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  • US Supreme Court declines hearing murder appeal

    November 22, 2014 7:48 PM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeals of two women convicted of killing one of their husbands on a road south of Lake Charles. Carol Noland Saltzman and Robyn Little Davis each was convicted of second-degree murder in May 2012 in the... more »
  • Surgeon with Ebola arrives in US for treatment

    November 15, 2014 4:50 PM

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A surgeon who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone arrived in Nebraska Saturday for treatment at a biocontainment unit where two other people with the disease have been successfully treated. Dr. Martin Salia, who was diagnosed with Ebola on Monday, landed at Eppley Airfield in... more »
  • 2 imprisoned in North Korea head home to US

    November 8, 2014 1:11 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he is "very grateful" that North Korea has released the last two Americans in its custody. Obama says "it's a wonderful day for" Americans Kenneth Bae and Matthew Miller and their families. U.S. officials say Bae and Miller were released Saturday and are... more »
  • Health worker 2nd in US to test positive for Ebola

    October 12, 2014 2:02 PM

    DALLAS (AP) - A Texas health care worker tested positive for Ebola even though she wore full protective gear while caring for a hospitalized patient who later died from the virus, health officials said Sunday. If the preliminary diagnosis is confirmed, it would be the first known case of the... more »
  • US: Living dead man's family must repay benefit

    August 17, 2014 12:51 PM

    FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) - The government wants to recoup benefits paid to the daughters of a man who was declared legally dead and then turned up alive years later. Donald Miller Jr. disappeared in the 1980s, and a death ruling in 1994 allowed his family to get Social Security benefits.... more »
  • US doctor with Ebola arrives in Atlanta

    August 2, 2014 1:40 PM

    ATLANTA (AP) - An American doctor infected with the Ebola virus in Africa arrived in Atlanta for treatment Saturday, first landing at a military base, then being whisked away to one of the most sophisticated hospital isolation units in the country, officials say. A private plane outfitted with a special,... more »
  • US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes

    July 26, 2014 12:05 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States shuttered its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort as fighting intensified between rival militias. Secretary of State John Kerry said "free-wheeling militia violence" prompted the move. American personnel at the Tripoli embassy, which had... more »
  • Obama: US must retrain workers who lose jobs

    July 19, 2014 12:35 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says all American workers deserve to know that if they lose their jobs, their country will help them train for a better one. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says Congress has taken steps in the right direction by approving job-training legislation.... more »
  • US gas prices rise slightly to $3.71 a gallon

    June 22, 2014 8:40 PM

    CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) - A survey says the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in the U.S. has risen by 2 cents over the last two weeks to $3.71. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that crude oil prices rose over jitters about Iraqi oil production as violence... more »
  • La Gov: religious war against Christians in US

    May 10, 2014 5:15 PM

    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal told graduates of Liberty University that many in this country are waging a religious war against Christians. The News and Advance of Lynchburg, Virginia , reports that Jindal said much of American culture has become secular, but religious freedom invented America and faith sustains it. He... more »
  • US average gas price rises 5 cents per gallon

    March 23, 2014 7:19 PM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - The average cost of a gallon of regular gasoline in the U.S. rose 5 cents, to $3.56, during the past two weeks. That's according to a survey released Sunday. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg says the increase stems from a jump in the price of ethanol used... more »
  • Activist barred from Dominican flight to US

    March 23, 2014 3:10 PM

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) - Dominican immigration officers have barred a woman of Haitian descent who's fighting for Dominican citizenship from flying to the U.S. to meet with a human rights body. A legal challenge by Juliana Deguis Pierre resulted in a Dominican constitutional court ruling last year that... more »
  • US probing Honda Accords for air bag problem

    February 4, 2014 8:12 AM

    DETROIT (AP) - U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that the side air bags on some Honda Accords can inflate when the front doors are closed. The probe covers about 363,000 of the popular midsize cars from the 2008 model year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says 28 drivers... more »
  • Chrysler US sales up 8 percent in January

    February 3, 2014 8:47 AM

    DETROIT (AP) - Chrysler says its U.S. sales rose 8 percent in January as it posted strong growth despite the frigid weather that gripped much of the nation. The automaker says it sold just over 127,000 vehicles for its best January in six years. But analysts don't expect Chrysler to... more »
  • UPS to hire 55,000 seasonal workers in US

