It's been a long time coming: National retailers are open again in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward, a neighborhood that was drowned more than 10 years ago when catastrophic floodwaters crashed in and smashed homes after inadequate floodwalls and levees burst during Hurricane Katrina.
The producer of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has been constantly looking at the sky and closely monitoring weather forecasts as Friday's start of one of the city's largest outdoor events looms.
Newly released surveillance video shows what may have precipitated the shooting death of Saints defensive end Will Smith: Moments earlier, what appears to be his Mercedes SUV can be seen bumping the rear of a Hummer that stopped on a busy street.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- City Council members who led the push to ban smoking in bars and gambling venues in this notoriously libertine city hailed the start of the smoke-free ordinance Wednesday as a historic step in making the city healthier.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for bribery, money laundering and other corruption that spanned his two terms as mayor - including the chaotic years after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- New Orleans police chief Ronal Serpas says a 20-year-old suspect has been arrested and faces a first-degree murder charge in connection with a Bourbon Street gunfight that left a woman dead and nine people hurt.
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