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  • Feds issue counterfeit costume contact lens warning

    October 23, 2014 11:44 AM

    WASHINGTON - As the weather cools and people begin to finalize their Halloween costume choices, federal officials released an official warning to the public about the dangers of novelty contact lenses, not approved by the FDA, and sold by many retailers throughout the nation. Federal agents are engaged in... more »
  • Federal offshore oil lease sale set for March

    October 17, 2014 1:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Oil and gas leases for 40 million acres off the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama will be offered by the federal government in a March sale at the Superdome in New Orleans. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced the lease sale on Friday, calling it... more »
  • St. Helena Parish makes strides in bridge construction Play Video

    August 21, 2014 3:56 PM

    GREENSBURG - St. Helena Parish is coming closer and closer to finishing a project they started at the beginning of the year. A total of 5 bridges are a part of a project that the parish has started in order to rebuild the old structures. Residents say the... more »
  • Federal agency has questions about hospital deals

    August 20, 2014 2:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's revised financing plan for six LSU hospital privatization deals is running into questions from federal health officials who rejected a previous version. The state health department on Wednesday released the three-page question letter from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS.... more »
  • LSU, gov announce new cyber research center

    August 18, 2014 11:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal and Chancellor King Alexander say Louisiana State University is creating a center to go after big federal and commercial contracts for applied technology. They say they expect the Transformational Technology and Cyber Research Center to get $30 million in federal research contracts in its... more »
  • Full appeals court upholds labels on meat packages

    July 29, 2014 12:33 PM

    WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court has upheld new government rules that require labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat to say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. The meat industry has attempted to block the rules, saying they are costly to comply with and... more »
  • Ag commissioner seeks preservation of La. farmland

    July 28, 2014 4:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's top agriculture official is concerned about the loss of farmland in the state. Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain said Monday that 15,000 acres of farmland in Calcasieu and St. Charles parishes have been lost in the last year to wetlands mitigation projects. In St. Charles Parish, landowners... more »
  • House to take up highway bill as deadline looms Play Video

    July 15, 2014 2:16 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The House is poised to act on a bill that would temporarily patch over a multibillion-dollar pothole in federal highway and transit programs while ducking the issue of how to put the programs on sound financial footing. The bill by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave... more »
  • Homeowners fighting feathered invaders Play Video

    July 10, 2014 5:43 PM

    CENTRAL - People in Central and Baker are fighting a loud, smelly tourist: Canada geese. People who live in Central and Baker told News 2 that the birds are not only pesky, they're actually starting to cost them money. Charles McIntyre lives in front of a lake and... more »
  • Louisiana to share $154M for job training

    June 27, 2014 3:13 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana is among a group of 32 states, Puerto Rico and the Cherokee tribal nation getting a portion of more than $154 million awarded by the federal government for job training laid-off workers in high-demand industries. The U.S. Department of Labor announced Thursday that Louisiana will get... more »
  • La. to license and regulate insurance 'navigators'

    June 13, 2014 4:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's "navigator" organizations that get grants to help consumers enroll in insurance under the federal health care law will have to be licensed by the state. Gov. Bobby Jindal's office announced Friday that the governor signed Republican Rep. Kevin Pearson's bill to require the licensing and registration... more »
  • Court: Warrantless cell tracking unconstitutional

    June 11, 2014 6:25 PM

    MIAMI - A federal appeals court has ruled that investigators must obtain a search warrant to collect records from cellphone towers that are often used to track suspects' movements. A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed Wednesday with the American Civil Liberties Union that the... more »
  • Lawmakers agree to try out Jindal health plan

    May 30, 2014 6:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana could become a testing ground for Gov. Bobby Jindal's health care alternative to the federal health care overhaul, under a bill that has received final backing from lawmakers. Democratic Sen. Ben Nevers, of Bogalusa, proposed trying to use Jindal's "America Next" health care plan in Louisiana,... more »
  • Gov't puts new age restriction on tanning beds

