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Wyoming joins Northern Rocky states seeking disaster aid

CODY, Wyoming (Reuters) – Governor Matt Mead asked on Tuesday for a presidential disaster declaration in Wyoming to free up federal funds to repair roads and bridge damaged by harsh winter weather and flooding. Mead became the third governor in the Northern Rockies to seek such a declaration stemming from…

Damage from BP oil spill lingers a year later

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AFP) – The worst maritime oil spill in history began nearly a year ago with a drop in pressure in a poorly drilled well deep in the Gulf of Mexico. It hasn’t really ended even though BP’s runaway well was eventually capped 87 days later. As crews…

Japan quake damage to cost up to $309 bn: govt

OSAKA (AFP) – Japan on Wednesday said the cost of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami could hit 25 trillion yen ($309 billion), double the Kobe quake and nearly four times more than Hurricane Katrina. The total cost from collapse or damage to houses, factories and infrastructure such as roads…

Tsunami grazes West Coast, thousands evacuate

OAKLAND, Calif./QUITO (Reuters) – Thousands of people fled their homes along the California coast on Friday as a tsunami triggered by the massive earthquake in Japan began hitting the U.S. West Coast after rolling through Hawaii. But the giant wall of water appeared to have lost much of its energy…

Baghdad wants U.S. to pay $1 billion for damage to city

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s capital wants the United States to apologize and pay $1 billion for the damage done to the city not by bombs but by blast walls and Humvees since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein. The city’s government issued its demands in a statement on Wednesday…

US officials privately say WikiLeaks damage limited

WASHINGTON — Internal US government reviews have determined that a mass leak of diplomatic cables caused only limited damage to US interests abroad, despite the Obama administration’s public statements to the contrary. A congressional official briefed on the reviews said the administration felt compelled to say publicly that the revelations…

No ‘substantive’ damage from Wikileaks, Biden admits

WASHINGTON — US Vice President Joe Biden says there has been no “substantive” damage to US foreign policy from the WikiLeaks drama, despite embarrassment caused by thousands of leaked diplomatic cables. Biden commented on the fallout from the WikiLeaks campaign in an MSNBC interview broadcast on Thursday and recorded a…

Earl threatens US Coast after hitting Caribbean

Earl, a Category 4 hurricane, on course toward US East Coast after battering Caribbean. Hurricane Earl, now a powerful Category 4 storm, barreled toward the U.S. coast early Tuesday after battering tiny islands across the northeastern Caribbean with heavy rain and winds that damaged homes and toppled power lines. Earl…

Barbour: Media doing more damage than oil spill

‘The coast is clear. Come on down!’ The BP oil spill is causing less damage to the state of Mississippi than the media, according to Gov. Haley Barbour. “Well, the truth is, Chris, we have had virtually no oil,” Barbour told Fox News’ Chris Wallace Sunday. “We have had a…

Tsunami waves reach Japan’s coast

“The first tsunami from Chile’s earthquake has hit Japan’s outlying islands, but the initial waves are small,” the Associated Press reports. The article continues, “Japan’s Meteorological Agency said the first tsunami to reach Japan after the magnitude 8.8 quake off Chile was recorded in the Ogasawara islands early Sunday afternoon.…

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