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  • The Fish That Ate the Whale

    'The Fish That Ate the Whale' is an elegantly written cautionary tale about how hubris can destroy a powerful company.

  • As Isaac floodwaters top levee, Plaquemines ordered to evacuate (+video)

    Plaquemines Parish officials have ordered a mandatory evacuation as flooding from Hurricane Isaac topped a levee Wednesday morning.

  • Saving Money 20 ways to save on your summer vacation

    Your summer vacation doesn't have to break the bank.  By being flexible in your travel plans, checking multiple sites for deals, and dining out less, you can save a bundle on your getaway.

  • New Orleans' razing craze aims to clear way for post-Katrina recovery

    New Orleans is on a mission to raze thousands of properties abandoned after hurricane Katrina. Many are in neighborhoods, such as the Lower Ninth Ward, where poor and minority residents were concentrated.

  • In Pictures It's Mardi Gras time all over the world!

    A dancer from the Mangueira samba school performs during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012.

  • New Orleans finds tropical storm Lee is no Katrina

    New Orleans finds tropical storm Lee is no Katrina

    So far, tropical storm Lee hasn't been a weather monster. Its rains brought relief to a drought in southern Louisiana and quenched a marsh fire that had blanketed New Orleans with smoke.

  • South African jazz after apartheid: Looking for a new direction

    South African jazz after apartheid: Looking for a new direction

    South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela says the protest songs of apartheid need a sequel and suggests how.

  • Photos of the Day Photos of the day 03/09

    Alberta skip Kevin Martin throws a rock against Saskatchewan during the 12th draw at the Brier curling championships in London, Ontario, Canada.

  • Fat Tuesday 2011: Top cities that celebrate Mardi Gras

    Fat Tuesday 2011: Top cities that celebrate Mardi Gras

    Partying has begun today in major cities to mark Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, a last gastronomical hurrah before the Christian fasts that start on Ash Wednesday and continue during the season of Lent. The festivities that precede Fat Tuesday are known as Carnival in Catholic European nations, Latin America, and Canada. They are known as Shrovetide in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and Mardi Gras in the US and Australia. The Mardi Gras season starts on twelfth night (January 5) and ends on Fat Tuesday, but the festivities and parade season usually last for only the few days nearest Fat Tuesday. Fat Tuesday 2011 falls on March 8, but the day falls on a different date every year depending on when Easter falls. This year Fat Tuesday is being celebrated later than any other Fat Tuesday in over 150 years. The festivities include rich, fatty foods, masks and elaborate costumes, balls, and large scale parades at which participants throw small gifts. In the early days of the Mardi Gras parades, participants would throw candy or nuts. The "throws" have since evolved to include whistles, trinkets, cups, fake money (called doubloons), beaded necklaces, oranges, and even coconuts.

  • Fat Tuesday: biggest crowds since Katrina? Big Easy hopes so.

    Fat Tuesday: biggest crowds since Katrina? Big Easy hopes so.

    Fat Tuesday celebration expected to be largest since hurricane Katrina. New Orleans firms need big influx of Fat Tuesday tourists.