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WDBJ-TV7 news morning anchor Kimberly McBroom, second from right, and meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner, right, are joined by visiting anchor Steve Grant, second from left, and Dr. Thomas Milam, of the Carilion Clinic, as they observe a moment of silence during the early morning newscast at the station, in Roanoke, Va., Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. The moment of silence was at the moment reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were killed during a live broadcast Wednesday, while on assignment in Moneta. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

TV station grapples with loss

Thursday, August 27, 2015

As the cameras rolled Thursday morning, WDBJ-TV morning anchor Kimberly McBroom reached out to hold her colleagues’ hands. It was 6:45 a.m., and McBroom told her viewers in southwest Virginia that the staffers at the Roanoke TV station were approaching a moment “none of us will forget.” “It was yesterday around this time that we went live to Alison Parker …

On Katrina anniversary, Obama salutes people of New Orleans

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 10 years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. “There’s something in you guys that is …

Guatemalans pressure president to step down

Thursday, August 27, 2015

GUATEMALA CITY — Pressure grew Thursday on Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina to resign as business and government offices closed, protesters marched by the thousands and the attorney general’s office urged him to step down “to prevent ungovernability that could destabilize the nation.” Guatemala’s congress also named a commission of five legislators to …

Ky. clerk won’t back down over gay marriage licenses

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 …

Austrians find truck full of dead migrants

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 …

Tropical storm hits Dominica

Thursday, August 27, 2015

ROSEAU, Dominica (AP) — 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 …

Calif. cuts water use by 31% in July amid drought

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 …

Scientists squabble while Africa’s only penguins risk extinction

Thursday, August 27, 2015

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — They’re cute, knee-high, they bray like donkeys and are a tourist attraction near Cape Town. But African Penguins — the continent’s only species of the flightless bird — are at risk of extinction. …

Restraint over retweeting urged in Virginia attack video

Thursday, August 27, 2015

LOS ANGELES — The online reaction spread quickly as expected after a killer posted video of his attack on two former co-workers in the midst of a live news broadcast. Yet the social media response after Wednesday’s killings, …

Warren, coy on whether to seek re-election, stockpiles cash

Thursday, August 27, 2015

BOSTON — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is stockpiling campaign cash from liberal supporters across the country even though she hasn’t committed to a 2018 re-election bid. Warren has collected nearly $1.6 million in contributions in the first half …

Boys unleash a long shot for president: Bailey D. Dog

Thursday, August 27, 2015

By Kori Rumore and Jonathon Berlin Chicago Tribune (TNS) CHICAGO — Running for president is so easy, even a dog can do it. Or at least the dog’s name can appear on the Federal Election Commission’s list of nearly 800 potential candidates for president. Candidate ID P60009883, also …

Fired reporter kills 2 ex-colleagues on live TV

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

MONETA, Va. — A TV reporter and cameraman were shot to death on live television Wednesday by their former colleague, a journalist who also recorded himself carrying out the killings and then posted the video on social media. …

Saudi arrested in 1996 bombing that killed 19 Americans

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A man described as the mastermind of the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing that killed 19 American servicemen in Saudi Arabia has been captured, a U.S. and a Saudi official said Wednesday, ending a …