New Orleans area exports set record in 2013

Advocate staff file photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The New Orleans metro area set a record with $30 billion in exports in 2013 and ranked eighth nationally.

Exports from the New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner metropolitan area hit a record $30 billion, an increase of 23 percent, or $5.7 billion, from 2012 to 2013 — ranking it eighth in the nation. Goods exported from Louisiana supported 282,540 jobs in 2013, and the Baton Rouge and Lake Charles metro areas joined New Orleans among the country’s top 50… Continue reading →

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Video purports to show beheading of US journalist

EDS NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT - This image made from video posted on the Internet by Islamic State militants and provided by the SITE Intelligence Group, a U.S. terrorism watchdog, on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, purports to show journalist Steven Sotloff before he was beheaded. Sotloff had last been seen in Syria in August 2013 until he appeared in a video released online by the Islamic State group on Aug. 19, 2014, that showed the beheading of fellow American journalist James Foley. The Arabic text at the bottom of the frame translates to

BEIRUT — Islamic State extremists released a video Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warning President Barack Obama that as long as U.S. airstrikes against the militant group continue, “our knife will continue to strike… Continue reading →