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  • Magnitude-7.5 earthquake shakes Mexican capital

    April 18, 2014 10:28 AM

    ACAPULCO, Mexico - A powerful, magnitude-7.5 earthquake has shaken central and southern Mexico. The U.S. Geological Survey says it was centered northwest of the Pacific resort of Acapulco, where many Mexicans are vacationing for the Easter holiday. The quake was felt strongly in the resort city, as well as in... more »
  • Mexican papers thank US for soccer win

    October 16, 2013 2:11 PM

    MEXICO CITY - America's soccer team is getting some love from the most unlikely place: Mexican sports fans. Mexican newspapers on Wednesday published banner headlines reading "We Love You," and "Thank You, USA," after the U.S. kept Mexico's World Cup qualifying hopes alive with a 3-2 victory over Panama. Mexico... more »
  • Halliburton agrees to $200,000 fine

    September 19, 2013 12:05 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Halliburton Energy Services will pay a $200,000 fine for destroying evidence after the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A federal judge accepted the plea deal today. Halliburton pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge. It comes after data was deleted for a... more »
  • Tropical Depression #10 has strengthened Into Tropical Storm Ingrid

    September 13, 2013 10:36 AM

    GULF OF MEXICO - A Hurricane Hunter plane investigating the system has found winds have increased to 45 mph and now Tropical Depression #10 has strengthened into Tropical Storm Ingrid. It is slowly moving erratically to the west at 2 mph. Ingrid will turn to the NNW tonight and... more »
  • Tropical Storm Fernand forms off Mexico's coast

    August 25, 2013 7:26 PM

    MIAMI - Tropical Storm Fernand has formed off Mexico's Gulf coast and is expected to make landfall Monday. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sunday the storm had winds of at least 45 mph. Fernand is about 25 miles east of the Mexican state of Veracruz. The storm... more »
  • BP cites new fraud allegations in spill settlement

    August 5, 2013 3:39 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP says it has uncovered new allegations of fraud and conflicts of interest inside the settlement program that has awarded billions of dollars to Gulf Coast businesses and residents following the company's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In a federal court filing Monday, BP... 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 »
  • Scientists collect water near site of blown well

    July 29, 2013 10:18 AM

    NORTHERN GULF OF MEXICO - Scientists are trying to figure out if a gas well that blew wild last week off the Louisiana coast is polluting the Gulf of Mexico. The researchers gathered water samples about five miles from the rig Saturday. That's as close as Coast Guard officials allowed... more »
  • Awaiting plan for permanent plug on Gulf gas well

    July 26, 2013 4:38 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal authorities say a slight sheen was visible again near a damaged gas drilling rig that blew wild and burned earlier this week off Louisiana's coast, but the sheen was quickly dissipating. The fire went out after the well stopped spewing gas. Authorities believe the well clogged... more »
  • Fire out at natural gas well off La. coast

    July 25, 2013 12:44 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - An official with the company that owns a Gulf of Mexico drilling rig that caught fire after a natural gas blowout says the rig appears stable now that the fire is out. He also says there was no sign of an oil sheen on the water during... more »
  • Sediment clogs wild natural gas well in the Gulf

    July 25, 2013 10:19 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal regulators say natural gas has stopped flowing from a well that has been ablaze in the Gulf of Mexico and remaining small flames are from gas still in the pipe. In a Thursday news release, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says the well "bridged... more »
  • Experts say environmental risk from blowout small

    July 24, 2013 1:51 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Experts say the blowout and fire at a natural gas well off the coast of Louisiana won't necessarily pose much of an environmental risk. For one thing, officials say they're seeing no sheens near the well during flyovers of the area. That indicates that gas is burning... more »
  • Owner of burning Gulf rig considers relief well

    July 24, 2013 10:22 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The owner of a drilling rig that's ablaze in the Gulf of Mexico says it may drill a relief well as part of a plan to control the natural gas well that blew wild. A news release from Hercules Offshore Inc. says the relief well is among... more »
  • Red snapper: 11M lb total catch OK'd, Oct. 1 rec

    July 17, 2013 4:14 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has voted to increase this year's red snapper quota by 2.5 million pounds and to start a recreational season Oct. 1 if the catch so far allows it. The council increased this year's quota on Wednesday from 8.46 million to... more »
  • Supplemental red snapper season likely in Gulf

