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Death, damage in Dominica...Bush visits New Orleans...Turning tragedy into a cause

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 28, 2015 at 7:51 p.m.



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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — The prime minister of the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica says Tropical Storm Ericka killed at least 20 people and that damage has set the island back 20 years. The mountainous terrain was swamped with 15 inches of rain, which caused landslides and flooding. Ericka is now cutting across Hispaniola -- the island that is home to Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Forecasters say it's too early to say how much punch the storm will have when it reaches Florida late Sunday and early Monday.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former President George W. Bush says the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is a time to remember that this is "a compassionate nation." Bush visited a rebuilt school and honored police and firefighters in Gulfport, Mississippi, who helped save lives. Bush, whose administration was faulted for its response to Katrina, didn't visit hard hit areas and took no questions from reporters at the two events.

NORWOOD, Mass. (AP) — What's $100 to Donald Trump? That was the price of admission to an event tonight in suburban Boston. But the GOP White House hopeful says don't call it a fundraiser. Trump says the contribution covered the coasts of cocktails, live music and food from chef Tony Ambrose. Trump, who has bragged that he is "really rich," says he's now accepting low-dollar contributions.

COLLINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — The father of the Virginia TV reporter shot to death along with a videographer while on the air this week says her death won't be in vain. Andy Parker says he will use national TV for a full-scale fight for tougher gun laws. The grieving father says he favors stronger background checks. The gun that disgruntled former reporter Vester Flanagan used to kill the journalists and wound an interviewee was purchased legally.

NEW YORK (AP) — Police in New York have discovered the body of a missing karaoke-loving ironworker who became a sensation after serenading passers-by at a subway construction site. Gary Russo had been called the "Second Avenue Sinatra" after a bystander's video was posted online. The 54-year-old was found hanging from a tree in a park in Queens.

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