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9 days after Harvey, Texas on long road to recovery


HOUSTON — A city that lost its drinking water system is struggling to restore service and a crippled chemical plant that twice has been the scene of explosions remains a concern nine days after Harvey ripped across Texas.  Officials in Beaumont, population almost 120,000, worked to repair their water treatment plant, …

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Astronaut Peggy Whitson home after record-setting flight


Wrapping up a record-setting flight, Peggy Whitson, America’s most experienced astronaut with nearly two years of time in orbit across three missions, returned to Earth Saturday after a 288-day stay aboard the International Space Station, landing on the steppe of Kazakhstan with Soyuz MS-04 commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and flight engineer …

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Houston mayor orders new evacuations


HOUSTON — The mayor of Houston has ordered mandatory evacuations for people who haven’t left their homes in part of the city that remains flooded more than a week after Harvey dumped 50-plus inches of rain in spots.  Mayor Sylvester Turner on Saturday said about 300 people have stayed behind …

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7 girls die in dormitory blaze, official says


NAIROBI, Kenya — Seven girls died early Saturday when a fire gutted their dormitory at a high school in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, the country’s education minister said. The cause of the fire was unknown, Fred Matiangi said. Moi Girls High School will be closed for two weeks to allow for …

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