    October 25, 2013 8:59 AM

    ATLANTA (AP) - UPS will be hiring 55,000 U.S. seasonal workers to help with an increase in volume over the holiday season. The world's biggest package delivery company said Friday that it foresees peak season daily volume rising 8 percent this year. Its peak day for holiday pickups will be... more »
  • Report: Economic well-being of US children slips

    June 24, 2013 7:58 AM

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - It wasn't so long ago that David Hutchinson spent a month sleeping under a bridge while his wife and young daughter spent their nights at a domestic violence shelter. But this wasn't a case of domestic violence. The couple simply had no choice. There were just... more »
  • US says Guantanamo hunger strike on the rise

    April 17, 2013 9:34 AM

    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) - Days after a violent clash between guards and prisoners, the U.S. military says a hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay is on the rise. A military spokesman says 52 prisoners have been classified as hunger strikers as of Wednesday. That's up from 45 a... more »
  • US sends nuclear-capable B-2 bombers to SKorea

    March 28, 2013 8:24 AM

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - The U.S military says two nuclear-capable B-2 bombers have completed a training mission in South Korea amid threats from North Korea that include nuclear strikes on Washington and Seoul. The statement Thursday by U.S. Forces Korea is an unusual confirmation. It follows an earlier U.S.... more »
  • US economy adds 146K jobs, rate falls to 7.7 pct.

    December 7, 2012 8:52 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy added 146,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, the lowest since December 2008. The government said Superstorm Sandy had only a minimal effect on the figures. The Labor Department's report on Friday offered a mixed picture for the economy.... more »
  • US Forest Service gives Southern $120K

    October 11, 2012 7:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell is visiting Southern University for the 20-year celebration of its urban forestry program and the ribbon-cutting for a new outdoor forest classroom. He is attending events Thursday and the ribbon-cutting Friday. Southern's campus, on a Mississippi River bluff, has... more »
  • Unemployment rates in Southern US states, cities

    August 2, 2012 3:35 AM

    Unemployment rates rose in nearly 90 percent of large U.S. cities in June, mostly because of seasonal trends. Many young people launch job searches in the summer post-graduation, and that can push up unemployment rates. The metro data isn't seasonally adjusted for such trends. Here are unemployment rates for states... more »
  • US poverty on track to rise to highest since 1960s

    July 23, 2012 5:57 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The ranks of America's poor are on track to climb to levels unseen in nearly half a century, erasing gains from the war on poverty in the 1960s amid a weak economy and fraying government safety net. Census figures for 2011 will be released this fall in... more »
  • Serious Injury Crash North bound US Hwy 171

    April 23, 2012 10:20 AM

    A crash caused by a flat tire involved two vehicles killed one man, and injured several others in Calcasieu Parish Sunday night. According to Louisiana State Troopers, the crash occurred on US Hwy 171 (north bound) bridge around 7:00pm. The crash involved a 2006 Chevrolet van, driven by 36... more »
  • US teen births: Miss. has highest rate, NH lowest

    April 10, 2012 9:20 AM

    NEW YORK (AP) - Teen births fell again in the United States in 2010 with the highest rate once more in Mississippi, according to a new government report. Nearly every state saw a decline in teen births from 2007 to 2010, with the biggest drop in Arizona at 29 percent.... more »
  • US growth of distant suburbs falls to historic low

    April 5, 2012 7:45 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Stung by high gasoline costs, outlying suburbs that sprouted in the heady 2000s are now seeing their growth fizzle to historic lows, halting American city dwellers' decades-long exodus to sprawling homes in distant towns. New census estimates as of July 2011 highlight a shift in population trends... 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 »
  • Celtic Woman loves US spirit for St. Patrick's Day

    March 16, 2012 10:41 AM

    NEW YORK (AP) - The ladies of Celtic Woman are impressed by the spirited way Americans celebrate St. Patrick's Day, even if it isn't an official holiday like in their native Ireland. "The decorations in the bars and restaurants and the buildup makes us very proud to be Irish," Susan... more »
  • Romney: Obama wrongly content with US job growth

    March 12, 2012 10:57 AM

    MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Mitt Romney is telling Alabama voters that President Barack Obama wrongly thinks the country is doing better because of recent job increases. Romney told a rain-soaked crowd in Mobile on Monday that Obama should talk to the millions of people who remain unemployed or have stopped... more »
  • Man Illegally in US Arrested in Tax Scam

