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NEW ORLEANS –  The man authorities say shot and killed a woman he’d been romantically involved with and a police officer who had tried to help her has died, hours after shooting himself in the chest during a standoff with authorities on a New Orleans bridge. Col. John Fortunato, a spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, said Sylvester Holt, 32, was pronounced dead at 11:14 p.m. Friday at University Hospital. Authorities said Holt shot himself in the chest Friday evening after threatening for hours to jump off a bridge spanning the Mississippi River. Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said during talks with authorities on the bridge Holt admitted shooting Westwego Police Officer Michael Louviere, 26, and Simone Veal, 32, the woman Holt had been romantically involved with. Normand said Holt had recently found out she was pregnant with her new boyfriend. The incident began Friday morning when Holt went to Veal’s house; an altercation …

WASHINGTON –  Wearing pink, pointy-eared “pussyhats” to mock the new president, hundreds of thousands of women massed in the nation’s capital and cities around the globe Saturday to send Donald Trump an emphatic message that they won’t let his agenda go unchallenged over the next four years. “We march today for the moral core of this nation, against which our new president is waging a war,” actress America Ferrera told the Washington crowd. “Our dignity, our character, our rights have all been under attack and a platform of hate and division assumed power yesterday. But the president is not America. … We are America and we are here to stay.” The women brandished signs with messages such as “Women won’t back down” and “Less fear more love” and decried Trump’s stand on such issues as abortion, health care, diversity and climate change. The message reverberated at demonstrations around the globe, from Paris and Berlin to Sydney and …

Jan. 21 (UPI) — A Louisiana police officer was shot and killed Friday when he stopped on his way home to help in what he thought was a traffic crash, but was actually a domestic violence incident, police said. Westwego Police Officer Michael Louviere, 26, discovered a woman on the ground in an intersection near a crashed car. A suspect then came up behind him and shot him in the head about 6:30 a.m., police said. Suspect Sylvester Holt was taken into custody hours later after he shot himself in the chest in a 7-hour standoff on the Crescent City Connection bridge, investigators said. Holt remains in critical condition. “This was a cold-blooded murder,” Police Chief Dwayne Munch said. Investigators said Louviere had ended his shift at 6 a.m. and was driving home in uniform when he saw a crash at the intersection of Ames and Barataria boulevards in Westwego, a New Orleans suburb. Instead …

Jan. 21 (UPI) — At least three people were killed in Mississippi after severe weather including a large tornado swept through the area on Saturday morning. The death toll is expected to rise as the tornado and other severe storm conditions caused extensive damage in Hattiesburg and Petal including damages to structures, missing roofs as well as downed trees and power lines, WDAM reported. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant shared condolences on Facebook and said he had made contact with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency regarding relief. “I have been in regular contact with MEMA and have have ordered all available resources toward rescue and recovery,” he said. “I will travel to the affected areas today to get a full assessment of the damage and the need. I ask all Mississippians to join me and Deborah in praying for the loved and lost.” Search and rescue teams were deployed to Hattiesburg where downtown buildings including a …

NEW YORK –  In the heart of bustling lower Manhattan sits one of the country’s most secure federal lockups — and the new home of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Guzman, who pleaded not guilty on Friday to charges he ran one of the world’s biggest drug-trafficking operations, can expect to be kept in a special unit inside the drab 12-story Metropolitan Correctional Center, where such other high-profile, high-risk inmates as Gambino crime family boss John Gotti and several former close associates of Osama bin Laden awaited trial. “It’s got extra security above and beyond what you would have in a restricted housing area,” second only to the super-maximum security prison in Florence, Colorado, said Catherine Linaweaver, who served as the lockup’s warden for 15 months before retiring in 2014. “There is no other unit in the Bureau of Prisons like the high-security unit in New York.” Expand / Contract In this photo …

LOS ANGELES –  More than 20 people escaped injury when a flood swept cabins and vehicles down a coastal canyon as the second in a trio of storms drenched California with heavy rain and brought more snow to the mountains. The dramatic scene about 115 miles northwest of Los Angeles came during a day of pounding rain in Southern California that caused flooding, rockslides and an avalanche warning. Trees were toppled, cars were stranded in surging water and five homeless people were rescued by helicopter Friday when their encampment was swamped. The storm disrupted the first post-presidential vacation of Barack Obama and his family. Their plane had to be diverted from the Palm Springs airport to March Air Force Base 60 miles away. After years of dry weather, California has been buffeted by rain and snow this winter. Northern California has gotten the lion’s share and most of that region has now emerged from drought. …

An unidentified man was listed in critical condition after he was shot during a demonstration Friday at the University when anti-Donald Trump protesters clashed ticket-holders  there to see far-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos. The suspect, who was described in reports as an Asian male in his 50s, is reportedly still on the loose.  Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman Susan Gregg says the man, believed to be in his early 20s, arrived at the hospital at 9 p.m. and that he was in surgery. Reports say that the injuries are potentially life-threatening.  Shooting suspect still at large, search continues. Red Square event has ended, people have left. Info: https://t.co/ycyGn0x4OM — UW Alert (@uwalert) January 21, 2017 People marching against President Donald Trump had joined the Yiannopoulos demonstration at the University of Washington just prior to the shooting. Yiannopoulos writes for right-wing Breitbart News and is known for leading a harassment campaign that resulted in a lifetime ban from …

WASHINGTON –  As President Donald Trump wrapped up the ceremony of his inauguration and shifted to governing, he signaled he intends to move quickly to make a clean break from the Obama administration. Trump spent his first night in the White House and was slated to start his first full day in office at a national prayer service Saturday morning. The traditional gathering was the last piece of the transition ritual for the new president before he was clear to get to work. Trump took his first steps in that direction on Friday. Before attending his inaugural balls, he signed an executive order aimed at undermining former President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. The order notes that Trump plans to seek the “prompt repeal” of the law. But in the meantime, it allows the Health and Human Services Department and other federal agencies to delay implementing any piece of the law that might impose …

DUNEDIN, Fla. –  Authorities say a man has been hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after a shooting that involved a Florida deputy. A Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office news release says deputies originally responded to a residential area in Dunedin for a complaint of shots being fired Friday evening. The sheriff’s office didn’t immediately release any details about what led to the shooting, the deputies involved or the man who was wounded. No deputies were hurt.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. –  A review released Friday by child welfare officials shows there were no indications of previous abuse involving a New Mexico girl who was strangled on her 10th birthday and whose dismembered remains were found inside the home she shared with her mother and two other people. The results of the investigation released by Children, Youth and Families Secretary Monique Jacobson showed social workers interviewed the girl, Victoria Martens, and her sibling more than once and the children never disclosed any physical or sexual abuse. It also says the case was handled according to state law and agency policies. Jacobson called the case heartbreaking and said it speaks to the frustrations that social workers cannot predict or control human behavior. “We can’t end evil, especially in a case like this where the mother was able to hide what was happening from those closest to her,” Jacobson said in an interview. The killing sent …

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