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  • Family of Ali Landry's husband kidnapped, killed

    September 23, 2015 2:16 PM

    TAMPICO, Mexico – The father-in-law and brother-in-law of Louisiana native Ali Landry were murdered by suspected Mexican cartel, media outlets reported this week. The men were kidnapped when they left their home in Tampico, south of Mexico City, in early September. Fifteen days later, their bodies were found in... more »
  • White House: 'Surprising uptick' in US border crossings

    September 21, 2015 3:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says there was a "surprising uptick" in the number of unaccompanied minors and families entering the United States illegally last month. Spokesman Josh Earnest said the increase was "concerning." He did not provide a reason for the increase, but noted that it's at odds... more »
  • Mexico TV uses Trump to heat soccer rivalry

    September 9, 2015 1:43 PM

    MEXICO CITY - One of Mexico's leading television networks is using the words of Republican presidential aspirant Donald Trump to bump up the already heated rivalry between the U.S. and Mexico men's national soccer teams. TV Azteca has begun running an ad that intersperses clips of Trump speaking with... more »
  • New Mexico State bus robbed during Florida game

    September 6, 2015 1:42 PM

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. - University of Florida police say electronics, computers and other items were stolen from a New Mexico State team personnel bus during Saturday's game. Brad Barber of the university police department says the bus, which carried football staff members, was parked outside the stadium in a secure area.... more »
  • Officials say there's still interest in Gulf oil

    August 19, 2015 1:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal and trade group officials say there's still interest in Gulf of Mexico oil and gas, despite low figures from Wednesday's lease sale for tracts off the Texas coast. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management official Mike Celata says the bureau is not considering a cut in... more »
  • Oil export ban to ease restrictions

    August 14, 2015 9:55 PM

    EDGARTOWN, Mass. - The U.S. is easing up on the long-standing ban on exporting crude oil. Now the government is allowing limited trade with Mexico, according to a senior White House official. He was not authorized to comment by name, and only spoke to the Associated Press on the condition... more »
  • Gulf of Mexico dead zone 11th biggest, bigger than predicted

    August 4, 2015 6:05 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Scientists say the Gulf of Mexico area with too little oxygen to keep sea creatures alive is the 11th largest measured and nearly 18 percent bigger than predicted. They say the reason is that heavy June rains throughout the Mississippi River watershed carried nutrient-rich runoff from... more »
  • Firefighter tells 911 caller to 'deal with it yourself'

    July 28, 2015 11:34 AM

    ALBUQUERQUE - An Albuquerque, New Mexico, firefighter has been removed from the city's dispatch center after telling a 911 caller who was trying to keep alive a gunshot victim to "deal with it yourself." KRQE-TV reports 17-year-old Jaydon Chavez-Silver was fatally shot during a party on June 26. In the... more »
  • FDA bans some Mexican cilantro after feces found in fields

    July 27, 2015 6:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration is banning imports of some fresh cilantro from Puebla, Mexico, after a government investigation found human feces and toilet paper in growing fields there. The FDA announced the partial ban on Monday after cilantro imported from the state of Puebla was linked to... more »
  • Baton Rouge accepts $2.1 million settlement from BP

    July 15, 2015 5:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The city of Baton Rouge agreed to accept a settlement of $2.14 million dollars from BP for economic losses caused by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier set a July 15 deadline for local governments to... more »
  • Dolores reaches hurricane strength in the Pacific

    July 13, 2015 4:52 PM

    MIAMI - Dolores has reached hurricane strength in the Pacific Ocean, though a tropical storm watch has been discontinued for coastal Mexico. Hurricane Dolores is expected to bring some rainfall totaling 1 to 3 inches along the southwestern coast of Mexico, with isolated amounts of up to 5 inches. But... more »
  • Judge refuses to toss lawsuit over decade-old Gulf oil leak

    July 7, 2015 5:54 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit that environmental groups filed against a New Orleans-based company responsible for a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan ruled Tuesday that a trial is necessary to determine whether several plaintiffs led... more »
  • NBC severs ties with Trump, including Miss USA

    June 29, 2015 2:22 PM

    NEW YORK - NBC said Monday that it is ending its business relationship with mogul and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump because of comments he made about immigrants during the announcement of his campaign. NBC said it would no longer air the annual "Miss USA" and "Miss Universe" pageants, which... more »
  • Trial set for man accused of killing, dismembering stripper

