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  • CONVENT, La.— The Coast Guard says a barge broke free from its mooring Monday morning and sank near this town on the Mississippi River. Petty Officer Jonathan Lally, a Coast Guard spokesman, says the river was briefly closed as investigators determined whether the barge posed a danger to river traffic. The Coast Guard says an oil spill response firm is working to...

  • NEW ORLEANS— The latest about a potential settlement of a lawsuit by environmental groups against a New Orleans company that failed to end a decade-old leak in the Gulf of Mexico. Environmental groups say they're pleased at the progress of talks with a New Orleans company that has failed to end a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, but it's too early to talk...

  • Company: Settlement reached in lawsuit over Gulf oil leak Thursday, 27 Aug 2015 | 12:32 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— Environmental groups and a New Orleans energy company have reached a settlement agreement in a lawsuit stemming from the company's failed efforts to stop a decade-old, slow-motion oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Taylor said in a news release it has agreed under the settlement to make a $300,000 donation to a Louisiana marine research consortium...

  • NEW ORLEANS— Energy company announces settlement in lawsuit over decade-old oil leak in Gulf of Mexico.

  • The economy as measured by gross domestic product expanded at an annual rate of 3.7 percent in the April-June quarter, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. There's been a lot of reports in the news, stock markets swinging, worries about China and about Europe, "Obama said during a tour of New Orleans to see rebuilding efforts since Hurricane Katrina 10...

  • Urban areas where commuters endure the most extra hours Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 12:01 AM ET

    Traffic congestion nationally reached a new peak last year and is greater than ever before, according to a report by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and INRIX Inc. Their analysis is based on federal data on the number of cars on the road and on traffic speed data collected by INRIX on 1.3 million miles of urban streets and highways. 1. Washington, D.C.-...

  • Best Buy and DSW are big market movers Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 | 4:37 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:. Best Buy Co., up $3.68 to $32.95. Exelon Corp., down $2.24 to $30.40.

  • Nielsen's top programs for Aug. 17-23 Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 | 3:24 PM ET

    4. "NCIS," CBS, 8.34 million. 5. "60 Minutes," CBS, 7.56 million. 6. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 6.82 million.

  • Albemarle moving corporate headquarters to Charlotte Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 | 12:53 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Albemarle is moving its corporate headquarters and performance chemicals business from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to Charlotte, North Carolina. The specialty chemicals company said that it's also moving workers at its refining solutions business in Baton Rouge to an existing office in Clear Lake, Texas. Albemarle Corp. said that about 120 of its...

  • Encana selling Louisiana assets for $850 million Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 | 8:34 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Energy company Encana Corp. is selling its Haynesville natural gas assets in Louisiana in northern Louisiana to GEP Haynesville LLC for $850 million. Encana will use the proceeds from the sale to reduce debt. Canadian-based Encana also said it will reduce its gathering and midstream commitments, which will be substantially complete through 2020,...

  • LAS VEGAS, Aug 24- President Barack Obama on Monday expanded his push for greater renewable energy adoption, announcing fresh financial incentives for solar power development and use. The steps include an additional $1 billion in loan guarantees for new research projects and near-term savings for homeowners using renewable energy. The moves are part of...

  • Aug 24- Cheniere Energy Inc, on track to be the first U.S. company to enable the export of liquefied natural gas, named two Icahn Capital LP managing directors to its board, days after activist investor Carl Icahn took a stake in the company. Cheniere said on Monday it appointed Jonathan Christodoro and Samuel Merksamer to its board, increasing the size to 11..

  • NEW YORK— A New York auction of American coins from 1792 to the 1830 s could bring as much as $20 million. The coin was acquired in Philadelphia after its mintage by British author and House of Lords member William Strickland. "It's undoubtedly the most valuable $10 gold piece in existence and may also set a new record for any pre-Gold Rush United States gold coin,"...

  • Helped by billions of dollars in recovery money, buoyed by volunteers and driven by the grit of its own citizens, New Orleans has rebounded in ways few thought possible in the decade since Hurricane Katrina. The' New' New Orleans is whiter and more expensive to live in. "You're going to hear a lot of folks say things are so much better, the economy is so improved, and other...

  • LAKE CHARLES, La.— AP Exclusive: Man describes tackling police shooting suspect, says had' pure evil in his eyes'.

  • HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. this week increased by one to 885.. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, North Dakota and Oklahoma each gained three rigs and Alaska, California, Kansas and Wyoming each gained one. Texas lost six rigs, Pennsylvania declined by two and...

  • Fewer people had jobs in Louisiana in July as employer payrolls shrank, but the unemployment rate fell again as even more people left the labor force. Both sets of figures— adjusted to cancel out seasonal changes— were released Friday by the U.S. Labor Department. West Virginia, at 7.5 percent, had the highest unemployment rate among the states, while Louisiana's...

  • Chris Christie on Friday for using taxpayer dollars to pay for his security detail's travel expenses as he campaigns across the country in his quest to win the Republican nomination for the White House. The New Jersey Working Families Alliance and New Jersey Citizen Action are among the plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed in Mercer County accusing Christie of...

  • NEW ORLEANS— With the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaching, Wal-Mart is announcing a $25 million, five-year commitment to support disaster recovery efforts around the world. The corporation and its charitable foundation announced the plans Friday in New Orleans, part of more than a week's worth of observances in the city and along the Gulf Coast.

  • Theater chain checks bags nationwide after shootings Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 7:29 AM ET
    Members of The Nashville Fire Department and Metro Police enter Hickory Hollow Cinemas on August 5, 2015 in Antioch, Tennessee.

    Movie theater chain Regal Entertainment Group has begun to check bags in response to shootings at theaters around the country.