name from a young Rhode Island hero.  Oliver Hazard Perry was the hero of the Battle of Lake Erie.

The Oosterschelde comes from Rotterdam.  It was built in 1918.  The Oosterschelde has three masts and it's a schooner.

The Picton Castle is from the Cook Islands. She's been on voyages all around the world.

The Lynx is from Nantucket, Massachusetts. She's a living classroom when it comes to the subjects of history, environment and ecological issures.

And The When and If.  How does she get her name? Well, when General George S. Patton had the boat designed he said, when the war is over, and if I live through it, I will sail her around the world.

For more about the Tall Ships, all you have to do is click right here.



Woman accused of biting off boyfriend’s ear after ‘one thing led to another’

Posted: 19 Apr 2018 02:29 PM PDT

AUSTIN, Texas – A Texas woman was arrested Tuesday morning after she allegedly bit off her boyfriend’s ear, KXAN reports.

At about 3:30 p.m., officers went to a Super 8 Motel in Austin for a call about a disturbance. The officers found a shirtless and bloody man who was “holding his left ear in his hand.”

Police also found 20-year-old Portia Elaine Washington, who said she bit the man’s ear off because he “killed her baby.” An arrest warrant said there was no further mention of the baby.

The victim later told officers that the couple had been fighting and “one thing led to another” and Washington bit off his ear. He was taken to a hospital to have his ear reattached.

Washington was charged with aggravated assault. She was taken to jail and has since bonded out.

Mitch Landrieu lands on Fortune’s list of ‘the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders’

Posted: 19 Apr 2018 02:21 PM PDT

NEW ORLEANS – Fortune has named New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu one of "the World's 50 Greatest Leaders."

The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, top the list for their dedication to standing up for school safety and gun control in the wake of a tragic mass shooting at their school.

Bill and Melinda Gates, South Korean President Moon Jae-In, Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier, and BlackRock CEO Larry Fink all made the top 10 on the annual list.

Landrieu came in at number 28.

The outgoing mayor landed on the list after leading "a successful effort to take down four" Confederate monuments, "persevering through a two-year legal battle even after city business leaders got cold feet," according to the magazine.

Landrieu's NOLA for Life mentorship program also helped land him on the list, according to Fortune.

View the entire list here.

Gillette and Tide maker struggles in ‘tough environment’

Posted: 19 Apr 2018 01:40 PM PDT

Procter & Gamble has dominated the household goods market since Andrew Jackson was in the White House. But the 180-year-old conglomerate is stuck.

The maker of Tide, Bounty, Charmin, Pampers, Gillette and Crest brands reported anemic sales growth last quarter and it’s losing the ability to control prices and maintain high profit margins.

Related: Are cheaper Pampers and Tide coming in 2018?

“This was a challenging quarter in a very tough environment,” P&G chief financial officer Jon Moeller told analysts on a conference call Thursday. Wall Street analysts weren’t having it: They asked Moeller tough, pointed questions, including about how the board defines success at the company.

P&G’s sales inched up 1%, while prices declined 2% and margins shrank 1%. The results sent battered P&G shares 3% lower. It’s this year’s second-worst stock on the Dow.

Gillette’s price drop was the company’s steepest last quarter. Last year, P&G took down prices on the razors after losing market share to cheaper subscription upstarts Harry’s and Dollar Shave Club. P&G also lowered prices on toothpaste last quarter.

Related: Gillette unveils new, cheaper razors to keep Dollar Shave at bay

P&G’s struggles aren’t new. The company’s performance drew the attention of activist investor Nelson Peltz last year. P&G waged an expensive proxy fight with Peltz over a seat on the board. Peltz narrowly lost the fight, but P&G gave him the seat. He took it on March 1.

It’s also not the only consumer goods company mired in a slump.

“We have large businesses in several difficult markets. The ecosystems in which we operate around the world are being disrupted and transformed,” CEO David Taylor said in a statement.

Rivals Clorox, Unilever, Colgate-Palmolive, Kimberly-Clark, Edgewell Personal Care and Church & Dwight are facing intense pressure. Clorox lost 6% on Thursday following a Morgan Stanley stock downgrade.

Established brands have lost key advantages in the digital era.

Related: The fight over razor, diaper and shampoo prices

In the past, P&G could muscle out competitors through expensive advertising campaigns, scale and supply networks, and deep relationships with retailers to get their products on store shelves in the best spots.

Today, the shopping landscape is fragmented. Smaller companies, often born online, can sell products directly to consumers. And retailers’ private labels and discount stores have chipped away at big brands’ market share.

Their prices often beat P&G’s higher end lines.

“Competition is offering a very compelling value proposition that makes it hard for the household good companies to justify significant price premiums,” said Kevin Keller, a marketing professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth University.

In addition, online sellers like Amazon have hurt suppliers by forcing brick-and-mortar stores, which have been lowering their prices to compete, to fore P&G to sell to retailers at lower costs.

