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Residents demand compensation from BP as oil continues washing up on Louisiana beaches

By Jemima Kelly (Reuters) – Four years after the Deepwater Horizon spill, oil is still washing up on the long sandy beaches of Grand Isle, Louisiana, and some islanders are fed up with hearing from BP that the crisis is over. Jules Melancon, the last remaining oyster fisherman on an…

Flooding of coastal cities to cost $1 trillion in damages by 2050: study

By 2050, flood damage in the world’s coastal cities is expected to reach $1 trillion a year as sea levels rise and global warming triggers new extremes of heat, windstorm and rain. More than 40% of these prodigious costs could fall upon just four cities – New Orleans, Miami and…

Gas explosion reported just north of New Orleans

(Reuters) – An explosion at a gas line or gas plant about 80 miles north of New Orleans knocked out power to about 10,000 customers on Tuesday, according to local reports. The explosion occurred in the town of Enon, according to the reports. The sheriff’s office in Washington Parish said…

Super Bowl set to kick off in fun-loving New Orleans

The bands were playing, the crawfish boiling and daiquiri’s swirling Sunday as partygoers crammed bars and restaurants ahead of Super Bowl 47 — the pinnacle sporting event that transfixes America each year. New Orleans knows how to throw a bash and with the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras coming in…

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…

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