President Barack Obama greets residents in the the Treme neighborhood in New Orleans on Thursday for the 10th anniversary since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

Obama, in New Orleans, praises results of federal intervention

The president explicitly linked New Orleans’s recovery from Hurricane Katrina to the nation’s recovery from the 2008 recession.

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 WDBJ news anchor Chris Hurst pauses as he is overcome with emotion while holding a photo album that was created by fellow reporter and girlfriend Alison Parker, in Roanoke, Va., on Wednesday.

Journalists cope a day after fatal shooting of Roanoke colleagues

Evidence in his car suggests that the killer of a Virginia TV reporter and cameraman Wednesday meant to go on the run after the shootings.

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 After years of promising it, Amtrak is about to offer roll-on bicycle service on the Capitol Limited route that passes through Pittsburgh.

Amtrak ready to allow roll-on bike service between Pittsburgh, D.C.

With two premier bike trails parallel to the route, enthusiasts and bicycle organizations have long pressed the railroad to add the service.

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 Ashley Madison founder and CEO Noel Biderman, posing with a poster during an interview at a hotel in Hong Kong in 2013, has left the company effective immediately, Avid Life Media said today.

Ashley Madison CEO steps down in wake of hacking

Avid Life Media Inc., Ashley Madison’s parent company, says Noel Biderman’s departure was a mutual decision.

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Ice-deprived walruses are again huddled on the Alaskan coast

This is the seventh time in a decade that walruses have been driven out of the Chukchi Sea by warming waters.

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National Briefs: Analysis finds anti-abortion video faulty

Plus: clerk denies gay couples; Biden polls more favorably; Trump slammed by CEO; and more.

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 Darryl Dawkins

Obituary: Darryl Dawkins / NBA’s ‘Chocolate Thunder’ dunker

He was the first high school player to go straight to the NBA when he was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1975.

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 Alison Parker and Adam Ward together.

Fired reporter kills 2 former co-workers on live TV

A Virginia television reporter and cameraman were shot dead during a live broadcast Wednesday by an ex-colleague who had been fired.

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 WDBJ-TV7 anchor Chris Hurst, right, the boyfriend of slain news reporter Alison Parker, hugs meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner during the early morning newscast at WDBJ-TV7, in Roanoke, Va., today.

Memories, tears mark newscast a day after on-air shootings

The emotional crescendo of WDBJ-TV’s “Mornin’ ” show came when two anchors and a weatherman joined hands to mark a moment of silence.

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Claims for jobless benefits fall to three-week low

Unemployment applications dropped by 6,000 to 271,000 in the week ended Aug. 22, a Labor Department report showed today.

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 Movie massacre gunman James Holmes leaves court for the last time on Wednesday before beginning his life sentence with no chance of parole after a hearing in Centennial, Colo.

Colorado killer’s sentencing caps grueling trial

Colorado theater mass killer James Holmes was sent to prison Wednesday for 12 consecutive life terms without parole plus 3,318 years.

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Wal-Mart to stop selling AR-15, other semi-automatic rifles

The top U.S. retailer of guns and ammunition will stop selling semi-automatic rifles for lack of customers.

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National briefs: After promises, Obama returns to New Orleans

Plus: Louisiana officer, woman killed; Defects at waste site; Solar company probe; ’Senior Salute’ trial;  Smaller panda cub dies

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 A memorial is assembled in front of WDBJ television station in Roanoke, Va., Wednesday.

Journalists feel ‘shock to the heart’ after on-air killings

The tragedy drives home how vulnerable TV crews can be outside of covering dangerous situations or reporting from war zones.

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 A Chester County sheriff’s deputy with a hand injury is taken from the lobby of the Chester County Courthouse following a shooting Tuesday in West Chester, Pa.

White House climber killed at courthouse after knife attack

The Coatesville, Pa., man was shot and killed by a deputy sheriff after he wielded a knife and slashed another deputy.

2 days ago

Friction over gay marriage mounts before pope’s visit

LGBT Catholics want a more major role in the World Meeting of Families that is spurring Francis’ visit, but organizers are resisting that.

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Republican candidates mum on Social Security privatization

Republican presidential contenders this campaign season have been in favor of trimming Social Security benefits to “save” the system.

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Lake Michigan neighbors defend their water supply

A Wisconsin town can’t cure a contamination problem in its aquifer without an infusion of Great Lakes water, but first it needs the

2 days ago

Federal ban on sports betting upheld by appeals panel in Philadelphia

New Jersey has been trying since 2009 to legalize sports betting at its casinos and racetracks.

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 Louisiana State Police Col. Michael Edmonson on Monday announces the death of Trooper Steven Vincent during a news conference at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital.

Louisiana state trooper’s killing called ‘senseless’

Trooper Steven J. Vincent, shot in the head during a traffic stop, died Monday. The motorist has been charged with first-degree murder.

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 President Barack Obama speaks at the National Clean Energy Summit at the Mandalay Bay Resort Convention Center on Monday in Las Vegas.

Obama announces clean energy efforts, pushes for options

President Barack Obama announced fresh executive actions to expand renewable energy use.

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Volunteers arrive to fight wildfires

The Washington blaze in Okanogan County near the Canadian border is the largest in state history, and is actually five fires.

3 days ago

National briefs: Trump clashes with reporter at news event

Plus: Updated serving sizes;N.J. sports gambling denied; Exxon to pay $225 million to N.J.;  Farm forecast improves; Wine train apologizes

3 days ago

 Joe Biden

More Democrats crack open door for Biden’s run

Meanwhile, party front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton battled questions over her use of a private email server.

