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Stop what you’re doing and watch Mayor Cantrell dance with Saints Vader on a street corner

Posted: 14 Jan 2019 02:02 AM PST

NEW ORLEANS — Jennifer Johnson Larson captured the video on Friday.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell breaking it down with Saints Vader. Just for fun!

She captioned the video, “Only in New Orleans would you just happen to see your mayor dancing in 5 o’clock traffic with Saints Vader….and no news crew. WHO DAT?!!!

So far, the video has over 3,82,000 views on Facebook, over 8,000 shares, and nearly 3,000 reactions.

How cool is our Mayor?


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Expected rematch: Brees said Saints figured they might see Rams again in NFC title game

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 09:05 PM PST

The Saints host the Rams Sunday at 2:05 in the NFC championship. The winner advances to the Super Bowl, to be played February 3rd in Atlanta.

November 4th, the Saints beat the Rams, 45-35 in a game that featured a combined 54 first downs and 970 total yards by the two teams. Saints quarterback Drew Brees said he isn’t a bit surprised the Saints and Rams are playing for a second time this season.

The Rams defeated the Dallas Cowboys Saturday night, 30-22. CJ Anderson rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns. Fellow running back Todd Gurley ran for 115 yards and a score.

Saints defensive end Cam Jordan knows the Rams, well.

The Saints are three and a half point favorites.

New Orleans will play the game without standout defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins, who reportedly suffered a torn achilles tendon in the Saints win over the Eagles.

 

 

Deafening in the Dome

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 07:25 PM PST

New Orleans -- The crowd noise was in full effect Sunday in the Saints NFC Divisional round win over the Eagles. The Mercedes-Benz Superdome was deafening for the Saints first playoff game of the season and undoubtedly played a roll in throwing the Eagles off their game.

"Any time you get a delay of game and then a time out there," Payton said. "There's an attrition to that noise. I'd like to think that was the case. I've seen 12 men in a huddle before on an important down and so it's all of the communication that strains you-- not just on one play but throughout the course of the game."

"Probably the loudest I've heard the dome," said Saints corner back Marshon Lattimore. "When we played Carolina last year they were pretty loud but this time they were loud and we love that. We love the crowd being in the game with us. That just gives us the extra push to get the job done."

They all knew that being the top seed in the NFC would be a huge advantage in the post-season-- not only for the bye week, but of course for the "Domefield Advantage." That theory was proven right Sunday evening.

"We think it's a tremendous advantage to play here. Our fans were fantastic tonight. Communication becomes difficult. We've been on both sides of it. We've played some tough road venues where it's real loud-- Minnesota, Seattle. And we've played at home here. That's one of the reasons you fight so hard for the best seed you can, so that you have a chance to play with the noise in your favor."

The Saints host the Rams next Sunday in the NFC Championship game at 2:05 p.m. (CT) and if it's even possible, it should probably be even louder in the Dome for that one.

No Upset: LSU No Match Against No. 21 South Carolina

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 06:21 PM PST

BATON ROUGE – The LSU women's basketball team fell to nationally ranked South Carolina on Sunday, 76-53.

With the loss, LSU falls to 11-5 overall and 2-2 in conference play.  South Carolina improves to 12-4 overall and 4-0 in the league.

Three Lady Tigers scored in double digits with Khayla Pointer leading the way. Pointer had 15 points with six rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Ayana Mitchell recorded her 19th career double-double and eighth of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Mercedes Brooks put up 10 points off the bench for the Lady Tigers.

Center Yasmine Bidikuindila also came off the bench and scored a career-high eight points.

"You've got to be ready to beat South Carolina before you even throw the ball up," said LSU head coach Nikkie Fargas.

The Lady Tigers dug themselves a hole in the first quarter trailing 29-11. South Carolina was able to find a rhythm early and keep LSU mismatched in transition.

"They did a great job of running the basketball back at us," Fargas said.

The Gamecocks started the game on a 9-0 run before LSU could settle in and Mitchell knocked down a jumper to put LSU on the board.

The remaining three quarters were more evenly matched as South Carolina only outscored LSU by five points combined in the second and third quarters.

South Carolina attempted 19 three-pointers which Fargas said hurt the Lady Tigers from the beginning of the game not being able to guard the perimeter.

