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Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin reports to federal prison

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin reports to federal prison

TEXARKANA, Texas, Sept. 8 (UPI) --Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin had a lot of company as he reported to a federal prison in Texas -- his wife, his children and a host of TV news crews.
Frances Burns
Presidents George W. Bush, Clinton kick off new scholars program

Presidents George W. Bush, Clinton kick off new scholars program

WASHINGTON, Sept. 8 (UPI) --Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush kicked off the Presidential Leadership Scholars program Monday with a friendly chat at the Newseum in Washington.
Frances Burns
Former New Orleans police officer gets 17 years for setting body on fire

Former New Orleans police officer gets 17 years for setting body on fire

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 15 (UPI) --A former New Orleans police officer was sentenced to 17 years Friday for burning the body of a man shot by other officers in the days after Hurricane Katrina.
Frances Burns
Hurricane forecasts good for energy

Hurricane forecasts good for energy

MIAMI, Aug. 8 (UPI) --Slow hurricane season forecast by NOAA good for gasoline prices, availability.
Daniel J. Graeber
Shale offsets many U.S. hurricane issues

Shale offsets many U.S. hurricane issues

WASHINGTON, June 4 (UPI) --Strong growth in onshore U.S. oil and gas production means fewer problems from hurricanes, the analytical arm of the U.S. Energy Department said Wednesday.
Daniel J. Graeber
Sandra Bullock gives surprise commencement speech at New Orleans high school

Sandra Bullock gives surprise commencement speech at New Orleans high school

NEW ORLEANS, May 20 (UPI) --Sandra Bullock surprised graduating seniors at Warren Easton High School in New Orleans on Monday.
Kate Stanton
Baton Rouge will host the 2014 Miss USA competition

Baton Rouge will host the 2014 Miss USA competition

March 13 (UPI) -- Donald Trump announced on Thursday that Baton Rouge will host this year's Miss USA competition.
Annie Martin
Banksy wall mural survives attempted theft

Banksy wall mural survives attempted theft

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- A piece of art by Banksy was nearly stolen out of the wall of its New Orleans building last Friday, but was saved by persistent bystanders.
Gabrielle Levy
Ex-New Orleans mayor found guilty of fraud

Ex-New Orleans mayor found guilty of fraud

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin was convicted of 20 charges of fraud for accepting payoffs for contracts.
Gabrielle Levy
Former New Orleans Mayor Nagin convicted in corruption trial

Former New Orleans Mayor Nagin convicted in corruption trial

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- A federal jury Wednesday found former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin guilty on 20 counts of corruption for taking bribes in exchange for awarding city contracts.
Deliberations in Nagin trial delayed

Deliberations in Nagin trial delayed

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Jury deliberations in former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin's corruption trial were delayed until Wednesday, a court official said Tuesday, citing a juror problem.
Nagin corruption case goes to jury

Nagin corruption case goes to jury

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin was called "a mayor on the take" Monday by prosecutors in closing arguments at his corruption trial.

Jury finds parish leaders not guilty of misconduct during Katrina

GRETNA, La., Feb. 6 (UPI) -- A Louisiana jury says a former parish president is innocent of "willful misconduct" in ordering the evacuation of pump operators during Hurricane Katrina.
Blacks disproportionately die from carbon monoxide

Blacks disproportionately die from carbon monoxide

WASHINGTON, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- African-Americans die at nearly twice their proportion of the U.S. population from generator-related carbon monoxide poisonings, a government agency says.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013.
By United Press International
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Hurricane Katrina
A man carries a baby through the flooded streets of New Orleans outside the cities Super Dome football stadium on August 31, 2005. Tens of thousands of displaced citizens sought shelter at the dome, before, during and after Hurricane Katrina, but have been forced to evacuate as floodwaters continue to rise throughout the area. (UPI Photo/Jeremy L. Grisham/Navy) .
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Hurricane Katrina of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season was the costliest natural disaster, as well as one of the five deadliest hurricanes, in the history of the United States. Among recorded Atlantic hurricanes, it was the sixth strongest overall. At least 1,836 people died in the actual hurricane and in the subsequent floods, making it the deadliest U.S. hurricane since the 1928 Okeechobee hurricane; total property damage was estimated at $81 billion (2005 USD), nearly triple the damage wrought by Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

Hurricane Katrina formed over the Bahamas on August 23, 2005 and crossed southern Florida as a moderate Category 1 hurricane, causing some deaths and flooding there before strengthening rapidly in the Gulf of Mexico. The storm weakened before making its second landfall as a Category 3 storm on the morning of Monday, August 29 in southeast Louisiana. It caused severe destruction along the Gulf coast from central Florida to Texas, much of it due to the storm surge. The most significant number of deaths occurred in New Orleans, Louisiana, which flooded as the levee system catastrophically failed, in many cases hours after the storm had moved inland. Eventually 80% of the city and large tracts of neighboring parishes became flooded, and the floodwaters lingered for weeks. However, the worst property damage occurred in coastal areas, such as all Mississippi beachfront towns, which were flooded over 90% in hours, as boats and casino barges rammed buildings, pushing cars and houses inland, with waters reaching 6–12 miles (10–19 km) from the beach.

The hurricane protection failures in New Orleans prompted a lawsuit against the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the designers and builders of the levee system as mandated by the Flood Control Act of 1965. Responsibility for the failures and flooding was laid squarely on the Army Corps in January 2008, but the federal agency could not be held financially liable due to sovereign immunity in the Flood Control Act of 1928. There was also an investigation of the responses from federal, state and local governments, resulting in the resignation of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) director Michael D. Brown, and of New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) Superintendent Eddie Compass.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Hurricane Katrina."
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