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News in Brief- April 17, 2019

News in Brief- April 17, 2019

Coast Guard: 23 adrift for days rescued in Gulf of Mexico

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard said it worked with a cruise ship to rescue 23 people adrift for days in the Gulf of Mexico.

A Coast Guard news statement issued Sunday saying 22 Cubans started traveling on a wooden boat from Cuba to Mexico before losing power and drifting three days. A Cuban-Mexican man took them aboard his sports fishing boat, but then its engines malfunctioned and the group drifted three more days.

The Coast Guard said it was contacted early Sunday by a brother of one of the Cubans. In addition to launching its own effort to find the disabled fishing boat, the Coast Guard alerted the Carnival Fantasy.

The cruise ship took the 23 people aboard within hours, about 130 nautical miles off Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

The statement said two of the people rescued had minor medical issues and were treated by medical staff on the cruise ship. It added that the 23 people would be transferred Tuesday to U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Coast Guard Investigative Services in Mobile, Alabama.

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3 men chosen for 32-member New Orleans Saints dance squad

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Three men have been chosen for the New Orleans Saints dance squad, up from one last year.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports that the first man chosen for Sainsations, Jesse Hernandez of Maurice, Louisiana, is returning.

A slide show posted to the Saintsations' website on Friday only gives the first names of the 32 dancers who were chosen, including the two other men — Dante from Vicksburg, Mississippi, and Dylon from Erath, Louisiana.

Hernandez is a dance teacher. He said last year that he hoped his involvement in the Saintsations would open the door for more men to seek a spot on the squad.

The first on-field performance for the 2019 Saintsations will happen during the preseason opener sometime between Aug. 8 and Aug. 12 against the Minnesota Vikings.

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Louisiana man charged with 100 counts of first-degree rape

PINEVILLE, La. (AP) — A 71-year-old Louisiana man has been charged with 100 counts of first-degree rape over allegations of criminal sexual conduct involving minors.

The Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office tells news outlets the allegations against Harvey Joseph Fountain date to the 1970s.

The sheriff's office says deputies received a tip on April 1 that Fountain was sexually involved with juveniles, and an investigation found evidence supporting the allegations.

Fountain was arrested on 50 counts of first-degree rape on April 9. Days later, additional victims were identified -- the sheriff's office isn't saying how many -- and 50 more counts were added.

Deputies say the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are possible. It's unclear if Fountain has a lawyer.