Paul Prudhomme, the Louisiana chef who made jambalaya, crawfish pie and gumbo part of the national vocabulary through his French Quarter restaurant, cookbooks and seasonings, died Thursday in New Orleans. He was 75.Elaine Woo
Customers were coming and going in the parking lot of a Home Depot near Detroit when a shoplifter suddenly came tearing across the blacktop and a female bystander pulled out a concealed pistol and fired several shots at him.Michael E. Miller / The Washington Post
Russian President Vladimir Putin scored seven goals in a hockey game held on his 63rd birthday as his star-studded team, which included NHL legends Vyacheslav Fetisov and Pavel Bure, won the match 15-10.Associated Press
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researchers saw the first whale about a week ago off the small island of Niihau near Kauai. A second whale was seen days later near Kauai's Pacific Missile Range Facility.Associated Press
Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, hailed as a hero for helping to tackle a gunman on aFrench train in August, was stabbed and seriously wounded outside a bar early Thursday in what police said was an alcohol-related fight that had nothing to do with terrorism.Associated Press
Volkswagen's top U.S. executive offered deep apologies yet sought to distance himself Thursday from the emissions scandal enveloping the world's largest automaker, asserting top corporate officials had no knowledge of the cheating software installed in 11 million diesel cars.Associated Press,Michael Biesecker, Matthew Daly
Belarusian journalist Svetlana Alexievich is the 2015 Nobel Prize winner in literature. She was commended by the Swedish Academy for "her polyphonic writing, a monument to suffering and courage in our time."
FIFA’s vice president, Michel Platini, and its secretary general, Jérôme Valcke, who was already on leave, were also “provisionally banned.”SAM BORDEN
Alarmed by the speed and scale of Russia’s intervention in Syria, Western officials said Thursday that they had stepped up military exercises and deployed a small number of logistics personnel in Eastern and Central Europe.Helene Cooper and James Kantner
With no warning, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy withdrew Thursday from the contest for speaker of the U.S. House, shocking fellow Republicans just before voting was to begin and plunging Congress into chaos.Erica Werner | Associated Press
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