    July 16, 2013 1:50 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Scientists say one of the most popular fish in the Gulf of Mexico has rebounded enough to allow a second season for red snapper this year. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meets in New Orleans on Wednesday to consider increased fishing quotas and a supplemental... more »
  • Temporary plug set in well that leaked last week

    July 15, 2013 4:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal regulators say a well that seeped natural gas for much of last week has been temporarily plugged, with work still needed to plug it permanently. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said Monday that Energy Resource Technology LLC used a "bridge plug" to isolate the... more »
  • Appeals court hearing BP challenge on spill claims

    July 8, 2013 7:37 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - An attorney for BP PLC says "irreparable injustices" are taking place because of the way a court-appointed administrator is making settlement payments from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Ted Olson argued Monday in a packed courtroom before a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court... 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 »
  • Coast Guard taps new Gulf cleanup coordinator

    July 2, 2013 11:26 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A new Coast Guard official has been assigned to coordinate the federal government's cleanup efforts following BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The Coast Guard announced Tuesday that Capt. Thomas Sparks has taken over as the federal on-scene coordinator for the Gulf Coast Incident... 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 »
  • BP mounts ad campaign in spill settlement dispute

    June 25, 2013 4:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP is placing a full-page advertisement in three of the nation's largest newspapers as the company mounts an aggressive campaign to challenge what could be billions of dollars in settlement payouts to businesses following its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The ad scheduled to... more »
  • Tropical Storm Barry weakens, dumps rain on Mexico

    June 20, 2013 4:20 PM

    MIAMI - What was once Tropical Storm Barry has weakened to a depression after making landfall in Mexico, but deadly flash floods and mudslides remain a threat. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Barry made landfall Thursday morning. It was moving west over land and lost its tropical... more »
  • Tropical Storm Barry makes landfall in Mexico

    June 20, 2013 10:11 AM

    MIAMI - Tropical Storm Barry has made landfall in Mexico, threatening deadly flash floods and mudslides as it moves inland. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Barry made landfall Thursday morning. It was forecast to continue moving west over land for the next day or so before weakening... more »
  • Tropical Storm Barry forms off Mexican coast

    June 19, 2013 2:35 PM

    MIAMI - Forecasters say Tropical Storm Barry has formed off the southeastern Mexican coast. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the Atlantic season's second tropical storm is drenching areas in its path with up to 10 inches of rain in some places, raising the threat of flash floods. Barry... more »
  • US rig count up 6 this week to 1,771

    June 14, 2013 3:03 PM

    HOUSTON - Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by six this week to 1,771. The Houston-based company said Friday in its weekly report that 1,413 rigs were exploring for oil and 353 for gas.... more »
  • Cleanup work after BP oil spill ending in 3 states

    June 10, 2013 2:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP PLC says cleanup work is ending in three of the states affected by the company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The London-based oil giant said Monday that the Coast Guard is concluding "active cleanup operations" in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, but the... more »
  • First tropical storm of the season, Andrea, forms

    June 5, 2013 5:14 PM

    MIAMI - Forecasters say the first named storm of Atlantic season, Tropical Storm Andrea, has formed over the Gulf of Mexico. A news release from the National Hurricane Center in Miami says a reconnaissance aircraft spotted a well-defined area of circulation over the central Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday afternoon.... more »
  • 1st tropical storm of eastern Pacific season forms

    May 15, 2013 4:33 PM

    MIAMI - Forecasters say the first tropical storm of the eastern Pacific hurricane season has formed off the coast of Mexico. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Tropical Storm Alvin formed Wednesday. It had maximum sustained winds of about 40 mph (64 kph) and was moving west at... more »
  • Man accused in 'Breaking Bad' theft arrested again

    April 11, 2013 10:05 AM

    ALBUQUEQUE, N.M.- An Albuquerque man accused of breaking into "Breaking Bad" actor Bryan Cranston's car late last year and stealing a script has been arrested again. Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office records show that 29-year-old Xavier McAfee was arrested Wednesday on another count of auto burglary. Deputies arrested McAfee last month... more »
  • Debate on immigration to get under way

    April 8, 2013 7:37 AM

    WASHINGTON - Senators writing a comprehensive immigration bill hope to finish their work this week. Their plan is sure to open a raucous public debate over measures to secure the border, allow tens of thousands of foreign workers into the country and grant eventual citizenship to the estimated 11... more »
  • Earthquake rattles southern Mexico