    June 15, 2015 7:57 AM

    GRETNA- The trial is set to begin Monday for a man authorities say killed a stripper he and his girlfriend lured from a New Orleans French Quarter bar, then dismembering her and dumping her into the Gulf of Mexico. Both Terry Speaks and Margaret Sanchez have pleaded not guilty to... more »
  • Mexico tornado death toll up to 14

    May 26, 2015 12:44 PM

    CIUDAD ACUNA, Mexico - Officials in the Mexico-Texas border town of Ciudad Acuna say the death toll from Monday's tornado has risen to 14 after the body of a baby ripped from its mother's hands was found. City government spokesman Edgar Gonzalez said Tuesday that he had no additional details... more »
  • Court: Family of teen shot across border can't sue US agent

    April 24, 2015 5:29 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court says a U.S. Border Patrol agent who fired across the border into Mexico and killed a teenager cannot be sued in U.S. courts by the Mexican teen's family. The unanimous ruling was issued Friday by the full 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.... more »
  • Four dead after Mexican oil rig catches fire

    April 1, 2015 4:34 PM

    MEXICO CITY - Mexico's state-owned oil company says a fire at an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico has killed four workers. Sixteen others were injured in the fire on the shallow-water platform, and 300 were evacuated. The injured are being treated at a hospital in Campeche, on the... more »
  • Mexico puts some deep-water oil on hold amid crude's slide

    February 18, 2015 11:47 AM

    MEXICO CITY - Mexico's state-run oil company says it will postpone some deep-water exploration projects in response to a steep fall in crude prices. Petroleos Mexicanos director Emilio Lozoya says deep-water projects that have not already begun will be delayed. He added in Wednesday comments to local radio that there... more »
  • Illegal immigrants in court after bust in Baton Rouge Play Video

    December 10, 2014 4:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Nearly a dozen illegal immigrants spent the afternoon in Federal Court after they were caught in an SUV on I-12 in October. Most of them are being held in the Ascension Parish Jail. WBRZ has learned the nine passengers and driver were in route from Texas... more »
  • 'Coyote' human smuggler indicted in Baton Rouge

    November 14, 2014 11:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The U. S. Attorney's Office in Baton Rouge said a federal grand jury indicted a man for smuggling undocumented Mexican residents into the country last month. The indictment accused 27-year-old Sabino Guerrero-Estrada of transporting migrants illegally within the U.S. for commercial or private financial gain. ... more »
  • Cruise ship turned away from Mexico over Ebola fear

    October 17, 2014 1:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - A Caribbean cruise ship carrying a Dallas health care worker is heading back to Texas -- after being refused permission to dock in Cozumel, Mexico. The passenger had handled a lab specimen from the Liberian man who died from Ebola in Dallas. And she's being monitored for signs... more »
  • La. leaders meet as Ebola and immigration loom check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 16, 2014 6:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers and local leaders met Thursday to discuss solutions to hot button issues affecting Louisiana On the agenda was immigration along the U.S. - Mexico border and Ebola. After three hours of discussion, though, no hard and fast solutions materialized. Lawmakers say the border issue... more »
  • A minor's unaccompanied story check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 1, 2014 10:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In February, a 17-year-old crossed the U.S. border illegally attempting to find her mother and escape the crime and violence at home in La Entrada, Copán. "She suffered a lot of abuse from her father," the girl's mother, Ordina, said through a translator. "That was one... more »
  • US: Most new immigrant families fail to report

    September 26, 2014 3:07 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - For nearly three months this summer, the Obama administration carefully avoided answering questions about what happened to thousands of immigrant families caught illegally crossing the Mexican border. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and others would say only that they faced deportation. It turns out that tens of... more »
  • Mexican cartels steal billions from oil industry

    September 25, 2014 1:43 AM

    CIUDAD MIER, Mexico - Mexico has overcome 75 years of nationalist pride to reform its flagging, state-owned oil industry. But as it prepares to develop rich shale fields along the Gulf Coast, and attract foreign investors, another challenge awaits: taming the brutal drug cartels that rule the region and... more »
  • Deportations down 20 percent, fewest since 2007

