ROME (AP) - Italy's borrowing costs have risen for the second day in a row in a pair of bond auctions that also failed to raise as much money as expected. The Italian Treasury said Friday it raised â‚¬5.88 billion ($7.8 billion) in its auction of 10- and 5-year bonds,... more »
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - It's a Senate committee's turn to deal with two House-passed education bills. One creates a statewide school voucher program; another makes broad changes to job protections for Louisiana public school teachers. Passed by the House after close to 16 hours of debate, the bills are... more »
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Actor Wesley Snipes made a last-minute request for a new trial a day before he is scheduled to report to prison for failing to pay taxes. Snipes' attorney Daniel Meachum has said he received an e-mail from a juror who claims three others on the panel... more »
MENTAWAI ISLANDS, Indonesia (AP) - Officials say the Indonesian volcano that has killed 33 people this week is erupting again. No new injuries or damage are reported. The latest rumblings of Mount Merapi come as rescuers cope with a rising death toll from a tsunami in another part of the... more »
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The federal government gave BP the green light Wednesday to try choking off the Gulf of Mexico oil gusher with an untested metal cap after a daylong delay to satisfy worries about whether the project might make the leak worse. National Incident Commander Thad Allen said... more »
WASHINGTON (AP) - Buy those Forever stamps now. The cost of mailing a letter is going up again. Fighting to survive a deepening financial crisis, the Postal Service said Tuesday it wants to increase the price of first-class stamps by 2 cents - to 46 cents - starting in January.... more »
ATLANTA (AP) - The logistics coordinator onboard the ship that's been siphoning oil from a gushing well in the Gulf of Mexico tells The Associated Press that a cap on top has been reattached and is again capturing some of the crude. The crewmember on the bridge of the Discoverer... more »
LIMA, Peru (AP) - The search is on in Chile today for a man long suspected in the 2005 disappearance of U.S. teen Natalee Holloway on Aruba and who is now the prime suspect in a killing in Peru. Police in Chile say Joran van der Sloot (YOHR'-uhn VAN'-dur-sloht) entered... more »
JENNINGS, La. (AP) - Jefferson Davis Parish residents will come together Saturday to remember the victims of what many fear may be a serial killer. Laconia Shontel "Muggy" Brown, who would have turned 25 this week, was found lying along East Racca Road in south Jennings by a police officer... more »
LUS customers may soon see an increase on their utility bills.
This week, the city-parish council will hear the rate hike proposal for the second time. The proposal was denied last month, because council members insisted the proposal lacked a reason for funding.
Director Terry Huval says it's... more »