Trump says he and Mexican leader discussed wall, not payment

MEXICO CITY -- Standing alongside the president of Mexico, a measured Donald Trump on Wednesday defended the right of the United States to build a massive border wall along its southern flank, but he declined to repeat his frequent promise to force Mexico to pay for it.

Trump, the U.S. presidential candidate who is widely despised across Mexico, also sidestepped his repeated criticism of Mexican immigrants following a closed-door meeting at the official residence of the country's president, Enrique Pena Nieto. Trump and Pena Nieto, who has compared the New York billionaire to Adolf Hitler, addressed reporters from adjacent podiums flanked by a Mexican flag.

Historic commercial flight from US lands in Cuba

SANTA CLARA, Cuba -- The first commercial flight between the United States and Cuba in more than a half century landed in the central city of Santa Clara on Wednesday morning, re-establishing regular air service severed at the height of the Cold War.

Cheers broke out in the cabin of JetBlue flight 387 as the plane touched down. Passengers — mostly airline executives, U.S. government officials and journalists, with a sprinkling of Cuban-American families and U.S. travelers — were given gift bags with Cuban cookbooks, commemorative luggage tags and Cuban flags, which they were encouraged to wave.

Lawmakers say FEMA too slow to set up mobile homes

BATON ROUGE -- State lawmakers Wednesday lambasted the pace of mobile home setup for flood victims, saying it's unacceptable that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has moved only one manufactured housing unit into a yard nearly three weeks after the catastrophic flooding.

Rep. Clay Schexnayder, a Republican who represents areas of hard-hit Ascension and Livingston parishes, criticized the FEMA mobile home program at a House homeland security committee meeting. He said it is slowing people's ability to repair their damaged homes.

Kinder-Jennings rematch: Bulldogs last team to beat Yellow Jackets

Kinder came up a few inches short against Jennings last year, losing a season-opening game 41-40.

The Yellow Jackets haven’t lost since, rolling to 14 consecutive wins and the Class 2A state championship.

American Legion to Kaepernick: ‘Show appreciation’

CINCINNATI — The leader of the nation’s largest veterans organization called NFL quarterback

Embarking on a senior season far different than his first three, McNeese's Khalil Thomas still plans to attack

It was in “Little League,” Khalil Thomas says.

“I was a safety, maybe,” Thomas remembers. “Wasn’t for long.”

Bucs beat Saints in season opener

Barbe used a strong start and a big third-set comeback to defeat the Saints 25-11, 22-25, 26-24 and 25-22 in a tightly contested season opener Tuesday night at St. Louis Catholic High.

After dominating the first set, the Bucs (1-0) squandered a big lead in the second set before erasing a late 11-point deficit to steal the third and closing the match out in the fourth set, despite the best efforts of a pesky Saints (0-1) squad.

“St. Louis fought and they went after everything,” said Barbe head coach Katie Franks. “They had heart and they had hustle. They weren’t giving up at all. That’s exactly what they have to do and that’s what we need to do. We need to learn from that as well.”

Kinder-Jennings rematch: Bulldogs last team to beat Yellow Jackets

Kinder came up a few inches short against Jennings last year, losing a season-opening game 41-40.

The Yellow Jackets haven’t lost since, rolling to 14 consecutive wins and the Class 2A state championship.

Kinder gets a chance to avenge that loss Thursday night when it visits Jennings.

Interchangeable at H-back, McNeese's Nick Edwards and Parker Orgeron present as a potent duo

Donning a long-sleeved black shirt and a heavily wrapped right ankle, Nick Edwards kneeled among his fellow receivers, the only one among them not wearinf shoulder pads or clutching a helmet.

“You’re watching, saying ‘Man, those are plays I could be making,’” Edwards said. “It’s hard getting into a rhythm.”

Surveying the Southland: new Southeastern offensive coordinator Matt Barrett suffers devastating flood loss

Each Tuesday during football season, all 11 Southland Conference football coaches convene for a weekly teleconference.