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  • New Orleans marks 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina
    New Orleans marks 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Thousands of people have commemorated the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in the US city of New Orleans. The city's Mayor Mitch Landrieu was joined by House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal at a wreath-laying ceremony held to honour 83 unidentified victims who lost their lives in the disaster. The Category 5 storm killed more than 1,800 people and displaced tens of thousands more when it made landfall on 29 August 2005 in south-east Louisiana. More »

  • New Orleans mourns dead, celebrates life on Katrina anniversary
    New Orleans mourns dead, celebrates life on Katrina anniversary Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    New Orleans remembered the dead and celebrated its painstaking comeback from disaster, a decade after Hurricane Katrina ripped through the "Big Easy" leaving devastation and chaos in its wake. More »

  • Tropical storm Erika drenches parched Cuba
    Tropical storm Erika drenches parched Cuba Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Tropical storm Erika broke up as it raked across Cuba, drenching the drought-parched island in heavy rain after killing at least 20 people on the Caribbean island of Dominica. More »

  • Serena Williams’ greatness, wrestling’s most violent man and all the week’s …
    Serena Williams’ greatness, wrestling’s most violent man and all the week’s … Sat, Aug 29, 2015

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  • Tropical Storm Erika Kills 20 In Caribbean
    Tropical Storm Erika Kills 20 In Caribbean Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    At least 20 people have died after Tropical Storm Erika hit the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, the nation's prime minister has said. Dominica's premier Roosevelt Skerrit said hundreds of homes, bridges and roads had been destroyed, setting the island back two decades. Florida Governor Rick Scott had earlier declared a state of emergency, but Erika no longer poses a hurricane threat. More »

  • Hurricane Katrina 10th anniversary: Powerful photos of devastation in New Orleans' …
    Hurricane Katrina 10th anniversary: Powerful photos of devastation in New Orleans' … Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina ripped through the Gulf Coast, claiming 1,800 lives in four states and causing more than $151bn (£98.11bn) in damages. The third-strongest hurricane ever in the US made a direct hit on New Orleans on 29 August 2005. Nowhere was the devastation greater than in the poor, largely black, Lower Ninth Ward. More »

  • Tropical Storm Erika unleashes deadly floods in Dominica
    Tropical Storm Erika unleashes deadly floods in Dominica Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Tropical Storm Erika churned across the Caribbean on Saturday, a day after sweeping over the tiny island nation of Dominica and leaving at least 20 people dead. More »

  • Tropical storm Erika: 20 dead in Dominica as cyclone edges towards Cuba and …
    Tropical storm Erika: 20 dead in Dominica as cyclone edges towards Cuba and … Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Tropical storm Erika has killed 20 people in Dominica, with dozens more missing as the storm continues to batter the Caribbean as it edges towards Cuba and Florida. Dominica's Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said hundreds of homes have been destroyed, saying the devastation left behind is "monumental". "It is with heavy heart that I address you, you can well imagine the hell that it has been for me since I heard of the passing of Tropical Storm Erika and the damage it has done to our dear people and beloved country. More »

  • How will climate change affect your livelihood?
    How will climate change affect your livelihood? Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    As the reality of global warming starts to hit home, people may ask: "How will it affect my livelihood?" More »

  • New Orleans mourns, celebrates 10 years after Katrina
    New Orleans mourns, celebrates 10 years after Katrina Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    New Orleans will mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina Saturday with solemn memorials and boisterous brass bands as the "Big Easy" remembers those lost to the devastating storm and celebrates its resilience. More »

  • Florida declares state of emergency as Tropical Storm Erika approaches
    Florida declares state of emergency as Tropical Storm Erika approaches Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency as Tropical Storm Erika makes its way towards the south-eastern United States. 12 people were killed in Dominica by the storm which downed trees and power lines as it triggered heavy floods. Images from the tiny Caribbean island show the extent of the devastation with a road cut in half and a plane floating through what used to be an airport runway. More »

  • Sitdown Sunday: Why did two 12-year-olds try to kill because of the ‘Slender …
    Sitdown Sunday: Why did two 12-year-olds try to kill because of the ‘Slender … Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    The very best of the week’s writing from around the web. More »

  • Former President George W. Bush Visits New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina 10th …
    Former President George W. Bush Visits New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina 10th … Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Former President George W. Bush returned to New Orleans on Friday, a day before the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Bush and his wife, Laura Bush, both spoke Friday morning at Warren Easton Charter High School, the oldest public school in New Orleans. Hurricane Katrina destroyed most of the schools in the Louisiana city. More »

  • Hurricane Katrina: Bush To Visit New Orleans
    Hurricane Katrina: Bush To Visit New Orleans Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Former US president George W Bush is to revisit one of his presidency's lowest points when he travels to New Orleans to mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Mr Bush will deliver a speech at Warren Easton Charter High School, where he also spoke a year after the hurricane, and will congratulate the region for its recovery from what was the country's most expensive natural disaster. Nearly 2,000 people died, mostly in New Orleans, when powerful wind and driving rain bore down on Louisiana on 29 August 2005. More »

