Katrina anniversary brings tears, gratitude to tiny Mississippi town
While the narrative for New Orleans after a decade has become one of rebirth and renewal, the same cannot be said for small Pearlington, Miss. that saw just as much devastation. Many here acknowledge that Pearlington may physically never be the same. But just as Katrina broke their buildings, townspeople say one unexpected positive note is that the unity required for the recovery also broke a longstanding racial divide.

Republican Christie proposes tracking immigrants like FedEx packages

U.S. Republican presidential candidate and New Jersey Governor Christie answers a question from the audience during a campaign town hall meeting in Salem(Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said on Saturday if he were elected president he would combat illegal immigration by creating a system to track foreign visitors the way FedEx tracks packages. Christie, who is well back in the pack seeking the Republican nomination for president, told a campaign event in the early voting state of New Hampshire that he would ask FedEx Chief Executive Officer Fred Smith to devise the tracking system. Immigration has become a top issue in the Republican campaign, with front-runner Donald Trump vowing to deport all of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants and to build a wall along the southern border.



Man charged with murder in ambush of Houston area deputy

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.



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Ten years later, 'unbowed' New Orleans reflects on Katrina

A brass band performs in Jackson Square in New Orleans, LouisianaBy Kathy Finn and Edward McAllister NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - From the Lower Ninth Ward to the Superdome, 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 disaster. Dignitaries made speeches to honor the 1,500 who died, brass bands marched through the streets and neighbors gathered for block parties across the city, where the mood shifted in turns from somber to reflective to celebratory. While residents and visitors alike said it was difficult to deny the rebound that New Orleans has made, there was also recognition that the poorest areas, like the Lower Ninth, have lagged.



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 anti-police rhetoric across the country in the wake of deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of white officers. "We have not been able to extract any details regarding a motive at this point," Hickman added.

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), just below the tropical storm threshold, the Miami-based hurricane center said in a Saturday forecast advisory.

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.

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 sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison on Saturday for broadcasting "false news," sparking an international outcry and underlining how authorities are trampling over free speech just over a year into general-turned-politician Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's presidency.



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.



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.



Dominica prime minister says Erika leaves 20 dead

A couple looks out at a rough sea as Tropical Storm Erika moves away from the area in Guayama, Puerto Rico, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. The storm was expected to dump up to 8 inches of rain across the drought-stricken northern Caribbean as it carved a path toward the U.S. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — A weakening Tropical Storm Erika drenched Haiti and the Dominican Republic on Friday after leaving a trail of destruction that killed at least 20 people and left another 31 missing on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, authorities said.



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