P&G is betting on its consumer health care business, which already includes Vicks cold medicine and Pepto-Bismol heartburn relief, to help jumpstart sales.

On Thursday, P&G announced a $4.2 billion deal for German pharmaceutical company Merck KGaA. It will own brands like Seven Seas vitamins and Nasivin nasal spray.

“We believe personal health care will continue to be a financially attractive,” Taylor said. “It’s a huge category and about $230 billion in sales and with strong profit margins.”

Over 10 pounds of cocaine found during I-12 traffic stop

Posted: 19 Apr 2018 01:36 PM PDT

COVINGTON, LA – A woman pulled over on I-12 is behind bars now after officers found more than 10 pounds of cocaine concealed in her vehicle.

A St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office deputy pulled over 43-year-old Texas resident Rosa Siller around 4:30 p.m. on April 18 for following too close and having expired registration as she traveled eastbound on I-12 in a black Nissan Sentra.

Siller told the deputy she was on her way to Florida to pick up her grandparents and bring them back to Texas with her, according to the STPSO.

She agreed to let the deputy search the car, and he found 10.4 pounds of cocaine.

"Our Highway Enforcement Unit has been very successful in making many proactive arrests and reducing the availability of dangerous drugs being dispersed in and traveling through St. Tammany Parish,” St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith said.​

Siller faces charges of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, along with the pair of moving violations.

Firefighters in Arizona rescue man trapped in palm tree

Posted: 19 Apr 2018 01:20 PM PDT

TUCSON, Ariz. — Firefighters in Tucson, Arizona rescued a man who got trapped in a palm tree Wednesday.

What was supposed to be a routine tree trimming job, turned into a life or death situation.

Tucson Fire Captain Andy Skaggs said the man is lucky to be alive.

The majority of the time when we do get calls like this, the outcome is not as good as it was today, Skaggs said.

Timing was everything for this rescue on the eastside. Firefighters practiced for this exact situation last week, according to Capt. Skaggs.

There were many safety precautions that were in place to ensure that he was not going to make it to the ground, Skaggs said.

Russel Moser trims palm trees for a living as the owner of Pima Palm and Tree Service. The person involved in the rescue was not his employee. However, he said he can understand how dangerous these situations can be, especially when the trees they work have gone untrimmed for a long time.

“It’s a ticking time bomb that at any moment could fall down and pin you, if you’re the climber,” he said. “A lot of dangers present themselves with these palm trees.”

Moser continued to say that even the most experienced trimmers can find themselves in a dangerous situation, at a moment’s notice.

“It definitely makes me think about all of the things that can go wrong, because you do get complacent,” he said. “I hope he’s OK.”

The man who was rescued is OK and didn’t need to go to the hospital. TFD said he was back on his feet minutes after the rescue.


Justice Dept. watchdog sends McCabe findings to federal prosecutors for possible charges

Posted: 19 Apr 2018 01:19 PM PDT

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The Justice Department’s inspector general referred its findings on former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to the US attorney’s office in Washington for possible criminal charges associated with lying to internal investigators, according to a source familiar with the matter.

When exactly the referral was made to the US attorney’s office was not immediately clear, and prosecutors there may decline to prosecute.

Last week, the IG issued a report finding that McCabe “lacked candor” on four occasions with internal investigators when discussing a Wall Street Journal article about the FBI’s Clinton Foundation investigation, according to a copy of the report obtained by CNN.

In addition, the inspector general determined that McCabe was not authorized to disclose the existence of the investigation because it was not within the department’s “public interest” exception for disclosing ongoing investigations.

The disclosure to the Journal was made “in a manner designed to advance his personal interests at the expense of department leadership,” the report said.

While leaking non-classified information is generally not a crime in itself and the IG’s investigation was not a criminal probe, lying to federal investigators is a crime.

Referrals are not unusual but the move is significant give McCabe’s role as the former No. 2 at the FBI.

A McCabe spokesperson, the Justice Department, the inspector general’s office and the US attorney’s office all declined to comment.

The findings formed the basis of McCabe’s firing last month by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Justice to give Congress access to James Comey memos

Posted: 19 Apr 2018 01:17 PM PDT

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The Justice Department is expected to make the James Comey memos available to Congress on Thursday, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.

The fired FBI director wrote the memos memorializing his conversations with President Donald Trump.

It was not immediately clear whether the memos would be provided in redacted form, unredacted in a classified setting, or some combination.

CNN reported Wednesday that House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte might issue a subpoena to the Justice Department demanding the memos this week.

The move would escalate a feud between the Justice Department and the three GOP chairmen — Goodlatte, House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes and House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy — who have been demanding access to the Comey memos and other records from the Justice Department as part of their investigation into the FBI’s handling of the Clinton email inquiry in 2016.

Gowdy told CNN on Wednesday that there’s nothing in the memos that should prevent the Justice Department from providing them to Congress. He said the redactions are minor, and the larger issue is that Congress should be given access to the memos as part of its oversight role.