    March 6, 2012 9:29 AM

    Kenner police have arrested an illegal immigrant living in LaPlace in connection with a fraudulent tax scam. Police said Tuesday that $20,000 was seized as evidence from his vehicle. Officers responding to a disturbance Friday found Marvin Baca in an argument about false W-2 forms that he sold to another... more »
  • Pineville man pleads guilty to burning US flags

    March 6, 2012 7:12 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A 26-year-old Pineville man has pleaded guilty to three counts of simple arson for burning U.S. flags last year in Alexandria The Town Talk reports the defendant, Ahmed Cathy Khaled, told the judge that he shouldn't have listened to the voices in his head brought on... more »
  • Weekly US Oil, Gas Rig Count Down 11 to 1,997

    February 4, 2012 2:01 PM

    The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. is down 11 this week to 1,997. The Houston-based oilfield services company Baker Hughes reported Friday that 1,245 rigs were exploring for oil and 745 for natural gas. Seven were listed as miscellaneous. Among the major... more »
  • Markets rally after forecast-busting US jobs data

    February 3, 2012 10:54 AM

    LONDON (AP) - Stocks spiked sharply higher on Friday after forecast-busting U.S. jobs figures reinforced hopes that the recovery in the world's largest economy is gathering pace at a time when other regions, notably Europe, may be heading back into recession. Figures from the Labor Department showed that employers in... more »
  • Pharma's niche focus spurs US aid for antibiotics

    January 25, 2012 10:15 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The pharmaceutical industry won approval to market a record number of new drugs for rare diseases last year, as a combination of scientific innovation and business opportunity spurred new treatments for diseases long-ignored by drug companies. Drug companies are increasingly taking advantage of the commercial benefits of... 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 »
  • US Officials Conducting Dead Bird Study in Gulf

    August 7, 2011 2:29 PM

    MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A new study being conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service aims to determine how many birds may have died during the Gulf oil spill last year. The Press-Register in Mobile (http://bit.ly/qD83rW ) reports that in the "Carcass Drift Study" funded by BP PLC, researchers... more »
  • US: Terrorists look to implant bombs in humans

    July 6, 2011 10:14 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. government has warned domestic and international airlines that some terrorists are considering surgically implanting explosives into humans to carry out attacks, The Associated Press has learned. There is no intelligence pointing to a specific plot, but the U.S. shared its concerns last week with executives... more »
  • Louisiana is Home to Dirtiest City in the US

    June 19, 2011 2:58 PM

    Louisiana is now home to the dirtiest city in America. New Orleans was ranked number one on Travel & Leisure's Dirtiest City Survey. Visitors gauge "dirty" in a variety of ways: litter, air pollution, even the taste of local tap water. Many of the cities that ranked poorly also... more »
  • US Rig Count Rises by 7 to 1,854; Texas Adds 8

    June 4, 2011 11:09 AM

    HOUSTON (AP) - The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by seven this week to 1,854 from a week ago. Baker Hughes Inc., based in Houston, reported Friday that 959 rigs were exploring for oil and 887 for natural gas. Eight were... more »
  • US Troops Remember Their Fallen Comrades

    May 30, 2011 7:53 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - U.S. troops fighting in Afghanistan are remembering their fallen comrades on this Memorial Day. They prayed and held flag-raising ceremonies at dawn today to recognize the more than 1,400 killed in combat since the nearly decade-old war began. Brig. Gen. Lewis Craparotta, who spoke at a... more »
  • Bin Laden Took a Path of Fanaticism and Terror

    May 2, 2011 1:52 AM

    UNDATED (AP) - Osama bin Laden was born in Saudi Arabia in 1954, one of his father's 54 children. His path to militant Islam began as a teenager in the 1970s when he got caught up in the fundamentalist movement then sweeping Saudi Arabia. In the 1980s, Bin Laden joined... more »
  • Landrieu Reacts to Bin Laden Death

    May 2, 2011 12:42 AM

    WASHINGTON - United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., tonight made the following statement about breaking news that the U.S. military has killed and captured terrorist Osama Bin Laden. Sen. Landrieu said: "I am proud of our men and women in uniform for this enormous achievement. This is... more »
  • US says too much fluoride causing splotchy teeth

