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  • Brees Sets Passing Mark, Saints Top Falcons 45-16

    December 27, 2011 7:57 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - After Drew Brees broke an NFL passing record that stood for nearly three decades, his teammates called on him to make a speech in the Saints' locker room. It was quite a night for Brees and the Saints - a record and a rout. Brees set... more »
  • Minimum Wage SF Becomes first US City to Top $10 Minimum Wage

    December 12, 2011 11:45 AM

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco will make history on Jan. 1 when it becomes the first city in the nation to top $10 for the minimum wage. It's only a 32-cent hike, from $9.92 to $10.24. But for many low-income workers it's a psychological boost that will help... more »
  • James Owns Crunch Time as Heat Top Bulls in Game 2

    May 19, 2011 7:51 AM

    CHICAGO (AP) - Right from the start, LeBron James made it clear he was going to attack and no one was going to stop him. Point taken. James came up big down the stretch with nine of his 29 points in the final 4:27, Dwyane Wade added 24 and the... more »
  • Potential scams top 7,000 in BP spill compensation

    January 27, 2011 8:29 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The $20 billion fund responsible for compensating victims of BP's Gulf of Mexico oil spill has received more than 7,000 potentially fraudulent claims, many of which have been referred to the Justice Department for criminal investigations, the fund's administrator told a Senate panel on Thursday. Attorney... more »
  • Obama to Name Sperling to Top Economic Post

    January 7, 2011 6:29 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will name Gene Sperling as director of the National Economic Council on Friday, a move that will place a veteran policy and political player in the White House to work with a divided Congress. The role gives Sperling broad oversight of the administration's economic... more »
  • You're Australia's top model! Oops, no, you're not

    September 28, 2010 9:58 PM

    SYDNEY (AP) - The winner of "Australia's Next Top Model" gave a heartfelt acceptance speech in a live finale - before the host realized she had announced the wrong name. Host Sarah Murdoch on Tuesday night named 19-year-old Kelsey Martinovich the winner of season six of the Fox Television reality... more »
  • Waterproof's ex-top cop faces corruption charges

    September 27, 2010 9:18 PM

    ST. JOSEPH, La. (AP) - Former Waterproof police chief Miles Jenkins faces trial on felony corruption charges and sentencing on unrelated assault charges within two days next month. Jenkins was convicted last week of hitting a woman he pulled over for speeding and the Tensas Parish sheriff's deputy who came... more »
  • Italian Authorities Investigating Top Officials of the Vatican Bank

    September 21, 2010 12:59 PM

    VATICAN CITY (AP) - Italian authorities seized euro23 million ($30.18 million) from a Vatican bank account Tuesday and said they have begun investigating top officials of the Vatican bank in connection with a money laundering probe. The Vatican said it was "perplexed and surprised" by the investigation. Italian financial police... more »
  • LA's Top Education Leader Won't Take His Pay Raise of $22,000

    September 15, 2010 4:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's top education leader won't take his pay raise this year because of the state's budget troubles. Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek will keep his $377,000 pay package, without adding the 6 percent boost he could have gotten. The raise would have given him another... more »
  • LA Out of "Race to the Top"

    August 24, 2010 8:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana lost its second bid to get a slice of the billions of dollars in federal education grant money available in the "Race to the Top" competition. The state was not chosen Tuesday by the U.S. Education Department for the latest round of the $4.4... more »
  • Study: Smoking scenes on the decline in top movies

    August 19, 2010 10:00 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - There's a lot less smoking in the movies these days, a new report shows. Tobacco use on the silver screen peaked in 2005 and has been on the decline since, according to research that looked at the most popular films from 1991 to 2009. Last year... more »
  • Final Plug Nears After Crews Cement Oil Well's Top

    August 6, 2010 8:45 AM

    ON THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) - Crews moved closer to a final seal on BP's blown-out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico after pumping fresh cement into the top of the well to hold down mud that is stopping the seafloor gusher. Engineers poured in cement Thursday to... more »
  • Lafayette to Profile as a Top Retirement Town in the September/October Issue

    July 30, 2010 5:37 PM

    Press Release: Where to Retire magazine, the only magazine in America geared toward helping people with retirement relocation decisions, has selected Lafayette, LA, to profile as a top retirement town in the September/October issue which mails to subscribers nationwide on July 30, 2010. Where to Retire editor Mary Lu Abbott... more »
  • Oil Well Is Leaking At The Top

    July 19, 2010 3:19 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A White House spokesman says BP's ruptured oil well is leaking at the top, along with seepage about two miles away. Robert Gibbs also says officials are monitoring bubbles that can be seen on an underwater camera. Leaks could mean the cap on the well has to... more »
  • Top 3 Movies For 4th of July Weekend

    July 5, 2010 11:49 AM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" has risen to an $82.5 million haul over the long Fourth of July weekend and has lifted its total to $175.3 million after just six days. The vampire romance from Summit Entertainment finished at No. 1 over the four-day weekend, despite a... more »
  • Top Kill Fails

    May 29, 2010 11:12 PM

    ROBERT, La. (AP) - The most ambitious bid yet to stop the worst oil spill in U.S. history ended in failure Saturday after BP was unable to overwhelm the gusher of crude with heavy fluids and junk. President Obama called the setback "as enraging as it is heartbreaking." The oil... more »
  • Coast Guard, BP Say Gulf Top Kill Effort Continues

    May 27, 2010 10:37 AM

    COVINGTON, La. (AP) - The Coast Guard says BP is having some success slowing the Gulf of Mexico oil leak by injecting mud but the fix isn't done yet. Coast Guard Lt. Commander Tony Russell said Thursday reports that Admiral Thad Allen, who is overseeing the operation, had called the... more »
  • Live Feed of "Top Kill" Procedure

    May 26, 2010 2:41 PM

    'Click this story to see LIVE video of the "Top Kill" procedure
  • Lafayette: Top 100 Places to Live in U.S.

    April 27, 2010 10:03 AM

    Lafayette, LA -Lafayette is the only Louisiana city to be named on RelocateAmerica.com's "Top 100 Places to Live" list for 2010. The list recognizes communities as "a great place to live" based on details about neighborhoods, beauty of the area, school performance, recreational activities and economic growth. "Lafayette is honored... more »
  • UL One Of Top 100 Public Research Universities In Nation

    March 24, 2010 5:01 PM

    The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is one of the top 100 public research universities in the nation, a new report by The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government shows. The institute conducts analyses of how state and local governments implement major policy directions. It is the public policy... more »
  • Abbeville's Top Cop

    November 4, 2009 12:12 PM

    ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) - Right after high school, Toby Walker entered the oil field and learned the world of sales. After 10 years of that, Walker said he needed to find something else. "The money was good, but the work was up and down, up and down," he remembers. So... more »

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