Many companies were hit hard by the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill last year. Fortunately, the government is starting to distribute some of the money BP set aside to compensate those who suffered financial hardship.
I grew up an Air Force brat who typically moved to a new place every three years. I switched schools, made friends, then had to write letters to stay in touch when I inevitably left. Except for a precious few, most of those friends went away forever, lost to memory, fading and eventually anonymous in aging photos.
The city of Biloxi, Mississippi, is in a financial rut. Its sales and gaming taxes have been sliding for two years. So the mayor is voluntarily taking a $90,000 pay cut and will supplement his income with retirement money.
Ordinary Americans made such extraordinary efforts to get people out of New Orleans in the chaos of Hurricane Katrina that it's somewhat shocking to remember that, before the storm, some people were evacuated to the Louisiana city, not out of it.
Hospitality provider Starwood Hotels announced Tuesday that it plans to create 12,000 new jobs worldwide in 2010, increasing its staff by more than 8%, with about half of the new positions located in the United States.
When I first heard that 42-year-old Affliction vice president Tom Atencio would be fighting a 20-something casino-card dealer in Biloxi, Miss., this Saturday, I assumed it was a publicity stunt. Middle-aged promoters/clothing company executives (or those UFC president Dana White refers to as "T-shirt makers") aren't exactly known for their ferocity in the ring. And if there's any MMA organization that could use a media boost heading into this summer, it's Affliction.
Flip through a rack of postcards in any Biloxi, Mississippi, gift shop, and along with images of magnolia trees and sunsets, you're likely to find a few satellite shots of Hurricane Katrina looming over the Gulf Coast. "Why not?" asks a store clerk downtown. "We lived it."
Addressing a group of cancer survivors and activists at a fundraiser in Biloxi, Miss., on Wednesday, Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts said "it was like the weight of the world was lifted" when she made her on-air disclosure about her diagnosis for breast cancer.
According to a new study by the Trust for America's Health, a research group that focuses on disease prevention, Mississippi is the first state where more than 30 percent of adults are considered obese.
As 2005 comes to an end, many people are contemplating the events, both personal and far-removed, of the past 12 months. CNN.com asked readers how they will remember 2005. Here are a few of their responses, some of which have been edited:
Three hundred Air Force members in Iraq and Afghanistan and elsewhere abroad will return to their Mississippi Air Force base "so they can attend to their families' needs after Hurricane Katrina," according to an Air Force command statement.
Hurricane Katrina's strike on Mississippi killed at least 54 people Monday, 50 of them in one county, state officials said, and caused what Gov. Haley Barbour called "catastrophic damage" along the coast.
Hurricane Katrina left at least 56 people dead Monday, about 50 of them in one Mississippi county, CNN confirmed, and the toll was expected to climb following one of the most powerful hurricanes to hit the northern Gulf Coast in a half century.