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Missing cat turns up on Facebook years after hurricane

BLACKWOOD, N.J., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A New Jersey woman whose cat disappeared during a hurricane said she spotted the feline on Facebook alive and well more than two years later.

Eastern U.S. grapples with rain, flooding; Western U.S. bakes

ALBANY, N.Y., July 3 (UPI) -- Many of the same communities in upstate New York devastated by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in 2011 are flooded again, the governor said.

Possible link seen between hurricane, earthquake aftershocks

SALT LAKE CITY, April 22 (UPI) -- Aftershocks of a magnitude-5.8 earthquake that rattled Virginia in 2011 may have been triggered by Hurricane Irene, researchers say.

1,100 dams in N.Y. a significant hazard

ALBANY, N.Y., April 12 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., says there are more than 1,100 dams considered high and significant hazards in upstate New York.

Cuomo puts N.Y. utilities on notice

NEW YORK, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo put the state's power utilities on notice that they will be held accountable for their Hurricane Sandy performance.
Sandy: U.S. death toll at least 39

Sandy: U.S. death toll at least 39

NEW YORK, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Sandy, now a post-tropical cyclone, was blamed for at least 39 U.S. deaths and its capacity for damage was nowhere near over, officials said Tuesday.
Cuomo: 'Extreme weather' needs new reality

Cuomo: 'Extreme weather' needs new reality

NEW YORK, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters when inspecting the World Trade Center the state needs to rebuild for a "new reality" due to "extreme weather events."
'Frankenstorm' closes in

'Frankenstorm' closes in

It was a very rare development in New York: Stock markets closed Monday because of Hurricane Sandy, which is being billed as the perfect storm.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
Hurricanes can impact water quality

Hurricanes can impact water quality

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Sept. 27 (UPI) -- The water quality of U.S. lakes and coastal systems could be degraded if hurricanes intensify in a warming world, researchers at Yale University say.

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Derecho more damaging than Hurricane Irene

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Power outages reported in the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic states from a rare June 2012 windstorm were worse than Hurricane Irene in 2011, a report said.
Report: U.S. homes at storm surge risk

Report: U.S. homes at storm surge risk

SANTA ANA, Calif., June 7 (UPI) -- Four million homes on U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts are at risk of hurricane storm-surge damage with more than $700 billion in property exposure, a report says.
Irene retired as hurricane name

Irene retired as hurricane name

WASHINGTON, April 13 (UPI) -- The hurricane name "Irene" has been retired because of the damage Hurricane Irene caused in the Caribbean and on the U.S. East Coast in 2011, scientists say.

Hundreds of tacos delivered to Conn. mayor

EAST HAVEN, Conn., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- An immigration advocacy group delivered hundreds of tacos to a Connecticut mayor who made an allegedly racist remark about Hispanics.

That sandwich shop, Subway, has brand buzz

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. sandwich chain Subway generated the most buzz of any brand last year, a recent survey says.

Twice a year: Check emergency stockpile

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- A biannual campaign tied to when clocks get changed urges U.S. adults to check and update their emergency stockpiles of food, water and medicine.

Disasters drain FEMA budget

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- A flood of disasters across the United States have strained FEMA's resources, leaving communities with unfunded long-term reconstruction needs, experts say.

MLS: Portland 1, D.C. United 1 (tie)

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Dwayne De Rosario's 13th goal of the year Wednesday lifted D.C. United into a 1-1 tie with Portland, a result that pushed New York closer to a playoff berth.
King memorial dedication 'momentous' event

King memorial dedication 'momentous' event

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington will mark a "long-awaited moment in our nation's history," a memorial official says.
Third quarter fundraising not so hot, operatives say

Third quarter fundraising not so hot, operatives say

WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry has raised more than $17 million during the third quarter, his campaign said Wednesday.

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Obama signs stop-gap spending bill

Obama signs stop-gap spending bill

WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama signed the stop-gap funding bill Wednesday, ending the specter of a U.S. government shutdown by keeping government open through Nov. 18.
August travel bill for Congress sets record

August travel bill for Congress sets record

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Outside groups spent more than $1.5 million underwriting privately financed congressional trips abroad, torpedoing previous records, an analysis indicated.

Pending home sales down a touch

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Pending U.S. home sales fell in August for the second consecutive month after two months of gains, the National Association of Realtors said Thursday.
Quake damaged Washington Monument elevator

Quake damaged Washington Monument elevator

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- The Washington Monument's elevator system was damaged in the magnitude 5.8 earthquake that struck central Virginia, the National Park Service said Monday.
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