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SUNDAY, AUG. 30, 2015

A Lebanese anti-government protester shouts during a demonstration Saturday in Beirut, Lebanon, against the ongoing trash crisis and government corruption. (Associated Press)

Lebanon protests gain steam

BEIRUT – Thousands rallied Saturday in downtown Beirut in the largest anti-government protest yet over a summer garbage crisis, chanting “revolution, revolution” and setting a three-day ultimatum for authorities to respond to demands, including the resignation of a Cabinet minister. It signaled the most significant public outburst of anger against a dysfunctional system of government, but demonstrators have yet to chart a clear path toward change.

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People: Liu a first-time mom to new son, Rockwell

There’s a new guy in “Elementary” star Lucy Liu’s life and he won’t be hard to detect: a bouncing baby boy. The actress took to Instagram and Twitter on Thursday to reveal that the 46-year-old is a new mom to Rockwell Lloyd Liu, “brought into the world via gestational carrier.” He is her first child and a publicist said both “are healthy and happy.”

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Suspect charged in Texas deputy’s ambush slaying

HOUSTON – Texas prosecutors on Saturday charged a 30-year-old man with capital murder in the killing of a uniformed sheriff’s deputy who was gunned down from behind while filling his patrol car with gas in what officials described as a “senseless and cowardly act.” The arrest of Shannon J. Miles – who has a criminal history that includes convictions for resisting arrest and disorderly conduct with a firearm – came less than 24 hours after authorities said he ambushed Darren Goforth, a 10-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, at a suburban Houston Chevron station.

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SATURDAY, AUG. 29, 2015

Decade after Katrina, New Orleans hopeful, wary

NEW ORLEANS – David Herzenberg is back in the city he once called home – back to the place that is blighted and dysfunctional and infuriating yet at the same time magical and musical and wonderfully distinctive. Exactly 10 years ago, Hurricane Katrina swamped New Orleans and surrounding areas and forced away hundreds of thousands of residents, Herzenberg among them. Over the resulting decade, he went to Norfolk, Virginia; and Charleston, South Carolina; and Tacoma.

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Former St. Paul’s student Owen Labrie puts his hands to his face as his verdict is read at Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord, N.H., on Friday. (Associated Press)

Elite prep school grad found guilty in sex competition

CONCORD, N.H. – A graduate of an exclusive New England prep school was cleared of rape but convicted Friday of lesser sex offenses against a 15-year-old freshman girl in a case that exposed a tradition in which seniors competed to see how many younger students they could have sex with. A jury of nine men and three women took eight hours to reach its verdict in the case against Owen Labrie, who was accused of forcing himself on the girl in a dark and noisy mechanical room at St. Paul’s School in Concord two days before he graduated in 2014.

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George W. Bush visits Katrina disaster zone

NEW ORLEANS – Former President George W. Bush enjoyed sympathetic audiences in New Orleans and Mississippi on Friday as he returned to the region where Hurricane Katrina sank his popularity 10 years ago. Bush avoided parts of New Orleans that have yet to recover from the devastating storm, such as the Lower 9th Ward, where President Barack Obama mingled with hundreds of residents the day before. Bush did not tour the federally managed levees whose failures flooded 80 percent of the city.

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In brief: Erika weakens after clobbering Dominica

Santo Domingo, Domican Republic – Tropical Storm Erika began to lose steam Friday over Haiti and the Dominican Republic, but it caused a trail of destruction that killed at least 20 people and left another 31 missing on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, authorities said. Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said in a televised address late Friday that the island has been set back 20 years in the damage inflicted by the storm.

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In brief: Planned Parenthood files federal suit over Alabama Medicaid funding cuts

Montgomery, Ala. – Planned Parenthood Southeast on Friday filed a federal lawsuit over Gov. Robert Bentley’s effort to cut off Medicaid payments to the organization’s Alabama clinics. The organization said Bentley’s effort penalizes low-income women who seek contraceptive and preventive health care services at the clinics. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Montgomery. It accuses Bentley of violating a federal law that they said requires Medicaid patients to have their choice of provider to receive family planning care.

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Kentucky county clerk asks Supreme Court for 'asylum for her conscience'

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Two months after it legalized gay marriage nationwide, the U.S. Supreme Court is being asked by a Kentucky county clerk for permission to keep denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who objects to gay marriage for religious reasons, asked the nation’s highest court Friday to grant her “asylum for her conscience.”

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Deputy Culture Minister Piotr Zuchowski speaks to the press in Warsaw, Poland, on Friday. (Associated Press)

Men claim news of lost Nazi treasure train

For decades the whispers persisted among the factory workers and lumberjacks of southwest Poland that a Nazi train laden with plundered gold, jewels and artworks had been hidden beneath the Owl Mountains since the waning days of World War II. Legend had it that the valuables, stolen mainly from Polish Jews who had been dispatched to concentration camps, were hastily loaded into an armored military transport in early 1945 and shipped westward from the German city of Breslau to prevent the loot from falling into the hands of the advancing Soviet Red Army.

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Irish rock star Bono, second from left, poses with African music stars after a press conference in Lagos, Nigeria, on Friday. (Associated Press)

People: Bono, African stars launch campaign for women

African stars joined U2 frontman Bono in Lagos, Nigeria, on Friday in a campaign to use music to help empower women around the world. Bono and top African male musicians D’banj, Diamond and Banky W announced that they will be included in a remix of the song “Strong Girl,” a rallying cry for women’s empowerment that features top African female talent.

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Ruling sets protest-free zone near Supreme Court

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court can keep protesters off its marble plaza without violating their constitutional rights, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. The inviting 20,000-square-foot, open-air plaza can remain a protest-free zone because the court has an interest in preserving decorum and the idea that judges are not influenced by public opinion and pressure, said a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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In this photo taken late Thursday, migrants travel on an overnight train from the Macedonian town of Gevgelija to the border with Serbia. (Associated Press)

Scores of migrants die as flow continues

VIENNA – Death and desperation mounted in Europe’s migrant crisis Friday as Austrian police said 71 people appeared to have suffocated in the back of an abandoned truck, while an estimated 200 people were feared drowned off Libya when two overloaded boats capsized. More than 300,000 people have sought to cross the Mediterranean Sea so far in 2015, up from 219,000 in all of last year, as European authorities grapple with the largest influx since World War II.

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Seven killed by toxic gas at China paper mill

BEIJING – Seven workers were killed and two injured after exposure to poisonous gases at a paper mill in central China, authorities said today, in the latest in a spate of deadly accidents to strike the country involving dangerous chemicals. The accident occurred Friday after an employee fell into a pool filled with poisonous waste paper pulp during a cleaning operation, a statement from the Anxiang county government in Hunan province said. His co-workers rushed to help him but were overcome by the noxious gases, the statement said.

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