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Amid BCS mania, BP pushes a feel-good Gulf story

Posted 1/9/2012 in National

NEW ORLEANS -- Nearly 20 months after its massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill -- and just as the nation focuses on New Orleans, host of the BCS title game -- BP is pushing a slick nationwide public relations campaign to persuade Americans that the Gulf region has recovered.

 

 

Civil War museums changing as view on war changes

Posted 1/9/2012 in National

NEW ORLEANS -- Inside Louisiana's Civil War Museum, battle flags line the walls. Uniforms, swords and long-barreled guns fill museum cases beside homespun knapsacks, dented canteens and tiny framed pictures of wives that soldiers carried into battle.

 

 

Dodge Dart to join compact car race

Posted 1/9/2012 in National

 

 

Bush education law offered great promise, but after 10 years, wide agreement on need to fix it

Posted 1/8/2012 in National

WASHINGTON -- The No Child Left Behind education law was cast as a symbol of possibility, offering the promise of improved schools for the nation's poor and minority children and better prepared students in a competitive world.

 

 

Sheen donates $25K to Alabama tornado relief

Posted 1/6/2012 in National

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Actor Charlie Sheen has donated $25,000 to help tornado relief in Alabama, making good on a promise to help survivors of the deadly twisters.

 

 

Nomination for Katrina breach sites sparks debate

Posted 1/6/2012 in National

NEW ORLEANS -- A push to place levee breach sites from Hurricane Katrina on the National Register of Historic Places is cause for consternation at the federal agency that built the floodwalls that failed during the 2005 storm.

 

 

The 'CES curse?' Gadget show has poor record

Posted 1/6/2012 in National

NEW YORK -- The largest trade show in the Americas must be a great place to show off new products, right? Wrong. The International Consumer Electronics Show is quickly becoming a launch pad for products that fall flat.

 

 

Obama vows US will stay world's top military power

Posted 1/5/2012 in National

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama vowed Thursday the United States will remain the world's pre-eminent military power even as the Pentagon scales back spending, shrinks the Army and Marine Corps and pulls back from Europe.

 

 

Euthanasia to control shelter population unpopular

Posted 1/5/2012 in National

LOS ANGELES -- Seven in 10 pet owners say they believe animal shelters should be allowed to euthanize animals only when they are too sick to be treated or too aggressive to be adopted.

 

 

Eurozone faces tough hurdles early in 2012

Posted 12/30/2011 in National

FRANKFURT, Germany -- After a turbulent 2011, the 17 countries that use the euro will be quickly confronted in the new year with major hurdles to solving their government debt crisis, just as the eurozone economy is expected to sink back into recession.

 

 

North Korea vows no softening under its new leader

Posted 12/30/2011 in National

PYONGYANG, North Korea -- North Korea warned the world Friday there would be no softening of its position toward South Korea's government after Kim Jong Il's death as Pyongyang strengthened his son and heir's authority with a new title: Great Leader.

 

 

BP money buys sports towels, Christmas lights, jingles

Posted 12/30/2011 in National

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. -- Sports towels and fleece blankets. A poker tournament. A $1 million Christmas display. A prom for senior citizens. BP gas card giveaways. A "most deserving mom" contest. And advertising, lots of advertising.

 

 

Two dead, 61 hurt in 40-vehicle New Orleans pileup

Posted 12/30/2011 in National

NEW ORLEANS -- Two men died and 61 other people were injured Thursday in a pre-dawn pileup involving about 40 cars, vans and other vehicles on a busy interstate that crosses New Orleans, closing the route for hours both ways, police said.

 

 

North Koreans salute, cry for late leader Kim Jong Il

Posted 12/28/2011 in National

PYONGYANG, North Korea -- North Korea's next leader escorted his father's hearse in an elaborate state funeral on a bitter, snowy day Wednesday, bowing and saluting in front of tens of thousands of citizens who wailed and stamped their feet in grief for Kim Jong Il.

 

 

AP survey: Economy to pick up but still vulnerable

Posted 12/27/2011 in National

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy will grow faster in 2012 -- if it isn't knocked off track by upheavals in Europe, according to an Associated Press survey of leading economists.

 

 

Attorney: Suspect in soldier shooting was attacked

Posted 12/27/2011 in National

LOS ANGELES -- An attorney says the man jailed in the critical wounding of an Afghanistan war veteran at a California homecoming party was being attacked and was on the ground when the shooting took place.

 

 

Alabama woman to discontinue tornado Facebook site

Posted 12/27/2011 in National

ATLANTA -- In the weeks and months after tornadoes tore through homes across the South, pictures and documents rained on yards hundreds of miles away.

 

 

Civil War's 150th stirs a trove of memories

Posted 12/27/2011 in National

RICHMOND, Va. -- A diary with a lifesaving bullet hole from Gettysburg. An intricate valentine crafted by a Confederate soldier for the wife he would never see again. A slave's desperate escape to freedom.

 

 

Barbour to return to lobbying firm

Posted 12/22/2011 in National

JACKSON -- When Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour leaves office Jan. 10, he'll return to the Washington, D.C., lobbying firm he founded in 1991

 

 

BP: Rig partner liable for own punitive damages

Posted 12/22/2011 in National

BP wants to shield itself from having to compensate Halliburton for punitive damages, fines and penalties the cement contractor may face for its role in the deadly 2010 rig explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

 

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