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Herman Cain barely edges out Ron Paul in Georgia straw poll

Georgia businessman and Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain won the statewide straw poll held by the Georgia Republican Party on Saturday with 26 percent of the vote, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He beat Texas Congressman Ron Paul by only three votes. Cain was unable to appear at the poll…

LIVE: FEMA press conference on Hurricane Irene

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Irene slams New Jersey, damage widespread

TOMS RIVER, New Jersey (Reuters) – Hurricane Irene swept along the New Jersey shore early on Sunday, knocking down trees, flooding streets and leaving thousands of people without electrical power. Reports from the National Weather Service suggested that Irene fell short of the most dire predictions that it could drop…

Irene cuts power to 2 million customers on East Coast

(Reuters) – More than two million homes and businesses along the East Coast lost power as Hurricane Irene churned northward toward New York City and New England, according to reports from power companies. Irene, packing sustained winds of 80 miles per hour (130 km/hour), was a Category 1 hurricane on…

Hurricane Irene batters New York

Hurricane Irene lashed New York Sunday, shutting down America’s largest city and flooding outlying communities after killing at least nine people along the US east coast. The first hurricane to hit the Big Apple for a generation crashed into Manhattan’s skyscrapers overnight, accompanied by lightning, reports of tornados and near…

Iran condemns ‘Israel spy’ to death

Iran on Sunday sentenced to death a man accused of playing a key role in the 2010 murder of a top nuclear scientist and of spying for Israel, the official IRNA news agency reported. “The sentence to execute the terrorist Majid Jamali Fashi … has been issued” for the assassination…

Hurricane Irene safety tips on Twitter

A Twitter account with the handle @irene is pouring out a stream of tips on how to stay safe as Hurricane Irene batters the United States east coast. The @irene account, which has more than 8,600 followers, is also forwarding messages from the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), New…

Hurricane Irene hits New York

Hurricane Irene hit New York late Saturday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said as rain and stronger winds began to lash the city. “The edge of the hurricane is finally upon us,” he told a press conference. Bloomberg said that with mandatory evacuation orders handed to some 370,000 people in low-lying neighborhoods…

Tea Party Express bus tour gets Pat Boone, Sharon Angle send off

NAPA, California (Reuters) – With the Republican campaign for the White House taking shape, hundreds of Tea Party activists kicked off a national bus tour on Saturday, aiming to rally their base and new recruits to the conservative political cause. As supporters waved American flags and carried signs that read,…

Obama visits response center as Irene moves up east coast

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama visited Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters on Saturday to keep a close eye on preparations for Hurricane Irene as it charged north along the U.S. East Coast. Obama, who cut short his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, by a day because of the hurricane,…

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