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Kathleen Blanco, Louisiana governor during Hurricane Katrina, dead at 76

Former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco, who led her state during the horrors of Hurricane Katrina, died Sunday after a long battle with cancer. She was 76.

The office of Gov. John Bel Edwards confirmed Blanco’s death. She had been battling a rare form of cancer that had spread to her liver.

The Democrat who served in state government offices for more than two decades had announced in December 2017 that she was being treated for the incurable melanoma. “I’ve had an extraordinarily full life,” she said in her announcement of her terminal condition. A devout Catholic, Blanco thanked Louisiana residents for their “abiding love” during her years in public service and called it an “honor and a blessing” to lead the state during the response to Katrina and Hurricane Rita weeks later.

Blanco was the first woman to hold the post of Louisiana governor; she took office in 2004. Her career was largely defined by Katrina 20 months later, in August 2005. The storm devastated New Orleans and resulted in over 1,400 deaths and thousands being displaced.

Local leaders, as well as Blanco, were criticized for what was considered an unprepared and inadequate response. She shouldered much of the blame as pictures of flooded streets and people stranded on rooftops made news worldwide.

She said the situation was made worse by a Republican-led White House looking to shift the blame for its disaster-response failures.

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Former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, seen here in 2007, died Sunday at 76. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)

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“I wasn’t aware in those days that there was some intentional stalling going on in Washington,” Blanco said in a 2015 interview with USA Today Network. “I felt like I had to ask more times than should have been necessary.

“Katrina certainly left its mark and Rita left her mark on Louisiana. It made us tougher people though. It made us stronger,” the former governor said this past July.

Her political career never recovered and she decided against seeking a second term.

“She was a woman of abiding faith and unconditional love for her family, Louisiana and those she served,” Edwards said Sunday speaking next to first lady Donna Edwards, as the News Star newspaper reported. “Louisiana has lost a champion. Donna and I have lost a friend.”

A former high school teacher, Blanco served 24 years in elected office, making her way through state politics while rarely making waves. She first served in the state House in 1984 and eventually served as lieutenant governor from 1996 to 2004 before being elected governor.

She was also the first women to serve on the Louisiana Public Service Commission.

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Former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco addressing a news conference as Gov. Bobby Jindal looked on, in June 2009. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)

She dropped out of the 1991 governors’ race but ran a successful campaign in 2003 to defeat then-rising Republican star Bobby Jindal, who served as the state’s Republican governor after Blanco.

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She earned praise for raising public school teacher salaries during her tenure, as supporters said she ran a corruption-free government.

During her final months, Blanco described feeling “blessed by God” and said it was a “wonderful time for me, even though it is a time of a kind of countdown.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Sites of major US weapons tests now see wildlife flourishing

The sites where the United States manufactured and tested some of the most lethal weapons known to humankind are now peaceful havens for wildlife.

They now protect black bears and black-footed ferrets, coral reefs and brushy steppes, rare birds and imperiled salmon.

An astonishing array of animals and habitats has flourished on six obsolete weapons complexes — mostly for nuclear or chemical arms — because the sites banned the public and other intrusions for decades, The Associated Press reported.

The government had converted the sites into refuges under U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service management.

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This June 1971 photo shows the facility and cement pad at ground zero on Amchitka Island, Alaska, where a 1-megaton nuclear blast was detonated about 4,000 feet underground in 1969. (AP Photo, File)

Amchitka Island, part of Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, was the site of three U.S. underground nuclear tests in the 1960s and early 1970s. An unknown volume of radioactive material remained in caverns blasted out by the detonations. Part of the island, closed to the public, has been designated a wilderness area.

Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge, Indiana, formerly was known as Jefferson Proving Ground. The Army had test-fired more than 24 million artillery rounds over half a century there. The firing range remained littered with an estimated 154,000 pounds of shell fragments made of depleted uranium. The refuge was designated a globally important bird area by an avian conservation coalition, with part of the site open to the public.

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A sign at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation warning of possible hazards in the soil there along the Columbia River near Richland, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Nine reactors produced plutonium for U.S. nuclear weapons at the site since known as Hanford Reach National Monument in Washington state. Amid the urgency of World War II and the Cold War, Hanford left behind vast quantities of contaminated soil and water. Its shrubby grassland and Columbia River habitat supported mink and otters, threatened salmon and many other species.