    May 29, 2014 12:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - Tanning beds and sun lamps will carry new warnings that they should not be used by anyone under age 18 as the federal government works to reduce rising rates of skin cancer linked to the radiation-emitting devices. The Food and Drug Administration has regulated tanning machines for over... more »
  • Jindal administration still planning on privatization

    May 5, 2014 11:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Jindal's top budget adviser says the administration is going ahead with privatization of state-owned hospitals, despite federal approval problems. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols told lawmakers Monday that federal rejection of the privatization contracts won't force an adjustment. Nichols says the state will appeal the... more »
  • Bill proposes $10 minimum wage for La. Play Video

    February 21, 2014 6:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A proposed law would add Louisiana to the 21 states that have a minimum wage higher than the federal rate of $7.25 an hour. Louisiana currently follows the federal minimum wage rate. Senator Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb pre-filed Senate Bill No. 46 for the upcoming session, which would change... more »
  • Taxpayers have more questions this season Play Video

    February 19, 2014 6:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - This year a delay in state tax refunds and numerous new questions are causing headaches for taxpayers and more work for tax preparers. Steve Everly, the district manager of Jackson Hewitt, taxpayers in Louisiana can expect their refund money about two weeks later than usual. He... more »
  • Ascension Schools discrimination case set to begin Play Video

    February 17, 2014 5:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A federal lawsuit first filed in 2008 claims the Ascension Parish School Board discriminated when it redrew district lines to alleviate overcrowding. The plaintiff in the case, Darrin Kenny Lewis, claims that when Ascension went through a redistricting process the school board forced his children into East... more »
  • Jurors find Nagin guilty of 20 out of 21 counts

    February 12, 2014 11:52 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Jurors returned a guilty verdict against former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin Wednesday in his federal corruption trial. The jury made the announcement after just over six hours of deliberation, according to WDSU in New Orleans. Nagin faced a 21-count indictment and was found guilty... more »
  • Justice Dept applies same-sex rights to itself

    February 8, 2014 2:27 PM

    WASHINGTON - In an assertion of same-sex marriage rights, Attorney General Eric Holder is applying a landmark Supreme Court ruling to the Justice Department. The attorney general says same-sex spouses cannot be compelled to testify against each other, should be eligible to file for bankruptcy jointly and are entitled to... more »
  • Nagin takes stand in federal trial

    February 6, 2014 12:04 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin has taken the stand to defend himself in his federal corruption trial. Nagin began his testimony by discussing his relationship with Rodney Williams. Williams was the first witness for the prosecution when the trial began last week. Four others followed,... more »
  • Knockout game becomes hate crime

    January 23, 2014 7:42 PM

    HOUSTON, TEXAS- A white man accused of cold-cocking an elderly black man was indicted by a federal grand jury on a hate crime charge for an attack known as the "knockout game". Twenty-seven year-old Conrad Barrett is accused of slugging a 79-year-old man who had his jaw broken in... more »
  • Trial against Painter continues Friday

    December 19, 2013 10:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Friday, jurors will continue deliberating whether or not former Alcohol Tobacco Control Commissioner Murphy Painter is guilty of computer fraud and lying to the FBI. At 10:00 Thursday night, they decided to end deliberations for the day and return the following morning. Painter, accused of spying... more »
  • Jury selection begins in former BP engineer trial

    December 2, 2013 11:33 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Jury selection has begun in the trial against a former BP engineer charged with deleting texts and voicemails about the response to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Kurt Mix has been charged with two counts of obstruction of justice by the U.S.... more »
  • Appeals court rules against birth control mandate

    November 1, 2013 11:20 AM

    WASHINGTON - Two Ohio business owners who challenged the birth control mandate in the new federal health care law have won a ruling in an appeals court. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia says the mandate limits the right to free exercise of religion. ... more »
  • Federal Hazard Mitigation Grant

    October 19, 2013 4:55 PM

    HOUMA - The Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center has received a $1.6 million federal Hazard Mitigation Grant to install hurricane-resistant shutters and an improved roof to protect against flying debris and water damage. The Courier reports the money is part of $14.6 million in disaster recovery grants for communities in southeast Louisiana,... more »
  • State won't apply for $44M federal education grant

