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A New Orleans political brawl over cops and jail

A New Orleans political brawl over cops and jail

A political brawl has broken out between the mayor and a sheriff who runs the city jail, which has come under scrutiny for a video showing inmates using drugs, drinking beer and handling a gun. Mayor Mitch Landrieu asked a judge last Tuesday to take the extraordinary step of placing the jail under federal oversight, […]

Jim Carville, Mary Matalin return to the scene of their marital crime

Jim Carville, Mary Matalin return to the scene of their marital crime

When Mary Matalin heard a baby cry during a Super Bowl news conference this week, she paused midsentence, peered in the direction of the fussing child and asked: “Is that my husband?” Matalin, the noted Republican political pundit, isn’t shy about making jokes at the expense of Democratic strategist James Carville, who went from being […]

Storm loaded with snow, tornadoes headed East

Storm loaded with snow, tornadoes headed East

An enormous storm system that dumped snow and sleet on the nation’s midsection and unleashed damaging tornadoes around the Deep South began punching its way toward the Northeast on Wednesday, slowing holiday travel. Post-Christmas travelers braced for flight delays and a raft of weather warnings for drivers, a day after rare winter twisters damaged buildings […]

Well doh! Oil spill leaves people depressed

Well doh! Oil spill leaves people depressed

Before the BP oil spill, the Gulf Coast was a place of abundant shrimping, tourist-filled beaches and a happy if humble lifestyle. Now, it’s home to depression, worry and sadness for many. A Gallup survey released Tuesday of almost 2,600 coastal residents showed that depression cases are up more than 25 percent since an explosion […]

Democratic woes put at least 75 House seats in play

Democratic woes put at least 75 House seats in play

Their control of the House in peril, Democrats are scratching to survive in races all across the country. Disgruntled voters, a sluggish economy and vanishing enthusiasm for President Barack Obama have put 75 seats or more — the vast majority held by Democrats — at risk of changing hands. The party could become a victim […]

Oil still contaminating Gulf coast

Oil still contaminating Gulf coast

Much of the crude still in the Gulf and coastal areas more than three months after BP‘s blowout has permeated deep into marshes and wetlands, complicating cleanup. Crews are still finding plenty of crude in those interior areas, even as government officials say spotting oil from the air on the Gulf’s surface is taking longer […]

Another glitch in oil spill drama

Another glitch in oil spill drama

The plan to start choking off oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico was suddenly halted as government officials and BP said further analysis must be done Wednesday before critical tests could proceed. No explanation was given for the decision, and no date was set for when testing would begin on the new, tighter-fitting cap […]

New attempt to cap oil leak

New attempt to cap oil leak

Undersea robots manipulated by engineers a mile above will begin work Saturday removing the containment cap over the gushing well head in the Gulf of Mexico, the first part of a plan that could lead to the containment of all the oil as soon as Monday. The leak will get worse before it gets better. […]

Oil spill strikes Lake Pontchartrain

Oil spill strikes Lake Pontchartrain

Oil from the ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico is seeping into Lake Pontchartrain north of New Orleans, threatening another environmental disaster for the huge body of water that was rescued from pollution in 1990s. The lake rebounded to once again become a bountiful fishing ground and a popular spot for boating and swimming. […]