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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 …

White House: No. 2 IS leader killed in US military airstrike

Saturday, August 22, 2015

OAK BLUFFS, Mass. — The No. 2 leader of the Islamic State militant group was killed in a U.S. military airstrike in Iraq earlier this week, the White House said Friday. Ned Price, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council, said Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali was traveling …

France: 2 Americans subdue gunman on high-speed train

Friday, August 21, 2015

PARIS — A gunman opened fire on a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris on Friday, wounding two people before two American passengers subdued him, officials said. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, speaking in Arras in northern …

Washington tragedy highlights firefighters’ youth, passion

Friday, August 21, 2015

TWISP, Wash. — One was a college student for whom fighting fires was a summer job. Another had graduated and wanted to make firefighting his career. The third was already a professional firefighter who had gone back to …

Autopsy: Suspect killed by St. Louis police was shot in back

Friday, August 21, 2015

ST. LOUIS — An autopsy showed that an 18-year-old who was shot and killed by an officer helping serve a search warrant in a violence-plagued neighborhood died from a single wound in the back, police said Friday. St. …

Trump calls for respect after Boston attack on Mexican man

Friday, August 21, 2015

BOSTON — Donald Trump on Friday denounced a violent attack against a homeless Hispanic man in Boston whose attacker told police he was inspired, in part, by Trump’s rhetoric that people in the country illegally should be deported. …

Jury deadlocked, mistrial declared in Charlotte police shooting case

Friday, August 21, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — After four days of deliberations, a mistrial was declared Friday when the jury was unable to resolve a deadlock in the case of Randall “Wes” Kerrick, a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer accused of killing an unarmed man in a struggle two years ago. Within moments, about …

UNESCO chief: IS systematically destroying heritage sites

Friday, August 21, 2015

DAMASCUS, Syria — Islamic State extremists in Syria and Iraq are engaged in the “most brutal, systematic” destruction of ancient sites since World War II, the head of the U.N. cultural agency said Friday — a stark warning …

North Korea warns of war with South after artillery fire

Friday, August 21, 2015

PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Friday declared his front-line troops in a “quasi-state of war” and ordered them to prepare for battle a day after the most serious confrontation between the rivals …

Earth Talk: ‘Clean coal’ plants show promise but cost is an obstacle

Friday, August 21, 2015

Dear EarthTalk: There’s a lot of talk about the potential for renewable energy sources like solar and wind. But cheap, abundant coal is still going to power the world for a long time. How can we harness the …

Carter says cancer has spread to brain

Thursday, August 20, 2015

ATLANTA — With a broad smile and an upbeat attitude, former President Jimmy Carter told the world Thursday that he has cancer in his brain, and feels “perfectly at ease with whatever comes.” Carter said doctors had removed …