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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Calling them "irrepressible," President Barack Obama says New Orleans residents are an example of unity in the face of adversity. On the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Obama visited a new community center in an area that was under 17 feet of water. Obama also noted new Commerce Department numbers showing the economy grew at a much more robust pace last month. Wall Street was upbeat today as well. The Dow has climbed nearly 1,000 points in two days.

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — There's an outpouring of support for the Virginia TV station that was doing a live broadcast yesterday when a disgruntled former reporter fatally shot a reporter and a cameraman. More details continue to emerge about Vester Flanagan's troubled past. He warned two years ago that he would put his conflict with WDBJ co-workers into "the headlines."

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is proposing the establishment of a three-member independent panel backed by experts to identify those responsible for using chlorine and other chemical weapons in attacks in Syria. In a letter to the Security Council, Ban says all warring parties in Syria, including opposition forces, need to provide access to all areas where suspected chemical attacks have occurred.

NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer says a former Subway franchisee he represents alerted a Subway advertising executive in 2008 about her concerns about pitchman Jared Fogle. Cindy Mills says Fogle spoke about paying for sex with minors and she alerted a Subway official. Subway hasn't commented on the report. Fogle has agreed to plead guilty to allegations that he paid for sex with girls as young as 16 and received child pornography.

DENVER (AP) — Industry analysts and consumers are carefully eyeing a contact lens lawsuit over pricing policies. The nation's largest contact lens companies — Alcon, Johnson & Johnson and Bausch & Lomb — have asked a federal appeals court in Denver to strike down a Utah law banning minimum prices for contact lenses. They argue the law benefits homegrown discounter, 1 800 Contacts.

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