  • Katrina: Obama Says New Orleans Inspired America
    Katrina: Obama Says New Orleans Inspired America Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    President Barack Obama has praised the spirit of New Orleans' residents 10 years after their city was decimated by Hurricane Katrina. Mr Obama arrived in Louisiana on Thursday to mark the 10th anniversary of the devastating storm that killed more than 1,800 people along the Gulf Coast. Treme - one of the oldest black neighbourhoods in America - suffered catastrophic flooding after the city's levees gave way in the midst of the powerful 2005 storm. More »

  • Millions At Risk As NASA Warns Of 3ft Sea Rise
    Millions At Risk As NASA Warns Of 3ft Sea Rise Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    The world is heading for a three-feet rise in sea level and NASA has warned it is too late to prevent it. Sea levels have risen about three inches since 1992 due to warmer temperatures and the burning of fossil fuels, but a further three feet would put millions of lives at risk. New Orleans, still recovering from Hurricane Katrina, may also be at risk, with NASA's words raising concerns that flood-proofing projects may have underestimated the sea-level rise. More »

  • Global stocks climb as US growth offsets China fears
    Global stocks climb as US growth offsets China fears Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during the morning of August 27, 2015 More »

  • Obama lauds 'inspirational' New Orleans, decade after Katrina
    Obama lauds 'inspirational' New Orleans, decade after Katrina Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    President Barack Obama paid tribute to New Orleans and its people after seeing first-hand Thursday how far the "Big Easy" has come, 10 years after Hurricane Katrina laid waste to swathes of one of America's most famous cities. More »

  • Hurricane Katrina: Bush Blamed On Anniversary
    Hurricane Katrina: Bush Blamed On Anniversary Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    The US official in charge of the emergency response to Hurricane Katrina has blamed former President George W Bush for leaving a power vacuum at the height of the crisis. President Barack Obama will head to New Orleans later as the city prepares to mark the tenth anniversary of a disaster which killed 1,800 people. The category 5 hurricane caused a storm surge which overwhelmed levees designed to protect the city. More »

  • Hurricane Katrina 10th anniversary: Inside the musicians' village breathing …
    Hurricane Katrina 10th anniversary: Inside the musicians' village breathing … Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    In clubs of downtown New Orleans, as well as on the streets, music fills the air. The birthplace of jazz, the Louisiana city on the banks of the Mississippi has long been renowned as a hotbed of both American culture and cuisine. Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organisation dedicated to building houses for low-income families, was set up to allow musicians to return to the area. More »

  • New Orleans awash in music 10 years after Katrina
    New Orleans awash in music 10 years after Katrina Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    The vibrant sounds of brass bands and buskers echo through the streets of New Orleans ten years after the birthplace of jazz was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. More »

  • Cajuns losing Louisiana island home to erosion
    Cajuns losing Louisiana island home to erosion Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Deep in the bayous of Louisiana, time seems to move more slowly. More »

  • Battle lines drawn at historic Plainfield Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    By Larry Fine EDISON, New Jersey (Reuters) - The battle for a $10 million (£6.37 million) jackpot that goes to the winner of the four-event FedExCup playoffs begins on Thursday in The Barclays at Plainfield Country Club, a fitting venue for the opening salvo. In 1777, the Battle of Short Hills in the U.S. Revolutionary War was fought on the site of the current golf course and was the first battle after the United States adopted the Stars and Stripes as its official flag. Leading the charge into the playoffs is world number one Jordan Spieth, a 22-year-old who has vaulted to the front of the youth revolution in golf with victories this year at the Masters and U.S. Open and a runner-up finish at the PGA Championship. More »

  • Katrina's unclaimed dead conjure memories of her ravages
    Katrina's unclaimed dead conjure memories of her ravages Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    On Saturday, 10 years to the day after Katrina's devastating landfall in Louisiana, city dignitaries will gather at the burial site, known as the Hurricane Katrina Memorial. "Nobody has ever come searching for their loved one in the memorial, as far as I know," said Dr. Frank Minyard, the longtime coroner of Orleans Parish, who helped to build the monument before retiring last year. The stories of those buried inside remain unknown despite the exhaustive efforts of coroners who conducted autopsies on some 900 bodies recovered from around greater New Orleans. More »

