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  • Key agreement signed for LNG terminal

    May 4, 2012 8:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The governor's office has announced the latest development in plans for a $6 billion liquefied natural gas export terminal in southwestern Louisiana. A Thursday news release says Sempra Energy Inc., has reached an agreement with an affiliate of a French company, GDF Suez, to develop... more »
  • New adviser teams key to US exit from Afghanistan

    March 21, 2012 9:07 AM

    FORT POLK, La. (AP) - Deep in the piney woods of western Louisiana, a mob of Afghans gathers at the gate of what looks like a typical government building in southern Afghanistan. The village is a Hollywood-like mockup called Dara Lam and the Afghans are role players, egged on by... more »
  • Candidates spar before key Miss., Ala. primaries

    March 12, 2012 6:15 AM

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum on Sunday nudged rival Newt Gingrich to step aside, arguing a head-to-head contest between himself and Mitt Romney should "occur sooner rather than later." A defiant Gingrich predicted victories in Tuesday's primaries in Alabama and Mississippi and called Romney the weakest... more »
  • Key ruling expected in Philly priest-abuse case

    January 25, 2012 10:11 AM

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Will a Catholic monsignor be left to defend the sins of the Philadelphia archdiocese in the child sex-abuse scandal? A judge Wednesday may rule on whether prosecutors can use dozens of old priest-abuse allegations at Monsignor William Lynn's upcoming child-endangerment trial. Defense lawyers insist Lynn should only... more »
  • Technician challenges BP's claim on key devices

    October 7, 2010 3:09 PM

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) - A technician is challenging BP's claim about how long it would have taken to install an additional number of a key device the oil giant had been warned was essential to prevent a significant gas flow problem in its well that later blew out. Centralizers make... more »
  • Transocean Accusing Government of Mishandling Key Piece of Evidence

    September 16, 2010 4:01 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The companies being sued in the largest offshore oil spill in history are accusing the government of mishandling a key piece of evidence. In a new federal court document, the company that owned the drilling rig, Transocean, says federal investigators aren't adequately preserving evidence from the rig's... more »
  • Key Oil Spill Evidence Raised to Gulf's Surface

    September 6, 2010 8:13 AM

    ON THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) - Investigators looking into what went wrong in the Gulf of Mexico step closer to answers now that a key piece of evidence is secure aboard a ship. Engineers took 29½ hours to lift the 50-foot, 300-ton blowout preventer from a mile beneath the... more »
  • BP Raises Blowout Preventer, Key Evidence in Probe

    September 4, 2010 11:39 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP crews worked Saturday to slowly raise the 300-ton blowout preventer that failed to stop oil from spewing into the Gulf of Mexico, careful not to damage or drop a key piece of evidence in the spill investigation. When the blowout preventer reaches the surface after... more »
  • Waves hamper raising key equipment in oil spill

    August 31, 2010 9:20 PM

    MYRTLE GROVE, La. (AP) - Work to remove the 300-ton piece of equipment that failed to stop the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico could be delayed into the weekend or longer because of rough seas, the federal government's point man on the spill response said Tuesday. Engineers... more »
  • Key Device in Gulf Spill Didn't Get Recertified

    August 25, 2010 8:33 PM

    HOUSTON (AP) - A critical device at the center of an investigation to resign as governor last sumon didn't undergo a rigorous recertification process in 2005 as required by federal regulators, a worker responsible for maintaining the equipment told investigators Wednesday. Mark Hay of rig-owner Transocean said the blowout preventer... more »
  • Geographical Location Will Play a Key Role in Oil Spill Claims

    August 20, 2010 11:44 AM

    MIAMI (AP) - Details released Friday about how claims will be paid from BP PLC's $20 billion fund show that how close geographically a person or business is to the Gulf oil spill will play a key role. The claims process is shifting from BP to the Gulf Coast Claims... more »
  • BP Had a Key Role in the Exxon Valdez Disaster

    May 25, 2010 9:06 AM

    Since a busted oil well began spewing crude into the Gulf of Mexico a month ago, the catastrophe has constantly been measured against the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster. The Alaska spill leaked nearly 11 million gallons of crude, killed countless wildlife and tarnished the owner of the damaged tanker, Exxon.... more »

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