BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge police are investigating a former employee of the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center on felony theft charges. Police says the former center's director of facilities allegedlymore>>
Baton Rouge police are investigating a former employee of the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center on felony theft charges.more>>
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating a deadly shooting in Marrero. The incident happened around 6:45 a.m. Thursday in the 6600 block of 14th Street. Officers arriving on the scenemore>>
Police have identified the victim in Thursday's deadly shooting in Marrero. Police say Terry Holden, 47, was shot and killed Thursday morning.more>>
Boyz II Men have canceled Sunday's show in New Orleans for "unforeseen circumstances." The group was scheduled to play August 24 at Champions Square along with Keith Sweat and En Vogue. A press releasedmore>>
Boyz II Men have canceled Sunday's show in New Orleans for "unforeseen circumstances."
A fisherman off the coast of Bonita Springs, Florida thinks he has a pretty nice catch. As he reels in a four-foot shark, his catch is stolen by an even bigger fish. A massive grouper pulls the sharkmore>>
A massive grouper steals a four-foot shark from a fisherman's line off the coast of Florida.more>>
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This week a research team from Texas A&M came up with some of the most conclusive findings yet, as to the damage caused by the BP disaster on the Gulf floor. But a leading UNO researcher says it may be too soon to say that it will take decades for the sea bed to repair itself.
The 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster pumped an estimated 4.6 million barrels of sweet Louisiana crude into the Gulf of Mexico. And a study from Texas A&M says all that oil impacted over 57 square miles.
"This was a volcanic gusher under the sea floor, underneath a mile of water," said researcher Paul Montana, with Texas A&M.
Dr. Montana found that both the surface of the Gulf and deep water both were impacted by oil plumes that extended nearly 11 miles to the southwest of the disaster, and over five miles to the northeast, with possibly the worst effects on the ocean floor itself. That's where tiny shrimp-like creatures have all but disappeared, in favor of a more resilient type of ocean floor worm.
"The more tolerant or resistant species will tend to dominate after a disturbance," said UNO's Barney Rees, who reviewed the findings.
Those findings come after a lengthy study of 35 samples taken on four dates within three months of the July 2010 spill.
BP paid Texas A&M and NOAA for part of the research, but Dr. Montana insists steps were taken to ensure independent results.
Montana worries that the effects of the spill on the ocean floor could last decades. "If you think about it, I'm very concerned that any oil or organic material will stick around for a long, long time, decades perhaps," he said.
But UNO's Rees says it may be too soon to predict how long the effects might last. "It was an educated guess, and to latch on to the suggestion that there might be a long lasting effect, and for the headline to say that the recovery will take decades, is not really accurate," said Dr. Rees.
Rees also says, while BP was a disaster producing heavy to moderate damage in a 60-square mile area, the Gulf dead zone is a bigger issue. "We're talking about an area that in the worst years has been 9,000 square miles," said Rees.
Scientists agree, to fully understand the impacts of the BP disaster, more study will be needed.
Dr. Montana says the best hope for the ocean floor's repair will be from new sediment pouring over the area from the Mississippi River, which is about 40 miles from the Macondo site. But no one knows how long that might take.
Investigators say an Algiers man shot and killed a masked robber who held him and his wife at gunpoint. The incident happened just before 10 p.m. Wednesday in the 1800 block of West Homestead Drive. Policemore>>
Investigators say an Algiers man shot and killed a masked gunman who attempted to rob him and his wife at their home.more>>
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The police chief for Gulf Shores along Alabama's coast is weighing-in on the actions of the law enforcement commander in charge of Ferguson, Missouri's in the wake of an escalating crisis brought on bymore>>
Gulf Shores Police Chief Ed Delmore wrote a blistering open letter to Captain Ronald S. Johnson, who was given command of law enforcement operations following days of looting and rioting in the city.more>>
Dashcam footage captures an amazingly acrobatic motorcycle accident. As a car switches lanes, a motorcyclist slams into the vehicle's rear bumper. The motorcyclists is launched into the air, flips andmore>>
Dashcam footage captures an amazingly acrobatic motorcycle accident.more>>
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