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University of Texas moves statue of Confederate president Jefferson Davis

Sunday, 30 August 2015 17:32 Written by
The statue of Confederate president Jefferson Davis was moved from its prominent place on the University of Texas campus in Austin on Sunday, according to footage published on social media and by local Austin American-Statesman newspaper. Crews could be seen in the images and videos wrapping the larger-than-life bronze figure and using a large forklift to remove it from its pedestal. The university said the figure would be refurbished and moved to an exhibit in…
Hurricane Ignacio weakens, forecast to just miss Hawaii
Sunday, 30 August 2015 17:24 Written by
Ignacio intensified to a major Category Four hurricane as it blew across the Pacific on a route likely to bypass Hawaii on Monday, the U.S. Central Pacific Hurricane Center said. Packing potentially destructive winds of 140 miles per hour (220 kph), the hurricane was about 450 miles (720 km) east of Big Island of Hawaii moving north-northwest at 9 miles per hour (15 kph), the center said. "It will just pass by the islands," said…
Obama to rename North America's highest peak as Denali on Alaska trip
Sunday, 30 August 2015 16:27 Written by
WASHINGTON President Barack Obama on Monday will officially restore Denali as the name of North America's tallest mountain, ending a 40-year battle over what to call the peak that has been known as Mount McKinley. The symbolic gesture comes at the beginning of a three-day trip to Alaska where Obama hopes to build support for his efforts to address climate change during his remaining 16 months in office. The peak was named Mount McKinley in…
Man falls 40 feet to death at Atlanta baseball stadium
Sunday, 30 August 2015 14:57 Written by
A baseball fan died on Saturday after falling from the stands during a game between the Atlanta Braves and the New York Yankees, the Braves and media said. "There was an accident during tonight's game involving a fan," the Braves said on its official Twitter page, later adding the team had received confirmation that the person "has passed away." A reporter covering the game for Fox News described the incident on-air, telling viewers "Someone just…
Suspect in Houston officer shooting to appear in court Monday
Sunday, 30 August 2015 14:09 Written by
A 30-year-old Houston man with an extensive criminal history is expected to appear in court on Monday charged with capital murder of a police officer, an incident the local sheriff tied to the "Black Lives Matter" campaign against police violence. The accused man, Shannon Miles, is scheduled to appear in Harris County District Court, records show. Miles is accused of shooting deputy Darren Goforth on Friday evening at a Houston gas station, sheriff's officials said.…
3 Reasons Markets Lost Faith in China's Economy, at a Glance
Sunday, 30 August 2015 11:56 Written by
For decades, Chinese economic policymakers have drawn praise for keeping their economy growing strongly through turbulence, such as the Asian financial crisis of 1997-1998 and the worldwide financial tumult of 2008. But investors have begun to lose faith in Beijing's economic management. Three reasons why: — A STOCK MARKET DEBACLE As China's economy slowed, the government decided to deploy the stock market to ease the pain. State-run media talked up stocks, and individual investors responded…
Doubts About China's Economic Leadership Sap Confidence
Sunday, 30 August 2015 11:46 Written by
The fear that gripped financial markets this month is a stark one: That China's economy might be slipping into a decline that could persist for years. But the world's second-largest economy isn't collapsing — certainly not yet, anyway. What's really in freefall is confidence in its leaders, once seen as wielding near-mythic power to keep their economy growing at a propulsive pace. Global stock markets have sunk — and gyrated — as investors have wrestled…
Hurricane Ignacio strengthens but forecast to just miss Hawaii
Sunday, 30 August 2015 11:25 Written by
Ignacio intensified to a major Category Four hurricane as it blew across the Pacific on a route likely to bypass Hawaii on Monday, the U.S. Central Pacific Hurricane Center said. Packing potentially destructive winds of 140 miles per hour (220 kph), the hurricane was about 450 miles (720 km) east of Big Island of Hawaii moving north-northwest at 9 miles per hour (15 kph), the center said. "It will just pass by the islands," said…
Sharper forecasts may help avert repeat of Katrina disaster
Sunday, 30 August 2015 07:24 Written by
MIAMI The science of predicting hurricanes has come a long way since Katrina caught New Orleans officials off guard 10 years ago. A range of technological advances, from a new generation of satellites to supercomputers and unmanned drones, promises more-accurate forecasts that would increase public officials' confidence in weather experts' advice. In turn, that could lead to a more urgent response that would save lives. If authorities were quicker to heed warnings about the devastating…
Houston police officer killed because of uniform: county sheriff
Sunday, 30 August 2015 05:21 Written by
The killing of a U.S. police officer on Friday in a Houston suburb was unprovoked, a county sheriff said, saying the victim was a target because of his uniform. "It appears to be clearly unprovoked," said Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman on Saturday, speaking of Friday's shooting of Darren Goforth at a gas station. Sheriff's deputies on Saturday arrested Shannon Miles, 30, who will be charged with capital murder for the shooting, which Hickman said…

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