    March 26, 2013 8:54 AM

    MEXICO CITY - Earthquakes shook Mexico City on Tuesday, causing buildings to sway in the capital and sending thousands fleeing into the streets as an earthquake alarm sounded. There were no immediate reports of damages or injuries. Mexico Seismology Service said the quake had a magnitude of 5.9... more »
  • Officials: 9-year-old mother is at least 12, impregnated by stepdad

    February 13, 2013 6:30 PM

    MEXICO CITY - Authorities in the Mexican state of Jalisco say tests have revealed that a girl who gave birth two weeks ago is between 12 and 13 years of age, not 9 as the parents had claimed. Jalisco state prosecutors also say the girl was impregnated by her stepfather... more »
  • Napolitano trumpets border security on 2-day tour

    February 5, 2013 3:12 AM

    SAN DIEGO - U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is in San Diego to trumpet what she calls dramatic improvements in border security. Napolitano told reporters after touring the border Monday that the difference from 20 years ago is like comparing a rocket ship to a horse and buggy.... more »
  • 14 dead, 80 injured in Mexico oil company blast

    January 31, 2013 7:44 PM

    MEXICO CITY - Mexico's state-owned oil company says 14 people have died and 80 are injured in an office building explosion at its headquarters in the capital. An explosion at the main headquarters of Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, also damaged three floors of the building, sending hundreds into the streets... more »
  • Mexico breaks up alleged border sex-slavery cult

    January 30, 2013 10:22 AM

    MEXICO CITY - Mexican officials say they have broken up a bizarre cult that allegedly ran a sex-slavery ring among its followers on the U.S. border. Mexico's National Immigration Institute says 14 foreigners have been detained in the raid on a house near Nuevo Laredo, across the border from Laredo,... more »
  • La. AG's oil spill tab nears $24M

    January 14, 2013 2:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's attorney general has spent nearly $24 million building the state's legal case against BP over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. And records show much of the money has gone to outside law firms that have contributed to his campaigns. The $15.4 million that Attorney... more »
  • Mexico bakes nearly mile-long 'rosca' cake

    January 4, 2013 12:33 PM

    MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexican bakers have made a traditional holiday ring cake that instead of measuring the usual two feet or so, weighed in at 10 tons and stretched in a nearly mile-long circle on Mexico City's main plaza. National bakers association vice president Antonio Arias says the bready... more »
  • Feds nearing deal with Transocean over Gulf spill

    January 3, 2013 11:06 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The Justice Department is nearing a $1.4 billion settlement with Transocean Ltd., the owner of the drilling rig that sank after an explosion killed 11 workers and spawned the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Two people with knowledge of the negotiations say Switzerland-based Transocean... more »
  • Judge approves settlement in BP class action suit

    December 22, 2012 9:50 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has given final approval to BP's settlement with businesses and individuals who lost money because of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. BP PLC estimates it will pay $7.8 billion to cover economic and medical claims from more than 100,000 businesses and individuals.... more »
  • Source of persistent Gulf sheen remains a mystery

    December 18, 2012 4:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Officials say underwater inspections at the site of BP's Deepwater Horizon rig disaster have failed to identify the source of a persistent sheen on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. The Coast Guard said Tuesday that the recent inspections confirmed BP's Macondo well, which blew out... more »
  • Investigators seek cause of crash that killed singer Jenni Rivera

    December 10, 2012 4:31 PM

    MONTERREY, Mexico - A Mexican aviation official says it will take at least 10 days to have a preliminary report on the plane crash that killed singer Jenni Rivera. The 43-year-old singer, born in California, was on a Learjet with six other people that took off from Monterrey early Sunday... more »
  • Officials trying to identify body pulled from Gulf

    November 27, 2012 5:26 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Jefferson Parish coroner's office is trying to determine whether the decomposed body of a man recovered from the Gulf of Mexico is a worker missing since a fire erupted on an offshore oil platform on Nov. 16. The Coast Guard says the body was spotted Monday... more »
  • Oysters available for holiday tables

    November 20, 2012 4:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Grocers and a leading oyster processor in Louisiana say supplies for holiday tables appear to be ample this year, but the news is not all good. The state Wildlife and Fisheries Department said late Tuesday that commercial oyster harvests east of the Mississippi River are at historic... more »
  • Judge asked to extend deadline in BP settlement

    November 14, 2012 2:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP and a team of plaintiffs' attorneys are urging a federal judge to extend a deadline for businesses and individuals to revoke their requests to opt out of a proposed class-action settlement of economic damage claims spawned by the Gulf oil spill. Potential claimants had until Nov.... more »
  • Federal judge urged to approve BP settlement

