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Outside my window, the wind is starting to die down, although it still comes through in gusts, sending branches and debris tumbling down the deserted street outside. The power's been out since 4 a.m. Life has skidded to a slow crawl, with no data available on my smartphone and no Internet to tell me when the storm might subside.

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French Quarter curfew: No kids under 16updated: Tue Feb 21 2012 10:22:00

New Orleans cracks down with a new teenage curfew around Mardi Gras. CNN's Ed Lavandera reports.

Barge collision spills oil into the Mississippiupdated: Mon Feb 20 2012 02:30:00

A barge collision near New Orleans spilled oil into the Mississippi River on Friday, prompting authorities to close a five-mile stretch of the waterway.

Mardi Gras beyond bare breastsupdated: Fri Feb 10 2012 11:30:00

If you've never been to Mardi Gras, you may think it's all about beads for boobs.

2007: Filming memories of the stormupdated: Fri Jan 27 2012 11:08:00

Filmmaker Spike Lee and CNN's Soledad O'Brien talk with teens in New Orleans about life after Katrina.

Schedule of 2011-12 college bowl gamesupdated: Mon Jan 02 2012 09:31:00

The following is a list of the 2011-2012 college football bowl games, ending with the BCS National Championship Game in New Orleans on January 9:

'The Weight of New Orleans': Katrina survivor drops 175 poundsupdated: Sat Dec 31 2011 04:19:00

In New Orleans, food is a way of life -- it's as ingrained there as Spanish moss and Bourbon Street. Gumbo flows like the sweet sounds of jazz; po-boys are stuffed with fried shrimp from the bayous where the Acadian settlers chose to place their roots.

Lawmaker wants military patrols after child's murderupdated: Mon Dec 19 2011 21:56:00

A Louisiana lawmaker wants the National Guard to patrol the streets of New Orleans after a toddler who was four days shy of her second birthday was shot and killed in a drive-by.

8 voyages of a lifetimeupdated: Wed Nov 02 2011 08:18:00

The romance of long ocean and river voyages of history holds powerful sway over the dreams of many world travelers. But there's no need to relegate the great voyage to the realm of books and dreams -- many can still be done today in classic style.

Shooting mars New Orleans Halloweenupdated: Tue Nov 01 2011 10:33:00

Police say a shooting occurred early Tuesday morning as a large crowd celebrated Halloween in New Orleans.

Tropical depression forms in Gulf; coastal states brace for stormupdated: Thu Sep 01 2011 21:47:00

Oil companies evacuated workers from offshore wells, New Orleans prepared for possible flooding and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency as a tropical depression formed Thursday in the Gulf of Mexico.

Katrina evacuees shift Houston's identityupdated: Mon Aug 15 2011 16:31:00

A logo painted on the floor of Terrence Gasper's barbershop says it all: "New Orleans' finest."

New Orleans cops convicted in post-Katrina shootings caseupdated: Fri Aug 05 2011 16:12:00

Five current or former police officers were found guilty Friday on a combined 25 counts of civil rights violations tied to fatal shootings on New Orleans' Danziger Bridge in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Justice Department officials said.

Jury weighs if New Orleans cops wrongly shot men after Katrinaupdated: Wed Aug 03 2011 13:57:00

Jurors began deliberations Wednesday in the trial of five current or former police officers in connection with shootings on a New Orleans bridge in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Essence Music Festival in New Orleans: Kanye West, Usher and Jennifer Hudson Will Performupdated: Fri Jul 01 2011 14:29:00

The power acts will join New Edition, who will reunite for the event after 30 years

Jury set to weigh if New Orleans cops wrongly shot men after Katrinaupdated: Thu Jun 23 2011 18:22:00

A federal jury was finalized Thursday to decide the fate of five current and former New Orleans officers, who face charges of covering up shootings of civilians in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, an aide to a federal judge told CNN.

First bay of Louisiana spillway opensupdated: Sun May 15 2011 18:59:00

The Morganza spillway is opened to ease the swollen Mississippi and avoid damage downstream. CNN's Barbara Hall reports.

Floodwaters roll toward 'last place on Earth that needs high water'updated: Wed May 11 2011 22:22:00

As a historic crest of the swollen Mississippi River rolls southward, residents throughout the river region are on high alert and braced for the possibility of more flooding in the days ahead.

Army Corps battles rising Mississippi from Memphis to New Orleansupdated: Mon May 09 2011 21:57:00

Waging war against historic flooding in eight Midwestern and Southern states, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened a spillway north of New Orleans on Monday in an effort to calm the rising Mississippi River.

