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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Tropical Storm Erika is buffeting the southern coast of the Dominican Republic. It's already killed at least 12 people in the island of Dominica, where another two dozen people are missing. Forecasters say they'll have a better idea in the next 24 hours will whether the storm will regroup, dissipate or just be a rainstorm when it reaches Florida. A state of emergency is in effect there.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former President George W. Bush says the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is good time to honor courage and resolve and to remember that this is a compassionate nation. Bush visited a charter school rebuilt with support from his wife's foundation. He met with police and firefighters in Gulfport, Mississippi. Bush avoided areas of New Orleans still struggling.

GENEVA (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is "horrified and heartbroken" by the latest deaths in Austria and at sea. Seventy-one migrants perished after they were trapped in a truck on Austria's border with Hungary. Ban says the "large majority" of people undertaking dangerous journeys are refugees who have the right to protection and asylum.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina state prosecutors announced say they won't retry a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man in 2013. A jury deadlocked in favor of acquittal last week in the voluntary manslaughter trial of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Officer Randall Kerrick. Former college football player Jonathan Ferrell was shot 10 times by Kerrick. Prosecutors argued that lethal force was unnecessary.

DETROIT (AP) — A motorcycle trooper in Michigan has died today from injuries he suffered after being dragged several miles by a car hauling a trailer which struck him. The officer was snatched from the motorcycle and trapped beneath the car or trailer. The 72-year-old driver eventually stopped at a rest area. He's cooperating. No charges have been filed.

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