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Eastern U.S. floods force 130,000 to evacuate

WILKES-BARRE, Pa (Reuters) – Relentless rain caused catastrophic flooding in the eastern U.S. on Thursday, killing at least three people in Pennsylvania and forcing the evacuation of more than 130,000 people in three states. Remnants of Tropical Storm Lee, days after slamming the Gulf Coast, swamped homes and businesses from…

San Diego power company: If you have an emergency plan, ‘activate it now’

Second update: Power restored. Update: Up to six million people could be without power After a widespread blackout hit southern California, Arizona and parts of Mexico on Thursday night, San Diego Gas & Electric urged subscribers to “activate” their family emergency plans, warning that power could be off until tomorrow.…

Bachmann: ‘I’ve been a part of the real world throughout my life’

Speaking to reporters at a sparsely attended press conference Thursday, Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann delivered a response to President Barack Obama’s jobs speech. “Even if the President’s plan passes, we already know it will fail,” she said, offering her own nine-point plan. During questions, Bachmann told reporters that her…

Budget cuts will mean smaller U.S. Army: general

Under mounting budget pressure, the US Army probably will have to shrink the size of its force below a planned target of 520,000 troops, the new Army chief of staff said Thursday. General Ray Odierno, who took over as Army chief Wednesday, said the push to reduce the deficit would…

U.S. probes ‘credible’ terror threat on 9/11 anniversary

US security officials said Thursday they are investigating a credible terror threat to the United States ahead of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. “In this instance, it?s accurate that there is specific, credible but unconfirmed threat information,” the Department of Homeland Security said. “We have taken, and will…

Tea party group denounces Obama’s jobs plan

The Tea Party Express called the jobs plan President Barack Obama laid out to a joint session of Congress Thursday night “yet another speech with old, unworkable solutions.” The Tea Party Express is a Republican group associated with the Koch brothers. In a prepared statement, chief strategist Sal Russo denounced…

Obama tells Congress to pass $447 billion jobs plan

Watch Obama’s full speech to Congress President Barack Obama Thursday challenged Republicans to halt a “political circus” and immediately pass a bigger than expected $447 billion jobs plan he said would jolt the “stalled” economy. Obama, seeking to restore public trust in his economic management and take aim at 9.1…

WATCH LIVE: Obama unveils jobs plan to Congress

President Barack Obama lays out his strategy to boost job growth in a speech to a joint session of the U.S. Congress. Watch video, courtesy of MSNBC, below: (Obama is scheduled to begin speaking at 7:00 PM ET.) Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Obama op-ed: Al Qaeda on the path to defeat

PARIS — US President Barack Obama declared on Thursday that the Al-Qaeda network is nearing total defeat, having failed to destroy the United States’ “unique” leadership role in the world. In an op-ed for the French daily Le Figaro penned to mark the tenth anniversary of the Islamist extremist group’s…

Former New York mayor Giuliani to speak on Sept 11

WASHINGTON — Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani urged polarized Americans on Thursday to “rediscover our unity” as he prepared to mark ten years since the September 11th attacks with a national speech. “We withstood the worst attack of our history, intended by our enemies to destroy us. Instead, it…

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