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  • Damage from Hurricane Katrina

    Tough lessons learned, remembered 10 years after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans

    NEW ORLEANS — President Barack Obama returned Thursday to an outwardly thriving New Orleans to mark strides 10 years after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the city. But underneath the visible recovery lie persistent racial and economic inequities that haven’t receded since the storm — figures Obama said prevent New Orleans from declaring itself fully recovered a decade after Katrina. “Our work here won’t be done when almost 40% of children still live in poverty in this city. That’s not a […]

  • Allison Parker, a reporter, and Adam Ward, a photographer, were two journalists shot and killed in a shooting in Virginia on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015

    Media struggles with how to handle video of on-air shooting of journalists

    NEW YORK — News sites across the country struggled with how to handle shocking video of a gunman shooting a TV reporter and cameraman live on air, with most cautiously airing at least some of the video. News outlets that aired video of the shooting used footage taken by cameraman Adam Ward before he was shot and killed. Gawker, the New York Post and the New York Daily News also showed a separate video taken by the shooter. The video shows […]

  • Tropical Storm Erika started moving over islands in eastern Caribbean Sea Thursday morning Aug. 27, 2015

    Tropical Storm Erika moves through eastern Caribbean, could head to Florida

    MIAMI — After spinning west across the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Erika is finally ready to pay a visit to the islands. Erika started moving over the edge of the eastern Caribbean Sea on Thursday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center. In its 11 a.m. advisory, the forecasting center said the storm was centered 127 miles west of Guadeloupe and moving west at 16 mph. The hurricane center said the storm was expected to turn toward the west-northwest later on […]

  • The Apple headquarters at 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, California. (Photo: CNN)

    Apple expected to reveal new iPhone at Sept. 9 event

    NEW YORK — The invitations have arrived. Apple’s will hold a press event in San Francisco on Wednesday, September 9, at which it is widely expected to debut its new generation of iPhones. The new iPhone 6S (or whatever it will be called) is expected to feature several enhancements including a “force touch” display that will reveal extra menu settings when you press down hard enough on the screen. That feature first debuted on the Apple Watch. Apple is also […]

  • Oxford Dictionary adds 'twerk.' Srsly!

    New words added to Oxford Dictionary? Awesomesauce!

    New words! In the Oxford dictionary! So exciting! If there were only a word to describe just how exciting. Wait, there is … and it’s on the list! Awesomesauce! That term, meaning extremely good or excellent, is just one of the couple dozen new words, prhases and acronyms added Thursday to the Oxford Dictionaries online version. The words represent newer terms judged most significant and likely to stand the test of time, according to Oxford University Press. The additions include […]

  • Tesla Model S P85D

    Tesla’s Model S P85D just broke Consumer Reports’ ratings system

    NEW YORK — Tesla’s new Model S P85D is so good it broke Consumer Reports’ scoring system. Consumer Reports rates vehicles on a zero-to-100 scale, but Tesla’s high-performance, all-wheel-drive car scored 103. “Consumer Reports had to make changes to its scoring methodology to account for the car’s exceptionally strong performance,” the magazine said in a statement. To bring the score back in line, the P85D was given less credit for areas in which the Model S already beat other cars but, […]

  • Josh Duggar (Credit: Duggar family)

    Josh Duggar enters rehab, family says, in wake of cheating scandal

    Josh Duggar, the eldest of the Duggar children, is going into rehab, the family said in a statement Wednesday. “Yesterday Josh checked himself into a long-term treatment center,” the family said in a posting on “For him it will be a long journey toward wholeness and recovery. We pray that in this he comes to complete repentance and sincere change. “In the meantime, we will be offering our love, care and devoted support to Anna and our grandchildren as […]

  • Reporter Allison Parker and photographer Adam Ward of TV station WDBJ7 in Roanoke, Va., were killed during a live interview on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015.

    Virginia TV reporter, photographer killed in shooting during live interview

    MONETA, Va. -- A former WDBJ reporter wanted in connection with the shooting deaths of a reporter and photographer on live television Wednesday shot himself hours after the incident when he was confronted by authorities and later died at a hospital, sheriff's deputies said.

  • Vester Flanagan a.k.a. Bryce Williams, the gunman in an attack that killed two journalists and wounded a woman. (Photo: CNN/Twitter)

    Virginia gunman details grievances in lengthy ‘suicide note,’ references Charleston church shooting

    ROANOKE, Va. — The man who police say killed two journalists during a live broadcast Wednesday was no stranger to WDBJ-TV. He was Bryce Williams, a former reporter for the Roanoke, Virginia, station who was fired two years ago. More accurately, Williams was the on-air name for Vester Lee Flanagan II. Flanagan died in the hospital Wednesday from a self-inflicted gunshot wounds, hours after he fatally shot WDBJ reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward. A woman the journalists were […]

  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during the afternoon of August 26, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

    Dow soars 619 points, third-largest gain ever

    NEW YORK — Greed made a comeback on Wall Street. The Dow raced 619 points higher on Wednesday, its most emphatic point gain since the 2008 financial crisis. The huge rally represents a rebound following six days of dramatic selling that was driven by serious concerns about how China’s slowing economy will impact the rest of the world. The S&P 500 soared 3.9 percent on Wednesday, its biggest one-day percentage gain since 2011. The Nasdaq surged 4.2 percent higher. The […]

  • Photo: Getty Images

    9/11 survivor known as ‘Dust Lady’ in iconic photo dies at 42

    NEW YORK — Many remember the haunting photograph: A woman wearing business attire and pearls is covered head-to-toe in white dust, her hands held out helplessly before her, as she makes her way out of the World Trade Center’s damaged North Tower on September 11, 2001. She survived that day, getting out before both towers of the trade center crumbled and killed 2,753 people in the deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil. But the woman in the photos, known to […]

  • Allison Parker, a reporter, and Adam Ward, a photographer, were two journalists shot and killed in a shooting in Virginia on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015

    WDBJ reporter, photographer hailed by colleagues, friends

    ROANOKE, Va. — Reporter Alison Parker was 24. A “rock star.” “The most radiant woman I ever met,” in the words of a colleague. Photographer Adam Ward was 27. Engaged to be married. Ready to “do something else,” according to a station staffer. On Wednesday morning, Parker and Ward, both employees of Roanoke, Virginia, TV station WDBJ, were shot to death while doing a live report from a shopping district near Moneta, Virginia. The person they were interviewing, Vicki Gardner, […]