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The Latest on TV shooting: AG joins hundreds for vigil
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - The latest on the on-air killing of two TV station employees in Virginia (all times local): 9:15 p.m.


On-air shooter threatened to make `headlines,' showed anger
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - On the day he was fired from a Virginia TV station, Vester Flanagan pressed a wooden cross into his boss' hand as two police officers walked him to the door. "You'll need this," he said. More than two years later, Flanagan - fulfilling a threat to put his conflict with co-workers into "the headlines" - gunned down two station employees during a live morning broadcast, one of them a cameraman who had filmed his firing.


Virginia shootings make for tough media decisions
NEW YORK (AP) - In an era when anyone can go online and find video of terrorist beheadings, police shootings and other carnage, major news organizations applied their own standards to coverage of this week's killing of a TV news crew in Virginia and showed only carefully selected portions of the footage. They were difficult newsroom decisions, informed by competitive pressures, questions of newsworthiness and taste, and an understanding that for all the talk about the great convergence of media, a fundamental difference still exists between TV and the Internet.


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10 Things to Know for Friday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. MAN WHO KILLED FORMER CO-WORKERS ON LIVE TV HAD TURBULENT PAST


Trump proposals risk deepening GOP rift on immigration
WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump has exposed anew the deep rift inside the Republican Party on immigration, a break between its past and the country's future the party itself has said it must bridge if the GOP ever hopes to win back the White House. As they headed into the 2016 election, Republicans thought they had a strategy for moving past their immigration woes. Outlined in a so-called "autopsy" of 2012 nominee Mitt Romney's loss to President Barack Obama, it called for passing "comprehensive immigration reform" - shorthand for resolving the status of the estimated 11 million people living in the country illegally.


Obama to people of New Orleans: You inspire me, and America
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Visiting residents on tidy porch stoops and sampling the fried chicken at a corner restaurant, President Barack Obama held out the people of New Orleans on Thursday as an extraordinary example of renewal and resilience 10 years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. "There's something in you guys that is just irrepressible," Obama told hundreds of residents assembled at a bustling new community center in an area of the Lower 9th Ward that was once under 17 feet of water. "The people of New Orleans didn't just inspire me, you inspired all of America."


Events mark Emmett Till slaying 60 years later
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Sixty years after a black Chicago teenager was killed for whistling at a white woman in Mississippi, relatives and civil rights activists are holding church services and movie screenings to remember Emmett Till. They're also trying to continue the legacy of his late mother, Mamie Till Mobley, who worked with young people and encouraged them to challenge injustice in their everyday lives. It's a message that Deborah Watts, a distant cousin of Till's, sees as relevant amid the killings in recent years of young black men such as Trayvon Martin in Florida and Tamir Rice in Ohio.


Clinton likens GOP's views on women to those of terrorists
CLEVELAND (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday drew parallels between terrorist organizations and the field of Republican candidates for president when it comes to their views on women, telling an Ohio audience her potential GOP rivals were pushing "out-of-date" policies. "Now extreme views about women? We expect that from some of the terrorist groups. We expect that from people who don't want to live in the modern world," Clinton said.


Teacher describes handling gun-wielding teen hostage taker
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Thirty-year veteran teacher Twila Smith had scarcely started a new school year when a 14-year-old freshman entered her world studies class and drew a gun Tuesday. "I knew if I lost my composure, this is going to end badly," Smith told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday. "He told me I was going to die today and I believed that."


AP PHOTOS: Before and after images of areas hit by Katrina
When Hurricane Katrina ripped through the Gulf Coast nearly 10 years ago, it left a mammoth trail of damage in its wake. Storm surge and winds ripped the top off a church steeple in Mississippi, left a tangle of fishing boats sitting in the middle of a Louisiana highway, and ripped holes into the New Orleans Superdome's roof.

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