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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

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

ACLU sues to block sweeping Nev. education funding program

Thursday, August 27, 2015

CARSON CITY, Nev. — A Nevada education funding program that’s considered the nation’s broadest school choice initiative has attracted its first legal challenge, with three civil liberties groups saying it violates the state constitution by releasing public funds to religious schools. The American Civil Liberties Union, its Nevada … 0

As legal marijuana spreads, states struggle with drugged driving

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Washington State Patrol Sgt. Mark Crandall half-jokingly said he can tell a driver is under the influence of marijuana during a traffic stop when the motorist becomes overly familiar and is calling him “dude.” The truth in the joke, Crandall said, is that attitude and speech patterns can … 0