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A decade after Hurricane Katrina a new city rises, but not for all

This combination of Aug. 30, 2005 and July 29, 2015 aerial photos shows downtown New Orleans and the Superdome flooded by Hurricane Katrina and the same area a decade later. Katrina's powerful winds and driving rain bore down on Louisiana on Aug. 29, 2005. The storm caused major damage to the Gulf Coast from Texas to central Florida while powering a storm surge that breached the system of levees that were built to protect New Orleans from flooding. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, Gerald Herbert)The city has changed and ultimately we needed to change, says New Orleans native Brooke Boudreaux.

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:44:58 -0400
Deputy fatally shot from behind at Houston gas station

This undated photo provided by the Harris County Sheriff's Office shows sheriff's deputy Darren Goforth who was fatally shot Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. Goforth, was pumping gas into his vehicle when a man approached him from behind and fired multiple shots, Harris County Sheriff's Office spokesman Ryan Sullivan told The Associated Press. (Harris County Sheriff's Office via AP)HOUSTON (AP) A sheriff's deputy in uniform was shot and killed Friday night while filling up his patrol car at a suburban Houston gas station, according to authorities.

Sat, 29 Aug 2015 08:11:30 -0400
Cutting the cable cord, explained

Now I Get It: Cord-cuttingDozens of apps, subscription services and devices can help you ditch your cable company without facing any FOMO. Cable companies are scrambling to catch up by building better bundles and providing more options to their consumers.

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:12:36 -0400
With rhythm and reverence, New Orleans marks 10 years since Katrina

A brass band performs in Jackson Square in New Orleans, LouisianaNew Orleans, a town renowned for staging big celebrations, faces a tricky challenge on Saturday, 10 years to the day from when Hurricane Katrina slammed into southeast Louisiana and triggered flooding that would leave 80 percent of the city under water. Thousands of people are expected to turn out as the city's trademark "second line" parades snake through the streets and New Orleans puts its famous musical traditions on display. "A celebration would not be the right gesture for those who will never be made whole," said Kristian Sonnier, an official at the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Sat, 29 Aug 2015 07:28:07 -0400
Funeral for slain Missouri teen as family questions police shooting

The parents of Mansur Ball-Bey stand with their niece on the steps where Mansur was shot in St. LouisThe 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 back of a home being searched and Ball-Bey pointed a gun at them. Dotson said Ball-Bey was struck by one of the bullets and then ran from the backyard to the front of the house.

Sat, 29 Aug 2015 08:09:18 -0400
Obama heads north to Alaska, where drilling decision looms large

U.S. President Obama delivers a speech at the Andrew P. Sanchez Community Center in Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, LouisianaBy 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 seal an international deal later this year to curb carbon emissions, something the White House hopes will cap Obama's legacy on climate during his time in office. While Obama pushes the world to wean itself from fossil fuels, his administration gave Shell the green light earlier this month to drill in the oil-rich Chukchi Sea.

Sat, 29 Aug 2015 06:03:14 -0400
Reporting Hurricane Katrina: How covering the story swept journalists into the drama

Journalists are observers. We are trained to help others by reporting stories, not by becoming part of them. Hurricane Katrina, however, tested those boundaries for many of us.

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:08:09 -0400
Egypt sentences 3 Al-Jazeera reporters to 3 years in prison

Canadian Al-Jazeera English journalist Mohammed Fahmy, listens to his verdict in a soundproof glass cage inside a makeshift courtroom in Tora prison in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists, including Fahmy, to three years in prison, the last twist in a long-running trial criticized worldwide by press freedom advocates and human rights activists. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)CAIRO (AP) An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison, the latest twist in a long-running trial criticized worldwide by press freedom advocates and human rights activists.

Sat, 29 Aug 2015 08:16:22 -0400
Officials urge residents to stay prepared tropical storm

This NOAA satellite image taken Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 at 9:45 AM EDT shows a poorly organized Tropical Storm Erika located just to the Southwest of Puerto Rico. Erika currently has winds of 50 miles an hour and is producing heavy rainfall over Hispaniola and the surrounding islands in the Eastern Caribbean. Erika will continue moving to the west-northwest over Hispaniola. Fair weather can be expected across the rest of the Caribbean with only typical summertime showers and thunderstorms. (Weather Underground via AP)ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Tropical Storm Erika may be getting weaker, but Florida officials still want residents to be prepared.

Sat, 29 Aug 2015 02:50:51 -0400
TV gunman plotted to 'hurt a lot more': state governor

A woman and her daughter pause after placing balloons at the make-shift memorial at the front driveway of WDBJ-TV's television studios on August 27, 2015, in Roanoke, VirginiaThe embittered gunman who shot dead two young American journalists on live TV was seemingly hell-bent on committing more violence before he took his own life, Virginia's governor said Friday. Terry McAuliffe visited the studios of WDBJ television in Roanoke two days after Vester Flanagan killed reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, as they were conducting an interview. Flanagan, 41, a former WDBJ reporter fired in February 2013, fatally shot himself a few hours later after police caught up with his rented get-away car on a highway that leads into the city of Washington.

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:57:14 -0400
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