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Rebuilt confidence in New Orleans flood controls fuels rebuilding

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 20:49

File photo of Louisiana homes near a levee remain under water a week after Hurricane KatrinaBy Kathy Finn NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - When Angele Givens looks around her neighborhood in the Gentilly section of New Orleans, she is struck by the contrast with 10 years ago, when Hurricane Katrina triggered floods that filled her home and tens of thousands of others with water.    Today, more than 80 percent of the structures in her Vista Park neighborhood have been renovated or rebuilt, and work is underway on others.    But the area may never have staged its comeback without a rebuilding of confidence in local flood protection, said Givens, president of her neighborhood's improvement association. “I never worried about flooding before Katrina, but after the storm, we had to ask whether it made sense, financially, to come back," she said.    Billions of dollars of work carried out by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, including the construction of a massive surge barrier just east of the city, helped answer that question, Givens said.    "They have done a lot of work on the levees and the canals," she said.


News channels 'broke UK media rules'

BBC World News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 20:44
BBC World News and CNN International broke UK broadcasting rules about sponsorship and funded content, media regulator Ofcom finds.
Categories: BBC World News

DC zoo's den surrounding possibly pregnant panda closed

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 20:43
WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials at Washington's National Zoo have closed part of the panda habitat to the public because the zoo's adult female panda is entering the final stages of a possible pregnancy.

Official: 'No chance anyone survived' Indonesian plane crash

USAToday.com Top Stories - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 20:32

Search and rescue teams reached the crash site Tuesday.

       

Road to 2016: The Most Important Story in the G.O.P. Race Isn’t About Donald Trump

New York Times Headlines - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 20:32
The candidates who had been leading the polls are now struggling in key states, Scott Walker in Iowa and Jeb Bush in New Hampshire.









In Iran, ‘death to America’ doesn’t mean what you think

USAToday.com Top Stories - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 20:29

Hardline Iranians continue to shout "death to America" as they have for decades.

       

Couple defies marital odds, celebrates 75th wedding anniversary

USAToday.com Top Stories - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 20:29

N.J. couple say they “always knew (they) were going to be married.”

       

Students: Dump Trump golf club as prom site

USAToday.com Top Stories - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 20:26

Incoming high school senior launches petition to make sure prom won't enrichen candidate.

       

Bitcoin could split, say developers

BBC World News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 20:24
A row over changing the software that produces bitcoins could split the virtual currency, core developers say.
Categories: BBC World News

Scott Walker unveils health insurance plan

USAToday.com Top Stories - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 20:21

The Wisconsin governor seeks to stand out in GOP field as he unveils his health care plan.

       

Former 'troll' wins Russian damages

BBC World News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 20:18
A former Russian internet "troll" is awarded one rouble ($0.01) in damages after she sues her ex-employer to expose it as a propaganda "factory".
Categories: BBC World News

First Draft: Today in Politics: Donald Trump’s Immigration Plan Casts Rivals as the Rope in a Tug of War

New York Times Headlines - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 20:16
Republicans were hoping to leave their immigration woes behind, but six months before the Iowa caucuses, Mr. Trump has made that impossible.









WWII veteran's prayer book returned to family after 70 years

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 20:12
NEWTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A late World War II veteran's prayer book found in New Zealand was safely returned to his wife in suburban Philadelphia after 70 years.

More Americans support farm-to-school programs, report says

USAToday.com Top Stories - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 20:11

Americans agree that food from local farms belongs in school cafeterias.

       

Boost in Labor Day travel expected to make summer busiest ever for airlines

USAToday.com Top Stories - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 20:09

Airlines expect 3% more passengers for Labor Day, capping busiest summer ever for air travel.

       

Labor Secretary: Book open on unions at college campuses

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 20:09
WASHINGTON (AP) — Labor Secretary Thomas Perez says the question of allowing college athletes to form unions "remains open" despite a federal ruling that this is impermissible.

Man shot multiple times in Port Richmond

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 20:08

Man shot multiple times in Port RichmondA man in his 20s was shot several times in Philadelphia's Port Richmond section early Tuesday morning.


Fifa suspect charged in Nicaragua

BBC World News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 20:08
Nicaraguan Fifa official Julio Rocha, who was detained in Switzerland in May over corruption allegations, is charged with money laundering in Nicaragua.
Categories: BBC World News

South Dakota nurse embeds in colony life to transform care

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 20:07

Nurse Kerri Lutjens draws blood from a Hutterite during a home visit at the Tschetter Colony near Olivet, S.D., Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. Lutjens has spent the past few years gaining the trust of several communities of Hutterites, a deeply religious people, who live in insular farming communities in the Plains, Upper Midwest and Canada. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)OLIVET, S.D. (AP) — A spaghetti dinner with people in prairie dress and a church service in German is all in a day's work for Kerri Lutjens.


Summer melt: Why accepted students don’t go to college

NBA - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 20:02
A new report examines why students who are accepted to college in the spring never show up for classes in the fall.
Categories: Sports Center