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Erika dissipating...Deputy gunned down in Texas...Turkish jets attack Islamic State targets

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 29, 2015 at 7:01 a.m.



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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Forecasters say Tropical Storm Erika appears to be dissipating, but it's still drenching Haiti and the Dominican Republic with rain. And it has left devastation in its path, killing at least 20 people on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica (doh-MIN'-ih-kuh), where another 31 are reported missing. Another four people died in Haiti in a traffic accident that apparently occurred in the rain.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It's the 10th anniversary of one of the deadliest storms in American history. Residents across Mississippi and Louisiana will pay homage to those who died in Hurricane Katrina, thank those who came to rebuild and celebrate how far the region has come. In Mississippi, churches will ring their bells to remember when the storm made landfall. In New Orleans, officials will lay wreaths at the hurricane memorial and at the levee that ruptured in the Lower 9th Ward. Overgrown lots and empty slabs speak to the slow recovery in some communities.

HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities in the Houston area are searching for the person who gunned down a sheriff's deputy in uniform while he was filling up his patrol car at a suburban station. Police said they have a description of the male suspect, who was driving a red or maroon Ford Ranger truck, and have begun an intensive search. The deputy was shot multiple times and died at the scene.

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities say they have arrested a foreign man who had been holed up in a suburban apartment with stacks of passports and bomb-making materials. It's the first possible breakthrough in the deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine nearly two weeks ago. Police and soldiers raided the suspect's apartment in an eastern Bangkok suburb and then announced the arrest on television.

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey says its jets have carried out their first airstrikes as part of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Syria. A Foreign Ministry statement says the jets began attacking Islamic State targets late yesterday across the border in Syria, deemed to be threats to Turkey.

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