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  • BP: Sealed ocean well isn't source of Gulf sheen Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 5:15 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS-- A sheen on the Gulf of Mexico likely came from oil seeping out of a piece of discarded equipment that failed to contain BP PLC's massive 2010 oil spill, the company and the Coast Guard said Thursday. The Coast Guard said oil samples collected on Wednesday will be analyzed to determine if the container is the source of the sheen.

  • Pool's 3Q income slips on charge for UK business Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 3:09 PM ET

    COVINGTON, La.-- Pool Corp., a distributor of swimming pool and backyard supplies, said Thursday that its net income fell 12 percent in the third quarter on an impairment charge related to its U.K. business. Pool wrote down the value of its U.K. business by $6.9 million during the quarter.

  • Go Daddy says Danica Patrick is still their girl Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 2:48 PM ET

    Go Daddy on Thursday announced it had signed New York agency Deutsch Inc. to produce its two 30- second Super Bowl spots, the first time the website domain provider has gone outside for the ads it has done itself since 2005..

  • Vote delayed on La. gov health privatization plan Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:52 AM ET

    BATON ROUGE, La.-- Lawmakers scrapped a planned vote Thursday on Louisiana Gov. The delay was announced a day before the scheduled hearing of the House and Senate budget committees to review the proposed contract between the Office of Group Benefits and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

  • Overnight storms swat Southeast; 4 hurt in Miss. Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:39 AM ET

    JACKSON, Miss.-- A line of severe storms packing strong winds and possible tornadoes swept across the Southeast overnight, injuring four people in Mississippi, downing power lines and trees and damaging homes around the region, authorities said early Thursday. At least six northern counties in Mississippi reported damage, Rent said.

  • DOE delays decision on Cheniere Energy facility Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:27 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS-- The U.S. Department of Energy says it needs more time to consider an environmental group's objections to a Texas company's plans to build an export terminal for liquefied natural gas in southwest Louisiana.

  • Miss. says no thanks to Medicaid expansion dollars Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 9:03 AM ET

    JACKSON, Miss.-- Mississippi has long been one of the sickest and poorest states in America, with some of the highest rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease and more than 1 in 7 residents without insurance. And so you might think Mississippi would jump at the prospect of billions of federal dollars to expand Medicaid.

  • Albemarle 3Q net falls, warns of tougher 4Q Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 5:29 PM ET

    BATON ROUGE, La.-- Specialty chemical maker Albemarle Corp. said on Wednesday that its third-quarter net income fell 14.5 percent and warned that the fourth quarter will be even more difficult. The company said it earned $99.3 million, or $1.10 per share, for the quarter that ended Sept. 30. That was down from $116.1 million, or $1.28, during the same period last year.

  • NFL responds to Vilma, NFLPA lawsuits Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 3:27 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS-- The NFL is again urging a federal judge to avoid interfering in Commissioner Roger Goodell's efforts to discipline four players for the Saints' cash-for-hits bounty pool.

  • Deadlines near for Isaac flood claims Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:18 AM ET

    BATON ROUGE, La.-- Most property owners whose homes or other structures were damaged during Hurricane Isaac have approaching deadlines for filing claims for their flood-related losses. Hurricane Isaac made first landfall in Louisiana Aug. 28.

  • Top Destination States for Jobs Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:06 AM ET

    Read ahead to see what they are, and find out what employment data, industries and companies are located there to make them top destination states.

  • Texas meat company recalling beef, pork products Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 4:02 PM ET

    DALLAS-- Federal health officials say a Dallas- based meat distributor is recalling about 8,200 pounds of beef and pork products because they weren't inspected and were improperly labeled.

  • Judges wants to see NFL bounty documents Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 2:42 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS-- A federal magistrate judge has ordered NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to provide the court with documents related to the league's bounty investigation of the New Orleans Saints. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said league officials have already discussed the order with Knowles and have agreed to comply.

  • AP source: Beyonce set for Super Bowl halftime Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 11:21 AM ET

    A source familiar with Super Bowl XLVII told The Associated Press the Grammy-winning diva will take the stage at the halftime show on Feb. 3, 2013, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The 31- year-old sang the national anthem at Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004 in her hometown of Houston when the New England Patriots defeated the Carolina Panthers.

  • FEMA individual aid reaches $105M after Isaac Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 10:15 AM ET

    BATON ROUGE, La.-- Homeowners and renters have been approved for $105 million in individual aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency since Hurricane Isaac. Another $19 million has been provided for other types of individual assistance, according to FEMA. FEMA spokesman Ray Perez provided the latest figures Monday.

  • Boardwalk unit buys remaining PL Midstream stake Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 6:15 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Boardwalk Pipeline Partners LP said Monday that a subsidiary has purchased the remaining 65 percent equity interest in PL Midstream LLC from Boardwalk Pipelines Holding Corp. for $269 million. The holding corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Loews Corp. and the parent of Boardwalk Pipeline Partners' general partner.

  • Citizens has settled 85 percent of Isaac claims Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 3:44 PM ET

    BATON ROUGE, La.-- Louisiana's state-run property insurer of last resort says it's settled 85 percent of the more than 17,000 claims it received about damage from Hurricane Isaac. The company _ Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation _ said Monday that it expects Isaac to cost between $75 million and $100 million.

  • Historic Treme in New Orleans celebrates 200 years Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 3:28 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS-- A colorful and musical New Orleans neighborhood is marking the 200th anniversary of its origins as an early melting pot for the city and the nation. It was born from immigration that followed the Haitian revolution of the early 1800 s and named for French milliner and property owner Claude Treme.

  • Ahead of the Bell: Amedisys shares tumble Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 8:36 AM ET

    Shares of Amedisys Inc. sank in premarket trading Monday after the home health care provider said its annual revenue from health insurer Humana Inc. will shrink. Amedisys, based in Baton Rouge, La., said a new agreement with Humana will generate about half of the roughly $65 million to $70 million it has produced.

  • US drops 2 to 1,835 rigs exploring for oil, gas Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 2:58 PM ET

    Texas- based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 1,411 rigs were exploring for oil and 422 were searching for gas. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained four rigs while Alaska, New Mexico and Oklahoma gained one apiece. Arkansas, Colorado, North Dakota and Wyoming lost one rig apiece.