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  • Transocean agreed to pay $1.4 billion in fines and penalties as part of a plea deal for its negligence in the 2010 Gulf oil disaster. The company will pay $400 million, which will directly benefit Louisiana and Gulf Coast states' environments and marine habitats, and another $1 billion in Clean Water Act fines. ...

  • The U.S. Department of Justice may be zeroing in on former mayor Ray Nagin and his business deals, but Nagin began 2013 in an optimistic mood, tweeting, "Happy New Year! It's a new day in 2013. #13 reps 'new beginnings, cleansing & purification.' Get ready for a great year. God is good. Peace." ...

  • Rep. Nick Lorusso, R-New Orleans, may be joining the state Department of Veteran Affairs, according to syndicated political columnist John Maginnis. Lorusso, a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserves, is a candidate for the VA's legal counsel, Maginnis writes ...

  • The long-rumored reality show about former Gov. Edwin Edwards has a network, an official start date and a crystal-clear focus: EWE's much younger wife, Trina Scott Edwards. The Governor's Wife will debut on A&E Feb. 27 at 9 p.m., and, according to the network's official description, "follows Trina as she attempts to fit into the former governor's upscale world and busy social life while trying to get along with daughters twice her age and corral her teenage sons," as well as "fending off skeptics who think she's a golddigger." A&E concludes, "The Edwards clan truly represent a new take on the modern family." And of that, we have no doubt. — STAFF REPORTS

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