    September 12, 2014 4:12 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama has quietly slowed deportations while delaying plans to act on his own potentially to shield millions of immigrants from expulsion. The Associated Press analyzed figures from the Homeland Security Department and found the agency is on pace to remove the fewest number of immigrants... more »
  • Number of child immigrants at border declining

    September 3, 2014 10:37 AM

    WASHINGTON - The number of immigrant children caught alone illegally crossing the Mexican border into the United States is continuing to drop. Officials of the Customs and Border Protection agency, a part of the Homeland Security Department, say agents apprehended 3,129 unaccompanied child immigrants in August. In July, agents found... more »
  • Tropical Storm Dolly moves ashore in Mexico

    September 3, 2014 1:43 AM

    MEXICO CITY, Mexico - Tropical Storm Dolly is moving ashore, soaking Mexico's Gulf coast, where authorities had suspended school classes and readied shelters. The U.S. Hurricane Center says Dolly is located about 25 miles south-southeast of Tampico late Tuesday. The storm's maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph. and it... more »
  • Jindal goes to Mexico border for firsthand look

    August 4, 2014 7:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal visited Texas' border with Mexico to get a closer look at the nation's immigration crisis. The Republican governor and likely 2016 presidential candidate is getting a helicopter view of the area Monday, taking a boat tour up the Rio Grande River and speaking... more »
  • Local parishioners weigh in on illegal immigrant issues check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 3, 2014 6:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In light of the recent influx of illegal immigrant children into the state, more and more people are joining the conversation on what to do about it. Governor Jindal has sent a letter to the White House blasting President Obama on claims that the government failed... more »
  • Money for border battle stuck in D.C.

    August 1, 2014 8:32 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House approved a $694 million bill to address the crisis of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, many of whom have sought refuge in Louisiana. Late Friday, the GOP legislation passed 223-189 on a nearly party-line vote. The bill was pulled a day earlier because of... more »
  • State Police to get look at how drugs, illegals cross border and get to La. check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 1, 2014 3:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana State Police are headed to the U.S- Mexican border for a look at where illegals begin their journey into the states, possibly headed to Louisiana. Col. Mike Edmonson is expected to be in McAllen, Texas, beginning Monday. Edmonson and his team will focus on how drugs... more »
  • Obama: GOP not even trying to solve immigration

    August 1, 2014 2:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says House Republicans are trying to pass the most extreme and unworkable version of an immigration bill even though they know the bill isn't going anywhere. Republicans are pushing legislation that could clear the way for eventual deportation of more than 500,000 immigrants brought here... more »
  • State reps to governor: protect our border

    July 30, 2014 10:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Fifteen members of the Louisiana House of Representatives asked the governor in a letter Thursday; to take preventative measures to secure the state should the federal government use facilities in Louisiana to house illegals. "We already know the border agents and facilities near the our border with... more »
  • Senate reprieve for highly contested border bill

    July 30, 2014 11:14 AM

    WASHINGTON - A bill to deal with the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border has won a temporary reprieve in the Senate. Senators voted 63-33 Wednesday to advance the $3.5 billion emergency spending bill over a procedural hurdle. But with Congress adjourning for the summer within days and Republicans opposed,... more »
  • Senate likely to come up short on border bill check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 30, 2014 3:22 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A bill to deal with the immigration surge at the border appears headed for procedural defeat in the Senate. It comes as lawmakers trade blame over their inaction, just a few days before Congress' five-week summer recess. Senate Democrats' $3.5 billion emergency spending bill is designed to... more »
  • Central American leaders talk border crisis at the White House

    July 25, 2014 3:20 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is summoning Central American leaders to the White House to discuss the influx of young immigrants from their countries to the U.S. He's hoping to show presidential action even as Congress remains deeply split over proposals to stem the crisis on the border. Obama... more »
  • House, Senate in stalemate over border crisis

    July 23, 2014 2:49 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Democrats and House Republicans are moving separately to slash President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency spending request for the southern border, but they're unlikely to end up with a deal that could pass both chambers. A Senate bill being unveiled Wednesday would allocate $2.7 billion for... more »
  • Drop in kids crossing the border

