State officials say highway deaths in Louisiana fell for the fourth consecutive time last year.

Tulane University says its Payson Center for International Development has been awarded a three-year, $1.5 million grant by the U.S. Department of Labor.

A former BP executive is asking a federal judge to postpone his trial on charges he concealed information from Congress about the amount of oil that was spewing from the company's blown-out well in 2010.

The Justice Department has appointed a veteran prosecutor to investigate allegations that the U.S. attorney's office conducted a smear campaign and leaked information to news organizations during the case against police officers accused of deadly shootings at a bridge shortly after Hurricane Katrina.

japan_quakeHere’s your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.

capitolLet us wonder no more why members of Congress are so feverish about keeping their jobs or why the Boustany-Landry runoff has been such a muddy affair.

His stellar reputation tarnished by two assistants who posted anonymous comments on the Times-Picayune's website about cases the office is handling, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District announces his resignation in an emotional speech.

The Supreme Court of Louisiana has dealt a blow to a North Carolina woman who scored a major victory last February when the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal ruled she was entitled to the return of more than $144,000 seized from her car during a traffic stop on Interstate 10 in St. Martin Parish.

A new judge was assigned Wednesday to the case against two BP supervisors charged in the deaths of 11 workers aboard the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in 2010, after the previous judge disclosed his wife owns stock in one of the contractors.

The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is moving ahead with plans to grade publicly funded prekindergarten and early childhood education programs.

beggar_bobbyThe Times-Picayune is reporting that Gov. Bobby Jindal waved a tin cup last month before billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson.

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