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Strike likely averted at East Coast ports

The union for longshoremen along the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico has agreed to extend its contract for 30 days, averting a possible strike that could have crippled operations at ports that handle about 40 percent of all U.S. container cargo, a federal mediator announced Friday.


Race on to find Gulf Coast dolphin killers

Someone has turned a crucial dolphin birthing area off the U.S. Gulf Coast into a killing zone. Now the race is on to find the culprit or culprits before the marine mammals begin giving birth and the newborn dolphins are put at risk.


As Isaac pushes north, Gulf Coast slowly recovers

As the remnants of Hurricane Isaac pushed their way up the Mississippi valley on Saturday, spinning off severe thunderstorms and at least four tornadoes, some on the Gulf Coast were impatient with the pace of restoring power days after the storm dragged through the region....


Isaac downgraded to tropical storm -- but still dangerous

Hurricane Isaac

Isaac was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm Wednesday afternoon, even as flooding continued along the Gulf Coast and authorities raced to rescue residents from rising waters.


Eerie similarities: Isaac follows track of Katrina, evacuations ordered for coast

Tropical Storm Isaac

As the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's landfall approaches, New Orleans -- and much of the Gulf Coast -- is preparing to put into practice the lessons learned from that defining storm. Tropical Storm Isaac is following a path eerily similar to Katrina's in 2005.


Isaac strengthens to likely Cat 2 hurricane

Tropical Storm Isaac

Tropical Storm Isaac is likely to be a hurricane when it hits the Florida Keys Sunday, strengthening to a Category 2 as it heads northwards towards the Gulf Coast later.


Battle over international pipeline grows

The battle over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would stretch 1,700 miles through six states, from Alberta, Canada, across the U.S. heartland, and into Texas to Gulf Coast refineries, is intensifying.


Tropical Storm Lee forms in the Gulf off La.; Miss. declares state of emergency near coast

Tropical Storm Lee forms in the Gulf off La.; Miss. declares state of emergency near coast

Tropical Storm Lee has strengthened as it begins dumping rain in southern Louisiana and pelting the northern Gulf coast. Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center say that Lee’s maximum sustained winds had increased to 60 miles per hour (95 kph) Saturday morning. The storm’s center is located about 45 miles southwest of New Iberia and was moving north-northwest at 7 mph (11 kph).


Ex-FEMA chief blasts Obama on oil spill

Former FEMA director Michael Brown is not backing off his charge that the Obama administration wants to use the Gulf Coast oil spill as a plot to put an end to offshore drilling.


Machines and microbes will clean up oil

Machines and microbes will clean up oil

There's no way to stop oily water from reaching land along the Gulf Coast, but experts will use tools both massive and microscopic to clean it up.


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