    November 8, 2012 10:49 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP PLC and a team of plaintiffs' attorneys are urging a federal judge to give final approval to a proposed class-action settlement of economic damage claims spawned by the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier is holding a "fairness... more »
  • La. AG seeks trial for state claims over BP spill

    October 25, 2012 4:02 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana Attorney General James "Buddy" Caldwell's office is asking a federal judge to set a trial date for some of the state's economic loss claims against BP PLC stemming from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In a court filing Wednesday, Caldwell's office claims... more »
  • BP: Source of sheen from equipment

    October 18, 2012 3:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP PLC says a sheen on the Gulf of Mexico appears to have come from oil seeping out of a piece of discarded equipment used to contain its massive 2010 oil spill. On Thursday, the company said underwater surveys determined oil probably leaked from an 86-ton steel... more »
  • Coast Guard searching Gulf for missing crewman

    October 17, 2012 3:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard is searching for a missing 26-year-old Turkish crewmember approximately 230 miles south of New Orleans in the Gulf of Mexico. Officials say the second mate was last seen walking the deck of the Aqua, a Maltese-flagged 816-foot tanker vessel, Tuesday night wearing a green... more »
  • Paul becomes major hurricane in Pacific off Mexico

    October 15, 2012 4:14 PM

    MIAMI - Forecasters say Paul has become a major Category 3 hurricane in the Pacific off Mexico and a hurricane warning has been issued for a swath of Baja California's western coastline. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Paul's maximum sustained winds have increased to 120 mph (195 kph) as... more »
  • Study: Virtually all Ala. tar balls from BP spill

    September 20, 2012 3:59 PM

    AUBURN, Ala. - A new chemical analysis shows that virtually all the tar balls now washing on to the Alabama coast are directly linked to the BP oil spill more than two years ago. The report released Thursday by Auburn University says that tar balls caused by the spill are... more »
  • Lawmakers to hear from 'gun-walking' investigator

    September 20, 2012 8:50 AM

    WASHINGTON - The report on the bungled federal gun-trafficking probe known as Fast and Furious is the subject today at a hearing by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The report faults the Justice Department for mistakes made in an operation that allowed hundreds of guns to reach... more »
  • Coast Guard suspends search for missing kayaker

    September 14, 2012 5:04 PM

    GRAND ISLE - The Coast Guard suspended the search today for a kayaker who didn't return from a fishing trip in the Gulf of Mexico near Grand Isle. Lt. Matt Kor said Eric Richards, 32, of Prairieville left on the trip Monday morning. They were notified Tuesday night he... more »
  • Coast Guard searches for missing kayaker in Gulf

    September 12, 2012 12:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard is searching for a missing kayaker in a more than 600-square-mile area of the Gulf of Mexico near Grand Isle. Eric Richards, 32, of Prarieville went fishing Monday and was reported missing about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Coast Guard says that after Richards didn't... more »
  • Transocean, feds considered $1.5B settlement

    September 10, 2012 1:06 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Transocean Ltd. and the Justice Department have discussed a $1.5 billion settlement that would resolve federal claims over the company's role in the 2010 rig explosion that led to the nation's worst offshore oil spill. But Switzerland-based Transocean Ltd. said in a regulatory filing Monday that several... more »
  • Remnant of Isaac lurks in Gulf

    September 6, 2012 2:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - If a remnant of Hurricane Isaac becomes a tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico - which forecasters say could happen - it would be a rare event. In 2005, a remnant from a tropical depression that dissipated near Puerto Rico eventually became part of a new... more »
  • Rigs, platforms evacuate Gulf ahead of Isaac

    August 26, 2012 5:10 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The federal government says oil and gas operators are evacuating offshore platforms and rigs that could wind up in Tropical Storm Isaac's path through the Gulf of Mexico. Isaac is expected to become a Category 2 hurricane before making landfall late Tuesday or early Wednesday. The bureau... more »
  • DEA, Mexico target methamphetamine production

    August 23, 2012 2:54 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Drug Enforcement Administration and the government of Mexico are pledging increased cooperation in attacking illegal methamphetamine production. Under a newly announced agreement, the DEA and Mexico will bolster intelligence sharing and joint law enforcement training efforts. Mexico has experienced a dramatic increase in seizures of clandestine methamphetamine... more »
  • Tropical Storm Isaac expected to become hurricane

    August 23, 2012 2:46 PM

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Forecasters say there's still a lot of uncertainty about the path that Tropical Storm Isaac will take. It's expected to head toward Florida as a hurricane by Monday, but the National Hurricane Center says some forecast models show it could go further west into the... more »
  • TS Helene re-forms in Gulf of Mexico

    August 17, 2012 5:06 PM

    GULF OF MEXICO - The Mexican government issued a tropical storm warning for the coast of Mexico after Air Force hurricane hunters determined that Tropical Storm Helene reformed in the Bay of Campeche today. The storm is headed for the Mexican coast and could be pushed along the coast... more »
  • New report ties cold Gulf water, dolphin deaths

    July 18, 2012 4:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Researchers say snowmelt that chilled coastal waters of the Gulf of Mexico may have contributed to baby dolphin deaths in the winter of 2011. A new research paper says 86 baby dolphins are known to have been aborted or died shortly after birth during the period. Researcher... more »
  • Mexico laments part of US immigration ruling

    June 25, 2012 5:06 PM

    MEXICO CITY - The Mexican government says it's disappointed that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld part of an Arizona law requiring police check the immigration status of anyone they stop. Mexico's Foreign Relations Secretary notes that Monday's ruling set aside as unconstitutional three parts of the controversial law, including the... more »
  • Va. inventor claims design for BP well cap stolen

    June 20, 2012 5:27 PM

    ATLANTA - An inventor claims his design was the basis for the cap used to choke off the flow of oil to the Gulf of Mexico nearly three months after BP's undersea well blew in 2010. And he says it was stolen. Charles Adams of Radford, Va., filed a federal... more »
  • Mississippi mud may be used to stave off erosion

    June 19, 2012 5:12 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - There's mud - lots of it - flowing down the Mississippi River and getting washed out into the Gulf of Mexico every day. Now, in an effort to help stave off the catastrophic loss of the mighty river's threatened delta, the Army Corps of Engineers says it... more »
  • Gulfport man gets 12.5 years for oil spill fraud

    June 7, 2012 5:09 PM

    GULFPORT, Miss. - A Gulfport man, identified as the mastermind of a family scheme to illegally obtain about $100,000 in oil spill recovery money, has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison. The Sun Herald reports U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden sentenced 50-year-old Bobby Earl Keys to 12½... more »
  • One injured in Gulf platform fire

    May 29, 2012 5:32 PM

    VENICE- Coast Guard crews from South Louisiana are working a platform fire about 20 miles off Louisiana's shoreline. One tank caught fire this morning on a platform owned by Energy XXI. Seven people were on the platform when the fire started; all were evacuated but one person was injured.... more »
  • Coast Guard responds to downed helicopter in Gulf

    May 28, 2012 5:07 PM

    GRAND ISLE - A Coast Guard spokesperson confirmed to News 2 a helicopter crashed into the Gulf of Mexico earlier this afternoon. Petty Officer Steve Lehman said at 4:13 p.m. they received a report of a downed PHI helicopter with only one person on board. Lehman said the... more »
  • Shipwreck discovered off Gulf of Mexico

    May 18, 2012 11:14 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Gin bottles, cannons, muskets and ceramic dinnerware, some 200 years old, have been discovered at a shipwreck site in little-chartered waters off the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Scientists say the site, about 200 miles off the coast and about 4,000 feet deep, is one of... more »
  • Mexican topless candidate sparks debate

    May 10, 2012 12:24 PM

    MEXICO CITY - Social networking sites are buzzing with debate over a Mexican congressional candidate who released a campaign poster showing herself topless. Candidate Natalia Juarez says the poster is intended to fight prejudices. Twitter user Camila Deborarte tweeted "I'd vote for her." But Itzel Garcia responded, "What a shame!... more »
  • Earthquake rocks Mexico City

    May 1, 2012 12:30 PM

    MEXICO CITY - A moderate earthquake off the coast of Baja California swayed buildings in Mexico City Tuesday. Mexico City's mayor says there were no immediate reports of damage in the capital. The U.S. Geological Survey says the 5.0 quake was centered 114 miles off the coast of Cabo... more »
  • Wal-Mart Stock Slides on Bribery Allegations

