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DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) - A major winter storm is bringing snow and high winds to parts of the central Plains. National Weather Service officials in Kansas and Oklahoma have issued blizzard warnings and watches through tonight. Forecasters predicted up to 18 inches of snow near Amarillo, Texas, and wind gusts up to 65 mph, as the storm tracks eastward. Conditions have already forced road closures in Texas and Oklahoma. Forecasters also warn of possible tornadoes in the Southeast.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - In federal court in New Orleans, the trial has started in the case of the deadly oil rig explosion that triggered the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The trial is designed to identify the causes of BP's well blowout and assign percentages of fault to the companies involved. Months of negotiations have failed to produce a settlement that could have averted the trial. Eleven workers died in the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan says it's taking allegations of misconduct seriously, but so it has far found no evidence that U.S. special forces in Wardak province have been involved. Yesterday, Afghan President Hamid Karzai ordered all U.S. special forces to leave the strategic eastern province after the governor and local officials accused Afghans working with U.S. special forces of being behind the disappearance of at least nine men and the murder of an Afghan university student.

ROME (AP) - Exit polls in Italy show the center-left coalition leading the vote for the lower house of parliament, ahead of the center-right coalition under former Premier Silvio Berlusconi. A political movement founded by a comic-turned-political agitator is in third, while outgoing Premier Mario Monti's centrist coalition trails with less than 10 percent of the vote. The election is seen as a test of Italy's resolve to stay the course of painful economic reform.

VATICAN CITY (AP) -Britain's highest-ranking Catholic leader says he won't take part in the conclave to elect the next pope. Pope Benedict has accepted Cardinal Keith O'Brien's resignation as archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh. The Observer newspaper reports that three priests and a former priest have filed complaints to the Vatican alleging that the cardinal acted inappropriately with them. O'Brien is contesting the allegations, which The Observer reports date back to the 1980s.

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    Gun company cuts ties with reality TV star

    Thursday, August 28 2014 1:59 PM EDT2014-08-28 17:59:12 GMT
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A firearms company affiliated with reality TV star Will Hayden is distancing itself from him after his arrest on rape charges. In a statement on its website, Red Jacket Firearms LLC says it has legally separated from Hayden.
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A firearms company affiliated with reality TV star Will Hayden is distancing itself from him after his arrest on rape charges. In a statement on its website, Red Jacket Firearms LLC says it has legally separated from Hayden.
  • Cops Producers Talk About Crewmember

    Cops Producers Talk About Crewmember

    Thursday, August 28 2014 11:21 AM EDT2014-08-28 15:21:56 GMT
    Omaha, NE(AP)- Omaha police say officers' gunfire killed a 'Cops' television show crew member and a robbery suspect at a fast-food restaurant.
    Omaha, NE(AP)- Omaha police say officers' gunfire killed a 'Cops' television show crew member and a robbery suspect at a fast-food restaurant.
  • Teacher accused of having sex with 2 students

    Teacher accused of having sex with 2 students

    Thursday, August 28 2014 9:53 AM EDT2014-08-28 13:53:04 GMT
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Riverdale Christian Academy administrators have fired English teacher Ashley Dowden following her confession to deputies that she had sex with a 16-year-old student.
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Riverdale Christian Academy administrators have fired English teacher Ashley Dowden following her confession to deputies that she had sex with a 16-year-old student.
  • Jonesville man arrested after explosion in wife's car

    Jonesville man arrested after explosion in wife's car

    Monday, August 25 2014 10:15 PM EDT2014-08-26 02:15:52 GMT
    JONESVILLE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Catahoula Parish Sheriff's Office has arrested a Jonesville man after an explosion in his wife's car Monday morning.
    JONESVILLE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Catahoula Parish Sheriff's Office has arrested a Jonesville man after an explosion in his wife's car Monday morning.
  • Local Red Cross Chapter slashed in cutbacks

    Local Red Cross Chapter slashed in cutbacks

    Thursday, August 28 2014 2:22 PM EDT2014-08-28 18:22:44 GMT
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Big changes at the American Red Cross on a national level are having an effect on local staffing. As part of restructuring, the Northeast Louisiana Chapter based in Monroe is loosing its executive director and three other full time employees.
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Big changes at the American Red Cross on a national level are having an effect on local staffing. As part of restructuring, the Northeast Louisiana Chapter based in Monroe is loosing its executive director and three other full time employees.
  • Attorney says man did not commit suicide while in police custody

    Attorney says man did not commit suicide while in police custody

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 11:16 PM EDT2014-08-28 03:16:42 GMT
    New Iberia, La. (KNOE 8 News) - It's a local story making national news. Monroe-based attorney Carol Powell Lexing is representing the family of Victor White III, who died while in custody of the New Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office on March 3. 
    New Iberia, La. (KNOE 8 News) - It's a local story making national news. Monroe-based attorney Carol Powell Lexing is representing the family of Victor White III, who died while in custody of the New Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office on March 3. 
  • Jolie, Pitt wed in Chateau Miraval, France

    Jolie, Pitt wed in Chateau Miraval, France

    Thursday, August 28 2014 11:46 AM EDT2014-08-28 15:46:59 GMT
    NEW YORK (AP) - Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married Saturday in Chateau Miraval, France, says a spokesman for the couple.
    NEW YORK (AP) - Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married Saturday in Chateau Miraval, France, says a spokesman for the couple.
  • Shreveport man dies in shooting

    Shreveport man dies in shooting

    Thursday, August 28 2014 1:51 PM EDT2014-08-28 17:51:15 GMT
    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Police say a 22-year-old Shreveport man has died following an early morning shooting.
    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Police say a 22-year-old Shreveport man has died following an early morning shooting.
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