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Sharper forecasts may help avert repeat of Katrina disaster

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.

Suspect in Houston officer shooting to appear in court Monday

Shannon Miles, who has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of deputy Darren Goforth at a Houston gas station, is seen in this handout booking photo provided by Harris County Sheriff's Office in Houston, TexasThe accused man, Shannon Miles, is scheduled to appear in Harris County District Court, records show. Miles is accused of shooting deputy Darren Goforth on Friday evening at a Houston gas station, sheriff's officials said. Goforth's wife, Kathleen, described her late husband as "an incredibly intricate blend of toughness and gentility" in a statement released to NBC affiliate KPRC in Houston.

Two dead, massive outages after windstorm slams Washington state

(Reuters) - A powerful windstorm toppled trees, killing two people in Washington state as work crews scrambled on Sunday to restore power to 450,000 customers, a TV report showed. A father driving with his three-year-old daughter in Gig Harbor, just west of Tacoma, was killed on Saturday when a tree fell on his car, KOMO 4 TV reported. Within two hours, a falling branch struck and killed a 10-year-old girl in Federal Way, just east of Tacoma, the television station reported. Gusting winds were blamed for massive power outages affecting as many as 450,000 customers. ...

Man falls 40 feet to death at Atlanta baseball stadium

Gregory Murrey, of Alpharetta, Georgia, fell about 40 feet (12 meters) in front of a sellout crowd of 49,000 during a game between the Atlanta Braves and the New York Yankees. The cause of his fall had not been determined but no foul play is suspected, Atlanta police spokesman Greg Lyon said in a statement.

Hundreds mourn slain 9-year-old Ferguson girl

9-Year-Old In Ferguson Fatally Shot While She Was Doing Her HomeworkST. LOUIS (AP) ? Hundreds gathered to remember a 9-year-old girl who was killed when shots were fired into her Ferguson home as she did homework on her mother's bed.

Missing hiker found in Sierra Nevada recovering from surgery

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) ? The family of a woman who was rescued after being stranded in the rugged Sierra Nevada for nine days says she is recovering from surgery to set the broken bones on her lower left leg.

Global warming carving changes into Alaska in fire and ice

FILE - In this Sunday, June 7, 2015 file photo provided by the Alaska Division of Forestry, smoke rises from the Bogus Creek Fire, one of two fires burning in the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge in southwest Alaska. Global warming is carving measurable changes into Alaska, and President Barack Obama is about to see it. President Obama leaves Monday, Aug. 31, 2015 for a three-day visit to the 49th state in which he will speak at a State Department climate change conference and become the first president to visit the Alaska Arctic. There and even in the sub-Arctic part of the state, he will see the damage caused by warming, damage that has been evident to scientists for years. (Matt Snyder/Alaska Division of Forestry via AP, File )ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) ? Global warming is carving measurable changes into Alaska, and President Barack Obama is about to see it.

Drunk driving suspected in deadly crash in Northeast Philadelphia

Drunk driving suspected in deadly crash in Northeast PhiladelphiaPolice say drunk driving may have led to a deadly crash Northeast Philadelphia.

Balcony rescues reported in apartment building fire in Newark, Delaware

Balcony rescues reported in apartment building fire in Newark, DelawareThe Delaware State Fire Marshal's office has ruled that an apartment building fire in Newark was accidental.

New boss of Frisch's Big Boy restaurants plans expansion

This undated photo provided by NRD Capital shows NRD Capital founder and interim Frisch?s Restaurants CEO Aziz Hashim. The new lead owner of the Cincinnati-based Frisch?s Restaurants chain wants to flex Big Boy?s brand muscle. Atlanta-based NRD Capital has taken after shareholder approval last week of its $175 million acquisition that ended family operation of the business dating to its first 1939 drive-thru. (Alex Martinez/NRD Capital via AP)CINCINNATI (AP) ? The new leader of the Frisch's Restaurants chain wants to flex Big Boy's brand muscle with franchise expansion, new restaurant shapes and sizes, menu and beverage additions, and doing more to court younger customers.