Shots - Health Blog
6:11 am
Tue August 30, 2011

Lung Cancer Pill Holds Promise For Those Who Pass Test

Originally published on Wed August 31, 2011 9:23 am

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The Two-Way
6:00 am
Tue August 30, 2011

Irene's Deadly Toll Rises; 40 Confirmed Deaths

The death toll from Hurricane Irene and the storm's aftermath continues to grow. As the day begins, The Associated Press says there are now 40 confirmed fatalities — up from 35 as of Monday afternoon. And, the AP adds, towns in New England continued to battle "epic floods and millions faced the dispiriting prospect of several days without electricity."

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The Two-Way
5:30 am
Tue August 30, 2011

Muslim Americans 'Overwhelmingly' Satisfied With Their Lives, Poll Finds

In New York City last September, Aliza Fatima of Queens took part in the American Muslim Day Parade.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

"As the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaches, a comprehensive public opinion survey finds no indication of increased alienation or anger among Muslim Americans in response to concerns about home-grown Islamic terrorists, controversies about the building of mosques and other pressures that have been brought to bear on this high-profile minority group in recent years," the Pew Research Center reports today.

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Mara Liasson is the national political correspondent for NPR. Her reports can be heard regularly on NPR's award-winning newsmagazines All Things Considered and Morning Edition. Liasson provides extensive coverage of politics and policy from Washington, DC — focusing on the White House and Congress — and also reports on political trends beyond the Beltway.

Hurricane Irene Hits East Coast
10:01 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

Costs Of Irene Add Up As FEMA Runs Out Of Cash

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, shown at a press briefing last week in Washington, says his agency will postpone some repair work on earlier disasters in order to pay for the immediate needs of Irene.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

From washed-away roads in North Carolina to historic bridges flooded out in Vermont, Hurricane Irene took its toll up and down the Eastern Seaboard.

But the East is not the only region to suffer from natural disasters this year. There was a string of deadly tornadoes in the South this spring, floods along the Mississippi and in the Upper Midwest, and last May's devastating tornado in Joplin, Mo.

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Hurricane Irene Hits East Coast
10:01 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

In Irene, Politicians Navigate Tides Of Public Opinion

On Saturday, President Obama and FEMA administrator Craig Fugate attended a video teleconference led by FEMA as Irene made its way up the Eastern Seaboard.
Pool Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:28 am

The effects of Hurricane Irene are still being felt and their costs being measured — from billion-dollar damages in New Jersey to ongoing flooding in New England.

For local and national leaders, natural disasters can sometimes be political disasters — or opportunities.

The lessons of Hurricane Katrina are seared into the memory of President Obama and every other politician in America. The president made sure that his emergency team was prepared and competent. He showed up at FEMA headquarters over the weekend, and Monday he gave an update from the Rose Garden.

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Law
10:01 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

Immigrant Witness Says U.S. Reneged On Protection

Former Attorney General Dick Thornburgh, shown here in 2010, is one former Justice Department official supporting the case of an Albanian witness asking for government protection.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Ten years ago, an Albanian immigrant agreed to help the Justice Department build a case against a mobster accused of human smuggling. In exchange, he says, federal prosecutors promised him a green card and protection for his family. But the mobster fled the country and the informant, Ed Demiraj, says the U.S. government reneged on its commitment — with violent results.

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Around the Nation
10:01 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

Female Vets Navigate Post-War Stress, Home Duties

The first in a series about the challenges female veterans face as they transition to civilian life.

America's female veteran population has grown to an estimated 1.9 million, and the Department of Veterans Affairs projects 50,000 more servicewomen will join that population in the next five years. When they return, many will pick up where they left off, as mothers, wives and caretakers.

In Philadelphia, some female veterans are dealing with family responsibilities while still struggling to cope with the lingering effects of war.

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Closing Walter Reed
10:01 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

Walter Reed Center's Closure May Be A Boon To D.C.

This satellite image shows how the Walter Reed Campus will be divided between the District of Columbia (purple) and the State Department (yellow). The District's 67-acre portion includes both the old and new hospital buildings.
D.C. Planning and Economic Development Office

The Walter Reed Army Medical Center has a storied past. It has been the country's leading Army hospital for more than 100 years, sitting on a complex that includes a Civil War battlefield. There was a time when 16,000 patients a year sought treatment for wounds of war or illness.

By the end of August, all the patients and doctors will have left, moved to Bethesda and Fort Belvoir as the Army consolidates its bases. But as one era closes, another opens: Washington, D.C., may be left with nearly 70 acres of prime real estate.

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News
6:24 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

Three die in oil explosion

Three people are dead in an explosion at an oil storage site in Converse County.
The Casper Star Tribune reports that the explosion and fire occurred at about 10 a.m. Monday. The workers who died were all with the Samson Resources Company. Their identities have not been released.
The Converse County Sheriff's Office reports that the site is
now secured. Phil Schmucker is senior vice president of operations for
Samson. He stated in a media release that the company's thoughts
and prayers are with the friends and family of those who died.

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