NEW ORLEANS CELEBRATES FIRST MARDI GRAS SINCE HURRICANE KATRINA
Eric Whitaker poses for a picture on Bourbon Street in New Orleans on Mardi Gras, February 28, 2006. Six months after Hurricane Katrina wrecked the region, somewhat smaller but enthusiastic crowds turned out to celebrate Fat Tuesday. (UPI Photo/A.J. Sisco)
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U.S. officials said a plane was escorted from restricted air space in Florida, where President Obama is spending President's Day weekend at a gated golf club.
Police in Columbia, Tenn., said a surveillance video shows a man trying to run down a woman with his pickup truck, starting a series of disasters.
A federal grand jury has subpoenaed e-mails and records of Dr. Eric Whitaker, one of President Obama's closest Chicago friends, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Michelle Obama's job at the University of Chicago Medical Center included responsibility for a program to steer the uninsured away from its emergency room.
Illinois reported its 10th West Nile disease death of the year Thursday.
Confirmation of two new cases of West Nile disease in Illinois has brought the 2004 total to 56 cases of the mosquito-borne illness, two more than 2003.
Illinois public health officials say a second person has died of West Nile encephalitis this year as the number of cases rose to 44.
The number of West Nile cases in Illinois, which led the nation in the disease two years ago, has reached 34, Illinois Public Health officials said.
A 51-year-old northern Illinois woman has been confirmed as the 24th case of West Nile disease in the state this year, public health officials said.
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