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EXPLAINER: What came together to make deadly Alabama tornado

Jan. 13, 2023 09:12 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — A La Nina weather pattern, warm moist air coming from an unusually toasty Gulf of Mexico, likely juiced by climate change, and a decades long eastward shift of tornadoes came together to create the unusually early and deadly storm system that hit Alabama Thursday, meteorologists...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Jan. 05, 2023 07:19 AM EST

The Advocate. January 3, 2023. Editorial: Use the powerful tool of Mississippi River to rebuild wetlands After the Great Flood of 1927, and the subsequent construction of levee systems for protection of Louisiana from high water, it was recognized that restrictions on...

All four bodies recovered in Gulf of Mexico helicopter crash

Jan. 03, 2023 19:48 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The bodies of all four people who were aboard a helicopter that crashed into the Gulf of Mexico while departing an oil platform last week have been recovered. The U.S. Coast Guard recovered the bodies of a pilot and three offshore workers on Monday,...

US gets 1 bid for oil and gas lease in Alaska's Cook Inlet

Dec. 30, 2022 19:06 PM EST

The U.S. government on Friday said it received one bid for the right to drill offshore for oil and gas in Alaska's Cook Inlet near habitat for bears, salmon, humpback whales and endangered beluga whales. Hilcorp Alaska LLC submitted the sole bid — $63,983 for an area covering 2,304...

Search suspended for 4 missing in Gulf helicopter crash

Dec. 30, 2022 17:48 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search for four people on board a helicopter that crashed into the Gulf of Mexico while departing an oil platform Thursday morning. Although the crash is not a closed case, crews will not resume the search unless they...

Helicopter with 4 on board crashes in Gulf of Mexico

Dec. 29, 2022 19:44 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard spent hours Thursday searching the waters off Louisiana for four people on board a helicopter that crashed while departing an oil platform. The helicopter's pilot and three oil workers went into the Gulf of Mexico about 8:40 a.m. CST,...

3 rescued after helicopter crash near Louisiana oil rig

Dec. 15, 2022 19:16 PM EST

PORT FOURCHON, La. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued three people Thursday after a helicopter crashed into the Gulf of Mexico while attempting to land on an oil rig platform. The Coast Guard said one of the three had back injuries. The Federal Aviation Administration said the...

Airplane crash in Gulf of Mexico leaves 2 dead, 1 missing

Dec. 05, 2022 14:13 PM EST

VENICE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities were searching Monday for the pilot of a small airplane that crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida coast, with two people confirmed dead. Authorities in Venice, Florida, said they were looking for a 42-year-old man in an area offshore from...

Cruise passenger who fell overboard recalls experience

Dec. 02, 2022 15:27 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — He spent nearly 20 hours alone, treading water in the Gulf of Mexico after falling off a cruise ship and being saved on Thanksgiving. James Michael Grimes spoke about the experience Friday, saying it has taught him to not take life for granted. “My worst fear...

Man sentenced for faking death to avoid sex abuse charges

Nov. 29, 2022 14:12 PM EST

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for faking his own death in Alabama to avoid criminal charges of impregnating a teenage girl in his home state of Mississippi. Jacob Blair Scott was sentenced Monday in Alabama. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey...