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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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Myanmar Junta Warns Against Hoarding Cyclone Aid

Posted: 05/15/2008 - Myanmar's junta warned Thursday it will punish anyone found hoarding or trading foreign aid meant for cyclone survivors, but relief groups said they had seen no evidence of people selling or stockpiling donated goods.

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Long Wait For Medical Care After China Quake

Posted: 05/15/2008 - After 11-year-old Zhang Jiazhi crawled free of the rubble that remained of his middle school, his parents began a 20-hour ordeal to get medical care for their son, whose arms were crushed to a pulp.

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Survivors From Apartment Building Recount Quake

Posted: 05/15/2008 - Tang Xiaomin had just left her fourth-floor apartment to buy groceries when the building started crumbling around her. An upstairs neighbor was thrown against the kitchen table and grabbed her purse before rushing out. Another resident, who was expecting a baby, was resting and became trapped.

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U.S Has Cool April

Posted: 05/15/2008 - This past month was the coolest April in 11 years for the lower 48 United States, and fell into the lowest twenty-five percent of all Aprils based on records going back to 1895, according to an analysis by NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C.

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Firefighters Get Upper Hand On Florida Wildfire

Posted: 05/15/2008 - A man accused of lobbing a Molotov cocktail into woods that are among the thousands of acres that have burned along Florida's Atlantic coast conceded Thursday that he may have accidentally sparked a fire.

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Earth Extinctions Blamed on Cosmic Speed Bump

Posted: 05/15/2008 - The sun bounces up and down as it roams the Milky Way, and such wavering might have hurled showers of comets Earth's way that caused mass extinctions, including the one that killed the dinosaurs, a new study claims.

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