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Float riders toss beads during the Krewe of Bacchus Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
February 28, 2017 - 12:27 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The streets of New Orleans are filled with costumed revelers, dazzling floats featuring kings and queens, and people of all ages screaming for trinkets and beads. Lots of beads. Tuesday marks the culmination of the Carnival season, which started Jan. 6. Mardi Gras is "the one...
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Neilson Rizutto is seen in an undated photo provided by the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office. The New Orleans Police Department issued a statement Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, identifying Rizutto as the man who allegedly plowed into a crowd enjoying a Mardi Gras parade Saturday in New Orleans while intoxicated. (Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office via AP)
February 27, 2017 - 3:58 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The driver accused of plowing into a crowd enjoying a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans had a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit, police said. The New Orleans Police Department issued a statement identifying the man as 25-year-old Neilson Rizzuto. He's being...
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Police stand next to a pickup truck that slammed into a crowd and other vehicles, causing multiple injuries, coming to a stop against a dump truck, during the Krewe of Endymion parade in New Orleans, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
February 25, 2017 - 10:16 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A suspect is in custody after 28 people were injured Saturday when a vehicle plowed into a crowd watching the Krewe of Endymion parade in the Mid-City section of New Orleans, police said. Police Chief Michael Harrison said the suspect is being investigated for driving while...
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Carnival King Momo, Fabio Damiao dos Santos Antunes, holds up the key to the city at a ceremony marking the official start of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. Marcelo Crivella, mayor of Rio de Janeiro, opted not to attend the ceremony, and in his place Secretary of Culture Nilceia Nogueira, left, handed over the key. (AP Photo/Mauro Pimentel)
February 24, 2017 - 8:33 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Revelers across Brazil began Carnival celebrations on Friday, taking to the streets to dance, drink beer and spirits, and blow off steam at a time of economic angst and fury with politicians over a sprawling corruption scandal. The world's most famous Carnival bash in Rio...
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Costumed patients from the Nise da Silveira Mental Health Institute wait for the start of their Carnival parade, coined in Portuguese: "Loucura Suburbana," or Suburban Madness, in the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. Patients, their relatives and institute workers held their parade one day before the official start of Carnival. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
February 24, 2017 - 4:57 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Revelers all over Brazil were getting Carnival celebrations started Friday, taking to the streets to dance samba, drink beer and other spirits, and blow off steam at a time of economic angst and fury with politicians over a sprawling corruption scandal. In Rio, home to the...
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February 24, 2017 - 12:41 am
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a longtime civil rights activist, has been chosen as the keynote speaker for the commencement ceremony at Bard College in New York's Hudson Valley. Officials at the private liberal arts school say the Georgia Democrat will receive an honorary...
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