    January 7, 2011 9:40 PM

    ATLANTA (AP) - In a remarkable turnabout, federal health officials say many Americans are getting too much fluoride, and it's causing splotches on children's teeth and perhaps other, more serious problems. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced plans Friday to lower the recommended level of fluoride in... more »
  • US executions drop by 12 percent in 2010

    December 20, 2010 9:29 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of executions in the United States dropped 12 percent in 2010, and the number of people sentenced to die is nearing historic lows, a report from an anti-capital punishment group says. The Death Penalty Information Center attributed the reductions to changing attitudes toward capital punishment,... more »
  • Clinton Says WikiLeaks Won't Hurt US Diplomacy

    December 1, 2010 8:16 AM

    ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the recent leak of sensitive U.S. diplomatic cables will have no adverse effect on international relations. Clinton said Wednesday she has discussed the revelations published on the WikiLeaks website with her international colleagues at a security summit currently... more »
  • Terror plot thwarted as US-bound explosives seized

    October 29, 2010 10:06 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Authorities on three continents thwarted multiple terrorist attacks aimed at the United States from Yemen on Friday, seizing two explosive packages addressed to Chicago-area synagogues and packed aboard cargo jets. The plot triggered worldwide fears that al-Qaida was launching a major new terror campaign. President Barack Obama... more »
  • EU Ministers Support US Travel Advisory

    October 7, 2010 11:44 AM

    LUXEMBOURG (AP) - EU ministers have supported an advisory that Washington issued telling American travelers to beware of potential terrorist threats in Europe. The European Union interior ministers announced their decision after U.S. Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Jane Holl Lute briefed them about the advisory in Luxembourg. Belgian Interior Minister... more »
  • Aeroframe Takes on Maintenance for US Airways

    October 5, 2010 9:31 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Aeroframe's operation at Chennault International Airport has been selected to handle airframe base maintenance on US Airways A330 aircraft. The maintenance work will begin this week. Aeroframe took delivery of the first plane from the company on Sunday. Aeroframe CEO Roger Porter says the work... more »
  • US Investigative Panel meets for 5th Time on Spill

    October 4, 2010 5:46 AM

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Federal investigators will be looking for key information about pressure tests, decision making and BP's safety culture when the next round of hearings begins Monday to determine the cause of the Gulf of Mexico rig explosion and oil spill. The weeklong hearings near New Orleans will... more »
  • US Apologized to Guatemala for Infecting Prisoners with Syphilis 60 Years Ago

    October 1, 2010 12:36 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama plans to call Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom to personally apologize over a disclosure that American scientists deliberately infected Guatemalan prisoners with syphilis decades ago. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters Friday that the news was "shocking, it's tragic, it's reprehensible." Obama's spokesman... more »
  • Pentagon says US-China Military Ties Improving

    September 29, 2010 12:13 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon says a recent chill in U.S.-China military ties is beginning to thaw. A Pentagon spokesman says China agreed to resume maritime talks next month, and will send officials to Washington later this year. China froze military contacts with the United States earlier this year in... more »
  • Johnston Closed for Railroad Repairs 9/27

    September 20, 2010 12:57 PM

    Beginning Monday, September 27, 2010, US 167 (Johnston Street), 0.1 of a mile west of US 90 (Evangeline Thruway) will be closed in Lafayette, Lafayette Parish for railroad repairs from 8:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 28, 2010. DOTD appreciates your patience and reminds you to please... more »
  • US Army Activates Civil Affairs Brigade in Germany

    September 17, 2010 9:39 AM

    BERLIN (AP) - The U.S. military says it has set up a new civil affairs brigade in Germany, the first to be based in Europe. The 361st Civil Affairs Brigade was activated Friday and will be headquartered in Kaiserslautern. Such units help with projects like rebuilding infrastructure and providing... more »
  • Cuba Taking Steps to Soften US Embargo

    September 16, 2010 3:32 PM

    HAVANA (AP) - Cuba is offering a series of small but specific steps the administration of President Barack Obama can take to soften the United States' 48-year-old trade embargo, including expanding flights and establishing ferry service between both countries and dropping bank bans that keep U.S. credit cards from working... 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 »
  • Military bans video game that 'kills' US troops

