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Insurance Not Required, FEMA Told Flooded Town

Posted: 06/24/2008 - Nearly all homes, businesses in Gufport, Illinois, were destroyed by floodwaters. FEMA didn't require flood insurance since levee rated to withstand a 100-year flood. Only 28 of the town's 200 residents has flood insurance; many can't afford to rebuild. Risk assessment was accurate and flood dangers being reevaluated, FEMA says.

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Astronomers on Verge of Finding Earth's Twin

Posted: 06/24/2008 - Planet hunters say it's just a matter of time before they lasso Earth's twin, which almost surely is hiding somewhere in our star-studded galaxy.

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Bush Pledges Typhoon Aid to Philippine President

Posted: 06/24/2008 - President George W. Bush on Tuesday pledged U.S. help to Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in the aftermath of a typhoon, saying he was sending an aircraft carrier to aid in the relief effort.

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Flooded Midwest Asks White House for More Aid

Posted: 06/24/2008 - Midwest governors pleaded with the White House on Tuesday for more help to counter billions of dollars in damages from floods that drowned parts of the U.S. farm heartland and drove thousands from their homes.

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Lightning Safety Week

Posted: 06/24/2008 - "When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!" - Lightning Safety Week: June 22-28, 2008

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Residents Keep Fighting Rising Mississippi River

Posted: 06/24/2008 - As waters upriver start to recede, towns downstream prepare for the onslaught as Mississippi floodwaters approach them. Another levee in St. Charles, Mo., broke Tuesday, flooding lands about 30 miles north of St. Louis.

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China Quake Death Toll to 'Exceed 80,000'

Updated: 06/24/2008 - China quake death toll expected to exceed 80,000, state media reports. Officially 69,181 people are dead with another missing 18,498. If all the missing are dead, then the death toll would top 87,000.

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Divers Yet to Find Ferry Survivors

Posted: 06/24/2008 - No sign of survivors found in ferry, Coast Guard says. At least 34 survivors and at least 11 dead have been found. Rough seas prevent divers from swimming under capsized ferry, official says. Official says company that operates ferry "does not have a good record".

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Pandas Evacuated from Earthquake-Hit Area in China

Posted: 06/24/2008 - Pandas living in an earthquake-hit part of southwestern China have been evacuated to temporary shelters due to the continuing threat of landslides and other hazards, a forestry bureau report said Tuesday.

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NASA Warming Scientist: 'This is the Last Chance'

Posted: 06/24/2008 - Exactly 20 years after warning America about global warming, a top NASA scientist said the situation has gotten so bad that the world's only hope is drastic action.

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Lightning Sparks 800-Plus Fires in California

Posted: 06/24/2008 - More than 840 wildfires sparked by an "unprecedented" lightning storm are burning a swath of Northern California, alarming the governor and requiring the help of firefighters from Nevada and Oregon.

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Ferry Survivors Drifted at Sea for 24 Hours

Posted: 06/23/2008 - Roiling seas stalled efforts Monday to get inside a ferry that capsized during a deadly typhoon while survivors recalled drifting at sea for more than 24 hours, first in a raft and then in life jackets.

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Rainfall Totals

Posted: 06/23/2008 - Rainfall amounts from storms early Monday morning.

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Life in Earth's Toughest Places; How About Mars?

Updated: 06/23/2008 - Possible life on Mars would be microscopic and hardy, scientists say. Microbes on Earth can be inactive in a deep freeze for thousands of years. Scientists think NASA's Mars Phoenix spacecraft may have found some ice. Scientists are looking for evidence of whether possible ice ever melted.

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Levees Hold Back Cresting Mississippi River

Posted: 06/23/2008 - Walls and levees held back the cresting Mississippi River on Sunday as requests for government aid poured in from homeowners and businesses swamped by the worst Midwest flooding in 15 years.

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Hopes Fade for Philippine Ferry Victims

Posted: 06/23/2008 - Rescuers held little hope on Monday of finding some 800 people missing from a capsized ferry in the Philippines, as divers prepared to drill into the ship's hull in the hope of finding survivors in air pockets.

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