    September 27, 2013 3:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana won't apply for $44 million in federal grant money available to the state for early childhood education programs. Superintendent of Education John White made the decision and notified Chas Roemer, who is the president of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Several groups urged White to... more »
  • Two former Monroe councilmen sentenced

    September 26, 2013 12:16 PM

    SHREVEPORT - Former Monroe City Councilmen Arthur Gilmore and Robert "Red" Stevens have been sentenced in federal court today. They were convicted more than two years ago of racketeering charges for accepting bribes. Gilmore was sentenced to 24 months in prison while Stevens was given 20 months. Both were... more »
  • Two Louisiana airports get federal grants

    September 18, 2013 11:38 AM

    LAKE CHARLES - Two airports in southwestern Louisiana are getting federal money. Both Chennault Industrial Airport Authority in Lake Charles and the Jefferson Davis Airport Commission in Jennings have received U.S. Department of Transportation grants. Chennault in Lake Charles received $2 million for fixing the runway and for a... more »
  • St. Helena board seeks to regain control of school

    September 17, 2013 9:15 AM

    GREENSBURG- The St. Helena Parish School Board is appealing a federal judge's decision to deny the board a new trial after the judge rejected the parish's request to offer middle school grades to its students. U.S. District Judge James J. Brady shot down a request in August by the school... more »
  • BP urges court to toss judge's settlement approval

    August 30, 2013 11:22 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP is trying to persuade a federal appeals court that it should throw out a judge's approval of the company's multibillion-dollar settlement related to the Gulf oil spill if a separate appeal is unsuccessful. Last year, BP joined plaintiffs' attorneys in urging U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier... more »
  • Married, same-sex couples to get some tax rights in La.

    August 29, 2013 10:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Gay, married couples will be able to file joint federal income tax returns in Louisiana since the IRS said Thursday it will recognize same-sex marriages. The federal government will take returns from married couples, even if they live in a state that does not recognize their marriage... more »
  • Feds announce dog fighting charges in 4 states

    August 26, 2013 11:10 AM

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - A federal and state investigation into dog fighting and gambling has resulted in the arrest of 12 people from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Texas. U.S. Attorney George Beck said Monday the 12 are charged with conducting an illegal gambling business and multiple dog fighting charges, including promoting... more »
  • NO businessman's bond revoked

    August 16, 2013 10:21 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal magistrate has revoked bond of a New Orleans businessman awaiting sentencing for bribing a former Plaquemines Parish sheriff. U.S. Magistrate Joseph Wilkinson ruled Friday that Aaron Bennett violated terms of his bond when he gambled at a Mississippi casino in 2011 and racked up an... more »
  • Vitter favors shutdown over funding "Obamacare"

    August 15, 2013 12:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. David Vitter told a packed town hall meeting that he will support a federal government shutdown this fall rather than agree to pay for President Barack Obama's health care law. Vitter was speaking at the Jones Creek Library in Baton Rouge this morning. He... more »
  • Federal agency to probe blown Gulf well

    July 29, 2013 4:39 PM

    ON THE GULF OF MEXICO - A federal agency has announced plans for a panel investigation aimed at finding out what caused last week's gas well blowout off the Louisiana coast. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said it will work closely with the Coast Guard to determine the... more »
  • Judge to hear BP bid to halt payouts

    July 17, 2013 11:51 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has scheduled a hearing Friday on BP's bid to temporarily block settlement payments to Gulf Coast businesses and residents who claim they lost money after the company's 2010 oil spill. On Tuesday, BP asked U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier to suspend the payments while... more »
  • Plan to seal leaking well gets federal OK

    July 11, 2013 12:14 PM

    PORT FOURCHON - Federal officials say they have approved plans to seal a gas well that began leaking Monday in the Gulf of Mexico about 75 miles southwest of Port Fourchon on the southeast Louisiana coast. Eileen Angelico, spokeswoman for the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, says drilling fluid... more »
  • More likely Fed could ease bond buys

