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Top News & Analysis New Orleans

  • A source familiar with Super Bowl XLVII told The Associated Press the Grammy-winning diva will take the stage at the halftime show on Feb. 3, 2013, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The 31- year-old sang the national anthem at Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004 in her hometown of Houston when the New England Patriots defeated the Carolina Panthers.

  • BATON ROUGE, La.-- Homeowners and renters have been approved for $105 million in individual aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency since Hurricane Isaac. Another $19 million has been provided for other types of individual assistance, according to FEMA. FEMA spokesman Ray Perez provided the latest figures Monday.

  • NEW ORLEANS-- A colorful and musical New Orleans neighborhood is marking the 200th anniversary of its origins as an early melting pot for the city and the nation. It was born from immigration that followed the Haitian revolution of the early 1800 s and named for French milliner and property owner Claude Treme.

  • NEW ORLEANS-- All four players punished in the NFL's bounty investigation have filed appeals with the league. One of the people also says New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma expects to play at Tampa Bay on Oct. 21 while his appeal is pending.

  • NEW ORLEANS-- A landfill executive awaiting trial on charges he conspired with his brother-in-law to embezzle nearly $1 million from a New Orleans- based construction management company was indicted Thursday on new charges stemming from an alleged tax fraud scheme.

  • NEW ORLEANS-- Louisiana- made films are being shown alongside the work of filmmakers from across the world at the New Orleans Film Festival, which opened Thursday night with a red-carpet showing of the Louisiana- shot thriller "The Paperboy."

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • *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.

  • 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.