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  • BATON ROUGE, La.— The Justice Department is urging a federal court to let government regulators decide if a New Orleans company has done enough to end an oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico that began nearly 12 years ago and could last another century. Taylor Energy Company sued the federal government in January to recover more than $400 million it set aside for work to...

  • WASHINGTON— The Transportation Security Administration will add 768 new screeners by mid-June to deal with increasingly long airport security lines that have caused passengers to miss flights even before the busy summer travel season, the agency's chief told Congress on Wednesday. Most of the new screeners will be sent to the nation's busiest airports in...

  • NEW ORLEANS— It's been a long time coming: National retailers are open again in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward, a neighborhood that was drowned more than 10 years ago when catastrophic floodwaters crashed in and smashed homes after inadequate floodwalls and levees burst during Hurricane Katrina. On Thursday, Mayor Mitch Landrieu joined a ribbon cutting for a new...

  • HOUSTON— Floods are getting worse and more expensive in Houston, the nation's fourth-largest city, where entire neighborhoods are often overwhelmed shortly after a heavy rainstorm. Since 1998, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has paid more than $3 billion in today's dollars in Houston flood losses. Since 1985, rising average temperatures have...

  • The threshold will be $47,500 a year, up from the current $23,660. Labor Secretary Tom Perez said the change, which will take effect Dec. 1, will qualify 4.2 million more workers for overtime pay. Some retail and restaurant chains pay low-level managers as little as $25,000 a year and no overtime— even if they work 60 hours a week.

  • HOUSTON— With clay soil and tabletop-flat terrain, Houston has endured flooding for generations. Its 1,700 miles of man-made channels struggle to dispatch storm runoff to the Gulf of Mexico. The latest calamity occurred April 18, killing eight people and causing tens of millions of dollars in damage.

  • WASHINGTON— U.S. companies have found it can be tough to do business in China. Now, as more Chinese firms invest in the United States, they're finding it can be hard to contend with Chinese companies on American turf, too. AVIC argued that the arbitration panel was stacked against it and that it wasn't directly involved in the wind project, though its subsidiaries...

  • GALVESTON, Texas— The U.S. Coast Guard is searching the Gulf of Mexico for a passenger missing from a cruise ship sailing out of Galveston, Texas. A Coast Guard statement says its district command center in New Orleans was contacted by the master of the cruise ship Carnival Liberty. A Coast Guard aircraft was dispatched from Mobile, Alabama, to search the area about...

  • NEW ORLEANS— The Latest on a Shell oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico:. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says its investigators are on Shell's Brutus platform to determine what caused the leak. Shell says crews are preparing to clean up an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico after about 88,200 gallons of oil were released from a flow line about 90 miles off...

  • NEW ORLEANS— Crews were preparing to clean up an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico after about 88,200 gallons of oil were released from a Shell flow line about 90 miles off the coast of Louisiana, the company said Friday. "It's unacceptable that oil spills have been permitted to become the status quo in the Gulf," said Michael Brune, the Sierra Club's executive director,...

  • NEW ORLEANS— About 88,200 gallons of oil have leaked from a Shell flow line into the Gulf of Mexico about 90 miles off the coast of Louisiana, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Shell spokeswoman Kimberly Windon, in a statement late Thursday, said a helicopter saw an oil sheen near the Glider subsea tieback system at Shell's Brutus platform shortly before 8 a.m..

  • Utility officials previously maintained that Fort Calhoun would be a valuable part of its plans because of its ability to generate power without adding to carbon dioxide emissions. The district spends about $650 million a year on generating power, which includes about $250 million on Fort Calhoun. The district typically gets about 34 percent of its power...

  • LONDON, May 6- The zinc market has for years been a story of shattered bullish dreams. London Metal Exchange stocks would spend months declining only for massive tonnages miraculously to reappear, as often as not at the U.S. port of New Orleans. The LME price for three-month delivery hasn't made it above $2,400 per tonne for any length of time since 2011.

  • WASHINGTON, May 2- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined a request from shareholders seeking to revive their class action lawsuit against BP claiming the British oil company misrepresented its safety procedures prior to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The court left in place a September 2015 ruling by the New Orleans- based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...

  • WASHINGTON, May 2- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined a request from shareholders seeking to revive their class action lawsuit against BP claiming the British oil company misrepresented its safety procedures prior to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The court left in place a September 2015 ruling by the New Orleans- based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...

  • April 19- Bristol-Myers Squibb's cancer immunotherapy drug, Opdivo, helped advanced head and neck cancer patients with a dismal prognosis live longer than other standard treatments, according to data from a late-stage study presented on Tuesday. Opdivo treatment led to a 30 percent reduction in risk of death, with median overall survival of 7.5 months in the...

  • The U.S. Department of Transportation said on Friday it intended to grant flying rights to Norwegian Air's Irish subsidiary, potentially paving the way for cheaper fares on transatlantic flights. Norwegian Air, Europe's third-largest budget airline by passenger numbers after Ryanair and EasyJet, can afford to offer cheaper airfares than traditional...

  • NEW YORK, April 15- Nearly 70 percent of baby boomers view a gift of money as an expression of love, according to a Merrill Lynch survey released on Friday. While this may sound wonderful, it can complicate estate planning, especially if the generation receiving the inheritance sees things differently. You don't want somebody to feel less loved, " Michael Liersch,...

  • WASHINGTON, April 14- The Obama administration on Thursday unveiled new oil well control rules to prevent the kind of blowout that happened six years ago on a BP Plc rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The Interior Department's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement announced the finalized regulations, which include more stringent design requirements and...

  • The eight jurors, who deliberated less than a day following a two-week trial in Manhattan, found that the ignition switch made the 2007 Saturn Sky involved in the crash on a New Orleans bridge unreasonably dangerous and that GM failed to warn about its safety risks. In the case decided on Wednesday, Dionne Spain and Lawrence Barthelemy of New Orleans said they...