• In this May 10, 2007, file photo, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees throws a football to some of the workers that took a break while working on a Habitat for Humanity home in the Musicians Village in the Ninth Ward of  New Orleans. Drew Brees had little choice but to sign with a downtrodden franchise in an epic disaster zone in the spring of 2006. Yet, in the decade since Hurricane Katrina laid waste to much of New Orleans, it has become apparent to the record-setting quarterback that the timing of his career-threating, throwing-shoulder injury, which left him with no better option than to become a Saint, could not have been better. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)

    Longtime Saints recall the team’s role in Katrina recovery

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Coming off a career-threatening injury, Drew Brees had little choice but to sign with a downtrodden franchise in a disaster zone. Sean Payton became coach of the Saints only after being passed over for the job he really wanted in Green Bay.

  • In this June 23, 2015, file photo a lawn is irrigated in Sacramento, Calif. A report is due out Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 on monthly state water conservation figures. Many California cities are conserving well, and officials are turning their attention to the few cities/agencies that aren’t doing so well. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

    California cut water use by 31 percent in July amid drought

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California cities cut water use by a combined 31 percent in July, exceeding the governor’s statewide mandate to conserve, officials said Thursday.

  • President Barack Obama greets residents in the the Tremé neighborhood in New Orleans, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, for the 10th anniversary since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.  Tremé is one of the oldest black neighborhoods in America, which borders the French Quarter just north of Downtown.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

    Obama says New Orleans is ‘moving forward’ after hurricane

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Visiting residents on tidy porch stoops and sampling the fried chicken at a corner restaurant, President Barack Obama held out the people of New Orleans on Thursday as an extraordinary example of renewal and resilience 10 years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

  • Jack Beven, senior hurricane specialist, tracks the movement of Tropical Storm Erika as it moves westward towards islands in the eastern Caribbean, at the National Hurricane Center, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Miami. Tropical storm warnings have been issued for Puerto Rico, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, and the Leeward islands. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    TS Erika swirls toward Puerto Rico, dumps heavy rain

    ROSEAU, Dominica (AP) — Tropical Storm Erika pounded the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica on Thursday, unleashing flooding and mudslides that killed at least four people and knocked out power and water supplies.

  • Sinkhole in China swallows 5 people

    BEIJING (AP) — A sinkhole in a northeastern Chinese city swallowed five people in a dramatic scene that was captured on security video and shared widely on Chinese social media.

  • Firefighters with Valley Fire Department District 1 redirect traffic, Wednesday night, Aug. 26, 2015, at the intersection of County Road 350 and County Road 390 east of Farmington, N.M., in the Crouch Mesa Area. (Jon Austria/The Daily Times via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT NO SALES

    Strong storm causes flooding in San Juan County

    AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — Some homes remain without power Thursday, the morning after an intense thunderstorm downed trees and flooded roadways in San Juan County

  • In this Aug. 13, 2015 photo, a shattered window frames the site of an explosion at a port warehouse in northeastern China's Tianjin municipality. Chinese prosecutors have detained 11 government officials and company executives over a massive warehouse explosion that killed at least 139 people in the country's worst industrial disaster in recent years.  (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan. File)

    China detains 11 over deadly warehouse explosion

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese prosecutors have detained 11 government officials and company executives over a massive warehouse explosion that killed at least 145 people in the country’s worst industrial disaster in recent years.

  • New Mexico monitoring wildfires’ impact on air quality

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State health and environment officials are closely monitoring New Mexico air quality in the wake of wildfires still burning in the Pacific Northwest.

  • Correction: Katrina-The Water City story

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In a story Aug. 25 about a new urban water plan for the city of New Orleans, The Associated Press misspelled the name of a chief architect of the plan. He is David Waggonner, not Waggoner.

  • In this July 23, 2015 photo, Efrem Garza stands before his new home built on the lot of his previous house that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and holds a photograph taken by a friend of the remains of that house on South Seashore Avenue in Long Beach, Miss. Before the storm Garza was surrounded by houses and trees, now 10 years later, there are only two houses on that land, as few of the residents returned and rebuilt. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

    On Mississippi’s shore, what Katrina erased not yet replaced

    LONG BEACH, Miss. (AP) — Between Mississippi’s seashore and the railroad tracks a little ways inland, where Hurricane Katrina all but erased a neighborhood 10 years ago, Efrem Garza and a handful of other homeowners are still resettling a frontier.