• Saints have 2 picks left in the NFL draft’s final 4 rounds

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have made a trade to acquire a fourth-round draft choice from Washington and used it to select defensive tackle David Onyemata on Saturday.

    Updated: 11:44 am

  • Former NFL player Deuce McAllister announces that the New Orleans Saints selects Ohio State's Michael Thomas as the 47th pick in the second round of the 2016 NFL football draft, Friday, April 29, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Saints draft Ohio State receiver Thomas with 2nd-round pick

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints selected receiver Michael Thomas out of Ohio State with their second-round pick in the NFL draft on Friday night.

  • Saints draft defensive lineman Rankins with 12th pick

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have selected defensive lineman Sheldon Rankins with the 12th overall pick in Thursday night’s NFL draft.

  • Tamar Maya and Bryan Avendano dance in the rain during the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans on Thursday, April 28, 2016. (Brett Duke,/NOLA.com The Times-Picayune via AP) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; USA TODAY OUT; THE BATON ROUGE ADVOCATE OUT; THE NEW ORLEANS ADVOCATE OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

    Start of 2nd weekend of Jazz Fest soaked by rain

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The start of the second weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival was marked with thunderstorms, but the music played on to crowds that were thinned by the bad weather.

  • The Latest: Man indicted in shooting of ex-Saints player

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on the case of a man who is accused of fatally shooting retired New Orleans Saints player Will Smith during a traffic dispute (all times local):

  • An April 10, 2016, file photo provided by the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office shows Cardell Hayes. Prosecutors will have to present witnesses against Hayes, who accused of killing retired New Orleans Saints player Will Smith, at a hearing Thursday, April 28, unless a grand jury indicts him first. Police say Cardell Hayes shot the star defensive end and Smith’s wife late April 9, killing Smith and hitting Racquel Smith in both legs. (Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

    Hearing for man accused of killing Saints player Will Smith

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A business owner and semiprofessional football player was indicted Thursday on a second-degree murder charge in the shooting death of retired New Orleans Saints’ defensive end Will Smith.

  • In this Jan. 3, 2016 file photo, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees stands for the national anthem before an NFL football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Saints, in Atlanta. Brees asserts that the hefty final year of his current contract hasn’t hampered New Orleans’ ability to attract top free agents this offseason because he is committed to negotiating an extension that would improve the Saints’ financial flexibility. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

    Saints’ Drew Brees: Pace of contract talks not hurting team

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees asserts that his contract talks with the Saints haven’t hampered the club’s ability to acquire top free agents this offseason because he is committed to negotiating an extension that would improve the Saints’ financial flexibility.

  • US seeks outside control for troubled New Orleans jail

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Justice Department asked a federal court to appoint a third party to operate the long-troubled New Orleans jail, saying new leadership is essential because the city’s sheriff has for years failed to improve conditions that endanger inmates.

  • The Latest: Landrieu reacts as US chides sheriff over jail

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on efforts by the Justice Department and inmate advocates to have an outside administrator take over control of the violence-plagued jail in New Orleans (all times local):

  • In this Wednesday, March 2, 2016 photo, Ben Alexander listens to a lecture during a class for screenwriting at Tulane University in New Orleans. Alexander has nonverbal autism, a condition that became apparent when he was 2 years old. He has found his voice through writing using what is known as “facilitated communication,” a method in which another person supports the hand of the autistic person so he or she can communicate through typing. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

    ‘I am here’ – Silenced by autism, young man finds his voice

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Though he cannot speak, Benjamin Alexander has much to say, one typed word at a time.