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A decade after Hurricane Katrina a new city rises, but not for all

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 11:44

“The city has changed and ultimately we needed to change,” says New Orleans native Brooke Boudreaux.

Former prep school student convicted of sex charges

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 10:32

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A graduate of an exclusive New England prep school was cleared of felony rape but convicted of lesser 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.

Former New Hampshire prep school student found not guilty of rape

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 10:21

By Ted Siefer CONCORD, N.H. (Reuters) - A former student of an elite New Hampshire prep school was found not guilty on Friday of raping a 15-year-old girl days before graduation last year in a case that has shone a harsh spotlight on the school's culture. Owen Labrie, 19, was found not guilty of three felony counts of raping a fellow student at St. Paul's School in Concord. Central to the trial was the "senior salute," a longstanding tradition among St. Paul's students that involved seniors inviting underclassmen to get together before graduation, often for sexual purposes.

U.S. court hands win to NSA over metadata collection challenge

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 07:58

By Lawrence Hurley 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 under a controversial program that has raised privacy concerns. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said there were not sufficient grounds for the preliminary injunction imposed by the lower court. The three-judge panel concluded that the case was not moot despite the change in the law and sent the case back to U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon for further proceedings.

Reporting Hurricane Katrina: How covering the story swept journalists into the drama

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 07:08
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.

Virginia television journalists shot in heads, bodies: medical examiner

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 07:07

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 wounds.

Ashley Madison CEO steps down in wake of hacking

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 07:02

NEW YORK (AP) — The CEO of adultery website Ashley Madison is stepping down in the wake of the massive breach of the company's computer systems and outing of millions of its members.

Behind bright facade, Mississippi coast still battles Katrina demons

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 04:27

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. Louis, tourists strolled through the colorful galleries, antique stores and cafes that dot its quaint main street.     Ten years ago this week, the eye of Hurricane Katrina ripped through these two small towns, which face each other across a small bay 60 miles (97 km) east of New Orleans.

Bush returns to New Orleans for 10th anniversary of Katrina

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 03:07

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.

Jury mulls fate of defendant in New Hampshire prep school rape trial

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 03:03

A New Hampshire jury is set to begin its first full day of deliberations on Friday in the trial of Owen Labrie, a former student at an elite prep school accused of raping a 15-year-old freshman girl on campus days before his graduation. The trial, which began last week, has exposed uncomfortable aspects of the culture of St. Paul’s School, a nearly 160-year-old academy whose alumni include powerful U.S. business and political leaders such as Secretary of State John Kerry.

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

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 02:46

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.

Survivor's harrowing account of on-air shooting

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 01:44

Vicki Gardner is recovering following two surgeries after she was shot in the back.

Austria raises refugee truck death toll to above 70

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 23:57

It's the latest tragedy involving migrants desperately trying to reach Europe.

Clinton quietly trying to discourage Biden from a 2016 bid

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 23:25

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.

Puerto Rico braces for TS Erika after 4 dead in Dominica

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 20:06

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Tropical Storm Erika lashed Puerto Rico early Friday with heavy rains and wind after killing four people and causing devastating floods in the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, where several people remained missing.

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

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 18:59
(Reuters) - Police were called to the scene of a shooting Thursday night on the campus of Savannah State University in Georgia, an emergency dispatch supervisor said, but no details of the incident were immediately available.

Planned Parenthood report says fetal tissue videos were distorted

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 10:28

Planned Parenthood told U.S. congressional leaders on Thursday that manipulations and deletions used in the editing process of secretly recorded videos slamming the organization rendered the tapes unreliable for government inquiries. In an 11-page letter to Republican and Democratic congressional leaders, the reproductive healthcare group's president, Cecile Richards, detailed the findings of an analysis conducted by research firm Fusion GPS and commissioned by Planned Parenthood. In recent weeks, the Center for Medical Progress has released eight videos showing Planned Parenthood technicians gathering fetal tissue from abortions.

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

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 10:14

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.

New Hampshire prep school rape trail lawyers make final cases

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 09:27

Closing arguments in the rape trial of a former student at an elite New Hampshire boarding school focused on whether he coerced a 15-year-old classmate into a sexual encounter or whether she accused him to save her reputation. A county prosecutor on Thursday said defendant Owen Labrie, 19, told a friend had he had used "every trick in the book" to get the victim to have sex with him. "You only need tricks if someone says no," Assistant Merrimack County Attorney Joseph Cherniske said.