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  • NEW ORLEANS— Federal prosecutors hoping to win reinstatement of an obstruction of justice conviction against a former BP engineer will argue their case next month at an appeals court in New Orleans. Prosecutors accused Kurt Mix of deliberately deleting text messages about the amount of oil flowing from BP's Macondo well after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon...

  • NBC's 'Parks and Recreation' says farewell Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 4:05 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Viewers said farewell to Amy Poehler and the gang of Pawnee, Indiana, bureaucrats on NBC's " Parks and Recreation," in a finale that made more of a dent online than on television. CBS' duo of "NCIS" and "The Big Bang Theory" led the ratings last week, as is often the case. CBS easily won the week in prime-time, averaging 9.2 million viewers.

  • Nielsen's top programs for Feb. 23-March 1 Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 3:53 PM ET

    1. "NCIS," CBS, 17.38 million. 2. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 16.67 million. 7. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 13.71 million.

  • IOWA CITY, Iowa— Taser International, the stun-gun maker emerging as a leading supplier of body cameras for police, has cultivated financial ties to police chiefs whose departments have bought the recording devices, raising a host of conflict-of-interest questions. Taser is planning to send two of them to speak at luxury hotels in Australia and the United Arab...

  • NEW ORLEANS— A federal lease sale offering 21 million acres in the western Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas exploration and development is set for August. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced Monday that the sale of leases for areas off the Texas coast will take place in New Orleans. The August sale of leases for western Gulf tracts will follow a planned...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 27- U.S. "Gold's just not in vogue right now and the average investor is trying to chase the stock market," said David Beahm, executive vice president for Blanchard& Co, a large precious metals retailer in New Orleans. Meanwhile, the spot gold market has been rangebound between $1,130- $1,392 per ounce for the past year.

  • Viking boats to cruise Mississippi River Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 5:22 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS, Feb 25- Viking Cruises Ltd will establish its first North American beachhead, a homeport in New Orleans, and will offer cruises up the Mississippi River starting in 2017, the company and Louisiana officials announced. The company- whose boats ply the rivers of Europe, Russia, China, Southeast Asia and Egypt- will begin cruising the Mississippi with two...

  • NBC stays in lead with Lester Holt Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 5:20 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Lester Holt's audience shot up by more than half a million viewers on his second week filling in at NBC's "Nightly News" for the suspended Brian Williams. NBC's newscast averaged 10.1 million viewers last week, roughly 600,000 more than the week before, the Nielsen company said. But on a busy news week with many viewers shut in by the cold, ABC's "World News...

  • NEW ORLEANS— European river cruise giant Viking, already gaining a high profile in the United States with its sponsorship of popular PBS television shows, announced Tuesday that it will make New Orleans its first North American home port for Mississippi River cruises expected to begin by late 2017.. Viking's move will produce 416 new jobs in New Orleans,...

  • NEW ORLEANS, Feb 23- BP Plc on Monday appealed a federal judge's finding of the size of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, which leaves the company potentially liable to pay $13.7 billion in fines. District Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans ruled that 3.19 million barrels of oil had spilled into the Gulf as a result of the disaster. That decision could result in a $13.7...

  • NEW ORLEANS— A free-speech appeal from tour guides in New Orleans who object to the city's requirement that they be licensed was rejected Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court. To get a license, guides must submit to background checks and take a test on New Orleans history and culture. Reaction among tour guides in New Orleans was mixed.

  • WASHINGTON— Days from a Homeland Security Department shutdown, Senate Republicans sought a way out Monday by splitting President Barack Obama's contested immigration measures from the agency's funding bill. It was far from certain whether it would win any Democratic support, and House conservatives remain firmly opposed to any funding bill for the...

  • Feb 19- A U.S. judge on Thursday rejected BP Plc's attempt to reduce the maximum civil fine it could face for its role in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, leaving it potentially liable to pay $13.7 billion under the federal Clean Water Act. District Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans agreed with the federal government that the maximum civil penalty that BP could...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 17- President Barack Obama's administration faces a difficult and possibly lengthy legal battle to overturn a Texas court ruling that blocked his landmark immigration overhaul, since the judge based his decision on an obscure and unsettled area of administrative law, lawyers said. The failure to do so, Hanen wrote, was a violation of the 1946...

  • *Department of Justice to appeal. WASHINGTON, Feb 17- President Barack Obama's administration on Tuesday delayed implementing his unilateral steps to shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation after a judge blocked the actions at the urging of 26 states accusing Obama of exceeding his powers. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, a city...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 17- President Barack Obama's administration on Tuesday delayed implementing his unilateral steps to shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation after a judge blocked the actions at the urging of 26 states accusing Obama of exceeding his powers. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, a city along the Texas border with Mexico,...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 17- A judge in Texas has temporarily blocked President Barack Obama's orders to shield millions of people who are in the United States illegally from deportation, backing 26 states that argued Obama had overstepped his legal authority. The White House said on Tuesday the Justice Department would appeal Monday's action by U.S.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 17- A judge in Texas has temporarily blocked President Barack Obama's orders to shield millions of people who are in the United States illegally, backing 26 states that argued Obama had overstepped his legal authority. The White House said on Tuesday that the Department of Justice would appeal the action by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in...

  • LONDON, Feb 16- What to make of last week's mass cancellations of zinc at London Metal Exchange warehouses in New Orleans? A similar round of heavy cancellations in late December created a "flash" load-out queue for zinc at New Orleans. The fact that Pacorini, the warehousing arm of physical trading giant Glencore, dominates LME warehousing in New Orleans, only...

  • Feb 13- A federal judge in Louisiana threw out a lawsuit Friday against more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies accused of collectively damaging the state's coastline, according to court records. The suit was filed in 2013 by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East, accused the companies of destroying the state's fragile wetlands that...