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Levee breaks flood New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Water from Lake Pontchartrain threatened New Orleans' historic French Quarter Tuesday after the tourist mecca was spared the brunt of Hurricane Katrina.

Retail gasoline prices slightly up

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- The average U.S. retail price of gasoline has risen slightly just one day after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast to $2.604 per gallon, AAA reported Tuesday.

Alabama bridge hit by loose oil platform

MOBILE, Ala., Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Alabama officials closed a key commercial bridge in Mobile that was struck by a 13,000-ton oil platform blown loose by Hurricane Katrina.

Weakened Katrina still packs a punch

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Hurricane Katrina was downgraded to a tropical storm Monday evening as it headed north, threatening Tennessee and the Ohio Valley with heavy rains.

Bush declares La., Miss. disaster areas

EL MIRAGE, Ariz., Aug. 29 (UPI) -- President Bush Monday declared major disasters in Louisiana and Mississippi hard-hit by Hurricane Katrina's wind and rain.

Katrina slams CNN mobile unit

GULFPORT, Miss., Aug. 29 (UPI) -- CNN's mobile storm center was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina in Gulfport, Miss., Monday, but there were no injuries.

Key natural gas terminal survives Katrina

ERATH, La., Aug. 29 (UPI) -- One of the most strategically important natural gas terminals in the United States survived Hurricane Katrina and was back in operation late Monday.

Natural gas hits record high

NEW YORK, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Crude oil prices Monday hit yet another nominal high as Hurricane Katrina forced the closure of nearly half of all Gulf of Mexico oil and natural gas output. High-quality crude for October delivery on the New York Mercantile Exchange hit $70.80 per barrel

U.S. stocks gain despite Gulf hurricane

NEW YORK, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Crude oil prices stepped back from early morning highs of more than $70 per barrel to help U.S. stocks post solid gains.

Katrini pounds Alabama

MOBILE, Ala., Aug. 29 (UPI) -- The Alabama National Guard began deploying troops as Hurricane Katrina plowed through the Gulf Coast.

U.S. energy business reels under Katrina

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Hurricane Katrina closed at least 12 percent of U.S. oil refining capacity Monday and closed nearly all Gulf of Mexico oil and gas production.

Superdome roof peels off

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- CNN reports the New Orleans Superdome, where 10,000 took shelter from Hurricane Katrina, has started leaking.

Stars flee Big Easy film sets

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Hurricane Katrina has shut down production on at least two Hollywood projects filming in the New Orleans area.

Katrina ruins student's college plans

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Hurricane Katrina has blown away at least for now the plans of 18-year-old Kyle Kogan of Chicago to attend Tulane University in New Orleans.

Barbour: Katrina a 'terrible storm'

JACKSON, Miss., Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour Monday characterized Hurricane Katrina as a "terrible storm," and prayed it would not chalk up a death toll like Camille's.

Katrina opens assault on Gulf Coast

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Hurricane Katrina brought heavy rain and high wind to the Gulf Coast Sunday, on course to make landfall Monday with near-160 mph winds and waves over 20 feet.

Oil production halted by Katrina

NEW YORK, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Oil prices surged higher after Hurricane Katrina forced producers in the Gulf of Mexico to halt production and evacuate workers.

1 million evacuated as Katrina approaches

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- An estimated 1 million people evacuated New Orleans and surrounding areas as Hurricane Katrina approached the Gulf Coast Sunday.

Hurricane Warning issued for Gul Coast

MIAMI, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- The National Hurricane Center in Miami issued a Hurricane Warning for the north Central Gulf Coast Saturday as Hurricane Katrina crossed the Gulf of Mexico.

Gulf Coast waits for Katrina

MOBILE, Ala., Aug. 27 (UPI) -- The Gulf Coast between New Orleans and the Florida Panhandle began battening down Saturday, preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Katrina.

Katrina strengthens, Florida views damage

MIAMI, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Forecasters warned late Friday Hurricane Katrina, currently crossing the Gulf of Mexico, could be a major hurricane by the time it hits land again.

Family boat missing in hurricane area

MIAMI, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- A family of five, including three children, was reported missing on a boat trip in the general area of Hurricane Katrina Friday off Florida.

2 killed by trees as Katrina makes land

MIAMI, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Hurricane Katrina, packing 80 mph winds, came ashore at about 7 p.m. Thursday between Hallandale Beach and North Miami Beach, Fla.

Fla. warns against price gouging

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Florida officials Thursday warned retailers against price gouging when Hurricane Katrina blows over the state.

Crude oil prices take a break from rising

NEW YORK, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Crude oil prices hit another nominal record Thursday because of fears over possible production interruptions in the Gulf of Mexico.
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