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

Darlene Superville and Nancy Benac, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 7:01pm

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.

Firefighters holding their own against giant wildfire

Rachel By Corte and Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 6:41pm

Firefighters were holding their own Thursday against the largest wildfire on record in Washington state, even as rising temperatures and increased winds stoked the flames.

On-air shooter threatened to make 'headlines,' showed anger

Adam Geller and Alan Suderman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 6:31pm

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.

Lawyer accused of coaching clients to lie awaits fate

Michael Tarm, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 5:51pm

The question of when lawyers cross the line from zealously defending their clients to fabricating evidence is the focus of a rare trial in Chicago, where an attorney is accused of coaching defendants and witnesses to lie.

Million gallons of wastewater closes another beach in Hawaii

Caleb Jones, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 5:51pm

For the second time in a week a popular Hawaii beach was closed Thursday after sewage from a treatment plant was discharged into the ocean.

Agent says he had 'no other option' but to kill NY escapee

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 8:00pm

A border patrol agent who shot an escaped inmate who led authorities on a weekslong manhunt in upstate New York says he had "no other option" but to kill him.

Frank E. Petersen Jr., first black Marine aviator, dies

Kasey Jones, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 7:01pm

Frank E. Petersen Jr., the first black aviator and brigadier general in Marine Corps, has died.

ACLU sues to block sweeping Nevada education funding program

Michelle Rindels, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 7:01pm

A Nevada education funding program that's considered the nation's broadest school choice initiative attracted its first legal challenge Thursday, with three civil liberties groups saying it violates the state constitution by releasing public funds to religious schools.

About 67 percent of Washington toddlers vaccinated on time

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 7:01pm

State health officials say just 67 percent of Washington toddlers get all their vaccinations on time.

Admitted killer says Las Vegas firefighter told him to do it

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 6:50pm

The last question was the most direct for a homeless ex-convict who'd already told a jury his Las Vegas firefighter friend promised him $5,000 and took him to stores to buy supplies including the claw hammer with which he killed the firefighter's estranged wife.

Police: Man pretended to be officer to get unprotected sex

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 6:41pm

Authorities say a South Florida man told a prostitute that he was a police officer and that he would arrest her if she refused to have sex without a condom.

Group keeps policy on transgender high school athletes

James Nord, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 6:30pm

South Dakota's high school activities association on Thursday largely maintained its policy allowing transgender student athletes to request to play on the team of their choice, increasing the likelihood Republicans in the statehouse will push legislation to change it.

Judge strikes down law to limit Medicaid funds for abortions

Becky Bohrer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 6:11pm

A state court judge in Alaska ruled Thursday that a law further defining what constitutes a medically necessary abortion for purposes of Medicaid funding is unconstitutional.

Man convicted in plot to sell deadly ricin as 'death pills'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 6:11pm

A Manhattan man looking to acquire ricin so he could sell "simple and easy death pills" and guarantee "risk-free" murder was convicted of federal charges Thursday.

Rape charge filed against teen accused in girl's death

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 6:00pm

A Utah teenager accused in the strangling death of a 12-year-old neighbor girl has also been charged with sexually assaulting her, a judge said during a Thursday court hearing.

Student charged in university threats, will be evaluated

Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 5:51pm

A student who Mississippi State University officials say threatened to kill himself and others will face misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges and has been referred for a mental and psychological evaluation.

Events mark Emmett Till slaying 60 years later

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 5:51pm

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.

Californians cut water without state imposing fines

Scott Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 5:51pm

For the second straight month, Californians exceeded hefty water conservation mandates during the relentless drought without the state imposing fines, officials said Thursday.

Texas judge clears way for removal of Jefferson Davis statue

Jim Vertuno, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 5:42pm

A judge on Thursday cleared the way for the University of Texas to move a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis away from the main area of campus, despite objections from a Southern heritage group that called uprooting the monument a "cultural atrocity" and compared it to the Islamic State destroying ancient artifacts in the Middle East.