    April 23, 2012 7:28 PM

    Shares of Wal-mart took a dive after news reports alleging executives of the company in Mexico used a vast bribery scheme to build new stores and covered it up. Wal-Mart stocked dropped nearly 5 percent during trading, at one point. This weekend, the New York Times reported Wal-Mart used millions... more »
  • Jindal heading to New Mexico later this month

    April 17, 2012 6:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Secure in his second term, Gov. Bobby Jindal is continuing to help other Republican candidates and organizations with their fundraising efforts. Jindal is scheduled to attend an April 27 luncheon to raise dollars for the Republican Party of New Mexico. An invitation obtained by The... more »
  • Congress punts on setting aside BP fines for Gulf

    March 30, 2012 7:23 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Congress has passed a stopgap three-month transportation bill that does not include a provision to send 80 percent of Clean Water Act fines from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill to Gulf states. The bill was passed Thursday after heated partisan debate. A Senate version of... more »
  • Organization cancels trip to Mexico over travel warning Play Video

    March 27, 2012 5:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Baptist Collegiate Ministry on LSU's campus cancelled a mission trip to Mexico following a travel alert issued by the U.S. Government. The warning urges people to avoid travel to 14 of Mexico's 31 states. It was issued in February. Over the past six years, approximately... more »
  • Shaw inks deal to sevice power plants in Arizona, New Mexico

    February 27, 2012 3:09 PM

    Baton Rouge- The Shaw Group Incorporated has announced it has signed a new contract with Arizona Public Service Co. to provide maintenance and construction services to eight fossil power plants in Arizona and New Mexico. Shaw already holds a contract with APS to provide maintenance, modifications, construction and radiological... more »
  • Company sued over 2004 oil spill in Gulf of Mexico

    February 2, 2012 2:14 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - An environmental watchdog group is suing the company it blames for an oil spill 11 miles off the coast of Louisiana that allegedly has been flowing into the Gulf of Mexico for more than seven years. In a federal lawsuit filed Thursday in New Orleans, the Waterkeeper... more »
  • Child Ticketed, Mom goes to Press

    January 12, 2012 7:30 PM

    A 6-year-old boy in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico got a ticket for reckless driving,driving without a license and not having his toy motorcycle registered after it crashed it into a SUV. Karla Noriega is the boy's mom and says police impounded the kid-sized motorcycle that her son got for Christmas. She... more »
  • BP loses 2 big Gulf oil spill rulings

    November 15, 2011 1:58 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP has lost two big rulings in its fight to shield itself from potentially having to pay billions of dollars more in damages related to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. A federal judge ruled Tuesday that BP PLC is not entitled to coverage... more »
  • Bacteria may have caused dolphin abortions, deaths

    October 27, 2011 5:17 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Dolphin experts say common bacteria known to cause abortions in marine mammals killed some of the hundreds of dolphins that have washed ashore in the northern Gulf of Mexico since February 2010. More than 100 of the dead dolphins were babies or fetuses. But Teri Rowles... more »
  • BP, 2 other companies cited over Gulf oil spill

    October 12, 2011 5:20 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal regulators have cited oil company BP PLC and two other companies - Transocean Ltd. and Halliburton - for alleged safety and environmental violations stemming from last year's rig explosion and massive oil spill in the Gulf. The companies have 60 days to appeal Wednesday's citations... more »
  • 2 Ala. residents plead guilty to oil spill fraud

    September 26, 2011 11:59 AM

    MOBILE, Ala. - Two residents have admitted filing false claims so they could receive money meant for people harmed by last year's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Pamela Washington and Robert Brown pleaded guilty last week to conspiracy to commit fraud. The Mobile Press-Register reports that prosecutors... more »
  • Bill aimed at restoring Gulf goes to full Senate

    September 21, 2011 4:18 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A bill that calls for 80 percent of BP penalties to go toward restoring the Gulf of Mexico has moved onto the full U.S. Senate. On Wednesday, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed the bill, called the Restore Act. Next, it goes to the... more »
  • New evidence cites more BP oil spill mistakes

    September 13, 2011 4:56 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Interviews and documents obtained by The Associated Press show a BP scientist identified a previously unreported deposit of flammable gas that could have played a role in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. But the oil giant failed to divulge the finding to government investigators for at... more »
  • La. oil workers missing off stormy Mexico coast

