A prehistoric shark, Carcharhinus tingae, whose teeth were found in the Louisiana State University’s (LSU) archives was named after a retiring official.
Louisiana, Mississippi states take stock of disaster inflicted by powerful Ida as death toll rises to four.
Residents are beginning the mammoth task of clearing up and repairing damage inflicted by Ida, which left one million homes and businesses in Lousiana and Mississippi without power potentially for weeks and caused at least four deaths.
Forecasters said Ida could make a US landfall as an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, generating winds of 225 kph with heavy downpours.
Heavy rainfall and flooding mar a weekend meant to hail a return to a post-Covid normality.
The Associated Press publishes a video, which authorities had refused to release, of the deadly arrest of Ronald Greene two years ago by Louisiana state troopers, showing them stunning, punching and dragging the unarmed man.
National Weather Service issues a winter storm warning for more than 100 million Americans living from east Texas to the East Coast state of Maryland.
Zeta crashes into storm-weary Louisiana with New Orleans squarely in its path, pelting homes and businesses with rain and howling winds, and knocking out power to thousands.
Delta is expected to continue weakening and is forecast to bring rain through Tennessee, Kentucky and the Ohio River Valley early next week.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Delta had already weakened to a Category 1 as it moved inland.
At least six people have been killed after the hurricane flooded streets, submerging or destroying buildings, and leaving more than 700,000 people without power in Louisiana and neighbouring Texas.
Hurricane Laura slams into southwest Louisiana, a marshy region particularly prone to storm surge and flooding, and also barrels toward heart of US oil industry, forcing oil rigs and refineries to shut down production.
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