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  A lawsuit accuses Black Lives Matter and five of the movement's leaders of inciting violence that led to a gunman's deadly ambush of law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge last summer. DeRay Mckesson and four other Black Lives Matter leaders are named as defendants in the suit filed Friday on behalf of one of the officers wounded in the July 17 attack by a black military veteran, who killed three other officers before he was shot dead. The suit doesn't name the officer, but its description of the plaintiff matches East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Deputy Nicholas Tullier.  The attorneys

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Police say two men showed badges and shouted "police, get on the ground" as they burglarized a home in Baton Rouge.

 

The Advocate reports the burglars kicked down a back door and waved pistols inside the home after a resident refused to let them in after they showed a badge.

 

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Eight officers at the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center have been fired or resigned after being accused of using excessive force on an inmate and subsequently trying to cover it up.

The state Department of Public Safety and Corrections, in a news release Thursday, said the terminations stemmed from a Jan. 9 incident at the facility in St. Gabriel in which officers were trying to move two inmates from a cell.

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 A sheriff's deputy in Louisiana is dead after being shot near a movie theater in Baton Rouge while on duty.

 

Local news outlets report that the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office deputy was rushed to the hospital after being shot late Saturday. Reports say he and another deputy were conducting an investigation when the shooting occurred.

 

A suspect was shot and injured and taken to a hospital.

 

The National Weather Service says it has confirmed three tornadoes that have touched down in southern Louisiana. 

Danielle Manning, a meteorologist with the weather service, says one touched down in the eastern part of New Orleans, another touched down near the town of Donaldsonville and another in the town of Killian. 

She said they have heard reports of injuries but nothing that has been confirmed yet. Local media showed images of some severely damaged buildings in eastern New Orleans with downed power lines strewn across the road.

Taylor Swift is donating $1 million to Louisiana flood relief after torrential rains caused massive flooding in the state and killed at least 11 people.

 Swift told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Louisiana residents graciously welcomed her when she kicked off the U.S. dates of her "1989 World Tour" in the state last year. 

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(AP) — Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson is suing the city of Baton Rouge over his arrest last month at a protest of a black man fatally shot during a struggle with two white police officers.

Mckesson was among nearly 200 protesters arrested in Baton Rouge following the July 5 shooting death of 37-year-old Alton Sterling.

A class-action lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court on behalf of Mckesson and two other arrested protesters, accuses the city and police officials of violating their civil rights and using excessive force.