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  • Southern Baptists elect 1st black president

    June 20, 2012 9:33 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - At the end of the day Wednesday, the presidency of the Southern Baptist Convention will pass to an African American pastor for the first time. The nation's largest Protestant denomination voted Tuesday to elect the Rev. Fred Luter Jr. to lead them. It's an important step... more »
  • Bacteria Levels High in Parts of Bayou Terrebonne

    September 9, 2011 8:42 AM

    HOUMA, La. (AP) - An environmental group says a stretch of Bayou Terrebonne between Thibodaux and downtown Houma has extremely high levels of fecal bacteria. Jennifer Roberts, program director of the Bayou Land Resource Conservation and Development Council, says that at some sites the fecal coliform levels were more than... more »
  • Powerful Explosion Levels Vacant NY House

    April 24, 2011 2:31 PM

    BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (AP) - A powerful explosion has destroyed a vacant house on New York's Long Island. No one was seriously injured in the Easter morning blast, but 21 people from nearby homes have been taken to hospitals for evaluation. The force of the explosion was strong enough to knock... more »
  • Traffic Deaths Plummeted Across US to Lowest Levels in More Than Half A Century

    September 9, 2010 12:29 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Traffic deaths have plummeted across the United States to levels not seen in more than a half century, spurred by technology, more safety-conscious drivers and tougher enforcement of drunken driving laws. The Transportation Department said Thursday that traffic deaths fell 9.7 percent in 2009 to 33,808, the... more »
  • TOXIC VAPORS IN OIL CLEANUP AREAS AT 20-72 TIMES HIGHER THAN EPA RECCOMENDED LEVELS

    July 22, 2010 11:34 AM

    Gulf Oil Disaster Recovery Attorney Stuart Smith, representing commercial fishermen, environmental groups, public entities and businesses throughout the Gulf Coast states impacted by the DEEPWATER HORIZON catastrophe issued the following statement with toxicologist Dr. William Sawyer: "The EPA is showing toluene and benzene levels appearing 20 to 30 times... more »
  • Scientist: Oxygen Levels Down in Gulf Oil Plumes

    June 22, 2010 8:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A marine scientist says underwater oil plumes are reducing oxygen in parts of the Gulf of Mexico, but the drop-off isn't steep enough to endanger marine life just yet. Samantha Joye of the University of Georgia said Tuesday that water samples show oxygen concentrations within the... more »

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