New Orleans Jazz Fest after hoursupdated: Fri May 06 2011 15:13:00

The population of New Orleans isn't big enough that local bands can play to a new crowd every week, so when New Orleans musicians want to make money and new fans, they usually hit the road.

New Orleans airport runway closed half the day after emergency landingupdated: Mon Apr 04 2011 19:41:00

Almost 10 hours after a United Airlines airplane ran off the runway Monday, crews finally removed the wayward plane from its landing site at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, an airport spokeswoman said.

Spring storm batters New Orleans areaupdated: Wed Mar 30 2011 13:32:00

A powerful spring storm packing hail, heavy rain and strong winds caused extensive damage just south of New Orleans, Tuesday evening, authorities said.

Teen killed, 4 others wounded in New Orleans restaurant shootingupdated: Sun Mar 13 2011 05:49:00

Police in New Orleans were looking Sunday for a person who opened fire in a restaurant, killing one teen and wounding four others.

Frenchmen Street: The real New Orleansupdated: Thu Mar 03 2011 22:09:00

Frenchmen Street offers local music and culture that can't be found on Bourbon.

Frenchmen Street: Finding the real New Orleansupdated: Thu Mar 03 2011 22:09:00

To say I was looking for the real New Orleans is perhaps an unfair statement, considering that Bourbon Street, despite all of its annoyances, is just as real as anything else in the Crescent City. But for music and culture, it just wasn't the New Orleans I was looking for.

Saving souls and the planet go togetherupdated: Tue Oct 19 2010 08:03:00

Last October, the Ecumenical Patriarchate convened an international, interdisciplinary and interfaith symposium in New Orleans on the Mississippi River, the eighth in a series of high-level conferences exploring the impact of our lifestyle and consumption on our planet's major bodies of water.

1 killed, 4 hurt in New Orleans shootingupdated: Tue Sep 07 2010 09:59:00

A woman was killed and four others wounded after a shooting in New Orleans' 7th Ward, police said early Monday morning. Off-Duty Hollywood: Sandra Bullock's a New Orleans Do-Gooderupdated: Wed Sep 01 2010 10:31:00

Plus: Cameron Diaz's birthday celebration with A-Rod and more star sightings

A photographer's perspective on New Orleansupdated: Mon Aug 30 2010 09:36:00

Five years after Hurricane Katrina struck, Conrad Wyre III is disappointed and disillusioned with the lack of progress made in New Orleans.

New Orleans tourism recoveringupdated: Mon Aug 30 2010 09:17:00

Five years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans tourism is roaring back, as CNN's Tom Foreman explains.

New Orleans skeptical about new leveesupdated: Mon Aug 30 2010 09:11:00

CNN's Tom Foreman explains why some New Orleans residents have doubts about reinforced levees.

New Orleans: The challenges aheadupdated: Sun Aug 29 2010 07:51:00

Some areas of New Orleans are still struggling after Katrina. CNN's John Roberts spoke with the city's mayor.

New Orleans resilient but still strugglingupdated: Sun Aug 29 2010 07:51:00

Cynthia Morrison purchased her first home on August 1, 2005. Hurricane Katrina wiped her New Orleans East home off the map before she could make her first house payment.

New Orleans schools get $1.8 billion for Katrina damageupdated: Fri Aug 27 2010 06:20:00

The federal government will award $1.8 billion to New Orleans schools damaged by Hurricane Katrina, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana, said Wednesday.

Actor rebuilds New Orleans neighborhoodupdated: Thu Aug 26 2010 15:05:00

CNN's Soledad O'Brien's latest documentary, "New Orleans Rising," airs August 21 and 22 at 8 pm ET.

Today's New Orleans a tale of two citiesupdated: Wed Aug 25 2010 17:12:00

Five years ago this month, Katrina hit New Orleans. What it created is a tale of two cities, the haves vs. the have-nots. Enormous progress in the city's Business District overshadows the lingering blight in the 9th Ward and St. Bernard Parish, where folks are still struggling to rebuild and many lots remain empty.

New Orleans community rises and shinesupdated: Mon Aug 23 2010 13:10:00

Pontchartrain Park was -- and still is -- the American dream. The historic African-American neighborhood was born in the 1950s, emerging at the height of the Civil Rights era and Jim Crow segregation laws.

A family affair in 'The Park'updated: Mon Aug 23 2010 09:55:00

For the full story of the families of Pontchartrain Park, watch "New Orleans Rising" Aug. 21 and 22nd.