  • UK airshow safety rules reviewed as police say crash toll to rise
    UK airshow safety rules reviewed as police say crash toll to rise Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    By Costas Pitas LONDON (Reuters) - The death toll after a vintage fighter jet ploughed into a busy road in southern England while performing an acrobatics display could approach 20, police said on Monday, as Britain announced new safety restrictions on airshows. The Hawker Hunter plane, of a type developed by Britain in the 1950s, struck several cars on Saturday on the major road next to Shoreham airport near Brighton, where the show was taking place. "It's too early to tell but I'd be surprised if (the death toll) doesn't go above 11," Sussex Police Assistant Chief Constable Steve Barry was quoted as telling the BBC. More »

  • Tropical Storm Danny takes aim at Caribbean
    Tropical Storm Danny takes aim at Caribbean Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    Tropical Storm Danny swirled toward the Caribbean Sunday as forecasters warned that some popular vacation destinations could see downpours. More »

  • Airshow Crash Was 'Horrifically Unlikely'
    Airshow Crash Was 'Horrifically Unlikely' Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    The deadly plane crash at the Shoreham Airshow was an event as likely to happen as being struck by lightning, according to an aviation expert. The pilot is not among the dead, but he is fighting for his life in hospital. Former pilot and RAF flying instructor David Learmount said such crashes are extremely rare. More »

  • On Hurricane Katrina's 10th Anniversary, Half of New Orleans Remains in …
    On Hurricane Katrina's 10th Anniversary, Half of New Orleans Remains in … Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    The ruined shell is a remnant of Hurricane Katrina, but this heavy, humid day with portents of a thunderstorm in the air isn't a few months after the storm, or even a few years. In July, I rode with David Spielman, a lean, 65-year-old freelance photographer with intense blue eyes, through neighborhoods that still bear the savage marks of the storm. Spielman has roamed the city ever since the storm hit, shooting more than 10,000 images of the post-Katrina world. More »

  • Hurricane Katrina 10th anniversary: Archive footage of the devastation to New …
    Hurricane Katrina 10th anniversary: Archive footage of the devastation to New … Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    It is 10 years since Hurricane Katrina, a colossal storm that wreaked havoc across America's Gulf Coast and brought catastrophic devastation to the Louisiana city of New Orleans. After forming over the Bahamas on 23 August 2005, the category five hurricane tore its way across the Gulf of Mexico with winds of up to 175mph. Over 80% of New Orleans was flooded after the levees designed to protect the city failed on 29 August 2005. More »

  • Remembering New Orleans chaos, 10 years after Katrina
    Remembering New Orleans chaos, 10 years after Katrina Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    Ten years ago, my New Orleans hotel shook like a speeding freight train. More »

  • Move Mouth Of Mississippi 'To Save New Orleans'
    Move Mouth Of Mississippi 'To Save New Orleans' Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Engineers have said that part of the Mississippi delta must be left to deteriorate completely if New Orleans is to be saved from another powerful hurricane. Thousands of miles of wetland between the city and the Gulf of Mexico, which once provided a natural buffer to surges created by storms, have been damaged by levees and navigation channels, Scientific American says. An article in the magazine states that the levees, built by the US Army Corps of Engineers, have prevented flooding to farms, industry and towns along the lower Mississippi River. More »

  • Danny becomes first hurricane of Atlantic season
    Danny becomes first hurricane of Atlantic season Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Tropical Storm Danny was upgraded to be the first hurricane of the Atlantic season, strengthening slightly as it barrelled through the Caribbean, forecasters said. More »

  • Stocks tumble on China, growth fears; dollar fades
    Stocks tumble on China, growth fears; dollar fades Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    By Chuck Mikolajczak NEW YORK (Reuters) - World stock markets tumbled and Brent oil prices remained under pressure on Thursday as another slump in the equity market of China, the world's No. 2 economy, stoked concerns about sluggish global growth. Wall Street was also weighed down by a drop in finance stocks and fell for a third straight session as expectations cooled for a U.S. interest rate hike in September, which also kept the dollar lower. The Nasdaq suffered its biggest daily percentage drop since April 10, 2014. More »

  • Treasure hunters find $4.5m in Spanish gold coins off Florida coast Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    Treasure hunters in the US have discovered a huge trove of Spanish gold coins worth $4.5m (£2.9m) off the coast of Florida. The 350 coins found on 30 July come from a fleet of 11 Spanish galleons that sunk in a hurricane 300 years ago while en route from Cuba to Spain. William Bartlett, the diver in charge of the operation, refused to disclose what cut he would receive from the discovery. More »

  • Spanish Gold Coins Worth $4.5m Found Off Florida
    Spanish Gold Coins Worth $4.5m Found Off Florida Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    Treasure hunters have discovered $4.5m (£2.9m) worth of Spanish gold coins from a fleet of ships sunk during a hurricane 300 years ago. Only 20 such coins were known to exist prior to the recovery of the coins off Vero Beach, Florida, salvage company owner Brent Brisben said. A three-man team from salvage company 1715 Fleet-Queens Jewels scoured the site on 30 July after it was selected for a search because it was close to a previous discovery. More »