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A former Florida A&M University band member was found guilty Friday of manslaughter and three hazing counts in the 2011 death of a drum major.

Dante Martin now faces up to fifteen years in prison for the death of 26-year-old Robert Champion during a hazing ritual nearly three years ago. The trial lasted less than a week, and the jury deliberated for a little over an hour.

Prosecutors called eight witnesses during their case, which began on Monday, including former band members who were present when Champion was beaten with fists and drum sticks during the ritual called "Crossing Bus C.

WASHINGTON – The White House ship is springing some leaks. 

Trouble-making personnel inside the Obama administration have taken to the press at a steady clip in recent days to badmouth senior officials, as well as a key American ally. And as President Obama enters his seventh year in office, the whispers and potshots are running the risk of undermining the once-cohesive image of the "no drama Obama" team. 


This image from video by KABC TV Los Angeles shows wreckage of what is believed to be SpaceShipTwo in Southern California's Mojave Desert on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. (AP Photo/KABC TV)

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo space tourism rocket crashed during a test flight over the Mojave Desert Friday, killing at least one of the two pilots aboard and seriously injuring the other.

The company tweeted  that SpaceShipTwo was flying under rocket power and then tweeted that it had "experienced an in-flight anomaly.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana's Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit filed on behalf of thousands of New Orleans public school workers who were fired after Hurricane Katrina laid waste to much of the city in 2005.

It was a reversal of fortune for the employees, who had won at the district and appellate levels.

The high court said the due-process rights of fired employees were not violated.

Slidell police made four arrests Friday and cleared at least a trailer full of trash from Gause Boulevard near Interstate 10 where they said citizens recently

The New Orleans Police Department will hold a fundraiser on Nov. 19 at Generations Hall to benefit Officer Jonathan Smith, who was shot and seriously wounded

ORLANDO, Fla. -- A jury has convicted a former Florida A&M University band member of manslaughter and felony hazing in the death of a drum major

Duchess of Cambridge, Kate MiddletonGetty Images/REX

Kate Middleton has a new stylist, which may explain her, well, more sexy style choices in recent weeks.

The Duchess of Cambridge, who is expecting her second child with Prince William in April, is beginning to step out to select engagements since recovering from Hyperemesis gravidarum. Middleton has been sporting a higher hemline and looks that steer slightly from her usual fashion fare—we're talking cut-outs, sheer panels and a gown with a thigh-high slit.

NAPOLEONVILLE, LA (WAFB) - A head-on collision in Napoleonville has taken the life of a 10-year girl.

State Police say the girl was a passenger in a car driven by her mother Sommer Pierson, 31, of Gray. Another passenger – Brandon Pennison,34, also from Gray – died later at the hospital.

The incident happened on Oct. 27. Officials say Pierson was traveling south on LA 1 around mile post 96.5 and Dale Robertson, 60, of Oscoda, MI was traveling north.

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