"We gave up way too many wide-open looks," Fargas said. "I think that really hurt us."

"There were too many wide-open threes. That, to me, was the decider in allowing them to really push the lead ahead in the first quarter."

Despite giving up 76 points, the Lady Tigers forced 14 turnovers on the Gamecocks.

Next up, LSU will host nationally-ranked Kentucky on Thursday, Jan. 17 in the annual We Back Pat game in honor of legendary coach Pat Summitt. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. in the PMAC.

Article courtesy of LSU Sports Information Department.

So Close: Tulane’s Comeback Stopped by Memphis

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 06:15 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS – The Tulane men's basketball team outscored Memphis by 11 in the second half as a valiant comeback effort came up short, 83-79, in American Athletic Conference action Sunday evening at Avron B. Fogelman Arena in the Devlin Fieldhouse.

Freshman Kevin Zhang scored a season-high 25 points in his third 20-point effort of the season, while senior Blake Paul had a career day, registering his first career double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds – both personal bests – to go with three blocks off the bench.

Sophomore Caleb Daniels also reached double-figures with 12 points and five boards.

Tigers' guard Jeremiah Martin led all scorers with 27 points, five rebounds and three steals, as Kyvon Davenport chipped in 17 points. Raynere Thornton added 12 points and eight rebounds.

Memphis (11-6, 3-1 AAC) built its largest lead of the game – 18 points – just over two minutes into the second half on a three-point play by Davenport.

The Tigers held a double-digit advantage for the first 15 minutes of the second half, and after a Thornton layup at the 6:30 mark made it 74-62, Tulane (4-12, 0-4 AAC) exploded with 10 straight points, thanks to some extraordinary efforts on the defensive glass by Paul and a pair of buckets of his own on the offensive end.

A pair of Jordan Cornish free throws, followed by the finish on a tough layup at the 2:50 mark brought the Green Wave within a pair, 74-72.

Tulane had multiple chances to tie the game, and despite an NBA-range 3-pointer by Daniels with 17 seconds remaining cutting the deficit to a pair, 81-79, the Wave were unable to execute on a late possession after two free throws by Martin.

Memphis put an early emphasis on pushing the pace with transition offense, racing out to a 22-9 lead in the first seven minutes of play.

Tulane pulled within six of the Tigers, 40-34, following six consecutive defensive stops, but Memphis countered with a 9-0 scoring run to close the period and to put its advantage back into double digits at halftime.

The Green Wave shot 11-for-35 (.314) overall, 1-for-11 (.091) beyond the 3-point arc and 11-for-15 (.733) at the free throw line in the first half, while Memphis went 17-for-33 (.515) from the field, 6-for-13 (.462) from outside and made nine of 14 (.643) free throws.

Tulane will have six days between games before heading to Storrs, Conn., for a Saturday night matchup at UConn. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. (CT)

Article Courtesy of Tulane Sports Information Department.

Survive and advance: Saints rally from 14 down to defeat Eagles

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 04:52 PM PST

It wasn’t pretty, in fact the first  quarter was downright ugly. But, the Saints, down 14-0 after one, dominated the last three on the way to a 20-14 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. The Saints eliminated the defending Super Bowl champs, and will host the Los Angeles Rams Sunday afternoon in the NFC championship game.

The Saints sealed the victory when a Nick Foles pass went through the hands of receiver Alshon Jeffrey and into the waiting arms of Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore.

Lattimore had 2 interceptions for the Saints defense, who held the Eagles to 4 first downs in the second half.

The interception was a stroke of luck, one the Saints were on the other side of a year ago, when Minnesota scored on a last second TD pass to eliminate New Orleans.

The Saints comeback was ignited by a fake punt. With just over 11 minutes to play in the second quarter, the Saints were facing fourth and one from their own 30 yard line. Taysom Hill, the up back, took the direct snap and ran four yards for a first down.

The drive ended with a two yard, fourth down TD pass from Drew Brees to Keith Kirkwood.

The Saints took the lead in the third quarter on an 11:29 drive that spanned 18 plays, 92 yards. The Saints overcame three penalties on the drive, including two holding calls.

Michael Thomas caught a 2 yard TD pass from Brees to give the Saints a 17-14 lead.

Thomas had 12 receptions for 171 yards.

