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La. Officials to Take Over Katrina Collections

Posted: 05/16/2008 - The state will take over an effort to collect grant money from Hurricane Katrina victims who got too much, citing a lack of confidence in a private contractor's ability to determine who owes money, a Louisiana official said Thursday.

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Ex-Army Corps Consultant Indicted in Bribery Case

Posted: 05/16/2008 - A former Army Corps of Engineers consultant and a dirt subcontractor were indicted Thursday on bribery charges stemming from an investigation into levee work after Hurricane Katrina.

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New Storm Deepens Misery in Cyclone-Hit Myanmar

Posted: 05/16/2008 - Torrential tropical downpours lashed Myanmar's Irrawaddy delta on Friday, deepening the misery of an estimated 2.5 million destitute survivors of Cyclone Nargis and further hampering the military government's aid efforts.

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China's Giant Pandas Survive Earthquake

Posted: 05/16/2008 - Report: Chinese authorities confirm that captive giant pandas are safe. Concerns grow over road accessibility to the reserves. Scientist: Alternative foods exist in the event of depleted bamboo stocks.

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Fresh Earthquake Hits Devastated SW China

Posted: 05/16/2008 - Official death toll now at 21,500, although officials warn it could top 50,000. 5.5-magnitude quake hits eastern Sichuan, triggers landslides, blocks roads. Victims continue to be pulled from rubble 96 hours after quake hit. Chinese President Hu Jintao in Sichuan to press rescue operations.

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China: Quake Death Toll Could Reach 50,000

Posted: 05/15/2008 - Troops dug burial pits in this quake-shattered town and black smoke poured from crematorium chimneys elsewhere in central China as priorities began shifting Thursday from the hunt for survivors to dealing with the dead. Officials said the final toll could more than double to 50,000.

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