    July 21, 2014 7:42 PM

    WASHINGTON- The number of unaccompanied kids crossing the border has dropped by about half according to the White House. Press Secretary Josh Earnest says a daily average of about 150 children were caught along the Rio Grande border with Mexico in the first two weeks of July compared to... more »
  • Texas to send 1,000 guardsmen to border

    July 21, 2014 10:30 AM

    AUSTIN, TX - Gov. Rick Perry says he's deploying as many as 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border after growing tied of "lip service" from the federal government. Perry said Monday that the National Guard will provide additional support to a state-funded border surge that is costing an... more »
  • Vitter discusses his solution to the U.S. border crisis check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 21, 2014 9:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Tensions at the U.S.-Mexico border are high as wave after wave of illegal migrant children spill over into the United States. U.S. Senator and gubernatorial candidate David Vitter (R-Louisiana) stopped by 2une In this morning to talk about his bill he says is the solution to the... more »
  • Migration spotlights Mexican 'coyote' smugglers

    July 21, 2014 2:11 AM

    TECUN UMAN, Guatemala - Human smuggling is a high-risk, often high-yield business, with migrants in Latin America paying $5,000-$10,000 each for the long, illegal journey in the care of smugglers. Smugglers, known as "coyotes," say they must pay off officials, gangs operating on trains and drug cartels controlling the routes... more »
  • Senate chairman warns against border policy change

    July 17, 2014 9:42 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says it's not acceptable to change U.S. policy to speed Central American kids home faster from the border without court hearings. Sen. Robert Menendez is a New Jersey Democrat. Menendez says the change would take due process rights away... more »
  • Possible compromise emerges on border request

    July 10, 2014 12:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - Outlines of a possible compromise over President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency border spending request are emerging on Capitol Hill. They involve making policy changes to allow the minors streaming to the border from Central America to be sent home more quickly. The top House and Senate Republicans... more »
  • Obama tries to shift border crisis political debate check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 10, 2014 4:37 AM

    AUSTIN, TX - President Barack Obama is seeking to recast the political debate over young migrants arriving at the border as a question of Republican willingness to tackle the problem, not his decision to skip a chance to view the crisis first-hand. Obama turned to one of his chief critics,... more »
  • Obama: Congress can act now to fix border crisis

    July 9, 2014 6:18 PM

    DALLAS - President Barack Obama says Congress has the ability to act immediately to address the wave of unaccompanied minors coming over the border from Mexico into the U.S. Obama spoke in Dallas after meeting Wednesday with Gov. Rick Perry and other officials about the unaccompanied minors entering the country... more »
  • Obama heads to Texas with no plans to visit border check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 9, 2014 5:15 AM

    TEXAS - The humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border is increasingly becoming a political liability for President Barack Obama, giving Republicans a fresh opportunity to question his administration's competence and complicating the debate over the nation's fractured immigration laws. Still, Obama is resisting calls to visit the border during his... more »
  • Obama asks for more money to deal with border crisis

    July 8, 2014 6:00 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is preparing to ask Congress for emergency spending of more than $2 billion to deal with the crisis of unaccompanied kids at the Southern border, but for now he won't seek legal changes to send the children back home more quickly. That decision comes... more »
  • Crime, belief they can stay drives migrants to US

    June 25, 2014 2:03 AM

    ARRIAGA, Mexico - Children and teenagers are flooding out of Central America and heading north to the Texas border, where their crossings in record numbers have sparked a bitter political debate in the United States. The Obama administration says crime at home is driving the migrants north. Congressional Republicans say... more »
  • Brazil and Mexico play to draw

    June 18, 2014 8:15 AM

    RIO DE JANIERO, Brazil - Brazil and Mexico played to a scoreless tie in their second game at the World Cup, leaving both teams atop Group A with four points. Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa made a series of outstanding saves to help Mexico earn the draw. Also on Tuesday, Belgium opened... more »
  • ITC: looks like Mexican sugar hurting US sugar

    May 9, 2014 4:09 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. International Trade Commission says there's a reasonable indication that U.S. sugar producers and refiners are being hurt by imported sugar from Mexico. A news release on its website says commissioners voted 5-0 on Friday to investigate allegations that Mexico has been dumping heavily subsidized sugar... more »
  • 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 »

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