 

 

 

 

Find of the Week: The Pages of Edwina Williams’ Diary

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 03:53 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA-- Every Friday we team up with the Historic New Orleans Collection to bring you something unique out of our city's past.  Today we invite you to both the theater and the home of Thomas Williams, known as Tennessee Williams.  This week we tell you about pages of a diary left by Edwina Williams, Tennessee Williams' mother.

 

Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie is heralded as Williams' most autobiographical play. The character Amanda Wingfield was modeled after William's own mother, Edwina Dakan Williams.  However, Tennessee was not the only wordsmith in the family.  Edwina was the author of a diary and possessed a great deal of talent.

Although Edwina had once said the diary was destroyed, The Historic New Orleans Collection houses 30 pages from her diary, written between 1931 and 1934.

Edwina's words often detail a troubled marriage in the passages-- "After telling me he intended to divorce me, on what grounds, "C" put on his hat and left the house. I told him to do what he pleases. Of course, he has no grounds as he well knows."   "C," is the nickname of Cornelius, Edwina's husband.

Margit Longbrake is the senior editor for The Historic New Orleans Collection and also the Managing Editor for the Tennessee Williams Annual Review.  Margit says, that both Tennessee Williams and his brother had confirmed a bitter relationship of their parents.

The accounts in Edwina's diary are insight to the house Tennessee Williams grew up in.  Edwina writes, "New Year's day 1933, will be long remembered by the children and me. Cornelius stayed out all night and came home and seven while I was preparing breakfast. He flew into a rage and threatened me. I locked my door and tried to reason with him through the closed door. Open that door or i'll bust it in. The lock broke and the door flew open, striking me in the nose and knocking me to the floor where I lay dazed."

"Here's another place she has crossed out words, very much in the same way Tennessee Williams would have in his own notebooks," says Margit as she examines the pages.

It is unclear if Edwina meant for her diary's words to be read by others but it is very apparent that Tennessee Williams, the celebrated playwright, was influenced by the words of his mother.

"She's got a very dramatic style and she has definitely a narrative flair as well. Tennessee is taking a lot of the locutions and a lot of dramatic narrative style straight from his own mother," says Margit.

The Glass Menagerie opened on broadway at the playhouse theatre, march 31st 1945.  It was a groundbreaking performance that set the stage for the future success of Tennessee Williams.  The plays success also altered the marriage of Edwina and Cornelius.

"Tennessee signs over half of the profits of the play to Edwina.  As soon as Edwina has her own financial independence, she takes that opportunity to kick Cornelius out of the house."

Be sure to tune in every Friday to see what we find out of The Historic New Orleans Collection.

 

Washington Post: Trump concealed details from meetings with Putin

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 12:44 PM PST

There are no detailed records of five personal meetings President Donald Trump has had with Russian President Vladimir Putin, The Washington Post reported Saturday, citing US officials.

Trump has gone to what the Post described as “extraordinary lengths” to keep the specifics of his conversations with his Russian counterpart under wraps.

Current and former US officials told the paper that Trump’s efforts include confiscating the notes from his interpreter and not allowing them to discuss the details of the meetings with other officials in his administration.

The Post notes that this behavior by Trump is not usual per past presidential standards.

In one instance, following a meeting Trump had with Putin in Hamburg, Germany, in 2017 that former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was also present for, a White House adviser and a senior State Department official were seeking additional information from Trump’s interpreter that was more than the information provided in a readout from Tillerson. That, according to the Post, was when US officials became aware of Trump’s efforts.

A White House spokesman told the Post that the Trump administration has looked to “improve the relationship with Russia” after the Obama administration “pursued a flawed ‘reset’ policy that sought engagement for the sake of engagement.”

The Post reported that the White House spokesperson added that the Trump administration “has imposed significant new sanctions in response to Russian malign activities.”

The spokesman talked to the Post on the condition of anonymity and said that following the 2017 Hamburg meeting that included Tillerson, the former secretary of state “gave a fulsome readout of the meeting immediately afterward to other US officials in a private setting, as well as a readout to the press.”

Trump responded to the reporting in a phone interview with Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro on Saturday night.

“I had a conversation like every president does. You sit with the president of various countries,” Trump said. “I do it with all countries. We had a great conversation, we were talking about Israel and securing Israel and lots of other things and it was a great conversation. I’m not keeping anything under wraps. I couldn’t care less.”

