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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities aren't taking any chances with Tropical Storm Erika and have declared a state of emergency for the entire state. Residents, especially those in evacuation zones, are being urged to make preparations. The National Hurricane Center says several factors over the next 24 hours will determine whether Erika will pack a punch or become a rainstorm.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former President George W. Bush has visited New Orleans and Mississippi, 10 years after his administration was harshly criticized for its response to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Bush toured a charter school in New Orleans, but avoided federally managed levees that failed and parts of the city that have yet to recover. He also took no questions from reporters.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The mother of an unarmed black man killed by a white North Carolina police officer blames prosecutors for not trying hard enough to win a conviction. Georgia Ferrell says prosecutors called her today to tell her they wouldn't be able to find a jury that would convict Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Randall Kerrick.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Lawyers for a county clerk in Kentucky who refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples hopes to make her religious rights claims before the U.S. Supreme Court. The same court two months ago struck down state bans against gay marriage. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has stopped issuing all marriage licenses. A lower court and an appeals court have ruled Davis must fulfill her duties as an elected official.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — His plans for Harvard have been put on hold. A jury in Concord, New Hampshire, has cleared a graduate of an exclusive New England prep school of rape but convicted him Friday of lesser sex offenses against a 15-year-old freshman girl. Former St. Paul's School student Owen Labrie, who is 19, could be sentenced to as much as 11 years in prison.
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