New Orleans suburb rises from Katrina's shadowupdated: Mon Aug 23 2010 09:55:00

"This can be yours," the black-and-white newspaper advertisement promised above an image of a tree-lined ranch home in Pontchartrain Park.

'New Orleans Rising'updated: Fri Aug 20 2010 14:17:00

Watch the trailer for "New Orleans Rising," which chronicles the rebuilding of Pontchartrain Park.

New Orleans mayor tells media group BP is 'poised to cut and run'updated: Thu Aug 19 2010 18:07:00

New Orleans, Louisiana, Mayor Mitch Landrieu walked a political tightrope Thursday in Washington, D.C., as he assessed the progress of his city for a luncheon audience at the National Press Club.

New Orleans Rising - Teacher and Parent Guideupdated: Wed Aug 18 2010 19:14:00

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'Finish strong' to rebuild New Orleansupdated: Sat Aug 14 2010 09:12:00

When we started thinking about the contents of this piece, our first thought was to highlight all of the progress, accomplishments and successes that the St. Bernard Project has achieved since Katrina.

Study finds New Orleans richer after Katrinaupdated: Wed Aug 04 2010 17:29:00

New Orleans is richer than it was before Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, but largely because many of its poor have not returned since the storm, according to a report released Wednesday.

Officers charged in New Orleans bridge deaths to appear in courtupdated: Fri Jul 16 2010 12:05:00

Four New Orleans police officers accused of killing two men after Hurricane Katrina are scheduled to appear in federal courtrooms Friday.

U.S. files intent to appeal ruling on deep drilling banupdated: Wed Jun 23 2010 22:42:00

Obama administration lawyers have filed intent-to-appeal documents in federal court in New Orleans, Louisiana, signally their intention to appeal Tuesday's ruling striking down a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling.

New Orleans asking BP for $75 million tourism grantupdated: Mon Jun 21 2010 10:28:00

Hoping to send the message that the Big Easy is open for business, the city of New Orleans has asked BP for a grant of $75 million over three years to mitigate any long-term effects the Gulf oil disaster may have on its tourism, the head of the city's Convention and Visitors Bureau told CNN Monday.

Music of 'Treme' captures flavor of New Orleansupdated: Thu Jun 17 2010 15:41:00

The music of New Orleans, Louisiana, is more than just Dixieland jazz, Professor Longhair and Pete Fountain.

Use Mississippi River to stop the oilupdated: Mon Jun 14 2010 07:20:00

Every catastrophe has its unsung heroes. In BP's oil spill disaster, one such hero is not a person but a river: the Mississippi River. But the river's strength is flagging, and unless our leaders change what the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is doing, things could get a lot worse for our coastal marshes.

More oil workers fall sick on the jobupdated: Sat May 29 2010 18:03:00

At least two more oil spill cleanup workers have been hospitalized after feeling ill on the job, according to local shrimpers who are assisting in the recovery effort along the Gulf Coast.

Gulf Coast chefs, fishermen fight tide of misinformationupdated: Tue May 25 2010 16:11:00

Gulf Coast chefs and fishing advocates claim, "Come on in; the water's fine!" but find themselves facing a public awash in apprehension over potentially oil-tainted seafood.

CNNMoney: When construction potholes swallow shoppersupdated: Mon May 24 2010 11:32:00

Whether it's road resurfacing, sidewalk repairs or a sewer upgrade, public works projects can wreak havoc on local businesses -- and thanks to stimulus money, 2010 has been full of them.

New Orleans mayor asks feds to review city police forceupdated: Thu May 06 2010 21:38:00

The new mayor of New Orleans has asked the Justice Department to review the city's embattled police department.

Devotee shares Jazz Fest tipsupdated: Fri Apr 23 2010 10:07:00

Time to slap on the sunscreen, print the "cubes" and head out to the fairgrounds for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

7 injured in New Orleans shootingupdated: Sun Apr 11 2010 02:23:00

Two gunmen remain on the loose after a shooting in New Orleans, Louisiana that left seven people wounded, authorities said.

CNN Fact Check: Where was the first U.S. Mardi Gras held?updated: Tue Feb 16 2010 13:12:00

The merriment and mayhem of Mardi Gras comes to a climactic end on Fat Tuesday. But where did the celebration begin?

New Orleans is storming backupdated: Mon Feb 15 2010 07:38:00

In September of 2005, no one could have anticipated what we saw in New Orleans last week. What happened on the football field and parade route after the Saints' Super Bowl victory is amazing and uplifting. But what's happening elsewhere in New Orleans also rises to that standard.