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders called the report “outrageously inaccurate” and said that Trump has taken a stricter line on Russia than his predecessors.

“The Washington Post story is so outrageously inaccurate it doesn’t even warrant a response,” she said in a statement.

“The liberal media has wasted two years trying to manufacture a fake collusion scandal instead of reporting the fact that unlike President Obama, who let Russia and other foreign adversaries push America around, President Trump has actually been tough on Russia.”

The statement echoes one she gave Friday night about a New York Times report that the FBI opened a counter-intelligence investigation into the President following the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

Thursday, prior to the publishing of The Washington Post’s story, Sen. Bob Menendez, the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told CNN that he was planing to sit down with his counterpart in the House to discuss priorities. And, he said if he had subpoena power, the first thing he’d go after would be the notes from the translator in the Putin meeting.

“I’d like to get the notes of the meeting that the President had with Putin. There was a translator so I’m sure she took notes down simultaneously in order to translate. Unless she’s destroyed them, they would be of interest,” he said.

The Post’s report comes as special counsel Robert Mueller continues to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election — and whether there were any ties between the Kremlin and Trump campaign associates.

Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion.

GOP senator says Trump declaration of national emergency wouldn’t get wall built

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 12:42 PM PST

A Republican senator warned on Sunday that if President Donald Trump declares a national emergency on the southern border in order to fund the construction of a border wall, the move is “going to go to court and the wall won’t get built.”

“I would hate to see it. Using that act, it would be — in this instance, it would be a far larger act than has ever occurred in the past, so I’d prefer not. Primarily because if we do that, it’s going to go to court and the wall won’t get built,” Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”

Instead, Johnson said, Trump and congressional Republicans should “keep pressure on Democrats to actually come to the negotiating table in good faith and fund what they’ve supported in the past.”

Congressional Democrats are engaged in a more than three-week battle with Senate Republicans and the White House over funding for a wall along the southern border. Trump has been mulling the use of a national emergency to fund the project, saying last week that he was nearing a decision on the matter and that he would take the step — which would likely be subject to an immediate legal challenge — if talks with Democrats continue to go nowhere.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, said Sunday that Trump told him earlier in the day that he’s still considering using his emergency powers to secure funding for the wall.

“I asked him, ‘Mr. President, if you want to go down the emergency path, I stand with you.’ He said just 30 minutes ago, ‘That’s my last — last option. I think the legislative route is the best way to go. Let’s make a deal, but I’ll do it if I had to,'” Graham told “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace.

“I would urge (Trump) to open up the government for a short period of time, like three weeks, before he pulls the plug. See if we can get a deal,” Graham said. “If we can’t at the end of three weeks, all bets are off, see if he can do it by himself through the emergency powers. That’s my recommendation.”

Johnson suggested that Congress pass legislation to pay federal employees who are currently working without pay.

Johnson said he was planning to introduce a bill Monday and hopes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will bring it onto the floor, and that it will eventually have the support of both Democrats and the President.

An ‘unorthodox’ President

Johnson also responded to a report from The Washington Post that said that Trump has gone to “extraordinary lengths” to conceal details of meetings he’s had with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The report cited several officials who said they have never gotten a “reliable readout” of a two-hour meeting in between the to leaders in Helsinki, Finland, last year.

“But you said earlier this is not a traditional President. He has unorthodox means,” Johnson told Tapper. “But he is President of the United States. It’s pretty much up to him in terms of who he wants to read into his conversations with world leaders. That’s just the basic fact.”

Johnson suggested that leaks from within the administration may be a possible explanation for Trump’s behavior.

“Well, again, I don’t want to go speculate, beyond the fact that I know he was burned by leaks in other areas. And he was pretty frustrated by it. So, that might be — that might be one explanation,” he said.

DNA pioneer stripped of honors over ‘reprehensible’ race comments

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 12:39 PM PST

A Nobel Prize-winning American scientist who co-discovered DNA has been stripped of his honorary titles at the laboratory he once led after repeating racist comments in a documentary.

James Watson, who discovered the double-helix structure of DNA alongside Francis Crick in the 1950s, said in a PBS film that genes cause a difference in intelligence between white and black people in IQ tests.