    July 5, 2013 12:35 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve could now be more likely to slow its bond purchases in the next few months, after a jobs report that was stronger than expected today. The government reported that employers added 195,000 jobs in June, and many more in April and May than previously thought.... more »
  • Ex-FBI director to review BP settlement program

    July 2, 2013 3:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has appointed former FBI Director Louis Freeh to conduct an independent investigation of alleged misconduct by a lawyer who worked for the court-supervised administrator of BP's multibillion-dollar settlement along with a team of private attorneys. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier issued an order Tuesday... more »
  • Federal marriage benefits? Not for everyone

    June 30, 2013 10:49 AM

    WASHINGTON - Like other married couples, people in same-sex marriages are about to learn that the federal benefits and tax breaks associated with being married might not be all they're cracked up to be. Social Security benefits for spouses can be generous, but only for couples with big disparities in... more »
  • Judge: Determining size of BP spill no "easy task"

    June 27, 2013 5:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The federal judge presiding over a trial arising from the nation's worst offshore oil spill says it could be difficult to determine how much crude spewed into the Gulf of Mexico from BP's busted well in 2010. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier noted during a hearing Thursday... more »
  • High court ruling removes La. from preclearance

    June 25, 2013 1:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's voting laws and election districts no longer need federal approval before changes can take effect. Secretary of State Tom Schedler says Tuesday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling means the state doesn't have to follow a pre-clearance requirement mandated in the 1965 Voting Rights Act, unless Congress redesigns... more »
  • Orleans Parish sheriff testifies about jail finances

    June 24, 2013 12:02 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The man who runs New Orleans' notoriously violent jail has begun testimony in federal court on the lockup's finances. Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman on Monday began going over ledger figures, hoping to make the case that he needs more money from the city to implement court... more »
  • DC circuit reviewing judge's alleged misconduct

    June 13, 2013 10:38 AM

    WASHINGTON - A council of federal judges in Washington will look into a misconduct complaint against a conservative judge who's alleged to have made racially discriminatory comments. Judge Edith Jones of the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals allegedly said at speech in February that certain "racial groups... more »
  • U. S. Attorney Don Cazayoux resigning from post

    June 12, 2013 4:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The U. S. Attorney who oversaw the prosecution of several corrupt mayors around the Baton Rouge area announced he's stepping down from the post. Donald Cazayoux Jr.'s office announced today he's resigning effective July 1. Cazayoux was nominated to the post by President Barack Obama in... more »
  • NOAA: 28-day red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico

    June 5, 2013 4:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal regulators have set a 28-day recreational season for red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico, adding days in federal waters off Louisiana, Texas and Florida and cutting days off of Mississippi and Alabama. The uniform season is required because a federal judge found that regulators illegally... more »
  • Houma businessman pleads guilty to federal charges

    June 5, 2013 11:38 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The president and owner of Houma-based Cenac Towing has pleaded guilty to making false statements to the Federal Elections Commission in connection with illegal campaign contributions he made to Louisiana's two U.S. senators. Federal prosecutors in New Orleans charged 57-year-old Arlen "Benny" Cenac Jr., of Houma, last... more »
  • Bills preempting federal gun laws stall in Senate

    June 4, 2013 4:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two far-reaching and controversial House-approved bills that sought to prohibit federal oversight of gun laws in Louisiana have stalled in the Louisiana Senate and won't become law. Promoted as state's rights measures against an increasingly intrusive federal government, the proposals were easily approved in the House despite... more »
  • Efforts to end sugar program fail in Congress

    May 23, 2013 11:32 AM

    WASHINGTON D.C. - Louisiana's $3.5 billion sugarcane and sugar mill industries could breathe a sigh of relief after an effort to effectively end the federal sugar program was defeated on the Senate floor. The nearly $1 trillion Senate farm bill being debated this week keeps the federal sugar program intact... more »
  • Stocks edge higher as investors watch the Fed

