Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin charged with Katrina-related corruption

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A federal grand jury on Friday charged former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin with 21 counts of public corruption, including bribery and fraud related to his dealings with city vendors following the 2005 Hurricane Katrina disaster.

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Mandatory evacuations outside New Orleans as Isaac nears

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Updated at 10:30 a.m. ET: Residents in unprotected, low-lying areas outside New Orleans were evacuating Monday as Tropical Storm Isaac threatened to strengthen into a hurricane that could make landfall in or near Louisiana almost seven years to the day that Hurricane Katrina struck.

It’s “trying to form an eye-like feature” but it’s “still a little bit shy of hurricane status,” National Hurricane Center Director Rick Knabb said in a morning update.