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Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin found guilty on bribery charges

Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin — who rose to national prominence for his handling of Hurricane Katrina — was found guilty Wednesday of federal bribery and corruption charges. Nagin was a beloved figure in the Big Easy despite his botched initial response to the devastating storm which flooded the…

Therapy dogs bring comfort to Boston victims

The very same therapy dogs that comforted grieving friends and family following December’s Newtown school shootings arrived in Boston earlier this week. With hundreds injured and many undergoing amputations following the marathon bombings, the K-9 Comfort Dogs help provide affection and emotional release. The organisation works with 67 specially trained…

New Orleans police get prison in Katrina killings

WASHINGTON — Five New Orleans policemen were sentenced Wednesday to prison terms in connection with a shooting in the days after Hurricane Katrina which left two civilians dead and four others injured, prosecutors said. The sentencings in New Orleans conclude the prosecution in the so-called Danziger Bridge incident in the…

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin under investigation: source

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, the colorful and controversial spokesman for the city after the devastating Hurricane Katrina in 2005, is under investigation by federal authorities, a source with direct knowledge of the probe said. The source told Reuters on Friday that several people linked…

Top 5 places Herman Cain dined on contributors’ dimes

Former Godfather’s Pizza CEO and current GOP presidential contender Herman Cain has taken a lot of criticism for the middling quality of the pizza served up by the company he once ran. But recently filed expenditure reports reveal that not even Cain will deign to dine at Godfather’s. So when…

New Orleans braces for Tropical Storm Lee

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – New Orleans, devastated by Hurricane Katrina six years ago, faced a new threat on Saturday from Tropical Storm Lee, which was set to challenge the city’s flood defenses with an onslaught of heavy rain. The storm was expected to bring up to 20 inches of rain…

Louisiana declares emergency as new storm looms

Oil companies began evacuating workers from rigs in the Gulf of Mexico ahead of what US forecasters said could be a powerful and dangerous storm, and Louisiana declared a state of emergency. The National Hurricane Center on Thursday issued tropical storm warnings for the coastal areas from Pascagoula, Mississippi, to…

Obama remembers Katrina, after Hurricane Irene

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama paid tribute Monday to the grit of the people of the US Gulf Coast, exactly six years after Hurricane Katrina roared ashore and inundated New Orleans. After a weekend in which Hurricane Irene tore up the US east coast, the president argued that federal disaster…

Police called criminals as New Orleans trial closes

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana — Five New Orleans police officers on trial in the shooting deaths of civilians during Hurricane Katrina were portrayed Tuesday in closing arguments as criminals or heroes amid the chaos of disaster. “It was unreasonable for these officers to fire even one shot,” said Assistant US Attorney…

US donations to Japan near $150 million

WASHINGTON – US relief groups said Tuesday that Americans have donated close to $150 million to support Japan after its devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami. The American Red Cross said it has raised $120.5 million. It said it gave $10 million initially to the Japanese Red Cross and would…

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