CPSO: homicide in Carlyss currently under investigation

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating a homicide in Carlyss. 

Authorities said at around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, deputies received a call for a medical emergency at 3238 Rocky Lane in Carlyss.

WWII plane pulled from Hudson after crash that killed pilot

NEW YORK -- Police divers and Army Corps of Engineers personnel retrieved the wreckage of a World War II plane from the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey on Saturday after the vintage aircraft crashed during a promotional flight, killing the pilot.

The P-47 Thunderbolt crashed Friday during a promotion for the American Airpower Museum, which is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the P-47 this weekend.

DOD uses undisclosed files to defend sex assault testimony

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon is relying on information it won't make public to dispute an Associated Press investigation that found the military misled Congress about sexual assault cases to blunt support for Senate legislation.

In a report sent Thursday to a bipartisan group of senators, the Pentagon refers to undisclosed files about several of the cases to challenge AP's findings. But the response, which faults AP for inconsistencies and misunderstandings, fails to conclusively counter the investigation.

US naval, air maneuvers become 'new normal' in Asia Pacific

WASHINGTON -- American ships and fighter jets maneuvering across the South China Sea and the Sea of Japan represent the "new normal" in U.S.-Pacific relations despite rising tensions with China and Russia.

U.S. moves in recent months have led to angry protests from Beijing and Moscow. Those countries say the Obama administration is fueling unrest in the Asia Pacific, and is conducting for illegal and unsafe transit in the region.

Kisatchie National Forest to restore longleaf pine acreage

Kisatchie National Forest officials on Thursday announced a new initiative to restore the acreage of longleaf pine on private lands statewide — boosting it from 2.5 million to 8 million acres over the next few decades.

The initiative, called the Joint Chief’s Landscape Restoration Partnership, involves several federal agencies.

JMU beats LSU in series opener

HARRISONBURG, Va. — A walk-off single by sophomore Jessica Mrozek with two outs clinched the 3-2 win for No. 7 James Madison over No. 10 LSU Friday afternoon, giving the Dukes a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three super regional.

Mrozek’s single to right field scored sophomore Morgan Tolle, who reached on a bunted single.

Sophomore Megan Good (32-2), who took the circle in the fourth inning, allowed one hit for one run over four innings, replacing starter Jailyn Ford after three runnings. At the plate, she went 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs for the Dukes (50-4). Tolle also had two hits.

Cajuns one win from title game

SAN MARCOS, Texas — Louisiana-Lafayette scored three runs in the eighth inning to come from behind and beat Texas State 4-2 Friday in a winners’ bracket game at the Sun Belt baseball tournament.

The Ragin’ Cajuns made a winner of South Beauregard product Nick Lee. Lee (7-1), the Sun Belt Freshman of the Year, limited the Bobcats to two runs scattering five hits in seven innings of work. The right-hander struck out three and issued one walk.

The win was the eighth straight for the 17th-ranked Ragin’ Cajuns (39-19) and moved ULL into the driver’s seat. ULL will play the winner of Friday night’s Texas State-Arkansas State elimination game at 12:30 p.m. today. The Cajuns need one victory to advance to the championship game for the fourth time in as many years.

LSU earns needed day off

The Southeastern Conference baseball tournament has a strange way of rewarding its unbeatens.

Take LSU, for instance.

The Tigers have won three games in three days — late nights, early mornings, actually — with impressive degrees of difficulty.

McNeese wins longest game in recorded Southland tournament history

SUGAR LAND, Texas — McNeese freshman left fielder Shane Selman made the longest game in Southland Conference tournament history his personal signature.

Selman was 4-for-7 with a triple, home run and 3 RBIs and made a game-saving assist from the outfield in leading the Cowboys to an 8-4, 13-inning win over New Orleans (31-26) in Friday morning’s tournament elimination game.

“Shane was really good,” said McNeese coach Justin Hill. “I was really proud of him and what he did today. He’s done some special things for us this year. You just never know when it’s going to come and that’s why we’re able to stick with him.”

Uncertainty leaves Baylor in danger of return to bad ol'days

Enveloped by uncertainty, Baylor football is facing the possibility of a lost season, NCAA sanctions and the program slipping back toward the losing ways that predated Art Briles' tenure as coach.

The university board of regents began the process of firing Briles on Thursday as it released some of the findings of a scathing report that accused the coach and other university leaders of not responding or inappropriately handling allegations of sexual assault.

Kenneth Starr was also demoted from his role as university president and athletic director Ian McCaw was put on probation but the ramifications of the scandal will linger at Baylor, possibly for years.