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Hurricane Gustav batters Louisiana's southern coast

NEW ORLEANS -- Hurricane Gustav rammed ashore against the depopulated southern coast of Louisiana this morning, weakened but still dangerous as it aimed west of New Orleans with high winds and volatile storm surges. Gustav roared into the mainland near the small town of Cocodrie just after 10 a.m. CDT, the National Hurricane Center in Miami reported. The storm had reduced in strength overnight to a Category 2 storm, driving sustained winds of 110 miles an hour that bent trees, spawned funnel clouds and filled the air with slanting rain and flying debris. The hurricane's diminished assault and its westward arc away from New Orleans raised hopes among public officials that after...