Death toll at 972, expected to rise
"Officials ended their door-to-door sweep for corpses finding far fewer bodies than once feared and some schoolchildren returned to classes as New Orleans revved up efforts to recover from Hurricane Katrina. The search for Katrina victims ended in Louisiana with a death toll substantially less than the 10,000 victims some officials feared. A private company hired by the state to remove bodies was on call if any others were found. The toll Tuesday stood at 972, eight more than Monday, the state health department said."