Education chief apologizes for 'dumb thing' on New Orleansupdated: Tue Feb 02 2010 14:33:00

Education Secretary Arne Duncan has spent the past couple days backpedaling from comments he made Sunday suggesting that Hurricane Katrina was good for New Orleans' failing schools.

New Orleans a test case for global warmingupdated: Tue Dec 08 2009 12:16:00

Copenhagen, Denmark, is 5,000 miles away from New Orleans, Louisiana. But representatives of the 192 nations gathering this week at the climate change conference need to keep the memory of a flooded New Orleans in mind.

New Orleans mayor learns about disaster response in Cubaupdated: Sat Oct 17 2009 14:38:00

New Orleans, Louisiana, Mayor Ray Nagin arrived in Cuba late Friday on a mission to learn about how to deal with storms, a spokeswoman said.

On New Orleans visit, Obama tells critics, 'I'm just getting started'updated: Thu Oct 15 2009 16:45:00

Before a cheering crowd at a town hall meeting in New Orleans, President Obama fired back at critics who accuse him of accomplishing little in his nine months in office, saying "I'm just getting started."

Rebuilding New Orleansupdated: Thu Oct 15 2009 16:45:00's blogger bunch weighs in on President Obama's handling of New Orleans compared to President Bush.

Commentary: Does Obama care about New Orleans?updated: Fri Aug 28 2009 09:45:00

I spent much of this month in my adopted hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana. Uncharacteristically for August, the streets and restaurants and galleries and music clubs were largely full and throbbing with energy.

CNNMoney: Black businesses hit hard in New Orleansupdated: Thu Aug 20 2009 14:30:00

Brad Pitt ensured that the nation noticed Hurricane Katrina's utter destruction to hundreds of shotgun houses and Creole cottages in New Orleans' working-class Lower Ninth Ward.

CNNMoney: New Orleans: Fastest growing city in the U.S.updated: Wed Jul 01 2009 12:02:00

The Big Easy is making a big comeback. New Orleans has steadily won back some of the population it lost in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, according to a government report released Wednesday.

Culinary competitionupdated: Wed Jun 03 2009 18:01:00

In New Orleans, restaurants fight the recession, counting on word of mouth and hard work. Sean Callebs reports.

New Orleans restaurants struggle to stay afloatupdated: Wed Jun 03 2009 18:01:00

Patrons at Mat and Naddie's restaurant in New Orleans may start with mouth-watering shrimp and crawfish croquettes. Or if they are feeling a tad more adventurous, they might try the artichoke, sun-dried tomato and roasted garlic cheesecake.

New Orleans Jazz Festival: 'Trombone Shorty'updated: Tue Apr 28 2009 08:56:00

Of all the amazing New Orleans, Louisiana, musicians, my favorite could be Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews.

Music lovers mark 40 years of Jazz Festupdated: Mon Apr 27 2009 09:49:00

While attending the first Louisiana Heritage Fair in Congo Square 40 years ago, legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson and influential jazz artist Duke Ellington spontaneously led a brass band and crowd of second-line revelers on a parade through the festival grounds.

Fredricka visits jazz festupdated: Mon Apr 27 2009 09:49:00

CNN's Fredricka Whitfield surprises Kyra and Sean during a quick trip to Jazz Fest.

A meal-by-meal guide to the Big Easyupdated: Tue Feb 24 2009 10:59:00

Nothing, but nothing, has the power to spoil New Orleans' appetite. The people of this city love to eat, and they eat it all -- from simply fried oysters and perfectly dressed po' boys to cutting-edge dishes served Cajun style. Here, a meal-by-meal primer of the Big Easy from a lucky visitor who came to eat and stayed to listen.

Commentary: Let's treasure the old along with the newupdated: Sun Jan 18 2009 19:18:00

On the dawn of the most historic inauguration of our time, we nervously await "change we can believe in."

New Orleans ranks highest in crime, survey findsupdated: Mon Nov 24 2008 10:21:00

A controversial ranking of U.S. cities' crime rates indicates New Orleans, Louisiana, has the worst crime rate, while a New York exurb has the lowest.

Bill Clinton: How we can work together to create a stronger worldupdated: Wed Sep 24 2008 18:00:00

If we want to build a stronger, more sustainable world for future generations, one with more partners and fewer enemies, we have to work together. Hurricane Fatigue in New Orleans?updated: Tue Sep 09 2008 17:00:00

After Gustav -- and with Ike still a threat -- residents are starting to wonder whether evacuation fever has gone too far Gustav Evacuees Head Homeupdated: Wed Sep 03 2008 13:00:00

The 2 million evacuees chased away by the threat of Hurricane Gustav tried to make their way home

Gustav smashes carsupdated: Tue Sep 02 2008 21:32:00

Hurricane Gustav smashed cars and downed power lines in Louisiana.

