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New Orleans heart attack rate skyrockets post-Katrina: Study

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – New Orleans residents were found to have three times the rate of heart attacks four years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina than before the storm and levee break that flooded the city, according to a study presented at a major heart meeting on Sunday. The three-fold increase had…

Former FEMA head: Gov’t didn’t tell all on Katrina

Former FEMA chief Brown concedes Washington didn’t tell full story of Katrina’s devastation Five years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, the federal official at the heart of a firestorm over Washington’s slow response is acknowledging the government’s shortcomings. Former Federal Emergency Management agency director Mike Brown tells NBC’s “Today”…

Sen. Reid’s ‘clean energy legislation’ would not end offshore drilling

Bill to focus on safety regulations, emergency well shutoff techniques, ‘updated criminal and civil penalties’ The top US senator pressed key lawmakers Thursday to craft legislation by July 4 to prevent the kind of “economic, social and environmental devastation” wrought by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Democratic Senate Majority…

Study: Haiti quake devastation worse than 2004 tsunami

The scale of devastation in Haiti is far worse than in Asia after the 2004 tsunami, a study said Tuesday, predicting last month’s quake could be the most destructive disaster in modern history. The stark assessment from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) comes with Port-au-Prince still lying in ruins more…

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