NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Cosimo Matassa, the recording producer whose New Orleans studio was where Fats Domino recorded his first album "The Fat Man" in 1949, has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Matassa was honored over the weekend in Cleveland for his contributions to the evolution of rock and roll.
Other 2012 Hall of Fame inductees included the Beastie Boys, Guns 'n' Roses, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Chicago blues guitarist Freddie King.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Nine ships, including three tall military sailing ships, will adorn the Mississippi River in New Orleans this week as the nation kicks off the bicentennial commemoration of the War of 1812.
The ships are scheduled to arrive on Tuesday afternoon. There will be three U.S. Navy warships, three international warships and the sailing ships, including the Coast Guard's Cutter Eagle. The public can visit the ships for free between Wednesday and Sunday.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The French Quarter Festival, a free four-day music festival centered in this city's historic center, is seeing what some long-time performers say are the largest crowds ever for a festival that's been around since the 1980s.
"This is the biggest I've seen it," jazz trumpeter Leroy Jones told the Times-Picayune after a midday set with one of his bands, New Orleans' Finest.
Throngs of people packed the French Quarter and listened to music on 22 stages around the old city center.
HOUSTON (AP) — Shell Oil reports that it has mobilized an oil spill response vessel after a light, 10-square-mile oil slick was spotted between two of its major production sites in the Gulf of Mexico. The light sheen was spotted about 130 miles southeast of New Orleans.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Justice Department has agreed to turn over at least 100 scientific documents in response to BP PLC's claims that the federal government may have overestimated the amount of oil that spewed into the Gulf of Mexico from the company's Macondo well. In a court filing Wednesday, Justice Department attorneys also vow to work with BP to resolve their dispute over the company's assertion that the government improperly withheld thousands of similar documents. Last month, BP asked a magistrate to order the government to
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Water levels have been up in four monitoring wells for more than 85 straight days, but the state-imposed groundwater emergency in two areas of south Caddo Parish remains in place.
The state Department of Natural Resources' conservation office said in a news release that it will continue to "closely and carefully monitor hydrologic conditions" in the areas and determine if and when the water use restrictions should be removed.