    May 22, 2013 9:04 AM

    NEW YORK- Stocks are opening slightly higher as investors watch for the latest moves from the Federal Reserve. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 39 points at 15,424 shortly after the opening bell Wednesday, a gain of 0.2 percent. The Standard & Poor's 500 index was up four points... more »
  • Senate defers gun bill ban on federal oversight

    May 21, 2013 5:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators have delayed a vote on a controversial bill that would prohibit enforcement in Louisiana of any federal bans on assault weapons. Postponement Tuesday came after opponents repeatedly called the measure unconstitutional. Following a barrage of questions about the effort to usurp federal laws and several attempts... more »
  • No new funds needed for Okla. tornado recovery

    May 21, 2013 3:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - Top lawmakers and officials say the federal government has plenty of money on hand to pay for recovery efforts in the devastating tornado that struck Oklahoma. The government has more than $11 billion in its main disaster relief fund. Recovery costs in Moore, Okla., are expected to be... more »
  • Ruling doesn't resolve family restaurant squabble

    May 17, 2013 2:30 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge's ruling hasn't resolved a family's power struggle for control of Brennan's, one of New Orleans' best-known restaurants. U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan ruled Friday that Owen "Pip" Brennan, a son of the restaurant's late founder, is a shareholder in Brennan's Inc. and retains his... more »
  • Senate panel approves bill to create national ID

    May 15, 2013 6:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Senate Transportation Committee has backed a proposal to use Louisiana driver's licenses to comply with federal law requiring each state to create a national identification card for air travel, including domestic flights. Senators added that language into a bill by Rep. Johnny Guinn, seeking to reverse... more »
  • Shelly Dick assumes federal judgeship in B.R.

    May 15, 2013 11:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Shelly Dick has been sworn is as U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Louisiana. She was first nominated on April 25, 2012, re-nominated on January 3, 2013 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 9. Dick is a 1988 graduate of the... more »
  • Revised Medicaid expansion proposed to House panel

    May 8, 2013 11:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Two Republicans joined with Democrats on the House health committee to advance a proposal to tap into federal funding available to offer insurance to the working poor. But one of those Republicans says his vote was a mistake. The House Health and Welfare Committee already rejected a... more »
  • Senators back bill blocking federal gun regulation

    May 7, 2013 2:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE- It took a Senate panel less than five minutes to approve a bill prohibiting the enforcement of federal laws in Louisiana regarding ownership of semi-automatic weapons. The Senate judiciary committee took a bit longer to approve a separate bill that would criminalize the release and publication of names... more »
  • Federal judge postpones police reform meeting

    April 30, 2013 10:50 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge granted a request from city and Department of Justice officials to postpone a New Orleans Police Department consent decree monitor selection committee meeting. Tuesday's meeting was the deadline for the committee to indicate whether they had agreed on which firm should oversee the implementation... more »
  • La. House backs ban on enforcing federal gun law

    April 23, 2013 5:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House has voted to ban enforcement of any federal restrictions on owning semi-automatic weapons. The 67-25 vote Tuesday followed more than an hour of contentious debate. Supporters say the measure is a protection of individual and states' rights. Opponents argue that Louisiana can't choose which... more »
  • Federal appeals court to hear climate change suit

    April 8, 2013 10:22 AM

    JACKSON, Miss. - A federal three-judge panel has agreed to hear an appeal from a ruling that a group of Mississippi coastal landowners can sue energy and chemical companies on allegations that linked greenhouse gas emissions to Hurricane Katrina. The lawsuit alleges that greenhouse gas emissions from energy and chemical... more »
  • Obama to release his budget outline April 10

    March 28, 2013 12:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama will release his federal budget outline on April 10 - two months late. Under the law, the president was supposed to submit a budget on Feb. 4. But White House aides said deliberations over spending in the past few months delayed... more »
  • Federal judge Frank Polozola dies after cancer fight Play Video

