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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP has renewed its request for a federal appeals court to permanently block settlement payments to businesses that can't trace their losses directly to the company's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

In a court filing Monday, BP attorneys argued that a Dec. 24 ruling by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier will impose more "vast and unjustified costs" on the company unless a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overrules him.

Barbier said in last week's order that BP's settlement was designed to avoid the delays that would result from a "claim-by claim analysis" of whether each claim can be traced to the spill.

Earlier this month, the 5th Circuit panel ruled that Barbier erred when he initially refused to consider BP's "causation" arguments.

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ABITA SPRINGS, La. (AP) - For the Louisiana Church of Abita Springs, a Christmas present rolled into town last week on a flatbed trailer - albeit, in pieces.

The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/18IgSmh ) massive, ageless beams, clapboard walls, stained glass windows and hand-crafted wood artifacts were unloaded onto an empty lot on Main Street. That material will become a house of worship for the Baptist congregation and one of the oldest churches on Lake Pontchartrain's north shore.

What was once the All Saints Anglican Church in Granville Centre, Nova Scotia, where it was built 200 years ago, was disassembled board-by-board in 2009 after the Abita Springs church purchased the structure.

It was stored in Canada for nearly four years before being trucked 2,200 miles to the small western St. Tammany Parish town one week before Christmas.

Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Lottery Corp. says there won't be any Louisiana-based drawings on Christmas. There will be a drawing in the multi-state Powerball lottery, which is based in Orlando, Fla.

Lottery offices will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

Tickets for the daily Pick 3 and Pick 4 games bought after the draw close on Tuesday will be good for the next regularly scheduled drawing on Thursday. Easy 5 and Lotto tickets purchased after the draw close on Saturday will be good for the next regularly scheduled drawing on Dec. 28.

Advance plays on Pick 3 and Pick 4 won't be available for Wednesday, Dec. 25, which will be skipped on any Pick 3, Pick 4, Easy 5 and Lotto multidraw ticket.

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MONROE, La. (AP) - Alex Hamilton led Louisiana Tech with 17 points, nine rebounds and five assists on Sunday in an 83-61 victory over Louisiana-Monroe.

Michale Kyser put Louisiana Tech up by 20 with a layup just 8 seconds into the second half and the Bulldogs never allowed ULM to get any closer.

Jaron Johnson and Cordarius Johnson each scored 12. Michale Kyser added 10 points and four blocks for the Bulldogs who shot 32 for 56 (57.1 percent).

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PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - A Louisiana man died after a 12-foot boat capsized in the waters off Pensacola.

The Coast Guard and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission say Brent Wilson of Pensacola and Brent Keller of Metairie, La., floated for hours after waves intheir boat Thursday.

Lt. Doug Berryman of the wildlife commission tells the Pensacola News Journal (http://on.pnj.com/JT4wNt ) that both men put on life jackets. However, no other boats were in the area and they had no flares or radio equipment.

Berryman says that after about eight hours in the water, Keller removed his life jacket. He says Wilson tried to hold onto Keller for about an hour, but Keller eventually sank.

Wilson managed to swim to shore early Friday. Keller's body was found near Fort Pickens National Seashore.

Information from: Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal, http://www.pensacolanewsjournal.com

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By CHRIS BURROWS
Associated Press

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Marshall Henderson scored 26 points and sparked a decisive 14-1 surge in the opening three minutes of the second half Wednesday as Mississippi defeated Louisiana-Monroe 75-62.

Ole Miss (8-2) used three consecutive three-point shots from Henderson in the decisive run to build an insurmountable 51-34 lead with 16:52 left.

Henderson finished 6 of 13 from 3-point range and added three rebounds and two steals.

LaDarius White added 13 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Rebels, who shot 22 of 54, 40.7 percent, from the field. The Rebels led 37-33 at halftime and by as many as 20 points in the second half.

Louisiana-Monroe (3-3) was led by Amos Olatayo and Tylor Ongwae with 17 and 12 points, respectively. The Warhawks outrebounded Ole Miss 45-33, including a game-high 11 rebounds from Jayon James.

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RUSTON, La. (AP) - Raheem Appleby scored 23 points on Tuesday night, including three 3-pointers, and Louisiana Tech beat McNeese State 64-50.

The lead changed hands four times until Kenneth Smith made a layup at 8:09 in the first half to put Louisiana Tech (9-3-) up 22-21. Appleby hit a 3-pointer and a dunk to make it 27-23, then hit a jumper with 3 seconds to go and Louisiana Tech led 39-30 at halftime. Appleby, the team's leading scorer with an average of 16.1 points per game, had 19 points in the half.

Lousiana Tech went on a 9-1 run to open the second half, then pulled away, getting good penetration into the paint - Michale Kyser made two dunks and Cordarius Johnson threw one down.

Kyser scored 14 points and the Bulldogs outshot McNeese State (2-8) 38.3 percent from the field to 33.3 percent.

Ledrick Eackles led the Cowboys with 11 points.

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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Shawn Long was perfect from the floor, hitting all 12 of his shots, totaling a career-high 30 points to lead Louisiana-Lafayette to a dominating 103-69 victory over Division III Centenary Tuesday night.

Four other Louisiana-Lafayette (8-3) players were in double figures as Kasey Shepherd had 19, making 7 of 9 field goals, Elfrid Payton had 15, Kevin Brown 11 and Vieux Kande 10.

The Ragin' Cajuns were hot from the floor, hitting 39 of 61 shots.

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ST. GABRIEL, La. (AP) - Louisiana corrections officials are touting a program in which prisoners provide obedience training to dogs set for adoption.

Three of those dogs were set Monday to be part of "graduation" ceremonies at the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women in St. Gabriel. State officials say a fourth dog, a therapy dog trained at the women's prison, will be placed in the next few weeks with a wounded veteran who is struggling with posttraumatic stress disorder.

The program aims to increase adoption of dogs, helping them move from local animal shelters to permanent homes.

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says George Rodrigue is leaving a legacy larger than the "Blue Dog" paintings that made the artist famous.

Rodrigue, a southwest Louisiana native, died of cancer Saturday in Houston. He was 69.

The family says funeral arrangements will be announced Monday.

Jindal says Rodrigue's work "is iconic and uniquely Louisiana," making the artist an ambassador for the state. The governor says there are countless stories and examples of Rodrigue's charity work to help people in the state.

Jindal notes that in addition to the many Blue Dog canvases and paintings of Cajun life, Rodrigue painted images of world leaders such as former presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

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