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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,…

Hurricane Irene threatens islands, US East Coast

Hurricane Irene bore down on the southeastern Bahamas Tuesday as the category one storm churned on a track that could see it slam the US mainland later in the week. Forecasters who downgraded Irene, now packing winds of 90 miles (150 kilometers) per hour, said it could still become a…

Tornadoes wreak havoc, kill 44 in southern US

RALEIGH, North Carolina – The worst tornadoes to strike the United States in almost three decades have left at least 44 people dead and hundreds injured across six states, emergency officials said Sunday. The spring storms first hit Oklahoma on Thursday and left a trail of destruction as they whipped…

Top 10 most shocking spending cuts Republicans voted for

WASHINGTON – House Republicans recently passed over $60 billion in spending cuts from current levels for fiscal 2011, pitched as necessary to reduce the massive budget deficit. From disaster relief funding to aid fr abused women, the GOP went after the government’s 2011 budget with a zeal it normally reserves…

US Senate passes 60bn funding for Afghan war

WASHINGTON — The US Senate has passed a supplementary funding bill worth some 60 billion dollars to finance the conflict in Afghanistan and other key projects including aid to quake-hit Hait. The measure approved late Thursday by a 67-28 margin offers 33 billion dollars to fund President Barack Obama’s surge…

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