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Johnston Island, part of Johnston Atoll is 825 miles southwest of Honolulu. (AP Photo/Ronen Zilberman, File)

Johnston Island, part of the Johnston Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in the central Pacific, was a launching pad for U.S. atmospheric nuclear tests in the 1960s. In 1962, two launches failed, scattering radioactive debris on the 1-square-mile island. The refuge has been home to abundant seals and corals since then.

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Hikers heading down a trail in the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge in Broomfield, Colo., in November 2018. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

The U.S. Energy Department manufactured plutonium triggers for nuclear warheads at the site later known as Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge, northwest of Denver. It had a long history of leaks, fires and environmental violations. Its rare tallgrass prairie has been home to hundreds of species, including an endangered jumping mouse.

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Critics have said Rocky Mountain Arsenal in Colorado showed the shortcomings of a cleanup designed to be good enough for a wildlife refuge but not for people to live there. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, in the northeast Denver suburbs, was a site where the Army had manufactured chemical weapons and private companies made pesticides. Bald eagles nested at the site, and wildlife officials have reintroduced bison and endangered ferrets.

The military closed the sites to keep people safe from the dangerous work that went on there, not to save the environment, said David Havlick, a professor at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs who has studied military-to-wildlife conversions.

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Many of the conversions came after the first and second world wars. It was an inexpensive way to expand the national refuge system, especially in urban areas with scarce open space, said Mark Madison, the Fish and Wildlife Service’s historian.

When the Cold War thawed in the 1980s, more surplus military lands were earmarked for refuges. Some were among the most dangerously polluted sites in the nation but held swaths of hard-to-find habitat.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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IndyCar driver Felix Rosenqvist hospitalized after dramatic Pocono 5-car wreck

IndyCar driver Felix Rosenqvist was rushed to a hospital after he was involved in a dramatic five-car wreck soon after the start of a race at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania.

An ambulance took the Chip Ganassi Racing driver, who hails from Sweden, to the hospital after the wreck triggered by Takuma Sato on the first lap.

Sato, Ryan Hunter-Reay, James Hinchcliffe and Alexander Rossi were treated and released from the on-site medical center.

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Sato, the 2017 Indianapolis 500 winner, said he thought he was all clear as he tried to make an aggressive pass early in the race.

“I’m not really over-aggressive,” he said.

Rosenqvist’s injuries weren’t considered life-threatening.

IndyCar medical director Geoffrey Billows said Rosenqvist was walking and was expected to be fine.

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IndyCar driver Felix Rosenqvist was hospitalized after he was involved in a five-car wreck at Pocono. (Jeffrey Brown/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images, File)

Rosenqvist, 27, has been in motorsports for over 10 years.

Rosenqvist first found a home in a single seater in Asia in 2008 before moving on to Europe as a driver in the Formula 3 feeder series, where he won 13 races and the championship in 2015.

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A year later, Rosenqvist found himself in the Indy Lights series, a step below Indy cars. Rosenqvist made a name for himself by winning three of the 10 events he started, and he made a crucial connection with the CGR team by testing for them at Mid-Ohio in 2016 and 2017.

Rosenqvist won a pair of races in Formula E a year ago before nabbing a highly coveted seat with Ganassi’s Indy program.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Trump: US considering possibly buying Greenland, ‘essentially it’s a large real estate deal’

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President Trump spoke out Sunday on reports his administration has been looking into buying Greenland.

Trump addressed the rumors with reporters outside Marine One after he’d landed in Morristown, N.J., saying Denmark has been losing money by keeping Greenland under its control.

“Essentially it’s a large real estate deal. A lot of things can be done. It’s hurting Denmark very badly because they’re losing almost $700 million a year carrying it,” he said. “So, they carry it at great loss, and strategically for the United States, it would be nice. And, we’re a big ally of Denmark and we help Denmark, and we protect Denmark.”

Trump said he may be visiting Greenland in the near future, but claimed the issue was not a top priority for the administration.

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“I’m thinking about going there. I’m not necessarily, definitely going there, but I may be going. We’re going to Poland and then we may be going to Denmark — not for this reason at all, but we’re looking at it,” he said. “It’s not number one on the burner.”

White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow had confirmed the reports earlier in the day during an interview on “Fox News Sunday” and said it was under consideration.

“It’s an interesting story. It’s developing. We’re looking at it, we don’t know,” Kudlow said. “Years ago, [then-President] Harry Truman wanted to buy Greenland. Denmark owns Greenland, Denmark is an ally.”

