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Memorials for former governor Blanco move to her Cajun home

Aug. 23, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Memorial events honoring former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco are shifting to Cajun country, her beloved home region. A public visitation for the state's only female governor is taking place Friday at St. John the Evangelist Cathedral in Lafayette. A prayer service will...

USS Arizona Memorial repairs progress, no reopening date yet

Aug. 23, 2019 10:12 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Repairs to the USS Arizona Memorial in Honolulu are progressing, but officials have not yet set a date to reopen the tourist attraction. The National Park Service plans next week to announce the reopening date, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday. A malfunction with the concrete...

Hundreds of mourners honor former Louisiana Gov. Blanco

Aug. 22, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A bagpiper played a somber "Amazing Grace" as Louisiana's first and only female governor, Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, returned to the state Capitol for her last time Thursday, carried in her casket by an honor guard for public viewing. Her former staff lined the building steps, and...

The Latest: Crowds at Louisiana Capitol for former governor

Aug. 22, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on the memorial services for former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco (all times local): 1:55 p.m. Large crowds have assembled at the Louisiana Capitol to pay their respects to former Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, who led the state amid the devastation of...

Memorials, funeral for ex-Louisiana gov Kathleen Blanco

Aug. 19, 2019 2:11 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Three days of public events will honor former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco, the state's first female governor who died after a yearslong struggle with cancer. The Democrat who led Louisiana during hurricanes Katrina and Rita will be memorialized Thursday at an interfaith service...

Kathleen Blanco, Louisiana's governor during Katrina, dies

Aug. 18, 2019 11:54 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, who became the state's first female elected governor only to see her political career derailed by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, has died. After struggling for years with cancer, Blanco died Sunday in hospice care in Lafayette....

Funeral for lost ice: Iceland bids farewell to glacier

Aug. 18, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

OKJOKULL GLACIER, Iceland (AP) — It was a funeral for ice. With poetry, moments of silence and political speeches about the urgent need to fight climate change, Icelandic officials, activists and others bade goodbye to what once was a glacier. Icelandic geologist Oddur Sigurðsson pronounced the...

Funerals held for 4 children killed in day care fire

Aug. 18, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Residents of a Pennsylvania city gathered to mourn and remember four of the five children who died when fire swept through a home child care center. A funeral service was held Saturday in Erie for 8-year-old La'Myhia Jones, 6-year-old Luther Jones Jr., 4-year-old Ava Jones and 9-month-old...

Strangers come for miles to mourn El Paso shooting victim

Aug. 17, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Thousands of strangers came to say goodbye to a woman who was killed in a mass shooting in El Paso after hearing her longtime companion had few family members left. Antonio Basco had told reporters he felt alone in planning the funeral for Margie Reckard, one of 22 people killed when...

The Latest: Stranger says goodbye to El Paso shooting victim

Aug. 17, 2019 1:17 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The Latest on a funeral of an El Paso shooting victim whose companion had few family (all times local): 11:15 a.m. A crowd of strangers has said goodbye to an El Paso, Texas, shooting victim after her longtime companion said he felt alone and invited the public to her funeral....