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Congress sends Homeland bill to Obama without conditions

WASHINGTON — Congress is sending President Barack Obama a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security through the end of the budget year, without overturning the president's immigration policies.

The House on Tuesday voted 257-167 for the measure that Obama is expected to sign. Without action, funding for the department would have expired Friday at midnight.

Business groups oppose Jindal plan to scale back tax credits

BATON ROUGE  — Louisiana's business lobbying groups are calling a centerpiece of Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget proposal for next year a multimillion-dollar tax hike on business.

Jindal wants to lessen spending on refundable tax credits, in which the state pays out more than the taxes owed. He proposes to use the savings for public colleges and health care services.

Islamic State group releases 4 more Christian hostages

BEIRUT — Syrian activists say the Islamic State group has released four more Christian hostages from dozens who were abducted by the extremists last week.

Man questioned in infant death accused of rape

A Prairieville man arrested on rape charges last week has been questioned again in connection with the 2001 death of his infant son in Lake Charles, city police said.

Benjamin Tonguis, 37, was arrested Wednesday on 48 counts of sex crimes related to allegations that he raped a 13-year-old

Intellectual disability hearings begin for Jason Reeves

Hearings began Monday to determine whether the only Southwest Louisiana man on death row meets the mental criteria to be put to death.

Jason Reeves, 40, of Ragley, raped and murdered 4-year-old Moss Bluff girl Mary Jean Thigpen in November 2001. Convicted of