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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. Show More Summary

Dominica prime minister says Erika leaves 20 dead

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.

With rhythm and reverence, New Orleans marks 10 years since Katrina

New 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. Show More Summary

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. Show More Summary

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. Show More Summary

Former prep school student convicted of sex charges

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A graduate of an exclusive New England prep school was cleared of felony rape but convicted of misdemeanor sex offenses Friday against a 15-year-old freshman girl in a case that exposed a campus tradition in which seniors competed to see how many younger students they could have sex with.

Virginia television journalists shot in heads, bodies: medical examiner

Reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, of Roanoke CBS-affiliate WDBJ7 were slain during a live broadcast on Wednesday by disgruntled former employee Vester Flanagan. Flanagan later shot himself and died of his woun...

U.S. court rules for government over NSA metadata collection program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Friday threw out a judge's ruling that would have blocked the National Security Agency from collecting phone metadata if it had gone into effect. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District...Show More Summary

Behind bright facade, Mississippi coast still battles Katrina demons

The columned facade of Pass Christian's city hall looks out over the Mississippi coastline to a refurbished harbor, a new yacht club and a bar where locals streamed in for sundown cocktails.     A few miles west, in the city of Bay St. Show More Summary

Gunman in on-air deaths remembered as 'professional victim'

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The man who was news director during Vester Flanagan's rocky tenure at Virginia station WDBJ-TV described him as someone who constantly saw himself being victimized by others.

Bush returns to New Orleans for 10th anniversary of Katrina

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former President George W. Bush is returning Friday to New Orleans — the scene of one of his presidency's lowest points — to tout the region's recovery from the nation's costliest natural disaster on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Clinton quietly trying to discourage Biden from a 2016 bid

WASHINGTON (AP) — In ways both subtle and blunt, Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign is sending a message to Vice President Joe Biden about his potential presidential campaign: This won't be easy.

Obama to people of New Orleans: You inspire me, and America

The president meets with city residents to mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Father of Virginia TV reporter slain on air vows to fight for gun control

By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The father of a Virginia journalist killed in an on-air shooting said on Thursday he would become a crusader for gun control, but analysts said there was little likelihood of legislation on the federal level any time soon, despite changes in some states. Show More Summary

Police on scene of shooting at Georgia's Savannah State University

The campus was placed under a security lockdown, an employee answering the telephone at the university's Public Safety Department said, but declined to give any further information. The campus of the historically black university is in the heart of Savannah, an Atlantic seaport that is Georgia's oldest city and the seat of Chatham County. Show More Summary

Jury begins deliberations in New Hampshire prep school rape trial

By Ted Siefer CONCORD, N.H. (Reuters) - The jury in the rape trial of a former student at an elite New Hampshire boarding school began deliberations on Thursday after hearing closing arguments focusing on whether he forced a 15-year-old classmate to have sex or whether she accused him to save her reputation. Show More Summary

Race and its role in New Orleans' recovery 10 years later

10 years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, Yahoo News goes back to explore how far the city has come, what remains to be done and whether race has played a part in the recovery.

Trump on fatal shooting of WDBJ journalists

Donald Trump says the fatal shooting of two journalists on live television should not be seen as another example of America’s problem with gun violence.

Grieving station comes together for newscast after deaths

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Just one day after two of its own were killed, the news team at Virginia station WDBJ-TV regrouped, gathered together and leaned on one another for the live broadcast of its "Mornin'" show.

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