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The Latest: Nancy Pelosi praises New Orleans' progress

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 10:33 AM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The latest in the 10th anniversary commemorations of Hurricane Katrina (all times local):

6:00 p.m.

Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi praised the progress of New Orleans in the 10 years after Hurricane Katrina and said the city has taught America how to be great.

The Congresswoman spoke at a ceremony in New Orleans to commemorate the anniversary of the storm.

In reversal, abundant grain trains available for harvest

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 10:33 AM

STERLING, N.D. (AP) — With a record fall harvest fast approaching, farmers are expecting to get the trains they need to move crops to market.

It's a turnaround from the past two years when elevators across the Upper Great Plains were overflowing and mountains of grain were piled on the ground awaiting rail cars.

South Sudan fighting persists as cease-fire approaches: UN

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 10:21 AM

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's warring factions say violent clashes are continuing before a cease-fire is to come into effect on Sunday.

Joe Contreras, spokesman for the U.N. mission in South Sudan, confirmed there was an exchange of fire Friday night.

The government on Saturday accused rebel forces of attacking its positions in Malakal, the capital of war-torn Upper Nile state, on Friday night as well as Saturday morning.

Katherine Boo to receive Lovejoy Award in Maine

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 10:00 AM

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — A reporter who won a Pulitzer Prize for exposing dire conditions in group homes for the mentally disabled is this year's recipient of Colby College's Lovejoy Award.

Colby President David Greene says Katherine Boo, now a staff writer for New Yorker magazine, will receive the award and deliver an address on Oct. 5 at Lorimar Chapel.

Greene, who was a member of the committee that selected Boo for the award, describes the journalist and author as exposing "gut-wrenching tragedies as well as the moments of personal triumph."

Latest on Houston deputy: Suspect charged with murder

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 09:41 AM

HOUSTON (AP) — Here are the latest developments regarding the fatal shooting of a suburban Houston sheriff's deputy (all times local):

4:40 p.m.

A 30-year-old man has been charged with capital murder in the ambush of a sheriff's deputy while he was filling his patrol car with gas at a station in suburban Houston.

Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman identified the man as Shannon J. Miles, who is in police custody.

As Common Core results trickle in, initial goals unfulfilled

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 09:28 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Results for some of the states that participated in Common Core-aligned testing for the first time this spring have been released. Overall scores are higher than expected, though below what many parents may be accustomed to seeing.

Full or preliminary scores have been released for Connecticut, Idaho, Missouri, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia.

In Alaska, Obama to walk fine line on climate change, energy

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 09:13 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will visit Alaska next week to press for urgent global action on climate change, with melting glaciers and rising seas as his backdrop.

Yet he'll have to carefully calibrate his message in a state heavily dependent on oil.

Obama will kick off the visit on Monday with a speech to a conference on climate change and the Arctic. He also plans to meet with Alaska Natives and local fisherman.

On-Air Ambush: TV crew's killing unfolds in real time

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 09:07 AM

The on-air shooting deaths of Virginia TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward and the suicide five hours later of gunman Vester Flanagan played out in a sort of surreal time, spilling from TV screens within range of the Roanoke station's signal to horrified viewers the world over via social media. Five hours of horror, delivered in electronic bursts.

Here's how it unfolded from when the "Mornin'" show crew arrived for work Wednesday until Flanagan, who was fired from the station two years earlier, shot himself on Interstate 66 about 200 miles away.

Iran deal gives Sen. Durbin a shot at political redemption

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 03:05 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Iran nuclear agreement offers something very personal for Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois: a chance at political redemption.

The No. 2 Senate Democrat is leading the effort to round up Senate support for the international deal. On the other side is the No. 3 Senate Democrat, Chuck Schumer of New York, who outmaneuvered Durbin earlier this year to emerge as Democrats' leader-in-waiting.

Residents across Gulf remember Katrina's might, recovery

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 02:56 AM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — People across the Gulf Coast are planning to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with somber remembrances of those lost and uplifting celebrations of the region's recovery.

Ten years ago today Katrina made landfall.

The hurricane's force and flooding ultimately caused more than 1,800 deaths across the region and roughly $151 billion in damage.

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