• In this March 29, 2006 photo, a skier poses for a photograph on Portage Lake in front of Portage Glacier, about 50 miles south of Anchorage, Alaska. The Portage Glacier, which is a major Alaska tourist destination near Anchorage has retreated so far it no longer can be seen from a multimillion-dollar visitors center built in 1986.  President Obama leaves Monday, Aug. 31, 2015 for a three-day visit to the 49th state in which he will speak at a State Department climate change conference and become the first president to visit the Alaska Arctic. There and even in the sub-Arctic part of the state, he will see the damage caused by warming, damage that has been evident to scientists for years. (Evan R. Steinhauser/Anchorage Dispatch News via AP, File)

    Global warming carving changes into Alaska in fire and ice

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Global warming is carving measurable changes into Alaska, and President Barack Obama is about to see it.

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  • Waveland fireman Tim Burchett rings a bell each time a name of an area resident killed by Hurricane Katrina is read at a 10th anniversary memorial service, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 in Waveland, Miss.,(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

    New Orleans, Gulf coast marks Katrina milestone

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Gulf Coast and New Orleans observed the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, one of the deadliest storms in American history, in ways both devout and festive. Church bells rang and brass bands played as people across the storm-ravaged coast remembered the past and looked to the future.

  • Saturday, August 29, 2015

    Poland’s fraught Holocaust history fuels debate over remembering heroic rescuers of Jews

    Updated: 4:00 pm

  • AmeriCorps members stand as the colors are presented by the Biloxi Police and Fire Honor Guard during the Katrina Memorial Observance at MGM Park in downtown Biloxi, Miss.,  on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. Community members, volunteers, public officials and first responders gathered to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. (Amanda McCoy /The Sun Herald via AP) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT: MISSISSIPPI PRESS OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT WLOX, LOCAL ONLINE OUT; GULFLIVE.COM OUT

    The Latest: Wreaths laid to remember Katrina victims

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The latest in the 10th anniversary commemorations of Hurricane Katrina (all times local):

  • Michaela Harrison sings a gospel hymn at a wreath laying ceremony at the Hurricane Katrina Memorial, on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Residents across Gulf remember Katrina’s might, recovery

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As the church bells rang marking the decade since Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, the 80-year-old woman wept softly into a tissue as she leaned against her rusting Oldsmobile near a Catholic church in Mississippi.

  • Residents work to salvage personal items from the site of a mudslide in rain-soaked Montrouis, Haiti, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. Erika dissipated early Saturday, but it left devastation in its path on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, authorities said. In Haiti, one person died in the mudslide just north of Port-au-Prince. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

    Tropical storm weakens, but leaves 20 dead in Caribbean

    ROSEAU, Dominica (AP) — Rescue crews jumped off boats and trudged through mud, rocks and uprooted trees Saturday to reach communities cut off by a tropical storm that killed at least 20 people and left nearly 50 missing in the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica.

  • Chevelle Washington, right, sits in the hospital room of her sister, Chelette Price, in Houston on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. One profound change wrought by Hurricane Katrina was the splitting of families as a mass evacuation from chaotic New Orleans sent thousands, including Washington's family, to the safety of other cities. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

    Katrina-scattered families rebuild separately and together

    HOUSTON (AP) — Bunk beds dominate the narrow living room of Chevelle Washington’s modest three-bedroom brick townhouse apartment. A large box in the corner is piled high with kids’ shoes. The 51-year-old is raising six of her grandchildren. Her home is a refuge, a haven.

  • Former President George W. Bush laughs with Doris Hicks, CEO/Principal of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Charter School of Science and Technology, during a roundtable discussion on education at Warren Easton Charter High School in New Orleans, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. Bush is in town to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which is Saturday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Bush returns to New Orleans for 10th anniversary of Katrina

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former President George W. Bush returned Friday to New Orleans — the scene of one of his presidency’s lowest points — to tout the region’s recovery from the nation’s costliest natural disaster on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

  • Tropical storm warnings in Dominican Republic, Bahamas

    MIAMI (AP) — New tropical storm warnings have been issued for parts of the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas as Tropical Storm Erika approaches.

  • Strong winds and waves batter the coast as Tropical Storm Erika approaches Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic, Friday, August 28, 2015. Tropical Storm Erika began to lose steam Friday over the Dominican Republic, but it left behind a trail of destruction that included several people killed on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, authorities said. (AP Photo/Tatiana Fernandez)

    Puerto Rico braces for TS Erika after 4 dead in Dominica

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — A weakening Tropical Storm Erika drenched Haiti and the Dominican Republic on Friday after leaving a trail of destruction that killed at least 20 people and left another 31 missing on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, authorities said.