On this day in history, the United Colonies get a new name

1498 - Christopher Columbus left on his third voyage of exploration. 1712 - The Pennsylvania Assembly banned the importation of slaves. 1775 - The United Colonies changed their name to the United States.

Handheld cell phone ban moves forward

BATON ROUGE, La (NBC33) — The roads are one step closer to being cell phone-free today. A bill to ban handheld cell phone use while driving has passed through the House Transportation Committee.

Congressman Anthony Weiner in hot water with fellow Republicans

NEW YORK (FOX44) - New York Congressman Anthony Weiner could be in more trouble than thought.

Teenager declared sane to stand trial in murder of eight year old

ST. FRANCISVILLE, La (FOX44) - A shocking crime is moving through the courts this week. A teenager accused of killing an eight-year-old boy on the Bluff's Walking Trail in St. Francisville is sane enough to stand trial.

Armed robbery turns violent in Tigerland

BATON ROUGE, La (FOX44) - An armed robbery of a home in Tigerland turns violent overnight. Just after 11pm, two men broke into a home on Jim Taylor Road in Tigerland.

Opening arguments begin in "Operation Blighted Officials" federal case

BATON ROUGE, La (FOX44) - In Baton Rouge Federal Court, opening arguments starting in the second trial in what has become known as “Operation Blighted Officials.

Libya, Indonesia, Mexico, China, New Zealand

AROUND THE WORLD (FOX44) – Libya, the aftermath of the biggest barrage from coalition forces since the campaign began in May. Buildings like these at Moammar Khaddafy's compound were reduced to rubble.

Wildlife and Fisheries letting people fish for free this weekend

Dust off your rod and reel Wildlife and Fisheries “Free Fishing Weekend” is here again. You can fish in Louisiana waters this weekend only without buying a Recreational Fishing License.

Deadly E coli outbreak in Europe comes to the U.S.

NATIONAL (FOX44) - Europe's deadly E coli outbreak has made its way to the U.S. The dangerous strain has affected eleven countries, including the U.S. infecting some 16-hundred people.

Suspect in vehicular homicide pleads guilty

BATON ROUGE, La (FOX44) - A guilty plea in a tragic car crash, gives a grieving family some closure.