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Deputy ambushed, killed at gas station; no one in custody
HOUSTON (AP) - Authorities on Saturday had yet to find the suspect in what they're calling the "cold-blooded assassination" of a uniformed sheriff's deputy who was fatally shot while filling up his patrol car at a suburban Houston gas station. The death of Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Darren Goforth prompted pleas for the public's help in finding the shooter and also strong statements from about the recent climate of tension between civilians, law enforcement and the "Black Lives Matter" movement.


Katrina's wrath and rebuilding marked on 10th anniversary
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Mississippi and Louisiana marked the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on Saturday by ringing church bells, laying wreaths and celebrating the resiliency of a region still recovering from a disaster that killed more than 1,800 people and caused $151 billion in damage. Addressing dignitaries at New Orleans' memorial to the unclaimed and unidentified dead, Mayor Mitch Landrieu spoke of the dark days after the monstrous storm and how the city's residents leaned on each other for support.


Police arrest foreigner, find passports in Bangkok bomb case
BANGKOK (AP) - Thai authorities arrested a foreign man Saturday they said had been holed up in a suburban apartment with bomb-making equipment and stacks of passports, the first possible breakthrough in the deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine nearly two weeks ago. All television channels broadcast a televised announcement Saturday evening on the suspect's arrest, which came 12 days after the bombing that authorities have called the deadliest attack in Thailand's modern history.


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Dominica digs out from storm damage that killed at least 20
ROSEAU, Dominica (AP) - Rescue crews jumped off boats and trudged Saturday through mud, rocks and uprooted trees to reach communities cut off by a tropical storm that killed at least 20 people and left nearly 50 missing in the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica. Volunteers helped carry food, water and clothes for dozens of Dominicans who have been isolated for up to three days after Tropical Storm Erika dumped some 15 inches (38 centimeters) of rain this week on the mountainous island.


Ridin' with Biden? Clinton challenge a rough road for the VP
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The only trace of the vice president came on a candy wrapper. Joe Biden may be considering whether to enter the race for president, but he sat out this past week's meeting of the Democratic National Committee. In his place, backers greeted a curious few in a hotel suite 20 floors above the official gathering, handing out chocolate bars wrapped with a stylized photo of Biden behind the wheel of a convertible and an "I'm Ridin' with Biden" label.


Egypt sentences 3 Al-Jazeera reporters to 3 years in prison
CAIRO (AP) - An Egyptian court sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years prison for broadcasting "false news," on Saturday, sparking 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. The men are now seeking a pardon from el-Sissi, who has personally expressed regret over the long-running trial and the damage it has done to Egypt's international reputation - saying it would have been better to simply deport the journalists. Al Jazeera said it will also appeal the verdict, once the court releases its full ruling in the next 30 days.


Hungary court orders arrest of 4 men in migrant truck deaths
KECSKEMET, Hungary (AP) - Four men suspected of being involved in the deaths of 71 migrants found in a truck in Austria were placed under preliminary arrest on Saturday by a Hungarian court. The preliminary arrests will be in place until the suspects are indicted or Sept. 29, at the latest, said Ferenc Bicskei, president of the Kecskemet Court.


As Common Core results trickle in, initial goals unfulfilled
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Results for some of the states that participated in Common Core-aligned testing for the first time this spring are out, with overall scores higher than expected though still 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. They all participated in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, one of two groups of states awarded $330 million by the U.S. Department of Education in 2010 to develop exams to test students on the Common Core state standards in math and English language arts.


In Alaska, Obama to walk fine line on climate change, energy
WASHINGTON (AP) - With melting glaciers and rising seas as his backdrop, President Barack Obama will visit Alaska next week to press for urgent global action to combat climate change, even as he carefully calibrates his message in a state heavily dependent on oil. Obama will become the first sitting president to visit the Alaska Arctic when he travels to Kotzebue - population 3,153 - just north of the Arctic Circle at the end of his three-day trip. He'll kick off the visit Monday with a speech to a State Department-hosted conference on climate change and the Arctic.


More ID, bag checks on Europe's trains after foiled attack
PARIS (AP) - European countries will increase identity checks and baggage controls on trains after American passengers thwarted an attack on a high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris, France's interior minister said Saturday. Bernard Cazeneuve said the reinforced ID and bag checks would be carried out on cross-border trains "everywhere it is necessary." He spoke after meeting in Paris with top security and transport officials from nine countries and the European Union in the wake of last week's attack attempt.

 

 

 



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