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GRETNA, La. (AP) — A school teacher in Louisiana has been arrested and charged with having illegal sexual contact with a student. The New Orleans Advocate reports that Kim Minor has been charged with prohibited sexual contact between an educator and a student. Minor is a social studies teacher and baseball coach at Thomas Jefferson High School in Gretna. Capt. Russell Lloyd said the student is a girl.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard says a helicopter crew has rescued four people from a burning passenger vessel off Louisiana.

A news release says people on the Grand Sun reported the fire about 2:40 a.m. Monday from the Chandeleur Sound, and a helicopter arrived before 4 a.m.

The aircrew took all four to emergency medical services at Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans.

Petty Officer Travis MaGee says he doesn't know where they went from there, or their conditions.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is rejecting an appeal from a man convicted of joining a New Orleans police officer in the killing of her fellow officer and two other people during a 1995 robbery.

The justices on Tuesday declined to review a Louisiana Supreme Court ruling that upheld the man's convictions, despite questions about the impartiality of several jurors and the judge who presided over the trial.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A historic New Orleans church dating back to 1906 to minister to Norwegian sailors and eventually became an important venue for jazz performances is closing.

Local media reports the Scandinavian Jazz Church will end operations by Dec. 31 and the building is under contract to be sold to a new owner by the end of the year. The buyer has not been disclosed.

The facility was founded as a Seamen's Mission under the patronage of Norway and became known as the Norwegian Seamen's Church as it ministered to Norwegians traveling through New Orleans.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Police used a stun device to subdue a man who brandished a machete in a park across from New Orleans City Hall.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana man is accused of setting a New Orleans gas pump on fire with a lighter stolen from the gas station's convenience store.

Citing a Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal release, The New Orleans Advocate reports 32-year-old Marlon Coleman was arrested Sunday and charged with aggravated arson. The release says Coleman put the lit lighter near where the pump's nozzle connected to the fuel tank of his truck.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana city with an aging bus fleet has been awarded a $6.3 million grant for 17 new buses.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority hasn't replaced most of its fleet since just after Hurricane Katrina.

The agency announced the grant Tuesday. It's one of more than 100 organizations nationwide awarded Federal Transit Administration grants to help states and agencies replace buses and bus depots.

GRAND ISLE, La. (AP) — A plan to build an airport in a Louisiana wildlife refuge has shocked conservationists who say it could harm important bird habitat on a coastline disappearing under encroaching Gulf of Mexico waters.

The proposal calls for paving over part of Elmer's Island Wildlife Refuge to build a commercial airport serving small jets and private planes, Times-Picayune report ed Wednesday.

MARRERO, La. (AP) — A teen has been arrested and charged with setting a fire in the Halloween section of a Walmart store in Louisiana earlier this month.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Capt. Jason Rivarde told news outlets that 18-year-old Jerrold Jackson of Marrero has been charged with aggravated arson.

Deputies say Jackson is accused of setting a fire Sept 19 in the Walmart in Marrero.

Firefighters and the store sprinkler system had the blaze under control in minutes.

No one was hurt. The fire closed the store for the rest of the day.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans police say they've identified "prime suspects" in a summer shooting that killed three people and wounded seven others, but they need help to "close" the case.

Police Superintendent Michael Harrison told news outlets Tuesday that they've identified suspects, but that "doesn't mean we have enough evidence." The July shooting killed 28-year-old Jeremiah Lee, 38-year-old Kurshaw Jackson and 27-year-old Taiesha Watkins.