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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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  • Teens arrested for busting windshields with water bottles on highway

    Teens arrested for busting windshields with water bottles on highway

    Friday, July 25 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-07-25 19:19:40 GMT
    WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) -Four teens have been arrested by Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Deputies for throwing water bottles at cars on the highway.
    WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) -Four teens have been arrested by Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Deputies for throwing water bottles at cars on the highway.
  • UPDATE: Missing teens found safe

    UPDATE: Missing teens found safe

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:02 AM EDT2014-07-25 15:02:53 GMT
    OUACHITA PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News OPSO) - Ouachita Sheriff’s Deputies are asking your help in locating two reported runaway juveniles from the Calhoun Area.
    OUACHITA PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News & OPSO) - The Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office reports missing teens Chyanne Taylor and William Taylor have been found and are safe. No other details were provided regarding their whereabouts or how they were located.
  • Two teens arrested in 5 Caldwell Parish burglaries

    Two teens arrested in 5 Caldwell Parish burglaries

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:33 AM EDT2014-07-25 15:33:30 GMT
    CALDWELL PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News CPSO) - Caldwell Parish Sheriff's Office detectives and detectives with the LA Levee Board Police have solved 5 local burglaries and arrested two young men involved.
    CALDWELL PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News CPSO) - Caldwell Parish Sheriff's Office detectives and detectives with the LA Levee Board Police have solved 5 local burglaries and arrested two young men involved.
  • Suspect posing as "repossession crew" might be thief

    Suspect posing as "repossession crew" might be thief

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:08 AM EDT2014-07-25 15:08:22 GMT
    OUACHITA PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News OPSO) - Deputies are investigating a theft of a 2011 Polaris Ranger Razor UTV.
    OUACHITA PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News OPSO) - Deputies are investigating a theft of a 2011 Polaris Ranger Razor UTV.
  • Suspects from Ruston & Natchez among seven arrested in 500K drug sting

    Suspects from Ruston & Natchez among seven arrested in 500K drug sting

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:37 PM EDT2014-07-24 23:37:50 GMT
    SHREVEPORT, La. (KNOE 8 News U.S. Attorney) – Two suspects from Natchez, Mississippi and one from Ruston are among seven suspects charged with dealing cocaine across multiple northern Louisiana parishes.
    SHREVEPORT, La. (KNOE 8 News U.S. Attorney) – Two suspects from Natchez, Mississippi and one from Ruston are among seven suspects charged with dealing cocaine across multiple northern Louisiana parishes.
  • Couple claiming gunmen in house arrested, Sheriff says house was empty

    Couple claiming gunmen in house arrested, Sheriff says house was empty

    Thursday, July 24 2014 6:55 PM EDT2014-07-24 22:55:14 GMT
    UNION PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News UPSO) - A Union Parish man armed with a .22-caliber rifle ran out of his house when a deputy arrived on a complaint that people with guns were located throughout the residence and yard.
    UNION PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News UPSO) - A Union Parish man armed with a .22-caliber rifle ran out of his house when a deputy arrived on a complaint that people with guns were located throughout the residence and yard.
  • Couple stranded in West Monroe after husband suffers a heart attack

    Couple stranded in West Monroe after husband suffers a heart attack

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:50 PM EDT2014-07-24 02:50:10 GMT
    WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - It was supposed to be a fun stop in the Twin Cities, to see the Duck Commander headquarters. But for a Kentucky couple, their visit took a dramatic turn when one of them suffered a heart-attack shortly after leaving the warehouse. Now the couple is stuck in the West Monroe and needs the community's help to get back home. 
    WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - It was supposed to be a fun stop in the Twin Cities, to see the Duck Commander headquarters. But for a Kentucky couple, their visit took a dramatic turn when one of them suffered a heart-attack shortly after leaving the warehouse. Now the couple is stuck in the West Monroe and needs the community's help to get back home. 
  • Teacher, his wife accused of abusing baby

    Teacher, his wife accused of abusing baby

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:24 AM EDT2014-07-24 14:24:06 GMT
    MONROE, La. (AP) - Monroe police have arrested a Carroll High School teacher and his wife after being accused of the repeated abuse of their 7-week old infant.
    MONROE, La. (AP) - Monroe police have arrested a Carroll High School teacher and his wife after being accused of the repeated abuse of their 7-week old infant.
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