Barges are backed up on the Mississippi River near a New Orleans canal, delaying some shipments of gasoline and diesel to nearby states, after a 90- year-old lock gate that controls traffic in the area broke.
Tropical Storm Karen may bring more than 8 inches (20 centimeters) of rain, isolated tornadoes and power outages to the U.S. Gulf Coast, where it is expected to go ashore over the weekend, forecasters said.
The deal came together behind the doors of a Louisiana psychiatric ward. John Skannal, 74, signed a document in October 2003 authorizing the sale of land handed down through eight generations of his family.
A tropical depression has formed out of a group of thunderstorms in the Gulf of Mexico, where BP Plc has suspended drilling a relief well to permanently plug the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.
Tropical Storm Bonnie has formed south of the Bahamas and is on a track to move across the southern tip of Florida and into the oil-fouled waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.