New Orleans zoo returns jaguar in strengthened exhibit

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The jaguar that escaped last summer and killed nine animals is back on display at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans. Valerio apparently chewed a hole in the 4-inch-wi...

New Orleans museum shows art collected by namesake duke

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Museum of Art is winding up the city's tricentennial with an exhibition of dozens of paintings collected by the man the city is named for: Philippe II, Duke of Orlea...

Snake names honor Darwin, fire god, Louisiana professor

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana professor is in heady company, honored by having one of three newly identified species of snakes from the Galapagos Islands named after him. Bob Thomas...

Louisiana university gives Smithsonian crustacean collection

A Louisiana university is giving the Smithsonian Institution a huge collection of crustaceans that has, among other things, been used to identify seafood mislabeled as coming from the Gulf of Mexico. ...

US teen flies for record: youngest solo round-the-world

A Louisiana teenager flew for 10½ hours through a sandstorm over Saudi Arabia, got stuck in the Philippines by typhoons, and set three youth aviation records. Flying entirely by inst...

US teen flies for round-the-world record by youngest pilot

A Louisiana teenager flew for hours through a sandstorm over Saudi Arabia and got stuck in the Philippines by typhoons to set three youth aviation records. They're not official, but ...

New Orleans publicly unveiling slave market tour app

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans is publicly unveiling a smartphone app tour of sites important to the slave trade in the 18th and 19th centuries and historical markers developed with it. ...

Judge: NOAA can't regulate fish farming under fisheries law

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge in New Orleans has thrown out the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's rules for fish farms in the Gulf of Mexico, saying the agency lacked authority to...

Sentencing for soldier who pleaded guilty to chemical weapon

Sentencing is scheduled Monday for a soldier who pleaded guilty to making bombs that released chlorine gas in a forested training area near a U.S. Army base in Louisiana. Twenty-five...

White student accused of noose around black student's neck

A white high-school student has been accused of putting a noose around a black student's neck in northeast Louisiana. A teacher at West Ouachita High School saw the incident and imme...

Deadly plant disease threatens $250M rose business

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The outlook for American-grown roses is becoming a bit less rosy, with the spread of an incurable virus that's causing major damage to the nation's $250-million-a-year rose business...

McDonald's workers across US protest against sex harassment

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — McDonald's workers are staging protests in several cities in what organizers called the first multistate strike seeking to combat sexual harassment in the workplace. ...

German zoo sends its last orangutan to Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A German zoo is sending its last orangutan to Louisiana, and it is already learning some English. Jambi is a Sumatran orangutan, a critically endangered species of...

Last reunion for famed US WWII unit, Merrill's Marauders

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It's the last reunion for members of the famed U.S. Army jungle fighters called Merrill's Marauders . Three thousand volunteered for a dangerous secret mission during World War II —...

Scientists: Surprisingly small 'dead zone' off Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Scientists say this year's Gulf of Mexico "dead zone" is surprisingly small but the oxygen-depleted water rose higher toward the surface than usual. Tuesday's repo...