Ice storm leaves 500K shivering without power across Southeast

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More than half a million people in the Southeast woke up to a cold and dark Thursday after the second vicious ice storm in as many weeks caused widespread power outages.

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Explosion at Louisiana chemical plant, 25 people reported injured

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A morning explosion and fire at a Louisiana chemical plant Thursday has drawn emergency response, and authorities say more than two dozen people could have been injured in the blast.

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Police ID suspect in New Orleans Mother’s Day parade shooting

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New Orleans police have identified a 19-year-old man as a suspect in the  Mother’s Day shooting that wounded 19 people marching in a parade.

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Surveillance images show chaos after shots fired at New Orleans Mother’s Day parade

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New Orleans police released dramatic images early Monday that show what authorities believe is the moment a buoyant Mother’s Day celebration was brought to a halt by a barrage of bullets.

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Man helps girlfriend with spinal cord injury cross finish line

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Four months ago, Monique Koll was in a hospital bed, wondering if she would ever walk again. The Louisiana woman had suffered a severe spinal cord injury when a motorist struck her while she was riding her bicycle, and doctors originally weren’t sure she’d survive.

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Louisiana cemeteries sinking, washing away due to coastal erosion

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Coastal Louisiana has lost about 1,900 square miles of land since the 1930s as canals dug for oil exploration allowed salty water to intrude into marshes and a succession of powerful hurricanes sucked marsh muck that protects populated areas out into the Gulf.

What’s left of the old Leeville cemetery is only accessible by boat. Some headstones are barely visible above the water, and waves lap at the bricks and concrete surrounding caskets buried at the site since the late 1800s.

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BREAKING: Massive evacuation ordered as dam threatens to break at lake in Mississippi

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Updated at 12 p.m. ET: Up to 50,000 people in Louisiana’s Tangipahoa Parish were ordered to evacuate Thursday morning when water from Tropical Storm Isaac threatened to overwhelm a dam across the state line in Mississippi.

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Isaac loses steam, but brings flooding, power outages

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Updated at 3 p.m. ET: Slow-moving Isaac was downgraded to a tropical storm on Wednesday but was still packing a punch, with new evacuations ordered and rescues made when a levee outside New Orleans overtopped. Inside New Orleans, levees and pumps were protecting the city from widespread flooding, but Isaac had cut power to a third of Louisiana’s households and was expected to lash the state with heavy rain and winds into Friday.

Hurricane Isaac’s storm surge overtops levee, sends 12-foot flood into La. homes

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Hurricane Isaac made its second landfall in southeastern Louisiana early Wednesday, sending up to 12 feet of water into people’s homes as an 18-mile stretch of levee was overtopped, officials said.

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Hurricane Isaac makes landfall in southeastern Louisiana

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Updated at 8:10 p.m. ET: Hurricane Isaac made landfall at 8 p.m. Tuesday in southeastern Louisiana as a Category 1 hurricane. The slow-moving storm is expected to dump up to 20 inches of rain in some spots over two days.

Isaac had 80 mph sustained winds — up from 75 mph when it reached hurricane status earlier in the afternoon.

Isaac tracks through the Gulf of Mexico

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"Buddy" wears a life vest while walking on the levee near Lake Pontchatrain on Aug. 28 in New Orleans, La. 

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It’s now Hurricane Isaac as New Orleans hunkers down

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Updated at 12:20 p.m. ET: Isaac finally reached hurricane strength on Tuesday, closing in on the Louisiana-Mississippi coast as a slow-moving giant of a system expected to make landfall Tuesday night or early Wednesday.

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Louisiana prepares as Hurricane Isaac nears landfall

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By Miguel Llanos, NBC News - A slow-moving giant of a system, Tropical Storm Isaac early Tuesday was making its way toward landfall, most likely as a Category 1 hurricane, along the Louisiana or Mississippi coast Tuesday night or early Wednesday.

President Barack Obama added his voice to those of local officials urging residents to hunker down or evacuate if told to do so. “Now’s not the time to tempt fate,” he said in brief comments. “Listen to your local officials and follow their directions, including if they tell you to evacuate.”

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Plane passenger arrested in Baton Rouge after locking himself in cockpit


An unarmed passenger who locked himself in the cockpit of a vacant American Eagle plane Wednesday afternoon at the Baton Rouge, La., airport was taken into custody, officials say.

Police had been negotiating with the passenger who boarded Embraer 145 that was supposed to leave for Dallas as Flight 2795, NBC station WVLA reported. The man, identified as Andrew Aleffi, used the public address system to make rants, they said.

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