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1. HARVEY RECOVERY ALREADY IN THE PIPELINE
As floodwaters receded and rescuers searched waterlogged neighborhoods for more potential victims, Houston officials began turning their attention to the city’s long-term recovery, which will take years and billions of dollars.
2. HARD LESSONS LEARNED IN BIG EASY
As Houston confronts challenges following Harvey, New Orleans’ difficulties after the devastation of Katrina could prove instructive.
3. RUSSIA PROMISES PAYBACK FOR US CONSULATE DECISION
Russia on Friday promised a “tough response” to the United States’ decision to shut its consulate in San Francisco in the latest round of a diplomatic tit-for-tat.
4. HAJJ ANNUAL MUSLIM PILGRIMAGE NEARS END
Muslims around the world are celebrating the Eid al-Adha holiday on Friday as some 2 million Muslim pilgrims carry out the final rites of the annual hajj in Saudi Arabia.
5. KENYA NULLIFIES PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
The country is bracing for another round of protests and violence as the Supreme Court overturns the re-election of President Kenyatta, citing irregularities.
6. FUGITIVE RED BULL HEIR WHEREABOUTS UNKNOWN
AP recently confirmed Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya’s last known location was Taiwan. But, the trail has since gone cold as the statute of limitations on his hit-and-run charge is set to expire.
7. AUTHORITIES BRACE FOR WAVE OF HURRICANE-RELATED FRAUD
Federal and state officials are warning residents, volunteers and officials in flood zones they could be targeted by storm-related scams, contract corruption, document fraud, identify theft and other crimes.
8. TRUMP TRAVEL RULES CAUSING ANGST
Muslims from the U.S. traveling to Saudi Arabia for the hajj pilgrimage say they have never been more anxious traveling abroad than now.
9. FADING HOPES FOR WARMER TIES BETWEEN VATICAN, BEIJING
The Vatican’s efforts to heal a decades-long rift with China appear to have stalled, with an agreement on the status of controversial bishops still elusive.
10. WHICH BIG-NAME COACHES ARE SQUARING OFF
For the first time, Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher face each other this weekend in a showdown between the No. 1 Crimson Tide and No. 3 Seminoles.