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Koch Bros. made a fortune from Hurricane Katrina victims: Report

New Orleans - Thursday marked the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history. A new report shows how Koch Industries, headed by Charles and David Koch, profited by worsening the damage caused by the devastating storm.

Judgement handed down in nation's largest labor-trafficking case

New Orleans - On Wednesday, a New Orleans jury awarded $14 million to five Indian men, lured to the U.S. and forced to live in inhumane conditions after Hurricane Katrina while working for a U.S. ship repair firm.

Op-Ed: U.S. citizens rally for Maduro, tell Obama, 'Hands off Venezuela' Special

Los Angeles - As Obama tries to undermine the democratically-elected Government of Venezuela, U.S. citizens rush to emergency rallies in support of Nicolas Maduro. Have Americans wised up to oil wars? Is Obama prepared to make war on American people to unseat Maduro?

Photo Essay: Exploring Biloxi, MS, eight years since Katrina Special

Biloxi - The evidence of Hurricane Katrina's destruction is still visible today as scars in the landscape of Biloxi, Mississippi, but Biloxi has moved on. Repaired and rebuilt it awaits you coming to explore its vibrant casinos, nightlife, beaches and wildlife.

Focusing on storm recovery instead of campaign could help Obama

Instead of hitting the campaign trail, US President Obama is focusing on recovery efforts. A recent tracking poll launched gives good news for Obama.

Ex-FEMA Director Brown: 'Obama jumped the gun on Sandy'

Republican governor Chris Christie of New Jersey has given praise to US President Barack Obama in regards to Hurricane Sandy's response. Michael Brown, FEMA's former director, criticized saying that Obama acted too fast.

Hurricane Sandy, could it be to Obama as Katrina was to Bush?

Federal, state, and local governments scramble along the east coast of the United States in preparation for Hurricane Sandy which has become a "Frankenstorm." But, could Sandy be to Obama as Katrina was to Bush?

Op-Ed: 'Disaster Tourism' in post-Katrina New Orleans Special

New Orleans - It's the train-wreck you cannot look away from, or the car accident that makes you slow down despite your better judgement telling you not to be that person. Except in New Orleans, post-Katrina, the event is more an a car accident: it's the entire city.

Tropical storm rains threaten Appalachia with flash floods

New Orleans - Tropical Storm Lee dumped over a foot of rain on Louisiana and Mississippi and continues on a northeast trek threatening the Appalachian states with torrential rains and flash flooding to continue through Wednesday.

Ex-cop gets 25 years in killing of man after Hurricane Katrina

New Orleans - An ex-police officer in New Orleans has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for his role in the shooting death of a man, as well as the burning of the man's body, shortly after Hurricane Katrina hit the region.

Volunteer group trying to bail out beached historic ship Special

Pascagoula - Thrown into the Mary Walker Bayou by Hurricane Georges in 1998, a historic schooner that once sailed for the German Navy is at risk of being lost forever.

Scientists warn of severe disruption by intense solar storms

Washington - The United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and scientists are warning of the potential dangers if strong solar flare storms continue. Some say solar storms could cost $2 trillion in damages.

New Orleans resident asks for caution in reporting on oil spill Special

New Orleans - The people of New Orleans understand suffering. That was and is seen in words and pictures. They suffer now, and they worry also not just with the problems occurring on the oil crisis in the Gulf but also how they are reported.

Ugly hatreds behind N.O. police abuses against storm victims Special

The storm season is four months out as financial cutbacks force hard choices. Will New Orleans' "forgotten people" be lost again and will stereotypes continue to cause police abuses and ignorance of the city's poor, black elderly?

Guilty plea details conspiracy against N.O. hurricane victims

Resolution comes slowly to some victims of great horror. For people of New Orleans, in black communities, the shooting of innocents on a bridge saw judgment come slowly, with the admission of police crimes at the highest levels.

How the media is a 'disaster' in reporting disaster news

Journalists can affect readers' perception of events. One commentator says the media focus on the negative, like looters, does a disservice to people in need.

Katrina 'Blame Game' May be Over for New Orleans Special

New Orleans citizens received some relief from the ongoing "blame game" that has gone on since Hurricane Katrina. These residents said they did not know New Orleans flooding would occur from levee breaches, and a federal court has upheld their claims.

Judge Rules Army Corps Culpable for N.O. Hurricane Damage

A federal judge has found the Army Corps of Engineers at fault for some of the major damage to New Orleans parishes during Hurricane Katrina. Sandy Rosenthal, founder of Levees.org, explained the decision recently.

Louisiana Anxious, Watchful for Hurricane Ida

Since the terrible Hurricanie Katrina of four years ago, Louisiana is cautious when hurricanes are predicted. Ida is said to have regained strength as a hurricane, with the potential of reaching Louisiana. Residents are watchful again this season.

Louisiana Recognizes Victims, Advocates at Post Katrina Events Special

August 29, 2005 New Orleans was flooded after a break in the levees allowed the devastation of the city following Hurricane Katrina. Louisiana annually commemorates heroes and special people who devote their lives to others.

