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David Herzenberg is at work Aug. 11, 2015, rehabbing a house he recently bought in the city's Ninth Ward, one of the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina. Forced out by Katrina, Herzenberg spent a decade away from the city before returning this summer. He has also started a business, helping fuel the city's rapid economic growth. He hopes to move into the house in October. (Chris Adams/McClatchy DC/TNS)

10 years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans is vibrant but wary

Friday, August 28, 2015

NEW ORLEANS — David Herzenberg is back in the city he once called home — back to the place that is blighted and dysfunctional and infuriating yet at the same time magical and musical and wonderfully distinctive. Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina swamped New Orleans and surrounding areas and forced away hundreds of thousands of residents, Herzenberg among them. Over … 0

Ebola survivor who lost 21 relatives gives birth to baby boy

Friday, August 28, 2015

KENEMA, Sierra Leone — Ebola did not take Victoria Yillia’s life. And it could not prevent the birth of her son. And yet it loomed, even on this, her happiest day. She delivered her child just a few minutes’ walk from the ward where just last year she had hovered between life and … 0

Pentagon funding new high-tech venture; UMass named lead institution in New England

Friday, August 28, 2015

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Friday that the Pentagon is funding a new venture to develop cutting-edge electronics and sensors that can flex and stretch and could be built into clothing or the skins of ships and aircraft. The high-tech investment could lead to wearable health monitors that could be built into military uniforms or used to assist the … 0

What’s in a billion? Facebook users hit milestone in 1 day

Friday, August 28, 2015

NEW YORK — You, your mom, your grandma and elementary school buddy Lawrence might have been some of the billion people who logged in to Facebook on Monday — the first time that has happened in a single day. That’s right, one billion people, or one-seventh of the … 0

Before nation’s top Democrats, Clinton sends Biden a message

Friday, August 28, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — 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. While Clinton and her team speak warmly of … 0

As markets drop, question is: will the Chinese still shop?

Friday, August 28, 2015

BICESTER, England — The designer outlet mall of Bicester Village is set in the English countryside near Oxford, but it might as well be in China. Quiet Mandarin chatter fills the air. Most of the shoppers are Chinese … 0

Nazi gold treasure train story goes from myth to expectation

Friday, August 28, 2015

For decades the whispers persisted among the factory workers and lumberjacks of southwest Poland that a Nazi train laden with plundered gold, jewels and artworks had been hidden beneath the Owl Mountains since the waning days of World War II. Legend had it that the valuables, stolen mainly … 0

Nation/World Briefs

Friday, August 28, 2015

US stocks close flat Friday after a volatile week U.S. stocks ended the day little changed Friday, letting investors breathe a little easier after a week where both the highs and lows were extreme. The market gave investors … 0

Gunman in TV killings remembered as ‘professional victim’

Friday, August 28, 2015

ROANOKE, Va. — Vester Flanagan constantly saw himself as the target in his conflicts with WDBJ-TV colleagues, leading his former boss to describe him as a “professional victim.” When the station tried to persuade Flanagan to get along … 0

Former prep school student convicted of sex charges

Friday, August 28, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — A graduate of an exclusive New England prep school was cleared of forcible rape but convicted Friday of lesser sex offenses against a 15-year-old freshman girl in a case that exposed a tradition in which … 0

Crisis, what crisis? US economy steams along

Thursday, August 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — A funny thing happened while the world financial markets shuddered in panic this week. A range of indicators about the U.S. economy, the world’s largest, showed a recovery that’s continuing to gain steam. Even as stocks whipsawed, data on housing, consumer confidence, the labor market and … 0

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

Thursday, August 27, 2015

NEW ORLEANS — 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 … 0

Standoff over gay marriage licenses wears on, despite ruling

Thursday, August 27, 2015

MOREHEAD, Ky. — A clerk in a rural Kentucky county continued to refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples Thursday in defiance of a mounting pile of federal court orders that reject her claim that her Christian faith should … 0