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A makeshift memorial for WDBJ-TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward gathers by a tree near the station Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Roanoke, Va. Vester Flanagan filmed himself gunning down the journalists and posted the video on social media after fleeing the scene. (Erica Yoon/The Roanoke Times via AP) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; SALEM TIMES REGISTER OUT; FINCASTLE HERALD OUT;  CHRISTIANBURG NEWS MESSENGER OUT; RADFORD NEWS JOURNAL OUT; ROANOKE STAR SENTINEL OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

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 better with his co-workers, he accused them of discrimination. “He was victimized by everything and everyone and could never quite grasp the … 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 seniors competed to see how many younger students they could have sex with. A jury … 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 economic growth all showed the economy flexing its growing muscle. The latest data came Thursday … 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

Need clean water?

Thursday, August 27, 2015

PITTSBURGH — Can bacteria-killing filter paper packaged in the form of a convenient book help people around the globe gain access to clean drinking water? That’s the hope of Theresa Dankovich, postdoctoral research associate in the civil and … 0

Dead migrants found in abandoned truck near Austrian capital

Thursday, August 27, 2015

VIENNA — As regional leaders met Thursday to tackle Europe’s refugee crisis, a gruesome discovery unfolded a short drive from the Austrian capital: An abandoned truck was found with at least 20 — and possibly up to 50 … 0

4 killed in Dominica as Tropical Storm Erika hits island

Thursday, August 27, 2015

ROSEAU, Dominica — Tropical Storm Erika pounded the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica on Thursday, unleashing flooding and mudslides that killed at least four people and knocked out power and water supplies. The storm, which was forecast to … 0

Polar-bear mystery solved: Cute cub Knut died of autoimmune disease

Thursday, August 27, 2015

BERLIN — Knut, a cute polar bear that became a global celebrity then mysteriously drowned at age 4 in his Berlin Zoo pen, died of a rare autoimmune disease, a scientist revealed Thursday. The finding solves a mystery that has lingered since Knut’s sudden death in 2011. Knut, … 0

On-air shooter threatened to make ‘headlines,’ showed anger

Thursday, August 27, 2015

ROANOKE, Va. — 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. … 0

More than seven decades later, Monaco apologizes for deporting Jews

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Monaco committed the “irreparable” injustice of deporting Jews to Nazi camps during World War II, Prince Albert II said Thursday in belated apology for the action 73 years ago that sent scores of residents and refugees to their deaths. Many of the 66 people handed over to Nazi … 0

Calif. cut water use by 31%in July

Thursday, August 27, 2015

FRESNO, Calif. — California cities cut water use by a combined 31 percent in July, exceeding the governor’s statewide mandate to conserve, officials said Thursday. The strong water conservation figures show California residents are beginning to understand the … 0

Alaskans wonder if their state is exhibit or target for Obama

Thursday, August 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — When President Barack Obama visits Alaska next week, he’ll be greeted by politicians eager to show off their state’s vast wilderness and stirring scenery — and skeptical of White House plans to protect those resources. The state’s political leaders are anxious about whether Obama’s trip will … 0