New Orleans: Citizens worry over intimidation, broken promises Special

Is Hurricane Katrina old news? Those who think it is need to know a good number of American cities are built near levees. Failures of the past can influence the future, and there are numbers of failures now impeding New Orleans’ protection.

Katrina Anniversary Affects Mentally Ill, Event a Joke for Others

The mentally ill of Hurricane Katrina continue to struggle with memories of the flood that devastated the Southeastern Coast of the United States just four years ago. Still some people found time to scoff.

Is It Possible for Bill Gates to Stop Hurricanes?

Among the most recent eyebrow- raising stories, one has to do with Bill Gates. Always the entrepreneur, cutting edge, Gates is said to be working with others to stop hurricanes. But could they do that and what might be other environmental issues?

Storm Warnings: Why Some People Stay Behind

Why do some people choose to stay in the face of terrible storms and others leave? Research finds that those who choose to remain were not ignorant but have positive characteristics aligned with caring for themselves and others.

Expert Advises: Prepare Pets for Emergencies 2009

Recently the country has been experiencing severe tornados, rain and windstorms causing emergencies, and evacuations. But what do people do with their pets and how can folks prepare animals for disasters?

Expert: Prepare Elderly and Disabled for Any Disasters in 2009

The hurricane season is beginning, and experts say to be prepared. They stress that the elderly and disabled should be especially prepared because crises impact them greatly. A lesson from Hurricane Katrina means having a plan in place now.

AIDS Epidemic in D.C. Called a ‘Hurricane Katrina’ Disaster

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation declares AIDS is Washington’s D.C.’s Hurricane Katrina. If that’s true, all eyes will be on the gathering storm, as discussions about health care begin in anticipation of Obama’s healthcare program.

New Orleans Takes a Holiday While Worries of Summer Storms Wait Special

New Orleans was busy the Memorial Holiday weekend. The sun was shining, the people smiling, the bands, street corner musicians, mimes, and artists were there enjoying spring in New Orleans. Still as spring winds down, a savage summer could be waiting.

Government Lessons from Katrina Impact Flu Emergency Preparedness

Issues of coordination with respect to disaster emergencies have been seen critical post-Katrina. Experts declare that Hurricane Katrina taught government at all levels to be networked and prepared for potential influenza pandemic.

Legal Case May Impact New Orleans Victims, Fed Budget, Recession Special

Today an important case being heard in a Federal court in New Orleans may turn the tide on Hurricane Katrina. A lawsuit against the United States Army Corps of Engineers might allow settlement of thousands of negligence claims.
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St. Philip St. at Treme St. Treme  New Orleans. August  2011.
St. Philip St. at Treme St. Treme, New Orleans. August, 2011.
Early morning in Treme  a district north of the French Quarter hard hit by Katrina and still struggl...
Early morning in Treme, a district north of the French Quarter hard hit by Katrina and still struggling to rebuild.
Port Sulphur Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina  extensive residential damage and flooding.
Port Sulphur Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina, extensive residential damage and flooding.
Commander Mark Moran, of the NOAA Aviation Weather Center, and Lt. Phil Eastman and Lt. Dave Demers,
Treme  New Orleans. August  2011.
Treme, New Orleans. August, 2011.
A run-down church on St. Philip St. Treme  New Orleans. August  2011.
A run-down church on St. Philip St. Treme, New Orleans. August, 2011.
The old Biloxi Bay Bridge as it sat in April 2006 8 months after Katrina went through and in August ...
The old Biloxi Bay Bridge as it sat in April 2006 8 months after Katrina went through and in August 2013 repaired and used as a fishing pier. A piece of the Imperial Palace garage and the casino destruction also shown in the 2006 photo.
A lot filled with debris in 2006  8 months after Hurricane Katrina beside the lot now empty but kept...
A lot filled with debris in 2006, 8 months after Hurricane Katrina beside the lot now empty but kept in August 2013.
A Flickr image of another disaster tourist. New Orleans.
A Flickr image of another disaster tourist. New Orleans.
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United States Border Patrol Special Response Team
United States Border Patrol Special Response Team
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Gaps in the outer facade of a work in progress. Marais St. and St. Philip St.  just north-west of Lo...
Gaps in the outer facade of a work in progress. Marais St. and St. Philip St., just north-west of Louis Armstrong Park. Treme, New Orleans. August, 2011
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A photo my partner took of me at Treme St. and St. Philip St.  taking a photo of the wreckage. Treme...
A photo my partner took of me at Treme St. and St. Philip St., taking a photo of the wreckage. Treme, New Orleans. August, 2011.
These are the living quarters of the elderly evacuees remaining in Baton Rouge.  Inside and in the a...
These are the living quarters of the elderly evacuees remaining in Baton Rouge. Inside and in the areas surrounding the building are said to look like the West Bank of Beirut.
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