Hackberry rolls into semifinals

SULPHUR — After a slow start, the top-ranked Hackberry Mustangs got in the groove to beat No. 8 Calvin 8-1 in a Class C quarterfinal game Friday at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Fast Pitch 56 state softball tournament at Frasch Park.

Calvin loaded the bases with one out in the first inning on two walks and an error, but Mustangs senior pitcher Brianne Beard shut down the threat with two quick strikeouts.

Menard ends Kinder's season

SULPHUR — Second-seeded Menard used a strong pitching performance by Jensen Howell to take a 4-1 victory over seventh-seeded Kinder in the Class 2A quarterfinals Friday at the Fast Pitch 56 state softball tournament at Frasch Park.

Howell pitched a complete game for the Eagles as she limited the Yellow Jackets to three hits and had 12 strikeouts. Howell also went for 1-for-3 with a double. Menard, the defending state champion, advanced to play Archbishop Hannan, a 12-0 winner over Rosepine, in today’s semifinals.

Kaplan blanks Iota

SULPHUR — No. 12 Iota’s run in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Fast Pitch 56 state softball tournament ended Friday afternoon as No. 4 Kaplan won the quarterfinal game 3-0.

For the second year in a row, Kaplan (23-6) pitcher Abby Trahan dominated the Bulldogs (17-13) in the circle, limiting Iota to three hits and striking out 14 batters.

Ouachita overcomes pair of 4-run deficits

SULPHUR — Barbe’s season came to an end Friday as Ouachita came out on top of a back-and-forth affair, 7-6 in a Class 5A quarterfinal game of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Fast Pitch 56 state softball tournament at Frasch Park.

The Lions (24-5) used a five-run, two-out rally in the fifth inning to overtake Barbe (19-7) and added another in the sixth to seal the victory and move on to the semifinals.

Trump makes case to GOP insiders amid chaotic protest scene

BURLINGAME, Calif. -- Donald Trump, the outsider, made his case to California's Republican establishment on Friday as protesters clashed with police.

Demonstrators swarmed outside the hotel near San Francisco airport, forcing Trump to crawl under a fence to enter the hotel where he met with local GOP power brokers and gave a lunchtime speech at the state party's convention. On Thursday night, protesters tangled with authorities and damaged police cars after a Trump rally in Orange County.

Colorado woman gets 100 years for cutting baby from womb

BOULDER, Colo. -- A judge on Friday sentenced a Colorado woman to 100 years in prison for cutting a nearly 8-month-old fetus from a stranger's womb.

A jury convicted Dynel Lane, 36, in February of attempting to kill Michelle Wilkins in 2015. Lane also was convicted of assault and unlawful termination of a pregnancy after luring Wilkins with an ad for maternity clothes.

Prosecutors said they were unable to charge Lane with murdering the unborn girl because a coroner found no evidence that the fetus lived outside the womb. That led Colorado Republicans to introduce legislation that would have allowed a murder charge. Democrats rejected the measure, the third time such a proposal failed in Colorado. Over the objection of abortion-rights supporters, 38 states have made a fetus's killing a homicide.

BREAKING: Domestic shooting in Carlyss leaves two dead

A domestic shooting in Carlyss has left two people dead, authorities said.

The shooting, which happened early Thursday morning on La. 27 South, led to the lockdown of Vincent Settlement Elementary. The lockdown has since been lifted.

A Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office unit sustained three bullet holes to its interior  as deputies responded to the incident.

Former House speaker sentenced to more than a year in prison

CHICAGO -- Dennis Hastert, the Republican who for eight years presided over the House and was second in the line of succession to the presidency, was sentenced Wednesday to more than a year in prison in the hush-money case that revealed accusations he sexually abused teenagers while coaching high school wrestling.

The case makes the former speaker one of the highest-ranking American politicians ever sentenced to prison. The visibly angry judge repeatedly rebuked the 74-year-old before issuing the 15-month sentence, telling him that his abuse devastated the lives of victims and would probably make it harder than ever for parents to trust other adults with their children.

"If Denney Hastert could do it, anyone could do it,'" U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Durkin said. "Nothing is more stunning than to have the words 'serial child molester' and 'speaker of the House' in the same sentence."

Dozens arrested in New York City gang crackdown

NEW YORK -- Hours after scores of arrests in a gang crackdown aimed at dismantling two rival groups that had terrorized housing projects in the Bronx, a federal prosecutor said his office is investigating whether the city's 400,000 public housing residents are living in "decent, safe, sanitary" conditions.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara told a news conference that nearly 700 New York Police Department officers and federal agents accompanied by helicopters and armored trucks executed pre-dawn raids, taking down the rival drug gangs from top to bottom. By afternoon, 85 individuals were in custody and more were sought in the biggest gang takedown in New York City history. The arrests stemmed from charges brought against 120 gang members.

"We bring these charges so that all New Yorkers, including those in public housing, can live their lives as they deserve: free of drugs, free of guns, and free of gang violence," he said.

DeRidder police make arrest in cemetery vandalism

A DeRidder man was arrested Saturday after vandalizing a nearby cemetery, authorities said.

Walter O. Silas, 26, was charged with felony criminal damage to property and desecration of graves after residents told police they saw someone removing items from grave sites at Woodlawn Cemetery.