The Wall Street Journal earlier reported that President Trump was interested in purchasing Greenland and the White House would seek to capitalize on its “abundant resources and geopolitical importance.”

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“Greenland is a strategic place up there, and they’ve got a lot of valuable minerals,” Kudlow added.

“I don’t want to predict an outcome. I’m just saying the president, who knows a thing or two about buying real estate, wants to take a look.”

Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfson contributed to this report

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NC man found wrapped in Christmas lights with dead cat in freezer died of natural causes, investigators say

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A North Carolina man whose body was found wrapped in Christmas lights at the bottom of a staircase — with a dead cat in a freezer — earlier this month died of a stroke, investigators have determined.

Fran Oudshorn, 56, got tangled in the lights and fell on top of his pet kitten, the Wake County Sheriff’s Office concluded. Its investigation showed Oudshoorn was taking down the lights when he fell onto his cat and broke his back, sheriff’s spokesman Eric Curry told the News & Observer.

Deputies responded to Oudshorn’s home in Apex on Aug. 12 to discover blood on the walls, under his body and on the staircase.

His son reportedly called law enforcement to report the death. He told investigators he arrived at the home on Aug. 8 and found his father alive, tangled in the lights, and cut him loose.

He said he wrapped the cat in plastic and put it in a freezer and that his father asked for a pillow and blanket, WNCN-TV reported.

When he came back the next afternoon, he said he found his father dead and called 911. He told emergency dispatchers that it looked like his father “bled out.”

“Knowing he was going to have to deal with a deceased father, he put the cat in the freezer knowing that he was going to bury the cat at a later time,” Curry said.

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Charges were not expected. A final report from the medical examiner’s office was pending.

Apex is about 20 minutes southwest of Raleigh.

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Khloé Kardashian poses in bikini, says she’s ‘focused on me’

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Khloé Kardashian put herself first this summer.

Taking to Instagram on Sunday, the “Revenge Body” host showed off her toned bikini bod and shared a message with her 97.5 million followers.

“This summer I have been focused on ME. Me from within. Mind. Body. Soul. ♡ #focused #peace #strength,” the 35-year-old captioned the photo.

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It didn’t take long for Kardashian’s famous family and friends to comment on her fit physique.

“You look soooo good! Major Goals,” sister Kim Kardashian wrote.

“You are a GODDESS,” mom Kris Jenner penned.

“You give us so much!” pal Simon Huck posted.

Kardashian also shared a picture of her “beach baby,” 1-year-old daughter True.

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The “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star endured difficulties earlier this year amid a cheating scandal involving ex-boyfriend Tristan Thompson and Jordyn Woods, sister Kylie Jenner’s longtime friend.

In July, Kardashian addressed her current feelings toward Thompson, 28.

“People make mistakes but I won’t hurt my own healing by holding on to hate. I’m too busy raising my beautiful baby and securing that [money bag emoji] to hate any individual,” Kardashian wrote at the time.

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Kardashian and Thompson welcomed their first child in April 2018.

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star Camilla Luddington marries Matthew Alan

Camilla Luddington is a married woman.

On Saturday, the “Grey’s Anatomy” actress wed boyfriend Matthew Alan in front of 70 guests in California, People confirmed.

Luddington, 35, who plays Dr. Jo Wilson on the ABC medical drama, walked down the aisle to The Temper Trap’s “Sweet Disposition,” a nod to her first date with Alan, 36, which took place at a Temper Trap concert in 2008, the outlet reported.

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The bride also wore an embroidered Mira Zwillinger gown for the big day, while the groom, whose credits include “Castle Rock” and “13 Reasons Why,” rocked a gray suit.

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Matthew Alan and Camilla Luddington attend the 2018 Pre-Emmy Party hosted by Entertainment Weekly and L’Oreal Paris at Sunset Tower on Sept. 15, 2018 in Los Angeles. The couple married in August 2019. (Getty)

The couple announced their engagement in January 2018.

“Sooo this happened on New Year’s Eve,” Luddington posted on Instagram at the time. “I’m not sure I even let Matt get through his proposal before I started yelling YES YES YES!! Of course it was a yes! Also… Hayden approves.. ;).”

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Luddington and Alan welcomed daughter Hayden in the spring of 2017.

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Obama’s high school basketball jersey sells for $120G at auction

Former President Barack Obama’s game-worn high school basketball jersey – nearly lost forever in the trash – has sold at auction for $120,000.

