Bail has been set at $1 million for a 21-year-old man suspected of firing a gun through the bedroom window of an eastern New Orleans home early Monday, killing a local college freshman and badly wounding her boyfriend.
The Times-Picayune reports 21-year-old Jeffery Washington is accused of the second-degree murder of 18-year-old Marguerite Washington, and the attempted second-degree murder of 19-year-old Justin Alexander.
Police say the shooting occurred while the victims were asleep.
A federal appeals court has reversed itself and thrown out a judge's landmark ruling that the Army Corps of Engineers is liable for billions of dollars in damage that property owners blame on its maintenance of a New Orleans shipping channel.
The same three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that sided with plaintiffs earlier this year withdrew that decision Monday and ruled in the federal government's favor.
The panel's new opinion says the corps is completely insulated from liability by a provision of the Federal Tort Claims Act.
The U.S. Justice Department is asking to join a class action lawsuit that accuses Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman of overseeing a jail that routinely subjects prisoners to brutal, inhumane conditions.
The federal agency filed a request Monday in federal court, asking to be included as a plaintiff in the lawsuit filed in April by the Southern Poverty Law Center contending the jail's conditions violate the U.S. Constitution.
A street preacher is suing to block New Orleans city officials from enforcing an ordinance that restricts religious or political speech on Bourbon Street after dark.
The federal lawsuit filed Thursday by New Orleans pastor Paul Gros claims the city's "aggressive solicitation" ordinance sets unconstitutional limits on free speech. Gros says a police officer threatened him with arrest in May while he was preaching on Bourbon Street with his wife, another pastor and a friend.