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Halliburton reaches $1.1B oil spill settlement

HOUSTON (AP) - Halliburton says it has agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle a substantial portion of plaintiff claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The settlement, which is subject to court approval, will be paid into a trust until appeals are resolved over the next two years.

Halliburton was BP PLC's cement contractor on the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf in April 2010, killing 11 workers and triggering the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

The deal will settle claims assigned to Halliburton as a result of BP's settlement in 2012 and punitive damages from the loss of property or commercial fishing activity resulting from the oil spill.


Woman booked in shooting at apartments

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Police in New Orleans say they have arrested a woman who initially told officers she shot a man who tried to force his way into her apartment.

Officers tell Nola.comThe Times-Picayune that 26-year-old Martynenez Grigsby was booked in connection with the shooting of a 20-year-old man on Monday afternoon at a Poydras Street apartment complex.

Police did not identify the victim but say he was listed in stable condition at a local hospital.

Investigators say Grigsby refused to cooperate during their investigation and was booked on one count of aggravated battery. They did not provide additional information on the incident.

It was not immediately clear whether Grigsby has an attorney.


Alligator harvest to start at refuge

CAMERON, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says the annual alligator harvest will start Wednesday at the Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge in Cameron and Vermilion parishes.

The refuge will open the public each day at 10 a.m. during the harvest and will close at sunset.

Officials say the delayed openings will be in effect for at least a week, or until trappers exhaust their quotas for the controlled harvest.

The refuge covers 26 miles of coastal southwest Louisiana.


Pedestrian struck, killed in Raceland

RACELAND, La. (AP) - State police say a 26-year-old man died after he was struck Monday night as he walked along the North Service Road in Raceland.

The victim was identified as Jace Sevin of Lockport.

Investigators say Seven was struck by a vehicle driven by 18-year-old Jean Claude Pierre of Raceland at about 8 p.m.

Sevin was taken to St. Anne Hospital in Lafourche Parish where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators say impairment is suspected for Sevin and toxicology tests will be performed.

No charges have been filed in the case but troopers say the accident remains under investigation.


Maurepas man dies in Ascension wreck

GONZALES, La. (AP) - Authorities in Ascension Parish say a Maurepas man died Monday in a single-vehicle crash on Louisiana Highway 22.

State police tell The Advocate that 37-year-old Robert Falcon Jr. was driving a GMC Yukon eastbound shortly before 3:15 a.m.

Investigators say the SUV ran off the road at a curve, then re-entered the highway and flipped several times.

Falcon was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales where he later died.

Troopers continue to investigate the cause of the accident.


New Orleans man dies in Plaquemines crash

BELLE CHASSE, La. (AP) - State police say a New Orleans man died Monday evening in a single-vehicle wreck on Louisiana Highway 23 in Plaquemines Parish.

Troopers say the accident happened at about 6 p.m. The victim was identified as Joseph Chevis.

Investigators say Chevis was driving a Chevrolet Suburban southbound when he drove off the highway and through a fence.

The vehicle struck an embankment before coming to a stop in front of a house.

Chevis was pronounced dead at the scene.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.


Tropical Storm Dolly forms off Mexico's coast

MIAMI (AP) - Tropical Storm Dolly has formed off Mexico's coast over the Bay of Campeche.

The storm's maximum sustained winds early Tuesday are near 45 mph with additional strengthening forecast until it makes landfall on Mexico's coast. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Dolly will approach Mexico's coast by Tuesday night and move inland by Wednesday morning.

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