Author: Associated Press

Jazz photographer Herman Leonard dies at 87

LOS ANGELES — Jazz scene photographer Herman Leonard, famous for his smoky, backlighted black-and-white photos of such greats as Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis and Frank Sinatra, has died. He was 87.Leonard, who moved to…

Saints take on Patriots in exhibition openers

After two days of scrimmages against each other, the Saints and Patriots get started on the real thing — well, almost — when they meet Thursday night.The first preseason game for both teams should have slightly more intensity than the…

For Saints, Jackson, wait for HOF finally over

NEW ORLEANS — Rickey Jackson's fearsome pass rush rarely came from the blind side.Quarterbacks usually saw the "City Champ" coming, and many still couldn't escape his grasp.Election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame proved somewhat more elusive for the…

Hornets president: No infighting between owners

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- New Orleans Hornets team president Hugh Weber said Tuesday that the slow pace of the club's planned ownership change has no bearing on the franchise's ability to make key changes aimed at building a winner around star guard Chris…

World War II Museum features animals of war

NEW ORLEANS — An exhibit opening Thursday at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans features dogs, horses and other animals used during the war."Loyal Forces: The Animals of WWII" showcases the species most often brought into the…

Feds let BP keep oil cap closed for another day

NEW ORLEANS — The federal government's point man for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill says he's authorized BP to keep the cap on its busted well for another 24 hours after the company pledged to closely monitor the seafloor…

Shelters filling up as Gulf pet owners struggle

VIOLET, La. — In shelters across southern Louisiana are unnoticed victims of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill — abandoned animals.The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says several parishes began reporting an increase in abandonments immediately…

Scientists say Gulf spill altering food web

NEW ORLEANS — Scientists are reporting early signs that the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is altering the marine food web by killing or tainting some creatures and spurring the growth of others more suited to a fouled environment.Near the…

Oil seeps into New Orleans' Lake Pontchartrain

New Orleans, which managed to escape the oil from the BP spill for more than two months, can't hide any longer.For the first time since the accident, oil from the ruptured well is seeping into Lake Pontchartrain, threatening another environmental…

La. parish president is face of anger over spill

BELLE CHASSE, La. — Billy Nungesser, a rotund and feisty millionaire-turned-politician from Louisiana's bayou, hasn't been afraid of taking on everyone from big oil to big government since crude started washing up on his coast.Read more...

Oil spill's psychological toll quietly mounts

The Gulf of Mexico oil disaster feels far worse to shrimper Ricky Robin than Katrina, even though he's still haunted by memories of riding out the hurricane on his trawler and of his father's suicide in the storm's aftermath...Read more

More evidence of Gulf oil spill washes ashore

NEW ORLEANS — More dirty evidence of the massive oil spill washed ashore along the Gulf Coast for residents who don't need any more reminders of their frustration over failed efforts to stop the crude gushing from a blown-out undersea…

Judge in oil spill case sells energy stocks

The Louisiana federal judge who struck down a six-month ban on deepwater oil drilling has sold many of his energy investments, a financial disclosure report released Friday reveals.The report shows that U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman still owns eight energy-related…

By the numbers: Oil leak wouldn't fill Superdome

WASHINGTON — Overwhelmed and saddened by the gargantuan size of the Gulf oil spill?A little mathematical context to the spill size can put the environmental catastrophe in perspective. Viewing it through some lenses, it isn't that huge. The Mississippi River…

Feds, oil firms exploring new idea to capture oil

NEW ORLEANS — Government and industry leaders are exploring a new way to capture oil gushing from the blown-out well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said Tuesday they're looking into whether pipelines could…

Judge to hear bid to overturn halt on drilling

NEW ORLEANS — Several oil service companies are asking a federal judge to block the Interior Department from enforcing a six-month moratorium on new deepwater drilling projects in the Gulf of Mexico...Read More

Gulf oil full of methane, adding new concerns

NEW ORLEANS — It is an overlooked danger in oil spill crisis: The crude gushing from the well contains vast amounts of natural gas that could pose a serious threat to the Gulf of Mexico's fragile ecosystem.The oil emanating from…

Oil rig workers forced to job hunt after drill ban

MORGAN CITY, La. — Mr. Charlie has seen the up and downs over the years in the oil patch off Louisiana's coast, but this could be the toughest slump of all.Earlier this week, the steel rig stationed on the Atchafalaya…

Spill coverage barriers remain despite promises

NEW ORLEANS — Journalists covering the Gulf of Mexico oil spill have been yelled at, kicked off public beaches and islands and threatened with arrest in the nearly three weeks since the government promised improved media access...Read More

Miss. beaches largely unspoiled by Gulf oil gusher

LONG BEACH, Miss. — Tracey Winspeare said her Canadian uncle warned her before she traveled to Mississippi: Oil is washing up on the beaches from a ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico. He was wrong...Read More

BP engineer called doomed rig a 'nightmare well'

WASHINGTON (AP) -- BP took measures to cut costs in the weeks before the catastrophic blowout in the Gulf of Mexico as it dealt with one problem after another, prompting a BP engineer to describe the doomed rig as a…

Barataria estuary now ground zero in oil spill

BARATARIA BAY, La. — The meandering sand dunes and bird islands of Barataria Bay have become the epicenter of the environmental disaster spewing from BP's offshore well. And fishermen are bitter...Read More