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Ex-New Orleans Mayor Charged With Bribery, Fraud

Ray Nagin

More than a decade ago, Ray Nagin was elected mayor of New Orleans on a vow to root out corruption in a city plagued by decades of it. On Friday, the former mayor was indicted on charges he lined his pockets with bribe money, payoffs and gratuities while the chronically poor city struggled to recover from Hurricane Katrina's punishing blow.


In Sandy’s wake, recovery remains a frustrating fight

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, having learned Hurricane Katrina’s harsh lessons, is winning praise from disaster specialists and elected officials for its rapid response to Hurricane Sandy, but weeks into battling the devastation, the agency is confronting another challenge: the reality of its own limitations.


Insight: Sandy shows hospitals unprepared when disaster hits home

Kim Bondy was in New Orleans seven years ago when Hurricane Katrina devastated the city, and scores of patients died in flooded hospitals cut off from power. She never thought that she might face that danger herself.


Officials and experts praising FEMA for its response to Hurricane Sandy

Following Hurricane Katrina seven years ago, FEMA became a national punching bag, ridiculed for its slow and cumbersome response to the disaster along the Gulf Coast. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy this week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and its administrator W. Craig Fugate are garnering more positive reviews from public officials in northeastern states hit by the superstorm, as well as from disaster-management experts.


Resurfaced ’07 Talk by Obama Renews Questions on Race

A speech by Senator Barack Obama that created a stir and faded is now bringing up questions that have long been favorite topics in conservative circles... In the summer of 2007, his campaign for the White House well under way, Senator Barack Obama waded into the minefield of racial politics and accused President George W. Bush of sitting idly by as a “quiet riot” simmered in black communities.


Hurricane Isaac hits southeast Louisiana

Hurricane Isaac

Hurricane Isaac crashed ashore in southeast Louisiana on Tuesday, bringing high winds and soaking rains that pose the first test for multibillion-dollar flood defenses put in place in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina devastated the U.S. Gulf Coast seven years ago.


Forecasters: Isaac on verge of becoming hurricane

New Orleans

Isaac was on the verge of ballooning into a hurricane Tuesday that could flood the coasts of four states with storm surge and heavy rains on its way to New Orleans, where residents hunkered down behind levees fortified after Katrina struck seven years ago this week.


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.


September 11 attacks, Katrina top list of memorable U.S. TV moments

Watching news coverage of the September 11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina disaster, and the O.J. Simpson murder verdict proved to be the most impactful TV moments of the past 50 years in the United States, according to a study released Wednesday.


Japan Gets $38 Million In Donations, Lags Behind Haiti Earthquake And Hurricane Katrina

News of the earthquake and tsunami that rocked Japan has been widespread, but donations have lagged way, way behind.


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