BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana House has agreed to prohibit smoking within 25 feet of the entrance to any building where smoking already is banned. Louisiana prohibits smoking in restaurants, public places, public buildings and many places of employment. The measure now heads to the Senate.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has extended a deadline for BP and a team of plaintiffs' attorneys to file details of a proposed settlement designed to resolve billions of dollars in economic damage claims spawned by the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The company and lawyers representing more than 100,000 individuals and businesses were expected Monday to ask U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans to give preliminary approval to the settlement agreement.
Early Monday evening, Barbier extended the deadline to Wednesday morning.
Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House oversight committee, made news recently for going after the Justice Department's botched gun operation, known as Fast and Furious. Here, Issa listens during Attorney General Eric Holder's testimony in February.
The man driving the investigation into the General Services Administration, California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, took the top seat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee after the GOP won a majority in 2010.
Issa has led several splashy investigations since. But he's also been dogged by allegations of his own.
Issa has made news in recent months by threatening to subpoena Attorney General Eric Holder, and by calling a panel of only men to talk about women's contraception.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Hornets are enjoying a win for the fourth time in five games. On Sunday, Eric Gordon scored 18 points to lead New Orleans to an 88-75 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. Saints owner Tom Benson attended his first game since Friday's announcement that he had agreed to buy the Hornets from the NBA.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Offseason workouts are getting underway on Monday for the New Orleans Saints and Drew Brees still hasn't committed to showing up. The star quarterback is looking for a long-term contract extension, while the team has slapped him with the franchise tag. That amounts to a one-year deal with no long-term security in the case of an injury.
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) — 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.