White House says Mount McKinley to be renamed Denali

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This Aug. 19, 2011 file photo shows Mount McKinley in Denali National Park, Alaska. President Barack Obama on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015 said he’s changing the name of the tallest mountain in North America from Mount McKinley to Denali.

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Sharper forecasts may help avert repeat of Katrina disaster

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South Miami-Dade County as seen during a fire department aerial reconnaissance..By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) – The science of predicting hurricanes has come a long way since Katrina caught New Orleans officials off guard 10 years ago. A range of technological advances, from a new generation of satellites to supercomputers and unmanned drones, promises more-accurate forecasts that would increase public officials' confidence in weather experts' advice. If authorities were quicker to heed warnings about the devastating potential of Katrina before it made landfall in Louisiana on Monday, Aug. 29, 2005, some of the nearly 1,800 lives that were lost may have been saved, forecasters speculate.


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Dozens rally in Michigan for ex-Marine held in Iran

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Dozens of people at a Michigan rally released balloons Saturday to mark the four-year anniversary of Iran’s refusal to free a former Marine from prison. But they first heard from Amir Hekmati, whose words were recorded weeks ago during a phone call with relatives.

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Jury mulls fate of defendant in New Hampshire prep school rape trial

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A sign marks the entrance to St. Paul's School in ConcordA New Hampshire jury is set to begin its first full day of deliberations on Friday in the trial of Owen Labrie, a former student at an elite prep school accused of raping a 15-year-old freshman girl on campus days before his graduation. The trial, which began last week, has exposed uncomfortable aspects of the culture of St. Paul’s School, a nearly 160-year-old academy whose alumni include powerful U.S. business and political leaders such as Secretary of State John Kerry.


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Draft Biden holds DNC meeting briefings

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Behind the scenes at the Democratic National Committee summer meetings in Minneapolis, super delegates and members of the DNC are quietly being asked by Draft Biden representatives to “keep an open mind” about the race for the presidential nomination. A series of meetings started Thursday in which selected DNC members and super delegates are being briefed on the state of the race and the vice president’s explorations into running for president, a source tells CNN.

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Policeman shot to death and three women stabbed, one fatally, in Louisiana

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Tafara Hayes and Rose Sonnier embrace as they watch police investigate the scene of a fatal stabbing and shooting at a home in Sunset LouisianaThe suspect, identified as Harrison Lee Wiley Jr., was captured about an hour after the violence began in the small town of Sunset, about 70 miles (112 km) west of the state capital, Baton Rouge, the St. Landry Parish Sheriff said. Wiley is accused of stabbing his wife and two other women in a "domestic disturbance," then fatally shooting the officer who was the first to arrive on the scene, Sheriff Bobby Guidroz told reporters. Wiley, described by responding officers as "highly intoxicated," then jumped into an automobile and drove about three blocks before crashing the vehicle into a JR Food Mart, the sheriff said.


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Clerk ordered to issue same-sex marriage licenses

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Same-sex couples fighting for the right to marry won yet another legal victory Wednesday — this time in Kentucky, though the county clerk on the other side of the battle might not be ready to throw in the towel yet. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth District ruled Wednesday against Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk Kim Davis, ordering her to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

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Rick Perry loses top Iowa adviser

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Sam Clovis, the highly touted Iowa campaign co-chair for Rick Perry, has departed the Texas governor’s presidential bid, a blow that comes as the campaign prepares to restructure its program in the early states. Confronted by anemic fundraising that forced the candidate to stop paying all its workers, Perry’s campaign is preparing to off-load some of its field operation to an allied super PAC.

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