Dick’s Sporting Goods plans to destroy all the assault rifles it pulled off its shelves

Posted: 19 Apr 2018 01:13 PM PDT

Right after the mass shooting at a Florida high school earlier this year, Dick’s Sporting Goods decided to stop selling assault-style weapons at its stores.

Now the nation’s largest sporting goods retailer is going to destroy those guns.

“We are in the process of destroying all firearms and accessories that are no longer for sale as a result of our February 28th policy change,” the company told CNN.

“We are destroying the firearms in accordance with federal guidelines and regulations.”

A company spokesman wouldn’t say how the guns would be destroyed.

Dick’s was one of a number of retailers that made changes to their gun sales policy after the February 14 massacre at Marjory Stonemen High School that killed 17 students and staff.

Around the same time, Walmart said it would also raise the age restriction for purchase of firearms and ammunition to 21. It also removed items from its website that resembled assault-style rifles, “including nonlethal airsoft guns and toys.”

L.L. Bean and Kroger (which sells guns through its Fred Meyer stores) both raised their minimum gun buying age to 21.

Dick’s CEO Edward Stack said he and other company executives were moved by the Parkland school shooting survivor’s push for gun control measures. And he said the company was alarmed after learning that school shooter Nikolas Cruz had bought a gun at Dick’s, although not the AR-15-style rifle used in the February 14 massacre.

“We don’t want to be a part of this story any longer,” he told CNN’s New Day back in February.

More than 400 acres burned in Big Branch Marsh

Posted: 19 Apr 2018 01:12 PM PDT

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LACOMBE, LA —  Workers with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are overseeing a prescribed burn at the Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge.

In all, plans called for 411 acres to be burned.

During the controlled burn, smoke could be seen across the lake to the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain.

Wildlifeworkers say that because the wind was blowing out of the north, smoke from the fire lifted over the lake rather than the homes in the Lacombe area that are north of the prescribed burn area.

The burn is designed to knock down invasive trees, shrubs, and grasses that can choke and overrun the plants that naturally grow in the marsh.

Wildlife workers say that the nesting season for birds in the marsh is over, so no nests with eggs were destroyed. They add that while the flames burn large portions of the marsh, there are always sections of green patches that provide places for animals to escape the fire’s path.

Within a matter of weeks, tender green grass will begin to return to the burned areas. Rabbits, ducks, and other wildlife feed on the new vegetation which replaces the dry thatch and larger plants that are burned, according to wildlife workers.

Tall Ships arrive in New Orleans for NOLA Navy Week 2018

Posted: 19 Apr 2018 01:12 PM PDT

NEW ORLEANS - It's not something you see every day, at least not anymore.

Tall Ships have docked by the Aquarium of the Americas for NOLA Navy Week 2018.

Four ships will dock at Woldenberg Park, and two will make their way to the waters of Lake Pontchartrain as part of the city's Tricentennial celebrations.

A selection of modern US Navy vessels will also line up along the Mississippi River near the French Quarter.

Earlier this week, the 99-foot, iron-hulled vessel Elissa, which was built in Scotland in 1877, led the small armada as it sailed past Pilottown toward New Orleans.

The ships arrived around noon on April 19, and will stay in town through Monday, April 23.

Click here to view the full schedule of events.

From tragedy to triumph; how a spinal chord injury victim helps others

Posted: 19 Apr 2018 12:54 PM PDT

NEW ORLEANS--  When Nicole Marquez was 28, she moved to New York City to pursue her career as a professional dancer. One fateful afternoon she returned home after her audition and found herself locked out of her 6th story apartment. She decided to climb to the roof of her building and attempt to get in that way, but slipped and fell. She broke her neck and back, her chances for survival were slim to none.

"I was mad because I knew it was dumb and turned around to climb down and that's the last thing I remembered," said Nicole, who is now in her 30's and fully capable of walking and living a full life.

"It doesn't upset me anymore, because this was just part of my journey. It  was written in the great book of life for me and its just part of my story."

Nicole now donates her time to help others with similar injuries, live full lives through the Brain Injury Association of Louisiana. This Sunday she will be hosting an event to help raise money for her cause.

It's called "Queens in the Garden" and it's a drag queen fashion show at 1216 Jackson Avenue.  The event is open to the public from 3 - 5 p.m, rain or shine.

Tickets are $55 at the door.

2 Slidell elementary school students arrested for child pornography after sending nude Snapchats

Posted: 19 Apr 2018 12:52 PM PDT

SLIDELL – Police have arrested a female elementary school student who took nude pictures of herself as well as her male classmate who sent the pictures to other students.

The students, who are both enrolled at Bonne Ecole Elementary, have both been charged with distribution of child pornography, according to the Slidell Police Department.

The nude pictures in question were sent and distributed through the Snapchat app.

The male student sent the picture to other students after receiving them, according to the SPD.

"Most kids are not aware, but sending a nude photo of themselves is a crime," Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal said. "Parents need to have a candid conversation with their kids about the seriousness, and the long term effects, of taking and sending nude photographs."

Both children have been released into the custody of their parents.