The 90-year-old’s comments were labeled “reprehensible” by the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) on New York’s Long Island, where Watson had been the director from 1968 to 1993.

The laboratory said it “unequivocally rejects the unsubstantiated and reckless personal opinions Dr. James D. Watson expressed,” noting the statements were “reprehensible [and] unsupported by science.”

“The Laboratory condemns the misuse of science to justify prejudice,” its statement added.

CNN has attempted to reach Watson for comment.

Watson had previously told Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper in 2007 that he was “inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa” because “all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours, whereas all the testing says not really.”

The scientist added that while he hoped everyone was equal, “people who have to deal with black employees find this is not true.”

Those comments led CSHL to relieve him of his administrative duties, but he retained his honorary titles until now.

While Watson apologized for the comments in 2007, he said in the PBS documentary “American Masters: Decoding Watson,” which aired on 2 January, that his views had not changed.

The remarks are the latest in a series of racist and homophobic statements that have tainted Watson’s career.

In 1997, Britain’s Sunday Telegraph quoted him as saying that women should be allowed to abort a child for any reason, such as if a gene for homosexuality were found in the fetus.

During a lecture tour in 2000, he suggested there might be links between a person’s weight and their level of ambition and between skin color and sexual prowess.

“That’s why you have Latin lovers,” he said, according to The Associated Press, which cited people who attended the lecture. “You’ve never heard of an English lover. Only an English patient.”

And in a British TV documentary that aired in 2003, Watson suggested stupidity was a genetic disease that should be treated.

House GOP leader: ‘Action will be taken’ after King’s white supremacy comment

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 12:16 PM PST

The top Republican in the House vowed Sunday that “action will be taken” after Iowa GOP Rep. Steve King’s recent comment about white supremacy and white nationalism.

“That language has no place in America,” California GOP Rep. Kevin McCarthy said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

He continued, “That is not the America I know, and it is most definitely not the party of Lincoln. I have a scheduled meeting with him on Monday, and I will tell you this: I’ve watched on the other side that they do not take action when their members say something like this. Action will be taken. I’m having a serious conversation with Congressman Steve King on his future and role in this Republican Party.”

King has faced criticism after he told The New York Times that he thought it was wrong white nationalism and white supremacy were considered offensive.

“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” King said.

He later said he is “simply a nationalist” and condemned “anyone that supports this evil and bigoted ideology” of white nationalism and white supremacy.

McCarthy did not say specifically what action would be taken, but stressed the point on Sunday.

“I will not stand back as a leader of this party, believing in this nation that all are created equal, that that stands or continues to stand and have any role with us,” McCarthy said.

On NBC’s “Meet The Press,” Republican Sen. Ted Cruz called King’s comments “stupid” and said “he needs to stop it.”

“What Steve King said was stupid. It was stupid. It was hurtful. It was wrong. And he needs to stop it,” Cruz said. “I think all of us ought to be united regardless of party in saying, white supremacism, white nationalism is hatred, it is bigotry, it is evil, it is wrong. And I think we need that clarity and I’m certainly going to urge everyone to provide that clarity.”

At least 2 wounded after shots fired at New Jersey mall, police say

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 12:06 PM PST

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – At least two people were were shot at the Newport Centre mall in Jersey City Friday, prompting an immediate lockdown, sources confirmed to WPIX.

Shots were fired shortly after 6 p.m. at the mall, located just off of Marin Boulevard on Mall Drive West, police said. Investigators found traces of shell casings in the food court near the Hawaiian Grill.

Police officials said at a press conference that they had taken two people into custody, but they were still trying to positively identify the shooter.

Police say a victim on the top floor of the parking garage with a gunshot wound to the arm was taken to an area hospital and is expected to survive.

A second victim walked into Jersey City's hospital with a gunshot wound to the stomach. Police are now searching for the shooter. It was not immediately known if there were any other victims.

It was not immediately known if the shooting was a random act of violence or targeted. All detectives and most marked units in the city are on scene or en route.

As of 6:50 p.m. EST police were reviewing security footage and clearing stores as they can.

Numerous people took to Twitter to confirm they were on lockdown and hiding in stores.

This is a developing story.