    February 25, 2013 10:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - U. S. District Court Judge Frank Polozola, who presided over the criminal trial of former governor Edwin Edwards, died this weekend after a long fight with cancer. He was 71. Chief Judge Brian Jackson said Polozola passed away late Sunday night. An LSU law school... more »
  • Vicksburg mayor facing federal bribery charges

    February 21, 2013 9:03 AM

    JACKSON, Miss. - Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield has been arrested on federal bribery charges. FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden says Winfield was arrested in Vicksburg by federal agents. No details of Winfield's arrest have been released. The 39-year-old Winfield is being held in the Madison County Detention Center in Canton.... more »
  • Council to talk with Department of Justice about BRPD

    February 21, 2013 12:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Some members of the city's Metro Council have asked for a meeting with the Department of Justice to discuss the police department. The effort, led by C. Denise Marcelle, comes after Mayor Kip Holden fired Dewayne White as chief of police. In a hearing about his... more »
  • Fed plot suspect expected to plead guilty in NYC

    February 7, 2013 6:40 AM

    NEW YORK - A 21-year-old Bangladesh native accused of trying to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank in New York is expected to plead guilty to charges stemming from the plot. A plea hearing in federal court in Brooklyn is scheduled on Thursday for Quazi Nafis. He was charged in... more »
  • Arraignment delayed for ex-New Orleans mayor Nagin

    January 23, 2013 3:56 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A judge has postponed the arraignment of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who is charged with taking contractors' bribes in exchange for helping them secure lucrative work for the city. Nagin, who gained national prominence leading battered New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, was scheduled... more »
  • IRS loses lawsuit in fight against tax preparers

    January 18, 2013 5:33 PM

    WASHINGTON - A federal judge has ruled that the IRS lacks authority to impose new regulations, including a competency exam, on hundreds of thousands of tax preparers. The ruling Friday from Judge James Boasberg bars the IRS from implementing a host of regulations that would have required tax preparers to... more »
  • Vilma's defamation suit against Goodell dismissed

    January 17, 2013 5:24 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has dismissed New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma's defamation lawsuit against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in connection with the bounty case. U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan in New Orleans said Thursday the bounty matter "feels as protracted and painful as the Saints season... more »
  • Insurers may prove choosy with overhaul exchanges

    January 17, 2013 3:36 PM

    UNDATED - UnitedHealth CEO Stephen Hemsley is warning analysts not to assume that the insurer will participate widely in a key health care overhaul coverage expansion that unfolds later this year. State-based exchanges will debut this fall and allow people to sign up for coverage online, with some using income-based... more »
  • Federal judge delays ex-BP engineer's trial

    January 14, 2013 4:20 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has agreed to postpone the trial of a former BP engineer charged with deleting text messages about the company's response to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Kurt Mix's trial was scheduled to start Feb. 25, but U.S. District Judge Stanwood... more »
  • BP: Government overestimated size of spill

    January 11, 2013 3:24 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP has urged a federal judge to rule the company can't be penalized for millions of gallons of oil that spewed from its blown-out well but was captured before it could spill into the Gulf of Mexico. A court filing Friday by BP says the federal government... more »
  • Tax filing season starts Jan. 30 for most filers

    January 8, 2013 1:19 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service says late changes to federal tax laws should mean only a short delay for most taxpayers to file their 2012 returns. The agency said Tuesday that more than 120 million taxpayers - about 80 percent of all filers - should be able to start... more »
  • NHL labor peace at last

    January 7, 2013 2:25 PM

    NEW YORK - There will be an NHL season. The league and the players' association agreed on a tentative pact to end a 113-day lockout and begin an abbreviated season later this month. The 10-year deal was forged after a 16-hour marathon session led by federal mediator Scot Beckenbaugh, who... more »
  • Obama '08 campaign fined $375,000 by FEC

    January 4, 2013 4:32 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign has been fined $375,000 by the Federal Election Commission for reporting violations related to a set of donations received during the final days of the campaign. The fines are among the largest ever levied on a presidential campaign by the FEC and stem... more »
  • Corps: Morganza levee to cost $12.9 billion

