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  • Gulf oil sheen blamed on 2010 wreckage, not well Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 5:02 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS-- Federal scientists and BP say oil appears to have leaked last month from the drilling wreckage lying at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico near where a BP well blew out in 2010, causing the nation's worst offshore spill.

  • ,operator of the largest independent fleet of for-hire oil trucks in the United States, said on Thursday it has agreed to buy OMNI Energy Services Inc for $445 million to boost the size of its U.S. oilfield production and environmental services business.

  • Browns LB Fujita criticizes Commissioner Goodell Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 10:50 AM ET

    BEREA, Ohio-- With as much purpose as any tackle he's ever made, Scott Fujita delivered a shot to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Angered by Goodell's handling of the New Orleans Saints' bounties scandal, Fujita accused the commissioner of misusing his power, questioned his record on player safety, and the Browns linebacker vowed to keep fighting to clear his name.

  • New Orleans Film Fest starts Thursday Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 9:59 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS-- The New Orleans Film Festival opens Thursday with a red carpet showing of the Louisiana- shot thriller "The Paperboy."

  • NEW YORK, Oct 11- U.S. natural gas futures edged higher early on Thursday as near-term cool weather and continuing nuclear power plant outages kept demand strong ahead of a weekly inventory report.

  • Oct 11- Devon Energy Corp:. *Will close its office in Houston. *Reorganization charges are expected to approximate $125 million, with $100.

  • Sheen at Deepwater Horizon disaster site is BP oil Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 6:45 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS-- The Coast Guard says an oil sheen near the site of the massive BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico matches oil from the 2010 disaster. The Coast Guard says its tests established the oil came from the BP well.

  • Highlights from the Fed's US economic survey Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 4:56 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found that the economy grew modestly in the late summer, bolstered by solid gains in housing. The report is based on anecdotal information from the regional districts and covers the period from mid-August to Sept. 28. The region's economy expanded modestly.

  • High court questions Texas affirmative action plan Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 1:54 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Supreme Court justices sharply questioned the University of Texas' use of race in college admissions Wednesday in a case that could lead to new limits on affirmative action. Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose vote could be decisive, looked skeptically on Texas' defense of the program. "

  • NEW YORK, Oct 10- U.S. natural gas futures traded nearly flat early on Wednesday, with some follow-through buying after the previous day's modest rally underpinning prices despite milder Northeast and Midwest weather forecasts for next week that should slow demand.

  • Players lash out at new bounty discipline Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:24 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS-- Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith and the NFL players union left little doubt they remain determined to challenge Commissioner Roger Goodell's authority to suspend players in connection with the league's bounty investigation of the New Orleans Saints.

  • FEMA individual assistance for Isaac tops $101M Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:14 AM ET

    Another $18 million has been provided for other types of individual assistance, according to FEMA. FEMA spokesman Ray Perez provided the latest figures Tuesday. More than 194,000 people have registered for FEMA help.

  • $700,000 grant for Loyola nursing school Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:12 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS-- The School of Nursing at Loyola University of New Orleans has received a two-year, $700,000 federal grant from the Health Research and Services Administration. The university said Tuesday that the money is to support doctoral students pursuing the credential of "Advanced Practice Registered Nurse" in primary care.

  • Spirit Airlines opening crew base at DFW airport Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 8:57 AM ET

    GRAPEVINE, Texas-- Spirit Airlines Inc. on Dec. 1 will open a flight attendant and pilot crew base at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport as it expands operations in Texas. The low cost carrier also plans an open house in Dallas for potential flight attendants.

  • NEW ORLEANS, Oct 9- New Orleans on Tuesday canceled an advisory about possible bacterial contamination of its water supply, the second time in two years that a power outage in its aging water system had prompted a health warning. "Tests confirmed water in the city is safe to drink," the Louisiana port city's government said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.

  • Activists plan to sue Entergy over nuclear plant Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 2:50 PM ET

    The three activists, represented by Ecolaw, notified the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday of their intent to sue the plant's owner, New Orleans- based Entergy Corp. They say the Plymouth plant damaged the local ecology by discharging chemical pollution and water heated far above allowed standards.

  • Activists plan to sue Mass. nuclear plant owner Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 2:40 PM ET

    The three activists, represented by Ecolaw, notified the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday of their intent to sue the plant's owner, New Orleans- based Entergy Corp. They say the Plymouth plant damaged the local ecology by discharging chemical pollution and water heated far above allowed standards.

  • NEW ORLEANS, Oct 9- New Orleans scrambled on Tuesday to take precautions against possible bacterial contamination of its water supply, the second time in two years a power outage in its aging water system has prompted a health warning.

  • New show opens Parisian window onto artist Hopper Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 11:16 AM ET

    *France's first major retrospective of Edward Hopper opens in Paris. PARIS, Oct 9- A major retrospective of Edward Hopper opening in Paris overturns some of the cliches about the 20th- century artist, uncovering the French and broader European influences that lie behind his label as the consummate "American" scene-painter.

  • Kids' weight loss program being introduced in La Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 11:15 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS-- UnitedHealth Group Inc. and the Louisiana Alliance of Boys& Girls Clubs are bringing a 12- month program to help obese and overweight children lose weight. The classes are only for families on the company's Medicaid plan in the New Orleans area. Ann K. Logarbo, chief medical officer for UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Louisiana.