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.

Williamson_carouselDoes the alleged mastermind behind the bribery scheme in the DA's office have another trick up his sleeve?

royal_flushPrivate landowners are reaping billions in royalties from the natural gas drilling boom even as the windfall provides only a modest boost to the broader economy.

Marine biologists are trying to learn whether they can increase populations of two of the Gulf of Mexico's most popular sport and food fish — and perhaps further relax quotas on one of them — by raising and releasing small fry.

Scientists say a pole on the front of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley designed to plant explosives on enemy ships may hold a key clue to its sinking during the Civil War.

The newsmagazine's special report, "A Sister's Search," airs Tuesday at 9 p.m.

New Iberia ad exec Philip deMahy Sr. pleaded guilty Friday, but questions linger on the handling of the investigation and over his connections to the 16th Judicial District.

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