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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

Merkel travels to far-right heartland to defend refugees

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

HEIDENAU, Germany — Chancellor Angela Merkel was met with jeers Wednesday as she traveled to a German town at the center of a recent wave of far-right anti-foreigner violence, delivering a message of support for refugees as many … 0

Fire crews eye weather as heat, wind build in parts of West

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

SPOKANE, Wash. — Massive wildfires in the West have led to poor air quality across the region, causing respiratory problems for people far from the fire lines as well as grounding firefighting aircraft. “It’s been a nightmare to … 0

Gunmen in Afghan uniforms kill 2 US troops

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

KABUL, Afghanistan — Two men wearing Afghan security force uniforms opened fire Wednesday inside a military base in southern Afghanistan, killing two U.S. soldiers before being shot dead themselves, officials said. NATO offered few details about the shooting in Helmand province, which appeared to be the latest so-called … 0

Feds warns Montana it faces cutoff of abuse program funding

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The federal government says it will strip Montana of a child abuse prevention grant if the state does not start providing the public with mandatory details about children who die from abuse and neglect. The Montana Department of … 0

Young Lebanese activists challenge old political class

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

BEIRUT — First they egged the prime minister’s building. Then they dumped some of the garbage piling up on Beirut’s streets outside the home of the environment minister, furious the government couldn’t get its act together to find … 0

US stocks extend losses as early rally fades

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Just when it looked as if the bleeding had stopped, it started up again. A rally in U.S. stocks evaporated in the minutes before the closing bell Tuesday, sending the Dow Jones industrial average down more than 200 … 0

Gay, straight couples adding Justice Kennedy’s words to vows

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Emily Smith and Jillian Levine had already chosen a venue, booked a band and written the first draft of the ceremony for their wedding when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that gay couples nationwide have a … 0

Los Angeles projects $161M surplus for 2024 Olympics

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Anxiety over taxpayer costs helped cripple Boston’s 2024 Olympic bid, but organizers in potential stand-in Los Angeles disclosed a budget Tuesday that shows the city holding a $161 million surplus after staging events from Santa Monica beaches to the Hollywood Hills. Los Angeles, which hosted … 0

Man killed by deputy at Penn. courthouse after knife attack

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — The Coatesville, Pa., man arrested in March for climbing over a White House wall was shot and killed by a deputy sheriff at the Chester County courthouse Tuesday after he came in wielding a knife and slashed another deputy sheriff, police said. Curtis Smith, 34, of … 0

US economy is buffer against stock losses

Monday, August 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — Am I safe? That’s the question many Americans asked Monday amid a wild roller coaster ride on the stock market. The answer may still be at least a few days off. The Dow Jones industrial average was off more than 1,000 points at Monday’s turbulent open, … 0