NEW ORLEANS

Father is slain in food dispute

Authorities say a man faces charges in Louisiana accusing him of killing his father and stabbing his mother because they ordered fast food and didn’t get any for him. Ronald Pritchett, 32, of Purvis, Miss., faces charges of second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder and auto theft in the New Orleans suburb of Jefferson Parish, said Col. John Fortunato, spokesman for the sheriff there. Fortunato Percival Pritchett, 58, and his wife, Renitta Pritchett, 57, were stabbed Wednesday at their home in unincorporated Gretna. Renitta Pritchett was treated and released, University Medical Center spokeswoman Aleis Tusa said. Fortunato said in a news release that Pritchett became enraged about food. Asked by email for more details, he replied, “They ordered food from a fast food restaurant and didn’t include him.” Pritchett was arrested Thursday at a relative’s home near the town of Purvis and waived extradition to Louisiana, Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel said.

MINNEAPOLIS

Groups dine outside station

Protesters and community members dined on donated pies, macaroni and cheese and traditional Thanksgiving fare Thursday outside a police station that has been the site of ongoing demonstrations since an officer fatally shot a black man earlier this month. Minneapolis NAACP President Nekima Levy-Pounds said the meal was co-hosted by her organization, Zion Baptist Church and Black Lives Matter. The event was designed to promote healing after the shooting death of 24-year-old Jamar Clark.

WASHINGTON

Trump denies mocking man

Donald Trump denied Thursday that he mocked a reporter with a disability in a South Carolina speech, despite appearing to imitate mannerisms of the “poor guy” and make fun of him. A statement posted on his Twitter account said Trump doesn’t know the reporter personally or what he looks like and was only mocking his journalism. The New York Times reporter, Serge Kovaleski, “should stop using his disability to grandstand,” the statement quoted Trump as saying. Kovaleski has a congenital condition that affects joint movement. In a speech Tuesday in South Carolina, Trump said, “Poor guy, you oughta see this guy,” and gestured in a jerky fashion as if imitating Kovaleski’s movements. Trump was challenging recollections by Kovaleski and many others about the 9/11 aftermath. Trump has made unsubstantiated claims that thousands of Muslims in New Jersey were seen celebrating the attacks. In 2001, Kovaleski, then with the Washington Post, and another Post journalist wrote a week after the 9/11 attacks about authorities in New Jersey detaining and questioning “a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks.” The story did not suggest “thousands” were celebrating, as Trump claimed, and a story then by the Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J., said the reports of such celebrations proved unfounded.

Compiled from wire reports.