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Florida secretary of state steps down after blackface photos surface

Former Seminole County elections chief Michael Ertel resigned as Florida secretary of state Thursday after photos emerged of him wearing blackface as a Hurricane “Katrina victim” at a Halloween party …

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018, 3:01 p.m.

In simulation, Category 4 hurricane devastated East Coast

Just months ago, disaster planners simulated a Category 4 hurricane strike alarmingly similar to the real-word scenario now unfolding on a dangerously vulnerable stretch of the East Coast.

Kathleen Parker: Harvey, Katrina comparisons intriguing

Chief among the obvious differences is the death toll. Katrina took close to 2,000 lives. As of Friday, Harvey’s toll was 46.

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 29, 2017, 1:05 p.m.

Harvey flooding western Louisiana on anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

Twelve years to the day after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, another deadly storm forced hundreds of people to be rescued from floodwaters in southwestern Louisiana and prompted …

Looking Back: Past opinions provide perspective

Looking Back column for Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017.

Supreme Court upholds Katrina fraud verdict against State Farm

A unanimous Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a jury verdict that State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. committed fraud against the federal government after 2005’s Hurricane Katrina.

Katrina flood case gets class-action status

A federal judge who ruled last year that the federal government is responsible for some of the flooding that hit the New Orleans area after Hurricane Katrina has granted class-action …

Fats’ Domino’s grand piano restored

NEW ORLEANS — A white Steinway grand piano salvaged from musician Fats Domino’s home after Hurricane Katrina has had its classic looks restored and will be the centerpiece of an …

Amid Newtown tragedy, scam artists creep in

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — The family of Noah Pozner was mourning the 6-year-old, killed in the Newtown school massacre, when outrage compounded their sorrow. Someone they didn’t know was soliciting …

Cuomo likens Katrina, Sandy as damage total soars

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared Superstorm Sandy in some ways worse than 2005’s Hurricane Katrina as he said his state would need $42 billion to …

Sandy likely biggest US relief effort since 2005

WASHINGTON (AP) — Widespread destruction from Superstorm Sandy will likely make this the largest U.S. relief effort for the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and other groups since Hurricane Katrina’s …

Claims about flood-damaged cars aren’t true

DETROIT (AP) — In the days since Superstorm Sandy, an alarming prediction has flashed across the Internet: Hundreds of thousands of flood-damaged vehicles will inundate the nation’s used-car market, and …

Sandy and storm surge pose ‘worst case scenario’

KENSINGTON, Md. (AP) — The projected storm surge from Hurricane Sandy is a “worst case scenario” with devastating waves and tides predicted for the highly populated New York City metro …

Isaac nearly a hurricane, packs coast flood threat

CHAUVIN, La. — Isaac was on the verge of ballooning into a hurricane today that could flood the coasts of four states with storm surge and heavy rains on its …

Jury convicts 5 officers in post-Katrina shootings

A federal jury today convicted five current or former police officers in the deadly shootings on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina.

Obama vows U.S. will ‘stand with’ Gulf area

NEW ORLEANS – President Barack Obama marked the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on Sunday with a solidarity visit to this city still recovering from the devastating storm, pledging to …

Casket for Katrina elicits applause from mourners

CHALMETTE, La. – Hundreds of mourners dropped notes, cards and letters – many of them stained with tears – into a steel-gray casket on Saturday in a symbolic burial of …

Home is built to ride New Orleans’ floods

NEW ORLEANS – A house capable of floating atop rising floodwaters made its debut Tuesday in New Orleans alongside more than a dozen other homes built through actor Brad Pitt’s …

Katrina was ‘tipping point’ for Bush, ex-aide says

WASHINGTON – Hurricane Katrina not only pulverized the Gulf Coast in 2005, it knocked the bully pulpit out from under President George W. Bush, according to two former advisers who …