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News in Brief- April 14, 2019

News in Brief- April 14, 2019

Opening of New Orleans airport terminal delayed until fall

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The opening of a new $1 billion terminal at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport has been delayed to this fall.

News outlets report the city of New Orleans and the New Orleans Aviation Board announced the delay on Thursday. An airport release says the delay will allow more time for testing, training and implementing key system at the facility, which will replace the city's existing airport's terminal.

This is the fourth time that the opening of the 35-gate terminal has been delayed. Construction started in 2016 and it was set to open in early 2018. Officials decided to increase the number of gates and pushed the opening until February 2019, but then sinking land and a damaged sewer line pushed it to this summer.

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Woman lived to 99 with most organs on wrong side of body

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Rose Marie Bentley was an avid swimmer, raised five kids, helped her husband run a feed store, and lived to the ripe age of 99. It was only after she died that medical students discovered that all her internal organs — except for her heart — were in the wrong place.

The discovery of the rare condition, which was presented this week to a conference of anatomists, was astounding — especially because Bentley had lived so long. People with the condition known as situs inversus with levocardia often have life-threatening cardiac ailments and other abnormalities, according to Oregon Health and Science University.

Cameron Walker's class at the university in Portland was examining the heart of a cadaver last year when they noticed the blood vessels were different. When they opened the abdominal cavity, they saw that all the other organs were on the wrong side. The unusual blood vessels helped the heart compensate.

Bentley's family had not known about the condition, which OHSU says occurs only once in every 22,000 births. Apparently Bentley didn't either.

Bentley, who lived in Molalla, 25 miles south of Portland, had led a normal life.

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Shock at arrest of deputy's son in black church fires

OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — Authorities said he had no known criminal record. A friend described him as an introverted animal lover who showed no animosity toward any race, and a talented, if frustrated heavy metal guitar player and singer. A fellow musician called him "a really sweet guy."

But Holden Matthews, the white, 21-year-old son of a Louisiana sheriff's deputy, was behind bars Thursday, accused of torching three century old African American churches during a 10-day period in and around Opelousas. The city of 16,000 people was set on edge by blazes, which evoked memories of civil rights terrorism.

A fragment of a charred gasoline can, surveillance video that captured what appeared to be his parents' truck in key locations, debit card records and cellphone tracking techniques led authorities to arrest Matthews without incident Wednesday evening.

Eric Rommal, the agent in charge of the New Orleans FBI office, said investigators were still looking into whether the fires were "bias motivated."

The churches were empty at the time, and no one was injured.