    September 9, 2011 1:55 PM

    MEXICO CITY - Mexico's state oil company says it is searching for 10 workers who were evacuated from a platform in the Gulf of Mexico ahead of Tropical Storm Nate. Four of the workers, who are employed by Houston-based Geokinetics Inc., are from New Iberia. Randy Reed, president... more »
  • US, Mexico seek deal on oil below maritime border

    September 2, 2011 2:43 PM

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. and Mexico are working toward a deal on how to share and regulate oil in reservoirs crossing their maritime border. The State Department says officials spent two days this week in Washington beginning formal talks on a "trans-boundary energy agreement" for hydrocarbon reservoirs underneath the... more »
  • State of emergency in La for Gulf storm

    September 1, 2011 6:48 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's governor has declared a state of emergency as a slow-moving area of storms lumbers toward the state from the Gulf of Mexico, bringing the possibility of flash floods and stormy seas. Gov. Bobby Jindal says the National Weather Service is not predicting a hurricane but... more »
  • Oil spill fund wants Miss. case in federal court

    August 15, 2011 5:18 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - The administrator of BP's $20 billion oil spill fund wants a federal court to preside over a Mississippi lawsuit, instead of the state court where the suit was filed. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has said Washington lawyer Kenneth Feinberg isn't properly handling the fund for... more »
  • Feds: No need for drastic measures for sea turtles

    August 11, 2011 3:28 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Contrary to the wishes of environmentalists, the federal government says it will not place emergency restrictions on Gulf of Mexico shrimpers to protect endangered and threatened sea turtles from shrimp trawl nets. Federal regulators say drastic measures are not needed because the number of dead sea... more »
  • Tropical Storm Don forms in southern Gulf

    July 27, 2011 5:30 PM

    MIAMI - Forecasters say Tropical Storm Don has formed in the southern Gulf of Mexico and its track over the next several days shows that it's headed toward southeastern Texas. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Wednesday that it doesn't appear the storm will strengthen into a hurricane.... more »
  • Researchers: Gulf drilling could add 230,000 jobs

    July 22, 2011 9:57 AM

    NEW YORK - An energy research group predicted that an increase in drilling activity in the Gulf of Mexico could create 230,000 jobs and add $44 billion to the economy next year. IHS on Thursday echoed the industry's argument that regulations enacted following the Gulf oil spill have slowed... more »
  • Whale research team focuses on oil spill

    July 21, 2011 6:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE- One of the world's most sophisticated whale research vessels is making a pit stop in Baton Rouge this week. The Ocean Alliance's Odyssey ship is stocked with high tech lab equipment made for studying whales. The group is on a five year research expedition to study the... more »
  • Report: Red snapper in Gulf being overfished

    July 14, 2011 3:33 PM

    PORTLAND, Maine - Forty stocks of fish populations are subject to overfishing in U.S. waters, but progress is being made to rebuild stocks and reduce overfishing, federal officials said Thursday. The number of fish populations being fished at too high of a level at the end of 2010 was... more »
  • La. seeks over half billion in BP-funded projects

    July 11, 2011 4:55 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says the state will seek approval for more than a half billion dollars in projects to restore coastal areas and fisheries affected by last year's huge BP oil spill. The money would come from $1 billion that BP agreed to spend in... more »
  • 4 schools get $25M for oil spill health studies

    July 7, 2011 1:56 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Studies at four Gulf Coast universities will focus on continuing fear that last year's oil spill is making people sick, especially if they eat lots of fish. All four will look at people's mental and physical health over the next five years. Three will also look... more »
  • Tropical storm forms in Gulf, heavy rain expected

    June 28, 2011 9:43 PM

    MIAMI - Forecasters say Tropical Storm Arlene has formed in the Gulf of Mexico but is not likely to threaten the U.S. coast. The government of Mexico on Tuesday issued Tropical Storm warnings for the northeastern coast from Barra De Nautla north to Bahia Algodones. The storm is... more »
  • Oil spill pelicans are having babies on Ga. coast

    June 15, 2011 4:04 PM

    SAVANNAH, Ga. - Brown pelicans rescued from the oil spill off Louisiana last year are hatching babies in their new home on the Georgia coast - surprising some scientists who feared the oiled shorebirds would stop reproducing. Tim Keyes of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday he's... more »
  • Grounded tanker in Mississippi River freed

    June 15, 2011 3:48 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A grounded oil tanker on the Mississippi River has been freed from the mud where it got stranded about 5 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. The 800-foot tanker Ratna Puja was southbound carrying a load of carbon black oil when it got stuck Monday night.... more »

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