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Report: Economy does better than expected...Service planned for slain photojournalist... Erika hits Dominica

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 27, 2015 at 6:51 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy staged a far bigger rebound last quarter than first thought. The U.S. gross domestic product expanded at an annual rate of 3.7 percent in the April-June quarter, outpacing the rest of the developed world and bolstering confidence that it'll remain sturdy in coming months despite global headwinds. Reflecting the good news, stocks closed higher today.

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A memorial service is scheduled for one of the two Virginia TV journalists shot to death by a former colleague on Wednesday. The obituary for WDBJ-TV cameraman Adam Ward says a ceremony will be held Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Roanoke. Also killed in the on-air shooting was reporter Alison Parker. The gunman, Vester Flanagan, later killed himself.

ROSEAU, Dominica (AP) — Tropical Storm Erika is pummeling the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, flooding streets, unleashing landslides and killing at least four people. Many others are still missing. The storm, which could reach Florida as a hurricane on Monday, knocked out power and water supplies on Dominica. The storm dumped 15 inches of rain on the small island.

CHELAN, Wash. (AP) — Firefighters are holding their own against the largest wildfire on record in Washington state. A fire spokesman says fire lines are holding and portions of the 450-square mile fire complex are actually burning back on themselves because of increased winds. The Okanogan fires have killed three firefighters and burned at least 40 homes and 40 outbuildings.

BALTIMORE (AP) — The first black aviator and brigadier general in the U.S. Marine Corps is dead. His son says Frank E. Petersen Jr., died Tuesday at his home in Stevensville, on Maryland's Kent Island, of complications from lung cancer. He was 83. Petersen served in the Korean War in 1953 and Vietnam in 1968. He flew more than 350 combat missions and more than 4,000 hours.

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