wildlife officials are treating the deaths of six dolphins on the Gulf Coast as oil-related -- even though other factors may be to blame.
Blair Mase of the National Marine Fisheries Service said that the carcasses have been found in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama since May 2.
Samples have been sent for testing to see whether a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was responsible.
Mase and animal rescue coordinator Michele Kelley in Louisiana said none of the carcasses had obvious signs of oil. It is common for dead dolphins to wash up at this time of year when they are in shallow waters to calve.
Man jailed for Obama threats
A 47-year-old New Orleans man has been sentenced for making death threats against President Barack Obama.
A US District Judge yesterday sentenced John Turnpaugh to three years in prison for the charge and another five years for possession of marijuana and four firearms.
Turnpaugh admitted calling a New Orleans Police Department emergency operator on December 30 and saying he was going to kill the President and his wife.
Iconic bag designer dies
Giuliana Coen Camerino, designer of handbags carried by Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor and others, has died at the age of 90.
Camerino died yesterday in Venice, home of the fashion house she founded in 1945 called Roberta di Camerino, after suddenly falling ill.
Camerino is credited with making handbags a fashion item. Her distinctive and timeless bags would typically sport brass clasps created by Venetian craftsman.