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Erika dissipates...Search continues for Texas deputy's killer...Thai bombing probe leads to arrest

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 29, 2015 at 8:11 a.m.



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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the storm that was Tropical Storm Erika has degenerated into a trough of low pressure after running into mountains and an unfavorable environment in Hispaniola. But it's left a path of death and destruction on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica (doh-MIN'-ih-kuh). Authorities there say at least 20 people were killed and another 31 are missing. Another four people died in Haiti in a traffic accident that apparently occurred in rain associated with the storm.

HOUSTON (AP) — The search for the killer of a uniformed sheriff's deputy continues in Texas. The Harris County Sheriff's Office says police have been talking to a person who has information about the shooting, but that the person is not a suspect or even a person of interest. A sheriff's spokesman says deputy Darren Goforth was pumping gas in a Houston suburb last night when a man approached him from behind and fired multiple shots.

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. Thailand's police chief says the bomb-making material is "the same, similar or the same type" as that used in a bombing at a Bangkok shrine earlier this month that killed 20 people.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Separate attacks by Taliban insurgents in eastern Afghanistan have killed at least eight police officers. Authorities say another 15 police officers were wounded in the attacks on police checkpoints. Insurgents have targeted police checkpoints in recent months, resulting in high casualties. An official also says an Afghan airstrike killed 16 insurgents and wounded 17 late Friday.

PARIS (AP) — It's billed as an emergency meeting to rethink European train safety but any changes are likely to remain relatively modest to avoid choking the continental train system, which Europeans rely upon heavily. European security and transport chiefs meeting in Paris are considering baggage scans, identity checks and more armed guards after American passengers thwarted an Islamic extremist attack.

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