A collector of American and sports artifacts, who didn’t wish to be identified, placed the highest bid for the 44th president’s 1978-79 Punahou School jersey, an article the Heritage Auctions listing called possibly “the most important basketball jersey that exists” given Obama’s later status.

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Peter Noble, a former schoolmate three years behind Obama, put the jersey — one part political, one part sports memento — up for auction. Noble, 55, who lived in Seattle, had rescued the number-23 jersey from the trash when the school got new varsity jerseys. The relic had been sitting in his closet ever since.

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The bidding for the former president’s high school basketball jersey started at $25,000. (AP, File)

The jersey’s authenticity was checked using Noble’s yearbook, where Obama was seen in a photograph wearing the number 23. Heritage Auctions said it found that all the details and imperfections matched.

Obama’s love of basketball was well documented during his tenure in the White House. He told TNT’s Marv Albert in a 2010 interview that he played two to three times a week.

Decades earlier, he said the sport gave him a sense of purpose when he was growing up in Honolulu.

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“Basketball was a refuge, a place where I made a lot of my closest friends and picked up a lot of my sense of competition and fair play,” he told Sports Illustrated in a 2008 interview. “It was very important to me all the way through my teenage years.”

Noble said a portion of the sale will go to the school.

Fox News’ Greg Wilson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Obama’s high school basketball jersey sells for $120G at auction

Former President Barack Obama’s game-worn high school basketball jersey – nearly lost forever in the trash – has sold at auction for $120,000.

A collector of American and sports artifacts, who didn’t wish to be identified, placed the highest bid for the 44th president’s 1978-79 Punahou School jersey, an article the Heritage Auctions listing called possibly “the most important basketball jersey that exists” given Obama’s later status.

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Peter Noble, a former schoolmate three years behind Obama, put the jersey — one part political, one part sports memento — up for auction. Noble, 55, who lived in Seattle, had rescued the number-23 jersey from the trash when the school got new varsity jerseys. The relic had been sitting in his closet ever since.

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The bidding for the former president’s high school basketball jersey started at $25,000. (AP, File)

The jersey’s authenticity was checked using Noble’s yearbook, where Obama was seen in a photograph wearing the number 23. Heritage Auctions said it found that all the details and imperfections matched.

Obama’s love of basketball was well documented during his tenure in the White House. He told TNT’s Marv Albert in a 2010 interview that he played two to three times a week.

Decades earlier, he said the sport gave him a sense of purpose when he was growing up in Honolulu.

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“Basketball was a refuge, a place where I made a lot of my closest friends and picked up a lot of my sense of competition and fair play,” he told Sports Illustrated in a 2008 interview. “It was very important to me all the way through my teenage years.”

Noble said a portion of the sale will go to the school.

Fox News’ Greg Wilson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Hammerhead shark snatches catch from Florida fisherman’s hands, video shows

A Florida fisherman recorded video of his intense tug-of-war encounter with a huge hammerhead shark determined to steal his catch last week.

Rob Gorta, a fishing guide in the Tampa and St. Petersburg area for over 22 years, reeled in a tarpon that appeared to have bloody bite marks on its side.

With blood in the water, a hammerhead soon charged after the fish – and clearly didn’t plan on leaving emptyhanded.

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“He just took it out of my hand!” Gorta could be heard yelling when the shark ripped the hooked fish from his grasp, in a video posted to his YouTube account.

Gorta and the shark battled in the waters off Anna Maria Island for the fish’s fate over the course of the 3-minute video. But, in the end, the hammerhead claimed its meal.

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A hammerhead, like the one pictured above, ripped a tarpon out of the hands of a fisherman. (iStock, File)

The charter captain told WFTS-TV that he desperately tried to unhook the tarpon to give the fish a chance to escape the shark. He estimated the predator measured 14 feet long and weighed over 1,000 pounds, according to WFLA-TV.

“I really felt bad for the fish, you know. They are an amazing fish, and I make a good living off of them,” Gorta told WFTS. “They are a lot of fun, and I have the utmost respect for them. There’s nothing I could really do to save that fish.”

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Gorta wrote he couldn’t take the fish aboard his boat because Florida laws prevented lifting tarpon out of the water. He added that it would have been dangerous to bring the 180-pound fish aboard a 22-foot bay boat.

It’s illegal to lift tarpon over 40 inches in length out of the water, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Committee has said. In 2013, the committee made tarpon catch-and-release only.

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