Cardinals in a papal conclave have elected a new leader for the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.

Cardinals remained divided over who should be pope on Wednesday after three rounds of voting, an indication that disagreements remain about the direction of the Catholic Church following the upheaval unleashed by Pope Benedict XVI's surprise resignation.

A worker says a flurry of activity on the Deepwater Horizon hindered his ability to monitor BP's well for signs of trouble before the April 2010 blowout that caused the drilling rig to explode.

reefer_madnessAt issue is Jindal's diversions of millions of dollars donated by oil companies to turn old rigs into artificial reefs to instead pay for other items in the budget.

State lawmakers are slated to discuss the pros and cons of expanding Louisiana's Medicaid program to cover more uninsured adults.

The money's from a program run by the federal departments of Housing and Urban Development and of Health and Human Services.

A divided Senate Judiciary Committee approved a Democratic bill Tuesday expanding required federal background checks to nearly all gun purchases, giving President Barack Obama an early victory on curbing gun violence in a fight that still faces difficult odds.

The cardinals held the first day of the conclave Tuesday deeply divided over the problems of the church and who best among them could fix them.

The archbishop of Boston, dressed more often in the humble brown robe of his religious order than a cardinal's regalia, has emerged as an unlikely star amid the drama unfolding in Rome.

The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday begins weeks of planned hearings to comb through the details of Gov. Bobby Jindal's 2013-14 budget proposal for the new fiscal year that begins July 1.

When 27th Judicial District Attorney Earl Taylor decided to dismiss the second-offense OWI charge against Luke Edwards — a former ADA and public defender in the 15th JDC — he did so with knowledge of the Lafayette lawyer’s reputation for boozing and driving.

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