    September 8, 2010 10:29 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Military bases across the U.S. have banned the sale of a new video game that lets a player pretend to be a Taliban fighter and "shoot" U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Gamers are scoffing at the decision, saying that advanced technology has made it commonplace in the gaming... more »
  • Obama: US combat in Iraq over, 'time to turn page'

    August 31, 2010 9:57 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Claiming no victory, President Barack Obama formally ended the U.S. combat role in Iraq after seven long years of bloodshed, declaring firmly Tuesday night: "It's time to turn the page." Now, he said, the nation's most urgent priority is fixing its own sickly economy. From the Oval... more »
  • 3rd District Runoff

    August 30, 2010 7:51 PM

    Congressional primaries were held Saturday, but voters in three Acadiana parishes will have to recast their ballot in October. This, after none of the three candidates got 50% of the votes in the US Representative-3rd Congressional District race. Voters in Iberia, St. Martin and St. Mary were among 13... more »
  • US 90 Roadwork at LA 85 Continues

    August 30, 2010 10:53 AM

    Iberia Parish Near Jeanerette US90 roadwork at LA85 Wednesday / 8-25-10 / 2:00 pm to 7:00 am the following morning on US 90 Westbound Thursday / 8-26-10 / 2:00 pm to 7:00 am the following morning on US 90 Eastbound Monday / 8-30-10 / 2:00 pm to... more »
  • Chinese dinosaur fossils to make US debut in Ohio

    August 26, 2010 10:05 PM

    CINCINNATI (AP) - Dinosaur fossils, including a rib more than 9 feet long from a species of the long-necked titanosaur family, are making their North American debut Friday at a Cincinnati museum. Four of the fossils are among Alaska state rn that were found from 2005 to 2007 in China's... more »
  • Oil beneath the surface? Thousands of boats in Gulf

    August 26, 2010 7:00 PM

    More than a thousand Vessels of Opportunity are still scanning the Gulf of Mexico for traces of oil, but where are crews looking? Four months after BP's oil disaster, there are no signs of crude from the air. "We saw no large concentrations of oil," said Lt. Regina Caffrey... more »
  • Mexico Slaps Tariffs on US Goods Over Trucking Ban

    August 16, 2010 8:33 PM

    MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico says it will increase tariffs on a total of 99 U.S. products to pressure Washington to lift a ban on Mexican trucks entering the United States. Last year, Mexico added tariffs to 89 products after the U.S. canceled a pilot program that allowed some Mexican... more »
  • US is Toughening Scrutiny of Deepwater Drilling

    August 16, 2010 8:20 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The government said Monday it is toughening environmental reviews for all new deepwater oil drilling, ending an easy path to oil riches that allowed BP to drill its blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico with little federal scrutiny. The step is meant to help redress a... more »
  • US Commerce Secretary Coming to Louisiana

    August 16, 2010 5:32 AM

    NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke will be in Louisiana today, and seafood's on his agenda and menu. After a late-morning tour of a shrimp processing plant in Lafitte, about 30 miles from New Orleans, he will have lunch with Gulf fishermen at a seafood restaurant... more »
  • Israel to Purchase F-35I Fighter Jets From US

    August 15, 2010 3:33 PM

    JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's defense minister has given the go-ahead to a $4 billion purchase of advanced American F-35I fighter jets. Ehud Barak's office says Barak approved the purchase of the stealth fighters along with spare parts and services. Military officials said Israel would purchase around 20 of the Lockheed... more »
  • US Navy Says 4 Ships Robbed Off Iraqi Coast

    August 15, 2010 3:30 PM

    BAGHDAD (AP) - The U.S. Navy says four commercial ships anchored near the southern oil hub of Basra have been robbed in a rare attack off the Iraqi coast. Lt. John Fage, a spokesman for the Navy's Fifth Fleet in Bahrain, said Sunday that two men armed with AK-47 rifles... more »
  • With BP Spill Under Control, US Looks at Drill Ban

    August 14, 2010 11:02 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Now that the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history has effectively been stopped, the White House is considering an early end to its moratorium on deepwater drilling. But four months after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon, regulators have only started to make good on... more »
  • TV king in US, Asians rely on mobile video

    August 4, 2010 10:18 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - People in China watch half as much television each day as Americans, but they are more likely to catch video on computer or mobile phones. That's among the findings in a study of technology habits issued Monday by the Nielsen Co. Nielsen surveyed some 27,000 online... more »
  • US Gas Stations: Stay BP or Change Name to Amoco?

