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The Krewe of Orpheus rolls in uptown New Orleans, led by celebrity monarch Quentin Tarantino reigning over the superkrewe's 32-float parade on Lundi Gras, Monday, March 3, 2014. The float theme for 2014 is "Orpheus: The Enchanted World."  Signature floats include the Trojan Horse, the Dolly Trolley and the Leviathan; flambeaux also will be featured. Throws include beads, cups and oversized doubloons. Parade ends at the Convention Center, where the Orpheuscapade commenced. (AP Photo/NOLA.com The Times-Picayune, David Grunfeld)

Cold, gray day doesn’t stop Mardi Gras revelers

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A cold, gray day greeted revelers gathering Tuesday along parade routes as the Carnival season in New Orleans headed to a crest with the unabashed celebration of Mardi Gras. The first […]

03/04/2014

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman, File)

Ex-New Orleans mayor convicted of taking bribes

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former News Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, best remembered for his impassioned pleas for help after the levees broke during Hurricane Katrina, was convicted Wednesday of accepting bribes in exchange for helping […]

02/12/2014

Legendary musician Fats Domino is named  "Honorary Grand Marshall" of the Krewe of Orpheus, the star-studded Carnival club that traditionally parades the night before Mardi Gras. Friday December 20, 2013. (AP Photo)

Fats Domino named ‘honorary grand marshal’

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The music of rock ‘n’ roll Hall of Fame performer Fats Domino will “float” through the streets of New Orleans this Carnival season. Domino has been named honorary grand marshal of […]

12/20/2013

Workers walk on the tracks after the Amtrak Crescent train derailed, Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, in Spartanburg County, S.C.  (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

Amtrak Crescent with 218 aboard derails in SC

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Several cars of the New York City-bound Amtrak Crescent with 218 people aboard went off the tracks in South Carolina early Monday as bags flew and jolted passengers clung to each […]

11/25/2013

A young girl walks her brother to the Tacloban City Convention Center known as the Astrodome Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, where hundreds of displaced typhoon survivors have set up makeshift shelters throughout the complex's once bustling shops and popular basketball court. For the thousands of people jamming the Tacloban City Astrodome, the great halls with a solid roof was a heaven-sent refuge when Typhoon Haiyan rammed eastern Philippines on Friday. Evacuated from their homes along the coast in time, they had a place to hide from the furious winds and gigantic water surge. But along with shelter, their constant companion now is misery and hunger. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Domed refuge now cauldron of misery for survivors

TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) — Close your eyes and hold your breath, and you could imagine you are in a normal sports stadium. You hear a ball bouncing and the children’s cheers echoing under the cavernous […]

11/14/2013

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Amazon, US Postal Service will deliver on Sundays

  NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon says it is teaming up with the U.S. Postal Service to deliver packages on Sundays. The Seattle company says Sunday delivery will be available to customers in the New […]

11/11/2013

In this Oct. 29, 2013 file photo, Dottie and Tom Knodell, opponents of abortion, hold signs outside a Planned Parenthood Clinic, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Court reinstates most of Texas’ new abortion rules

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday ruled that most of Texas’ tough new abortion restrictions can take effect immediately — a decision that means as least 12 clinics won’t be able […]

10/31/2013

C.J. Johnson pulls a shrimp boat out of the water in preparation for the arrival of Tropical Storm Karen, at Myrtle Grove Marina in Plaquemines Parish, La., Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Karen threatens US during quiet hurricane season

BRAITHWAITE, La. (AP) — Pickups hauling boat trailers and flatbed trucks laden with crab traps exited vulnerable, low-lying areas of southeast Louisiana on Friday as Tropical Storm Karen headed toward the northern Gulf Coast, a […]

10/04/2013

Kuma's Corner Restaurant's October burger of the month Ghost, named after the Swedish heavy metal band, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kuma's Corner)

Chicago burger garnished with communion wafer

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago restaurant has cooked up a controversial burger of the month for October, garnishing it with an unconsecrated communion wafer and a red wine reduction sauce. Kuma’s Corner, a foodie destination […]

10/03/2013

Workers pump water from the parking lot of the Dadeland Plaza shopping center, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, after heavy rains in Pinecrest, Fla., a suburb of Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Gulf Coast braces for Tropical Storm Karen

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — From a tiny, vulnerable island off the Louisiana coast to the beaches of the Florida Panhandle, Gulf Coast residents prepared Thursday for a possible hit from Tropical Storm Karen, which threatened […]

10/03/2013

This NOAA satellite image taken Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 at 1:45 a.m. EDT shows a low pressure system tracking across the Northern Plains with showers and thunderstorms. Areas of scattered showers are seen over the Ohio Valley and Tennessee Valley. Farther south a tropical disturbance is seen moving into the eastern Gulf of Mexico. Fair weather is seen over the Northeast. (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND)

Tropical Storm Karen forms in the Gulf of Mexico

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Preparations began Thursday along the central Gulf Coast as newly formed Tropical Storm Karen threatened to become the first named tropical system to menace the United States this year. Hurricane and […]

10/03/2013

This combo of images provided by the Center for Disease Control shows the Naegleria fowleri amoeba in the cyst stage, left, trophozoite stage, center and the  flagellated stage, right.  (AP Photo/Center For Disease Control)

Brain-eating amoeba rattles nerves in La. parish

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — While officials try to pin down the source of a deadly amoeba found in the water supply of a suburban New Orleans community, bottled water sales in St. Bernard Parish have […]

09/20/2013

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