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EU Hits Google With $5 Billion Fine For Pushing Apps On Android Users

Updated at 9:15 a.m. ET The European Commission has fined Google $5 billion for violating the European Union's antitrust rules — specifically, by forcing manufacturers of Android phones to install the Google search app and the Chrome Web browser. "Google has used Android as a vehicle to cement the dominance of its search engine," Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in a statement. "These practices have denied rivals the chance to innovate and compete on the merits." The tech giant plans to...

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The defense attorney for a man charged with killing a Mississippi woman by setting her on fire says a district attorney sought false testimony from an unrelated defendant in exchange for leniency. The lawyer for Quinton Tellis, accused of killing 19-year-old Jessica Chambers in 2014, wants District Attorney John Champion thrown off the case. A judge will hear arguments on the motion Monday.

 Louisiana spent nearly $108,000 to respond to claims that a former top aide to Gov. John Bel Edwards sexually harassed a woman when they worked together in the governor's office. Settlement documents released in March showed Louisiana agreed to pay $85,000 to end the legal allegations against Johnny Anderson. On top of that, NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reported Tuesday the state also paid nearly $23,000 to attorney Vickie Crochet to investigate and respond to the allegations.

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Authorities say a Louisiana toddler has died after being pulled from a swimming pool.

A news release from Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre says Riley Bourgeois of Matthews died Monday evening, just days before his second birthday. Webre's statement Tuesday said the child had been playing with a friend as his family visited a neighbor's residence Saturday. He was later found, unresponsive, in a swimming pool at the residence.

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A black bear had made a weekend visit to residents of a neighborhood in Louisiana.  The Courier of Houma reports that the bear was spotted Saturday in a tree in the yard of Jared Theriot  in Houma. Residents of Houma's Acadian Drive summoned officials from the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Officials showed up with a trap, but it proved unnecessary. After a few hours the bear climbed down and wandered away. Department officials say people should avoid encounters with bears.

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 NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Authorities say a 16-year-old boy has been killed in a shooting in New Orleans.New Orleans police say the teen was killed Thursday morning along Bass Street in the Little Woods area. Police say he was taken to a hospital, where he died.  No other details were immediately available early Thursday. 

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A man sentenced in January for drunkenly plowing his truck into a New Orleans Mardi Gras parade crowd is to be released later this month, despite a five-year sentence.  Authorities say Neilsen Rizzuto benefits from a 2017 Louisiana prison reform law. It allows release of well-behaved inmates who have served 35 percent of their sentences for crimes classified as non-violent. In January, Rizzuto was sentenced to five years with one year suspended for the crash that injured 32 people.

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The Louisiana Department of Health is seeking public input on key strategies to address Louisiana’s opioid epidemic. Over the past month, the Department of Health, in collaboration with local human services agencies, has held public meetings around the state.

The final meeting is set for Wednesday, July 11 in Monroe.

The meetings are open to the public, and will give interested residents the opportunity to learn about local and statewide treatment and recovery services.

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Today marks the 2years since the shooting death of Alton Sterling by Officer Blane Salamoni. Since then legislation has been passed to try to address the gap in trust between some Louisiana communities and law enforcement. Baton Rouge Representative Ted James says they’ve had some initial success with programs aimed at increasing training for cops on how to interact with communities they serve.

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Happy fourth of July. I’m looking forward to this day! A break in the middle of the week so we can celebrate America’s birthday – 242 years old, to be exact.

And while you lounge in your lawn chair or splash your feet in the water, waiting for those burgers to cook to juicy char-broiled perfection, it might a good time to ponder this question …is the dream…the American Dream … still alive?

The true American Dream? Yes, I’d say it is now alive more than ever.

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Touring New Orleans’s Historic Portage Route

In New Orleans, water touches our daily lives in many ways: the impacts of coastal land loss, buying flood insurance and just keeping cars dry when it rains. Water has shaped the city since its beginning. As the city celebrates its 300th birthday, the Historic New Orleans Collection is giving bike tours along the old “portage” route that was once a narrow strip of dry land between the river and lake.

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