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  • Audit: Most BP oil spill claims handled correctly Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 9:04 AM ET

    The audit, conducted by Chicago- based McGladrey LLP, concluded the program is "well-designed and appropriate" and made no major recommendations for improvement. That' is a significant accomplishment,' as stated by the... independent audit committee, "said Steve Herman and Jim Roy, lead attorneys for businesses and individuals who have filed claims against BP.

  • Searching for authenticity on my first cruise Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 9:07 AM ET

    ABOARD QUANTUM OF THE SEAS— I am the cruise industry's biggest problem: the avid traveler who is reluctant to sail. I've been lucky enough to have hiked glaciers in Iceland, visited ancient ruins in Cambodia and seen one of the world's largest waterfalls in Argentina. I just wanted to do other things with my precious vacation days— take a late-night stroll through...

  • Louisiana casino revenue up 3.9 percent Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 7:53 AM ET

    BATON ROUGE, La.— Louisiana's 14 riverboats, four racetrack casinos and Harrah's land-based casino brought in nearly $194.6 million in October, 3.9 percent better than the $187.3 million the gambling halls won the year before. Lake Charles saw the biggest gain of any casino market in the state, up by 7 percent to $55.3 million. Baton Rouge's casinos brought in...

  • Worker in deadly Gulf blast was cleaning equipment Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 1:40 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— A worker killed in an offshore explosion was cleaning a piece of equipment during routine maintenance at its oil-and-gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico, the company that runs the platform said Friday. Houston- based Fieldwood Energy LLC said another worker suffered "visible injury" and two others reported ringing in their ears after the explosion,...

  • Explosion on Gulf platform; 1 dead, 3 injured Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 10:12 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— An explosion occurred on an offshore oil and gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, killing one person and injuring three. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said Fieldwood Energy reported the explosion on its Echo Platform just before 3 p.m. about 12 miles off Louisiana's coast. A telephone call to the Houston, Texas- based...

  • Study will test survivors' blood to treat Ebola Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 10:02 PM ET

    The Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation is giving $5.7 million to scale up production of the treatments for the project in Guinea and other Ebola-affected countries in Africa. Besides helping Ebola patients now, plasma "could be a tool for a future epidemic as well" from different viruses, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said in an interview with The Associated...

  • BP fights on to oust oil spill claims chief Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 6:24 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— BP is heading to a federal appeals court in its effort to oust the administrator of damage settlement claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The company filed notice Tuesday that it plans to file with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. It sought his removal by a federal judge in motions claiming that he had a conflict of...

  • Allegiant announces non-stop New Orleans service Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 3:19 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— Discount airline Allegiant Air will begin nonstop service to New Orleans from four destinations beginning in early February. Officials with Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport said Tuesday that Allegiant will have nonstop flights from Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis; and Florida's Orlando-Sanford International...

  • Oil spill-related grants announced by foundation Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 7:14 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— A national conservation agency on Monday announced more than $99 million in projects funded through a settlement resulting from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill— including more than $13 million for restoration work on Louisiana's coast. Alabama is receiving $9.6 million of the latest grants, which will fund four projects; Mississippi is getting...

  • Review: Apple's iOS 8 provides a smarter type Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— I never would have considered writing this review on my iPhone if I hadn't upgraded to Apple's new operating system, iOS 8.. If that's not slick enough, iPhone and iPad users can choose one from an outside party, similar to what Google's Android operating system has allowed for years. A few are free, while others cost 99 cents to $4.99.

  • Nov 13- A U.S. judge weighing how much BP Plc should be punished for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill on Thursday refused to overturn his own finding that the oil company's conduct was "grossly negligent." District Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans means BP could still face close to $18 billion of penalties for violating the federal Clean Water Act.

  • Nov 5- CBS Corp, owner of the most-watched U.S. television network, reported a marginally better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue, driven by higher distribution revenue from licensing its television shows. CBS, the home of shows such as "Madam Secretary," "Scorpion," and "NCIS: New Orleans," said advertising revenue grew nearly 2 percent to $1.55 billion in...

  • Oct 22- With the closest known U.S. cases of Ebola diagnosed about 160 miles away in Dallas, Cary Griffin is taking no chances. For many, the three cases of Ebola diagnosed in the United States so far since late September represent a new potential disaster and a reason to run to the store. Chad Huddleston, an anthropologist at the University of Southern Illinois at...

  • Britain's Court of Appeal last week overturned a previous High Court ruling that the LME's consultation on linking load-in and load-out rates at log-jammed warehouses was unlawful. This, however, looks little more than defiant posturing, given that the Court of Appeal expressly denied it the right of further appeal. Just a shame then that the two aluminium...

  • DALLAS/ NEW YORK, Oct 6- The fifth American to contract Ebola in West Africa arrived in the United States for treatment on Monday as the first patient diagnosed with the deadly virus on U.S. soil fought for his life at a Dallas hospital, officials said. A private plane carrying Ashoka Mukpo, a freelance cameraman for NBC News who contracted Ebola in Liberia, landed in...

  • DALLAS/ NEW YORK, Oct 6- The first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States was fighting for his life at a Dallas hospital and appeared to be receiving none of the experimental medicines for the virus, a top U.S. health official said. Thomas Eric Duncan became ill after arriving in Texas from Liberia two weeks ago, heightening concerns that the worst Ebola...

  • DALLAS/ NEW YORK, Oct 5- The first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States was fighting for his life at a Dallas hospital on Sunday and appeared not to be receiving any of the experimental medicines for the virus, a top U.S. medical official said. Thomas Eric Duncan became ill after arriving in the Texas city from Liberia two weeks ago, heightening concerns...

  • DALLAS, Oct 5- The first person to develop Ebola in the United States was struggling to survive at a Dallas hospital on Sunday after his condition worsened to critical, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control said. Thomas Eric Duncan became ill after arriving in the Texas city from Liberia two weeks ago- heightening concerns that the worst Ebola...

  • COLUMN-Andy Home: Who's got all the copper? Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    LONDON, Sept 26- September has been a cruel month for industrial metals, with prices sinking pretty much across the board.

  • HOUSTON, Sept 24- BP Plc cannot recoup what it says were inflated claims paid under a multi-billion dollar settlement program to compensate people hurt by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a U.S. judge ruled on Wednesday. U.S. District Court Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans has thrown out many of those complaints and turned the company down again on Wednesday.