    January 4, 2013 2:50 PM

    HOUMA - The Army Corps of Engineers says a federal levee designed to protect Terrebonne Parish and parts of Lafourche Parish from storm flooding will cost $12.9 billion. State and local officials would have to come up with 35 percent, or up to $4.5 billion. The plan released Friday includes... more »
  • Sides in NHL labor fight meet with mediator

    January 4, 2013 10:46 AM

    NEW YORK - The NHL and the union are meeting separately with a federal mediator but have no plans yet to negotiate. Federal mediator Scot Beckenbaugh is talking with representatives from the players' association and league Friday in an attempt to return the parties to the bargaining table after they... more »
  • Lawyer re-nominated for federal judgeship in B.R.

    January 4, 2013 10:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - President Barack Obama has re-nominated Shelly Deckert Dick to fill a vacancy on the federal bench in Baton Rouge. Dick, a Baton Rouge attorney, originally was nominated in April 2012. She is one of 33 candidates for federal judgeships who were re-nominated Thursday by Obama. Obama said... more »
  • BP worker loses appeal over court-ordered exam

    January 3, 2013 2:48 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has refused to overturn a ruling that a BP rig supervisor must submit to a medical exam to determine if he is fit to be questioned under oath for civil litigation spawned by the company's Gulf oil spill. A three-judge panel from the... more »
  • FTC: Google to license patents, exclude snippets

    January 3, 2013 12:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. antitrust regulators say they have found no evidence to claims that Google unfairly favors its own services in search results. The Federal Trade Commission also says Google is agreeing to license patents deemed to be "essential" for rival mobile devices such as Apple Inc.'s iPhone and iPad.... more »
  • Feds say delay worsened 2011 oil spill

    January 2, 2013 1:07 PM

    BILLINGS, Mont. - Federal investigators say Exxon Mobil Corp.'s delayed response to a pipeline break beneath Montana's Yellowstone River made the spill far worse than it otherwise would have been. Department of Transportation investigators say the volume of the 1,500-barrel spill could have been cut by about two-thirds if pipeline... more »
  • Governor to sue NCAA over Penn state sanctions

    January 1, 2013 3:47 PM

    HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett says he plans to sue the NCAA in federal court over sanctions imposed against Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal. The Republican governor has scheduled a news conference for Wednesday in State College to announce the... more »
  • Saints coach: Witnesses lied in NFL investigation

    December 13, 2012 4:01 PM

    METAIRIE - Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt says witnesses in the NFL's bounty investigation of New Orleans' pay-for-pain system have lied about him and the organization and that their stories might change in federal court. Vitt angrily said Thursday he feels the truth will come out in federal court,... more »
  • Fiscal cliff threatens federal aid for home heat

    December 12, 2012 1:37 PM

    PORTLAND, Maine - Poor and elderly Americans who rely on aid from the federal government to heat their homes stand to get less help this year if Congress and the White House fail to figure out a way to avoid the combination of tax increases and automatic spending cuts known... more »
  • Baton Rouge area tax service shut down Play Video

    December 11, 2012 5:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Larry Dixon has been permanently barred from operating his tax service company by the federal government. Dixon's Tax Service operated two offices in Baton Rouge and one in Gonzales. A federal judge signed an injuntion against the company after investigators say they filed bogus returns that benefitted... more »
  • Judge sets date to rule on BP plea deal over spill

    December 11, 2012 4:48 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge says she will decide next month whether to accept a plea deal that calls for BP PLC to pay a record $4.5 billion in penalties for its role in a deadly 2010 rig explosion and the massive oil spill it triggered in the Gulf... more »
  • 2 Alabama men named in terror charges

    December 11, 2012 12:45 PM

    MOBILE, Ala. - Federal prosecutors say two Alabama men who they say wanted to wage violent jihad overseas have been arrested on terrorism charges. Authorities say Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair and Randy Wilson are both named in terrorism charges filed Monday in Mobile. Both are 25 and from Mobile. Prosecutors... more »

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