Hotel in New Orleans evicts Katrina evacuees

A hotel threw out some 100 families who lost their homes to Hurricane Katrina, changing the locks to some rooms Saturday while people were moving out, before a judge issued an order blocking the evictions. Federal Emergency Management Agency spokesman James McIntyre said he hadn't known that the Maison St. Charles was evicting people whose bills were paid by the agency, and would send a community relations team immediately to the hotel to help them find new places to stay. Some tenants said they got their notices Monday, others on Tuesday - the day FEMA announced it would extend a Jan. 7 ending date for the federally subsidized hotel rooms for hurricane victims.