While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Aug 27 edition

Virginia TV journalists killed by suspect with ‘powder keg’ of anger

Two television journalists were killed during a live broadcast in Virginia on Wednesday (Aug  26), shot by a suspect who was a former employee of the TV station and who called himself a “powder keg” of anger over what he saw as racial discrimination at work and elsewhere in the United States.

The suspect, 41-year-old Vester Flanagan, shot himself as police pursued him on a Virginia highway hours after the shooting.

Flanagan, who was African-American, died later at a hospital, police said.


Wall Street chalks up biggest gain in four years

Wall Street racked up its biggest one-day gain in four years on Wednesday (Aug 26) as fears about China’s economy gave way to bargain hunters emboldened by expectations the US Federal Reserve might not raise interest rates next month.

Led by Silicon Valley stalwarts Apple, Amazon and Google, the surge put the brakes on a six-day losing streak that saw the S&P 500 surrender 11 per cent.

In a sign that a faltering Chinese economy and slumping global financial markets could affect US monetary policy, New York Fed president William Dudley said the prospect of a September rate hike seemed “less compelling” than it was just weeks ago.


9/11 'dust lady' Marcy Borders dies of cancer at 42

A woman who became known as the "dust lady" of the 9/11 terror attacks in the US has died after suffering from stomach cancer.

Ms Marcy Borders, 42, became known as the "dust lady" after a photo showed her covered in dust as she escaped the World Trade Center during the attacks.

Her photograph became one of the enduring images of the tragedy.


Smaller of two newborn pandas at US zoo dies

The smaller of the two giant panda cubs born at the Smithsonian National Zoo in the US over the weekend died on Wednesday (Aug 26), zoo officials said.

The undersize cub was less than four days old and had been treated with antibiotics and bottle-fed by zookeepers as its mother, Mei Xiang, focused her attention on its larger sibling.

"We are sad to report that the smaller of the two panda cubs has died," the zoo said on Twitter. The larger cub "appears to be strong, robust, behaving normally and is with mother Mei Xiang", the zoo said.


Tennis: Djokovic becomes Unicef goodwill ambassador

Reigning world tennis champion Novak Djokovic became a new goodwill ambassador for the UN Fund for Children on Wednesday (Aug 26), joining a roster of athletes and celebrities to hold the post.

The 28-year-old Serbian, who grew up during the Balkans war, has already worked to help vulnerable children through his role as Unicef Serbia ambassador and his Novak Djokovic Foundation.

Djokovic, who was born in Belgrade in 1987 shortly before the Balkans war broke out, spent much of his childhood in Serbia. He has said on past occasions that tennis was a “blessing”.