New Orleans police are in the middle of an unprecedented security challenge with an estimated 150,000 Super Bowl fans packing the city during the raucous annual buildup to Mardi Gras, when thousands of revelers flock to the historic French Quarter and its restaurants, bars and strip clubs.

Mississippi officials are asking the federal government to thoroughly study the potential effects of any proposed new levee construction in southeast Louisiana.

Tulane said in a news release that the center will promote the study of Chinese culture and language.

Conservative House lawmakers who have been at odds with Gov. Bobby Jindal over budgeting tactics proposed Tuesday to rewrite the laws governing how the state estimates and spends its money and how the annual budget is crafted.

The overall rate at which teachers are leaving public schools has been steady in recent years, despite a recent sharp increase in retirements.

A federal judge will decide whether to approve an agreement for BP PLC to plead guilty to manslaughter and other charges and pay a record $4 billion in criminal penalties for the company's role in the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

A Washington fundraising heavyweight set up federal and state super PACs on Monday to support U.S. Sen. David Vitter, a move that heightens speculation that Vitter is eyeing a bid for governor.

New Orleans has celebrated plenty of milestones on its slow road to recovery from Hurricane Katrina, but arguably none is bigger than hosting its first Super Bowl since the 2005 storm left the city in shambles.

NORAD said Monday the fighters plan a one-hour drill over New Orleans on Tuesday.

The agreement, which must be approved by a federal judge, would allow the city to enforce some limits on commercial activity in the French Quarter and surrounding neighborhoods.

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