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In brief: Suspect arrested after New Orleans shooting

New Orleans – A 20-year-old man was arrested Friday in connection with a gunfight that erupted on Bourbon Street, killing one bystander and wounding nine others on the thoroughfare of nightspots that is one of New Orleans’ biggest tourist draws.

Police chief Ronal Serpas said Trung T. Le was arrested Friday afternoon in Mississippi. He will be extradited to Louisiana, where he faces one charge of first-degree murder and nine charges of attempted first-degree murder.

Le is from the city of Belle Chasse, near New Orleans.

Police said Le is believed to have fired the first shot in an exchange of gunfire that shattered the good-time atmosphere early Sunday in the French Quarter. Serpas said police are still working to identify another person involved in the gunfight.

Actors’ union wins new contract, pay hikes

Los Angeles – Hollywood’s largest union representing actors and other performers has secured a new film and TV contract that will provide modest pay hikes for its approximately 165,000 members.

SAG-AFTRA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers announced early Friday that they had reached an agreement on a new three-year film and TV contract to replace one that expired midnight June 30 and was extended three times.

The two sides worked until nearly midnight most nights this week to reach a breakthrough agreement that should ensure labor stability in Hollywood for at least another three years.

The SAG-AFTRA contract was the third major pact that AMPTP has negotiated in recent months. It previously reached agreements with the unions that represent Hollywood’s directors and writers.

SAG-AFTRA was able to wrangle rate hikes of 2.5 percent in the first year of the proposed agreement, and another 3 percent in the second and third year. The group also mustered a slight increase in contributions that producers will make to guild members’ pension and health plans.


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Syrian military pummels IS-held districts in Damascus

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