    July 30, 2010 7:25 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP gas station owners across the country are divided over whether the oil giant stained by its handling of the Gulf spill should rebrand U.S. outlets as Amoco or another name as part of its effort to repair the company's badly damaged reputation. Some who have... more »
  • US 190 - Pointe Coupee Parish - Lane Closure

    July 16, 2010 9:54 AM

    US 190 in Pointe Coupee Parish will be reduced to one lane in the westbound direction at mile marker 141.5 east of the Town of Krotz Springs from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, July 23, thru Monday, July 26, 2010, for the installation of camera equipment. DOTD appreciates... more »
  • House OKs Overhaul of US Flood Insurance Program

    July 16, 2010 6:51 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has voted to overhaul the debt-ridden federal program that provides flood insurance to more than 5 million homeowners and businesses located in flood-prone areas. The National Flood Insurance Program, an arm of FEMA, has for more than four decades offered affordable flood insurance to people... more »
  • US Marshals Seeking Assistance In Locating a Sex Offender

    July 15, 2010 11:54 AM

    Lafayette, LA -. Jose A. Ventura is wanted for Violating his Conditions of Parole. Ventura's Original Charge is for Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, which occurred in Iberia Parish. Ventura pled guilty to the Cocaine Charges on 11/18/2003 and was eventually sentenced to 7 years Hard Labor. Ventura was... more »
  • US to Take More Control of Spill Response Website

    July 4, 2010 3:07 PM

    HOUSTON (AP) - The US government is expected to take over control of the central information website on the Gulf oil spill response that has been run jointly by various agencies and BP for the 2½ months since the rig explosion. The Department of Homeland Security wants a one-stop shop... more »
  • US Embassy Denies Reports it has 11th Spy Fugitive

    July 2, 2010 8:19 AM

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) - A spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Cyprus has flatly denied local media reports that a fugitive spy suspect is in U.S. custody at the embassy compound. Christopher Metsos, an alleged paymaster for a Russian spy ring in the U.S., vanished on the Mediterranean island Wednesday... more »
  • US Military Deaths in Iraq War at 4,409 on Tuesday

    June 29, 2010 8:12 PM

    As of Tuesday, June 22, 2010, at least 4,409 members of the U.S. military had died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes nine military civilians killed in action. At least 3,488 military personnel died as a result... more »
  • US Rig Count Increases by 21

    June 11, 2010 3:15 PM

    HOUSTON (AP) - The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 21 this week to 1,527. Houston-based Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 954 rigs were exploring for natural gas and 561 for oil. Twelve were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago... more »
  • BP Likely to Survive Worst Oil Spill in US History

    June 1, 2010 8:53 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - BP is probably sturdy enough to survive the worst oil spill in U.S. history. But investors are shaving billions of dollars off its value with every day that crude gushes into the Gulf of Mexico. On Tuesday alone, the first trading day since BP's latest attempt... more »
  • Precise Accounting of the U.S. Nuclear Arsenal

    May 3, 2010 4:06 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is expected to release a more precise accounting of the U.S. nuclear arsenal Monday, military and other U.S. officials said, shedding new light on a secretive arsenal born in the Cold War and now shrinking rapidly. The release coincides with Secretary of State Hillary... more »
  • U.S. Receives Bronze Medal From 2000 Olympics

    April 28, 2010 11:56 AM

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - China was stripped of a bronze medal from the 2000 Sydney Olympics on Wednesday for fielding an underage gymnast, with that women's team medal now going to the United States. The International Olympic Committee acted after investigations by the sport's governing body determined that... more »
  • Lafayette Businessman: Mike Spears Running For U.S. Senate

    April 19, 2010 5:38 PM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A Lafayette businessman and Gulf War veteran says he is running for the U.S. Senate. In his announcement Monday, Mike Spears said: "It's time to re-ignite the fight for liberty, to take the Tea Party into the halls of Congress, to take back our country." Spears... more »
  • US Navy Brings Jobs To Morgan City

