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July 15th, 2018

Kerber nets win over Williams for Wimbledon title

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LONDON (AP) — Angelique Kerber was not about to be overwhelmed by the setting or the stakes in this Wimbledon final. She knew exactly what to expect — and what to do — against Serena Williams.
Two years after losing to Williams with a title on the line at Centre Court, Kerber came through. So steady, so patient, so accurate throughout, she never really gave Williams much of a chance this time, putting together a 6-3, 6-3 victory Saturday for her first championship at the All England Club and third major overall.

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Croatia, France set for Cup showdown

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MOSCOW (AP) — France is the established power with a young team full of speed and skill. Croatia has the veterans that have shown they can never be counted out.
The two sides will meet at 10 a.m. CT today in the World Cup final, with France going for its second title in its third final in 20 years. Croatia, a country that only gained independence in 1991, will be playing in its first.
“Tradition is there to be demolished,” Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said Saturday. “I’m not interested who is the opponent.”

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SUNDAY MOVIE REVIEW

‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’
We last saw Scott “Ant-Man” Lang (Paul Rudd) in 2016’s “Captain America: Civil War” where he fought on Cap’s side, lost, and went to prison. It was briefly mentioned in this year’s “Avengers: Infinity War” that he took a plea deal where he was released in exchange for promising not to do any more superhero work, making him one of the few MCU heroes not to appear in the film.

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AgCenter hosts GSU summer program visitors

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CHASE — High school students participating in the Grambling State University Summer High Ability program got a firsthand look at the science that goes into agriculture production when they recently toured the LSU AgCenter Sweet Potato Research Station at Chase.
More than 25 students and staff visited the station July 9 to learn about how a research station operates, from early crop propagation development in the greenhouse to actual planting in the field.

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How to run air conditioners without wasting energy

Few people can make it through the dog days of summer without turning on their air conditioners.
Men and women concerned about the environment and conserving energy may try to avoid using their air conditioners, but doing so on especially hot days can be challenging and potentially even deadly.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that roughly 600 people die from complications related to extreme heat each year.

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Autopsy confirms Texas church gunman died by suicide

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SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — The gunman responsible for the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound and also had drugs in his system, according to an autopsy report released Thursday.
Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, opened fire during church services on the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs last November, killing more than two dozen people. He was later found dead in a vehicle after he was shot and chased by two men who heard the gunfire at the church.

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Despite some wobbles, stocks end the week with more gains

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NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks wrapped up another solid week Friday as industrial and energy companies ticked higher, but corporate earnings got off to a sluggish start as reports from several major U.S. banks failed to excite investors.
Indexes wobbled in morning trading, but rising oil prices helped energy companies, and defense contractors and machinery makers also rose. Consumer-focused companies like Amazon set record highs.

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Teenager might be first person on Mars

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Alyssa Carson, 17, is your typical Southern girl.
She loves crawfish, music, festivals, hanging with her friends and watching cooking shows on Netflix.
The Baton Rouge teen will be a high school senior this fall, so she’s soaking up the summer fun while it lasts.
Alyssa’s life seems pretty normal, right?
In many ways, it is — but along the way, she’s also been planning the trip of a lifetime.
Alyssa’s on a mission to be among the first people on Mars — and based on her trajectory, it very well may happen.

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Jaguar escapes habitat at Audubon Zoo, kills 6 animals

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A jaguar escaped from its habitat at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans and killed six animals.
The male jaguar escaped around 7:20 a.m. Saturday and was captured and returned to its night house after being sedated by a vet team nearly an hour later, after it had mauled four alpacas, one emu and one fox.
No people were hurt.
News outlets report the zoo was closed Saturday and would reopen today.
It was not immediately clear how the animal escaped. An investigation is underway.

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Why Louisiana needs to start cutting expenses more

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Louisiana must cut expenses.
As expenses have been cut somewhat, there could and probably should be more cuts. If this is not done with efficiency it might not happen.
In my first year in the House of Representatives, an experienced colleague told me that the hardest two things to do were to raise (taxes) and spend (where) money. I suggest a third category: cutting expenses.

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