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  • Ten years later, resilient New Orleans reflects on Katrina

    By Kathy Finn and Edward McAllister NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - From the Lower Ninth Ward to the Super Dome, New Orleans launched a day of events on Saturday to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, paying tribute to its victims and homage to the city's resilience in the face of…

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  • Fan dies after fall in Atlanta stadium

    "We have received confirmation that the fan involved in an accident at this evening's game has passed away," the Braves said in a statement after the game. A reporter covering the game for Fox News described the incident on-air, telling viewers "Someone just fell over the upper-deck right below…

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  • Erika no longer a tropical storm, loses steam over Cuba

    By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - Erika, a tropical storm that killed 20 people on the Caribbean island of Dominica and at least one person in Haiti, fell apart on Saturday over eastern Cuba, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Erika's maximum sustained winds had dropped to 35 mph (56 kph),…

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  • Man faces capital murder charge in killing of Houston deputy

    Shannon Miles was picked up for questioning early on Saturday following the Friday night shooting, which was captured on surveillance video, Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman told reporters. Earlier on Saturday, Hickman had linked the shooting of deputy Darren Goforth, who was white, to…

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  • Man arrested in killing of Houston deputy, faces capital murder charge

    Shannon Miles was picked up for questioning early on Saturday following the Friday night shooting, which was captured on surveillance video, Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman told reporters. Earlier on Saturday, Hickman had linked the shooting of deputy Darren Goforth, who was white, to…

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  • Suspect to be charged with capital murder in killing of Houston deputy

    (Reuters) - A man arrested on Saturday in the shooting death of a sheriff's deputy at a Houston gas station a day earlier will face capital murder charges, Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman told reporters at a news conference.

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  • Hurricane Ignacio gains strength but expected to bypass Hawaii

    (Reuters) - Hurricane Ignacio intensified as it blew across the Pacific on a route likely to bypass Hawaii on Saturday, said the Central Pacific Hurricane Center of the National Weather Service. With winds gusting up to 115 miles per hour (185 kmph), the hurricane centered 835 miles (1,344 km)…

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  • Sheriff blames anti-police sentiment in Houston deputy's killing

    Police questioned one person early on Saturday morning about the fatal shooting, but Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman said at a news conference that no one was in custody. Harris County deputy Darren Goforth, in uniform, was pumping gas into his patrol car on Friday night when the gunman…

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  • Black Lives Matter marches on Minnesota State Fair

    Several hundred protesters from the Black Lives Matter movement marched to the Minnesota State Fair on Saturday to bring attention to race issues ranging from policing to underrepresentation of minorities at one of the nation's biggest state fairs. "There's a cliche that Minnesota is nice to…

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  • Construction accident closes down major San Francisco freeway

    Emergency work was expected to block off the principal freeway connecting San Francisco to the south for at least 20 hours, after a construction crane crashed into and demolished a tower supporting high-voltage power lines. "All southbound and northbound lanes of U.S. Highway 101 are closed down…

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  • Like New Orleans, second-line parades struggle but survive

    It is fitting that the "second line" parade, a central pillar of New Orleans African-American musical tradition, is playing a prominent role in the events marking the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina 10 years ago. Like New Orleans, the marching brass bands and the colorful crowds they…

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  • Police kill bystander when New York undercover gun buy goes bad

    A police officer shooting at a fleeing suspect during an undercover gun buy that went wrong killed a 61-year-old bystander in the New York City suburb of Mount Vernon, police said on Saturday. Two suspects were taken into custody during the investigation into the sale of illegal guns, the New York…

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  • Funeral for slain Missouri teen as family questions police shooting

    The funeral for Mansur Ball-Bey comes 10 days after he was fatally shot in the back by a plainclothes police officer outside a home where police were serving a search warrant. St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said two officers fired at Ball-Bey after he and another African-American ran out of the…

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  • Obama heads north to Alaska, where drilling decision looms large

    By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Saturday defended his decision to allow Royal Dutch Shell to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean under what he said were rigorous standards, fending off criticism by environmental groups. The trip is part of a broad campaign to…

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  • Hurricane Ignacio rolls across Pacific toward Hawaii

    By Suzanne Roig HONOLULU (Reuters) - Hurricane Ignacio was churning across the Pacific on Friday on a path that could take it past Hawaii in coming days, with a second, more powerful storm trailing in its wake, the National Hurricane Center said. Maui and the island of Hawaii could feel the…

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  • Kentucky clerk seeks Supreme Court help to deny gay marriage licenses

    A Kentucky county clerk petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday for an emergency order allowing her to continue to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a move coming two days after a federal appeals court rejected her request. In a related move, a federal judge refused to extend a stay…

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  • New Mexico's prosecutor charges state official with embezzlement

    New Mexico's Democratic attorney general filed a 64-count criminal case against Republican Secretary of State Dianna Duran on Friday, accusing her of embezzlement, money-laundering, campaign finance violations and other offenses, his office said. A spokesman for Attorney General Hector Balderas…

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  • Oregon priest goes missing after hidden camera allegations

    Authorities in the Philippines are searching for a Catholic priest from Oregon who went missing while facing criminal charges for allegedly hiding a camera in a church bathroom, officials with the Archdiocese of Portland said on Friday. Father Ysrael Bien is accused of personal invasion of…

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  • White supremacist admits to three Kansas murders, seeks acquittal

    A white supremacist told a jury on Friday how he killed three people, including a boy, outside two Jewish centers in Kansas last year but asked that he be found not guilty because he believed that Jews have too much power and must be stopped. Frazier Cross, 74, a former senior member of the Ku…

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  • Columbia University seeks to end lawsuit by accused student in mattress case

    Columbia University on Friday asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit by a recent graduate who said it allowed a student who accused him of rape to harass him by carrying a mattress around campus in protest, even though the school had cleared him of the allegation. In a filing in Manhattan…

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