Louisianans can return to powerless homesupdated: Tue Sep 02 2008 21:32:00

New Orleans residents can begin returning to their homes on Thursday, Mayor Ray Nagin said Tuesday night, but he urged them to be aware of the hardships they will face. New Orleans: The Ones Who Stayedupdated: Tue Sep 02 2008 11:00:00

A bar owner won't be among the thousands streaming back into the city, which was spared the worst of Gustav

Family finds shelter, seeks comfortupdated: Tue Sep 02 2008 08:00:00

Sixteen-year-old Tanya Simon is trying to keep spirits up inside the hall that has become home to families fleeing Hurricane Gustav. New Orleans Largely Spared by Gustavupdated: Tue Sep 02 2008 01:00:00

Mayor Ray Nagin warned New Orleans evacuees scattered across the country by Hurricane Gustav they may have to wait in shelters and motels a few days longer

Hunkered down iReporter: 'It's a very scary situation'updated: Tue Sep 02 2008 00:19:00

Megan Arseneaux awoke Monday to Hurricane Gustav's extreme winds whipping leaves and other debris across her backyard.

New Orleans emptyupdated: Tue Sep 02 2008 00:19:00

iReporter Christopher Sarpy shows us how dead New Orleans looks after the evacuations.

Concerns about New Orleans-area levee easeupdated: Mon Sep 01 2008 23:42:00

Efforts to bolster a private New Orleans-area levee that had been in danger of failing because of Hurricane Gustav appeared to be working Monday night, the president of a parish said.

Warning for lootersupdated: Mon Sep 01 2008 19:48:00

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin warns looters what consequences they'll face.

The science of tracking Gustavupdated: Mon Sep 01 2008 19:38:00

Hurricanes can be some of the deadliest forces of nature, but they also follow a set of patterns and rules when they form.

Why he won't leaveupdated: Mon Sep 01 2008 19:38:00

CNN's Gary Tuchman reports on a New Orleans man who has a sad and startling reason for staying in town. Gustav Fades Going Toward New Orleansupdated: Mon Sep 01 2008 19:00:00

Hurricane Gustav slammed into the heart of Louisiana's fishing and oil industry with 110 mph winds Monday, delivering only a glancing blow to New Orleans

Grand Isle shutdownupdated: Mon Sep 01 2008 16:28:00

CNN's Ali Velshi reports from Grand Isle, Louisiana, where dozens of oil platforms have been shut down.

Holdouts stay on as Gustav approachesupdated: Mon Sep 01 2008 10:45:00

Ronald "Jug" Dufrene sent his family away over the weekend, but he is riding out Hurricane Gustav on his shrimp boat docked 20 miles south of New Orleans in Lafitte, Louisiana. Will Louisiana's Levees Hold?updated: Mon Sep 01 2008 10:00:00

While its winds have diminished, the storm surge poses potential hazards to lowlands -- and to political careers

Louisianan worries about what he left behind as he flees Gustavupdated: Sun Aug 31 2008 23:35:00

Roberto Ascencio has lived in the New Orleans area for 30 years, 28 of them on the West Bank of the Mississippi River.

New Orleans begins evacuationsupdated: Sun Aug 31 2008 23:35:00

CNN's Susan Roesgen reports on evacuations from New Orleans, ahead of Hurricane Gustav. New Orleans Braces for Gustavupdated: Sun Aug 31 2008 15:00:00

With another potentially devastating hurricane bearing down, residents with memories of Katrina aren't taking any chances

Mandatory evacuations to begin Sunday morning in New Orleansupdated: Sun Aug 31 2008 00:38:00

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin ordered a mandatory evacuation of the city beginning 8 a.m. Sunday but urged residents to consider escaping "the mother of all storms" before then.

Behind the Scenes: Fear and pride in New Orleansupdated: Sat Aug 30 2008 21:51:00

On arrival in New Orleans, our sentiments were the same: Is this really possible? Evacuation Orders for New Orleansupdated: Sat Aug 30 2008 14:00:00

Mayor Ray Nagin gave the mandatory evacuation order late Saturday, but all day New Orleans residents took to buses, trains, planes and cars to flee from the path of Hurricane Gustav

Anxiety abounds as New Orleans braces for another hitupdated: Sat Aug 30 2008 09:02:00

The air in and around New Orleans is electrified with anticipation -- and anxiety.

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