Manhattan crane topples into street killing 1, injuring 3

NEW YORK — A huge construction crane being lowered to safety in a snow squall plummeted into a Lower Manhattan street Friday, killing a person in a parked car and leaving three people wounded by debris that scattered as the rig's lengthy boom fell, officials said.

The boom landed across an intersection, smashed several car roofs and stretched much of a block after the accident around 8:25 a.m. at a historic building about 10 blocks north of the World Trade Center.

Fireworks fly as Clinton, Sanders square off face to face

DURHAM, N.H. — Fireworks flying in their first one-on-one debate, Hillary Clinton accused Bernie Sanders Thursday night of subjecting her to an “artful smear” while Sanders suggested the former secretary of state was a captive of the political establishment.

The two Democrats kept up a markedly more contentious tone than when they last debated before the presidential voting in Iowa, and it signaled how the race for the nomination has tightened five days ahead of the first-in-the-nation primary in New Hampshire next Tuesday.

Johnny Manziel's ex-girlfriend tells police he struck her

CLEVELAND — Johnny Manziel’s former girlfriend told police the Cleveland Browns quarterback hit her during an argument last weekend in Texas and said he appeared to be on drugs, according to a police report.

The report released Thursday by Fort Worth police provides the first details of the altercation that took place between Manziel and Colleen Crowley. Manziel was being investigated for a possible assault on Crowley, but both Fort Worth and Dallas police have not charged him with a crime.

Brazil health official confirms spread of Zika virus via transfusion

RIO DE JANEIRO — Two people in southeastern Brazil contracted the Zika virus through blood transfusions, a municipal health official said Thursday, presenting a fresh challenge to efforts to contain the virus on top of the disclosure of a case of sexual transmission in the United States.

The two unrelated cases in Brazil may be the first of people contracting Zika via blood transfusions in the current outbreak, though the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with other health bodies, have said that Zika could be spread via blood transfusions.

Obama seeks $10-per-barrel oil tax to fund clean transport

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama wants oil companies to pay a $10 fee for every barrel of oil to help fund investments in clean transportation that fight climate change.

Obama will formalize the proposal Tuesday when he releases his final budget request to Congress. The $10-per-barrel fee is expected face solid opposition from Republicans who control Congress and oppose new taxes and Obama's energy policies.

Info sought in ATV theft

Deputies are looking for information in a ATV theft on Topsy Bell Road.
Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office Cmdr. Chris Ivey said a Kawasaki side-by-side ATV was stolen Friday from the Topsy Bell Grocery.
Ivey said security video from the store shows two white males in a black Cheverolet Avalanche pass in front of the property multiple times and then go inside the store.

Six arrested for armed robbery

Six Lake Charles men have been arrested in a Jan. 3 armed robbery, authorities said.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kim Myers said deputies were dispatched to a home on Goodman Road at about

Three downtown banks vandalized

Three banks in downtown Lake Charles were vandalized in separate incidents over the weekend, city police said.

Lt. Kevin Kirkum said the vandalism consists of derogatory remarks about Martin Luther King written or painted on parts of the buildings.

The banks involved are Mid South Bank, 831 Lakeshore Drive; Chase Bank, 127 W. Broad St.; and Capital One Bank, 1 Lakeshore Drive.

Prosecutor: Man walked $1.6M in pills across border on sled

BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Authorities say a Canadian man was arrested while pulling a sled carrying more than 180 pounds of prescription pills across the border into the United States.

The U.S. attorney's office says 21-year-old Cedrik Bourgault-Morin (bohr-GOH' moh-RAN') was apprehended early Wednesday after he crossed the border from Quebec along a railroad line into North Troy, Vermont.

Prosecutors say Bourgault-Morin was wearing white camouflage and Border Patrol agents were alerted to his presence when he triggered a sensor.

Driver sought in hit-and-run

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that happened at about 8:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at Family Auto, 6435 Common St.

During the investigation, deputies