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New Orleans Mayor Halts Evacuees' Return to City

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New Orleans Mayor Halts Evacuees' Return to City

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New Orleans Mayor Halts Evacuees' Return to City

New Orleans Mayor Halts Evacuees' Return to City

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A New Orleans police officer checks identification at a checkpoint on Interstate 10 heading into New Orleans, Sept. 19. Reuters hide caption

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Mayor Ray Nagin suspends his ambitious plan to reopen parts of New Orleans. He said he was concerned about the threat from Tropical Storm Rita, now moving west toward the Gulf of Mexico. The mayor was also under pressure from federal officials, including President Bush, who say the city is still unsafe.