Toddler found dead after blood-spattered, ‘partially clothed’ woman seen running down street

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 12:05 PM PST

COVINA, Calif. – Police discovered a young boy dead inside a California townhouse early Friday and detained his mother after she was found running in the street, splattered with blood, authorities said.

The Covina mother is seen in a photo provided by her friend, Erica on Jan. 11, 2019.

The Covina mother is seen in a photo provided by her friend, Erica on Jan. 11, 2019.

The woman was taken for psychiatric evaluation and expected to face a murder charge, Covina Police Department Sgt. Dan Rodriguez said.

She was later identified by a friend as "Michelle," which detectives confirmed although her full name has not yet been officially released. The friend said her son was named "Elvis" and was 2 years old, which authorities also confirmed.

The investigation began about 3:20 a.m. when a  patrol sergeant noticed a "partially clothed" woman running in the middle of the street in the 300 block of North 2nd Avenue, police said in a written statement.

"Officers observed that she had what appeared to be blood spatter on parts of her body, but that she had no injuries," according to the statement.

The woman refused to say who she was or what she was doing, police said. She attempted to run from officers, but failed to get away.

"She made statements that led officers to believe there might be a potential victim whose whereabouts were not yet known at the time because of her refusal to provide any information," the statement said.

Police took the woman to a psychiatric hospital for evaluation and managed to figure out where she lived.

Officers went to the woman's home in the 100 block of East Italia Street, officials said. They encountered a small fire burning in the kitchen of the home.

Upon entering the home, officers discovered the body of the young boy, Rodriguez said.

Investigators declined to comment on what type of trauma the victim may have suffered, he said. They are currently working to track down the boy's father.

The friend who identified the woman said she is a single mother who loves her son and always appeared to be a great mother. She became emotional upon hearing of the toddler's death.

No one else was inside the home, police added.

The woman's name is expected to be released once the psychiatric evaluation process is completed and she is formally booked, Rodriguez said.

Photo shows Jayme Closs reunited with aunt, dog after rescue

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 12:04 PM PST

BARRON, Wis. — Thirteen-year-old Jayme Closs was reunited with her aunt and dog on Friday afternoon, posing for a picture her aunt shared on the "Healing for Jayme Closs" Facebook page.

Closs was expected to meet with other family members on Friday evening.

"Jayme is talking. She communicated with our team up there," Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said on Friday. "Jayme is the hero in this case."

Officials say Closs is doing well after having been missing from the Barron area since Oct. 15.

"She is doing great," Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald told "Anderson Cooper Full Circle."

The young girl was rescued Thursday walking down a road in a rural area in northwestern Wisconsin after she fled a home where law enforcement says she was kept by Jake Thomas Patterson, 21.

"Jayme was the hero in the case. Jayme was the champion that finally said enough is enough," Fitzgerald said. "We can't be more proud of Jayme."

Closs was released from a Minnesota hospital Friday and is staying in Barron, Wisconsin, with an aunt.

Patterson is scheduled to go to court Monday where he is expected to be formally charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping.

Authorities say they are still puzzled as to why the suspect allegedly went to Barron to kidnap Jayme from the family home, where her parents were found dead, killed with a shotgun.

"I don't understand it yet myself," Fitzgerald said. "That's the million-dollar question, is why."

Both Jayme and the suspect have made initial comments to authorities, he said. Authorities are now giving her time to settle into her new home before they question her again, the sheriff added.

'I'm Jayme," girl told woman who found her

Jayme, who was reported missing October 15, was discovered Thursday afternoon two counties and 70 miles to the north of Barron, outside the rural community of Gordon, by a vacationer walking her dog, authorities said.

The sheriff said Patterson had been keeping Jayme against her will at his home.

A woman who has a cabin nearby was walking along the isolated road when she saw Jayme on the cold evening, just about dusk, without a coat or gloves.

The girl told Jeanne Nutter, "I'm lost, and I don't know where I am, and I need help."

She said, 'I'm Jayme,' the woman told CNN affiliate WCCO.

Nutter took Jayme to the closest house, the home of Kristin and Peter Kasinkas, and they called 911.

Shortly after law enforcement came for Jayme, they arrested Patterson in his vehicle, while he apparently was looking for the girl.

Authorities have recovered several guns, including a shotgun they think was used to blow open the front door of the Closs family home and used to kill James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46.