    April 10, 2010 4:20 PM

    US. Navy Brings Jobs to Morgan City Dozens of Iraqi naval sailors will arrive in St.Mary Parish this month to learn to operate Louisiana built boats intended to defend oil platforms in the Persian Gulf. Swiftships Shipbuilders of Morgan City has been awarded a $180 million contract to build... more »
  • New U.S. Coast Guard Patrol Boats

    April 9, 2010 5:41 PM

    LOCKPORT, La. (AP) - Major construction officially began Friday on the first in a series of new U.S. Coast Guard patrol boats with a combined tribute to a Coast Guard hero, the service's lifesaving role after Hurricane Katrina and the Louisiana shipbuilding industry that employs thousands. The $88 million USCGC... more »
  • US 90 Morgan City Bridge Lane Closed

    March 25, 2010 11:27 AM

    This is to advise that US 90 Morgan City Bridge (Berwick to Morgan City) on ramp east bound as well as 1 lane on the bridge in St. Mary Parish will be closed for navigation light repairs on Sunday, March 28, 2010, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. DOTD appreciates... more »
  • BBB Explains New Credit Card Regulations

    February 23, 2010 11:45 AM

    Credit card holders can circle February 22 on their calendar as the day when new consumer protections laid out in the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 kick in. The Better Business Bureau explains what these new consumer protections mean to cardholders across the US. The US... more »
  • Road Closures: February 12, 2010

    February 12, 2010 9:35 AM

    State Police have reported that US 190 is opened. For more information visit www.511la.org or www.lsp.org . *************************** I-49 from exit 80 (McArthur Drive exit) in Alexandria to Exit 94 (the Rapides Station Exit) is closed. Two bridges in the KATC viewing area are closed due... more »
  • Traffic Talk: St. Landry road closures

    December 30, 2009 2:10 PM

    Traffic will be slow on US 190 in Saint Landry parish at the start of the new year. The road will be closed about three miles east of I-49 while DOTD makes emergency repairs to pipe crossings. Work is expected to last about 5 days.
  • Lafayette Woman In Critical Condition After Crash

    November 24, 2009 11:55 AM

    Iberia Parish- Yesterday (November 23, 2009), troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop I responded to a 3 vehicle crash on US 90 west of Darnell Rd. in Iberia Parish, that left one woman in critical condition. The eastbound lanes of US 90 were closed due to the crash, and did... more »
  • Ferdinand Nickles held on $2M bond

    November 24, 2009 9:59 AM

    ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) - A man accused of killing a 20-year-old man, then torching a pickup truck with the body in it, is being held on $2 million bond in the Vermilion Parish jail. Deputies brought 29-year-old Ferdinand Nickles to Abbeville over the weekend from Atlanta, where U.S. Marshals arrested... more »
  • Coastal Erosion

    November 24, 2009 9:05 AM

    Families first moved to the coast from France in 1770 drawn by the abundant resources and that life today continues to fish the coast. Louisiana is the nation's largest producer of shrimp, oysters and blue crab and fills a large part of the US fresh fish demand and 40 thousand... more »
  • US Secretary of Labor on Wage and Hour Division's

    November 19, 2009 1:35 PM

    Statement by US Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis on Wage and Hour Division's increased enforcement and outreach efforts: WASHINGTON - ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today issued the following statement regarding the increased enforcement and outreach efforts of the department's Wage and Hour Division: "There... more »
  • Road Closed October 27th: US 190 and I-49

    October 26, 2009 10:40 AM

    La 743, approximately 1.2 miles south of US 190 in St Landry Parish will be closed Tuesday, October 27, 2009, from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. for railroad repair. This closure should last only one day. Louisiana DOTD regrets any inconvenience this necessary work may cause and appreciates your patience.... more »
  • HUD announces $135,000 in housing counseling

    October 15, 2009 7:18 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is giving four parishes more than $135,000 each for housing counseling grants. The grants for agencies in Jefferson,Lafayette, New Orleans, and Shreveport were announced on Wednesday. Officials say they will help families facing foreclosure, seeking affordable rental housing,... more »
  • Bus Accident with Injuries

    October 8, 2009 9:24 AM

    8:34am: At this time State Police have confirmed that the two vehicle accident happened near US 90 and 318 in St. Mary Parish. The accident involves a school bus and a passenger vehicle. The 34 children on board the bus were not harmed, however, the driver in the passenger... more »

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