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Trump deflects policy questions

One study by the American Action Forum estimated mass deportation to cost from $400 billion to $600 billion over a decade.

4 days ago

Reid backs push to save nuclear deal with Iran

With the Senate minority leader’s backing, President Barack Obama now only has to secure seven more votes from lawmakers to sustain a veto.

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  James Holmes yawns while he appears in court  for the sentencing phase in his trial today in Centennial, Colo.

Judge gives spirited defense of Colo. theater shooter's trial

Jurors have already determined James Holmes will spend the rest of his life in prison for the attack that killed 12 people.

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 U.S.-France Ambassador Jane Hartley, third from left, and honorees attend a reception at Elysee Palace today in Paris, where Spencer Stone, second from right, Anthony Sadler, center, and Alek Skarlatos, second from left, were awarded the Legion d'Honneur after overpowering a gunman, a 25-year-old Moroccan, on board a high-speed train after he opened fire on a Thalys train travelling from Amsterdam to Paris.

Americans, Briton who disarmed train gunman receive France's highest honor

The four helped disarm a machine gun-toting suspected Islamist militant on a train last week.

4 days ago

National briefs: La. trooper shot in head after struggle

Plus: 2 arrested for toting guns; Wiz Khalifa handcuffed; Rain fizzles topless rally; Latest panda litter doubles.

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 The Chautauqua Amphitheater at a full session in July.

Fate of historic Chautauqua ‘Amp’ to be considered in vote this week

Preservationists are fighting to save the historic structure, but others believe it’s time to build anew, resulting in a vigorous debate.

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 Victims of human trafficking often come from troubled backgrounds and may become psychologically attached to the trafficker.

A troubled young life led Pittsburgh girl into the hands of a trafficker

A young Pittsburgh girl saw the 36-year-old man as a safe haven. But he was a trafficker who assaulted her and pimped her out.

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Trafficking victims face many tough issues

“The streets sometimes were kinder to these kids than what they had at home,” said Lynsie Clott of the Project to End Human Trafficking.

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Signs of human trafficking

Experts say those who see suspected trafficking should not try to intervene; they should report what they see to authorities.

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Ohio bill would restrict abortions if Down syndrome is the reason

Many are wondering how the state’s GOP governor, John R. Kasich, and candidate for president will stand on the issue.

5 days ago

Biden, Warren huddle amid 2016 speculation

Vice President Joe Biden, who has begun to explore a presidential run, met Sen.  Elizabeth Warren, who has become an icon to liberal

5 days ago

Indiana team that raided Fogle's home used mobile laboratory

A mobile forensics laboratory  has revolutionized how Indiana investigates child-exploitation and pornography crimes.

6 days ago

A decade after Katrina, a new New Orleans emerges

The city’s growth since the storm has been impressive, but some fear too many are being left behind.

5 days ago

National briefs: Gunman, guard dead in NYC shooting

Plus: Children ordered released; Firefighters gain ground; Contraception mandate; Storm south of Hawaii; D.C. panda gives birth.

5 days ago

 A man walks past an electronic board Friday displaying various world major indexes outside a brokerage in Tokyo. Stock markets tumbled after a survey showed Chinese factories contracted at their fastest pace since the depth of the global financial crisis in 2009, sending investors scurrying to the safety of bonds and gold.

Stocks slip in summer slide

China and tumbling oil prices continued weighing on Wall Street on Friday. But analysts said the long bull market isn’t over yet.

6 days ago

 The inside of theater at the Southside Works Cinema. Following theater shootings across the nation, movie theaters in Pittsburgh, including Southside Works, implement heightened security measures.

Pittsburgh movie theaters the latest venues to search bags for weapons

There’s no escaping this reality — movie theaters, once havens for escapism, no longer are sanctuaries from the violence of the real world.

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Dozens of Clinton emails were classified from the start, U.S. rules suggest

For months, the State Department has stood behind its former boss, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

6 days ago

The Trump Bowl: Republican front-runner packs ’em in for Friday night rally

The Alabama turnout for Trump was all the more impressive given that it materialized on just two days’ notice.

6 days ago

Black man shot by police in St. Louis died from bullet to back

The police chief said it is too soon in the investigation to jump to conclusions.

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 In this Aug. 3, 2015 photo, provided by Charles Hiltunen, members of the Indiana Nation Guard undergo National Rifle Association firearm training in the auditorium of the Johnson County Armory in Franklin, Ind.

Indiana enlists NRA to train Guard on firearms

A survey by The Associated Press found that Indiana is the only state to enlist the NRA’s help in the training.

6 days ago

National Briefs: Graduation for 2 female Rangers

Plus: Mistrial declared; ex-NFL cheerleader sentenced; Key Democrat backs Iran deal; wildfires force evacuations; gray wolf pack spotted.

6 days ago

 Ashley Madison website

Rush on to check leaked Ashley Madison data on investigation site

Trustify, a Washington, D.C.-based website and investigation firm, said the Ashley Madison release has caused a huge boost in activity.

1 week ago

Scientists see link between global warming, California drought

Man-made climate change is worsening California’s drought and likely to make an ever-drier future.

1 week ago

BP settlement money flows to governments in far-flung places

Millions of dollars of BP oil company settlements have gone to municipallites further than 100 miles from the coast, records show.

1 week ago

Swing-state poll suggests Joe Biden may have opening

Poll finds Joe Biden faring as well or better than former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida.

1 week ago

National briefs: Two women are first to pass Army Ranger school

Plus: Protests after teen’s death, Prison escapee arraigned, ‘Female Viagra’ company sold, Drones disrupt air traffic

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