Investigators believe Jayme was at the home when her parents were killed, and that Patterson abducted her from there, Fitzgerald said.

There is no evidence in the early stages of the investigation that links Patterson to the parents or to Jayme, Fitzgerald said. He did work for one day at the same meat products plant where James and Denise were long-time employees, but authorities said they did not cross paths in Patterson's short time there.

Barron, a town of less than 3 square miles, has a population of about 3,300, according to US Census figures. It is about a one-hour, 50-minute drive from Minneapolis, and is about 50 minutes from Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

'It appears he concealed her from ... his friends'

Fitzgerald said it's not clear whether Patterson, who is unemployed, owns the home, or how he kept Jayme there.

"It appears he concealed her from other people ... his friends," Fitzgerald said.

Also unclear is why he allegedly targeted her in the first place. The sheriff said it appeared Patterson had no previous social media contact with the teen, Fitzgerald said.

About three years ago, Patterson worked at the Jennie-O Turkey Store plant in Barron -- where Jayme's parents were employed -- and then quit, saying he was moving, company President Steve Lykken said.

He may have worked at another business in Barron but that hasn't been confirmed, the sheriff said.

Patterson was in the county jail Friday and is keeping quiet after talking on the day of his arrest.

Jayme says abductor killed her parents, woman who helped her says

Investigators are trying to determine how Jayme escaped from Patterson's home, Fitzgerald said.

Kristin Kasinskas, who helped report Jayme's emergence to police Thursday, spoke to CNN on Friday about what happened.

Jayme approached Nutter around 4 p.m. Thursday and asked for help.

Nutter knew of the girl's disappearance, which was reported nationally, and intensely so in the state. Those two then rushed to Kasinskas' home, which was nearby.

Nutter said, "This is Jayme Closs! Call 911 right now!" Kasinskas said. Police were called -- but before they arrived, Jayme told them that she'd been held in the Gordon area, near Kasinskas' home, by someone who killed her parents on the night she disappeared.

"She said to us that, 'This person killed my parents and took me,' " Kasinskas told CNN's Poppy Harlow. "She said that this person usually hides her or hides her when others are near, or when he has to leave the household. She did not go into detail about how she got out of the house or anything like that."

The girl appeared unkempt and thinner than in photos publicly released, Kasinskas said.

"She looked ... kind of in rough shape. ... I think she was doing OK despite the circumstances," she said.

Jayme provided a description of Patterson's vehicle. Shortly after the 911 call, a sheriff's patrol sergeant found the vehicle, pulled it over and took Patterson into custody, Douglas County Sheriff Tom Dalbec said.

Kasinskas said she knew of Patterson but didn't know him well.

CNN Wire contributed to this report.

Tigers go OT: subdue Hogs

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 05:09 AM PST

LSU’s nine game road losing streak, and Arkansas’s nine game home win streak both ended Saturday in Fayetteville.

Javonte’ Smart hit a key three pointer in overtime, and Skylar Mays added a more conventional three point play as the Tigers defeated the Hogs, 94-88.

LSU moved to 12-3, 2-0 in the SEC with a key league game at Ole Miss, 3-0, coming up Tuesday night.

LSU led 73-61 after a hoop by Marlon Taylor with 9:19 to play. But, Arkansas forced overtime on a dunk by Daniel Gafford with 30 seconds to play in regulation.

Naz Reid led LSU with 27 points, and 7 rebounds. Marlon Taylor scored 21 points for the Tigers.

Streak over: 3 game win streak for Pels ends at Minnesota

Posted: 13 Jan 2019 04:45 AM PST

An irritated Alvin Gentry got right to the bottom line.

“They were better coached. They played harder,” said Gentry. That after Minnesota rallied to defeat New Orleans Saturday night, 110-106.

Karl- Anthony Towns hit a crucial three pointer that snapped a 103-103 tie with just under three minutes to play. Towns had 27 points, and 27 rebounds, most in an NBA game this season.

Anthony Davis scored 30 points, and grabbed 14 rebounds.

The Pelicans made only 5 of 25 three points attempts. Minnesota was 11 of 39 from beyond the arc.

Julius Randle scored 22 points, and grabbed 11 rebounds for New Orleans, 20-23.

The Pelicans play the Clippers in Los Angeles Monday night.