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Philippine typhoon may have 'burped' carbon into the atmosphere

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Typhoon Haiyan may have created a carbon "burp" as it uprooted large swaths of Philippine forest, releasing carbon into the atmosphere, scientists say.
More than 1,200 feared dead in Philippines as Haiyan heads for Vietnam

More than 1,200 feared dead in Philippines as Haiyan heads for Vietnam

MANILA, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- More than 1,200 people may have died in Super Typhoon Haiyan, aid officials said Saturday, as efforts began to restore normality to the central Philippines.
Houston area voters reject Astrodome rehabilitation plan

Houston area voters reject Astrodome rehabilitation plan

HOUSTON, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Voters in Harris County, Texas, Tuesday voted not to save Houston's Astrodome from demolition, rejecting plans to convert it to a convention center.
Superstorm Sandy survivors still suffer a year later

Superstorm Sandy survivors still suffer a year later

NEW YORK, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- A year after devastating Superstorm Sandy struck the New York-New Jersey area, emotions are still raw.
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Typhoon Phailin blasts India

NEW DELHI, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Typhoon Phailin slammed into India Saturday night, making landfall at the Indian port town of Gopalpur, with top sustained winds of 124 mph, officials said.

India: Typhoon Phailin bearing down on India with winds and rain

KENDRAPARA, India, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Rough seas forced fishing vessels to return to port Friday as Typhoon Phailin bore down on India's Bay of Bengal, officials said.

U.S. appeals court to decide fate of homeowners with tainted drywall

NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- A federal appeals court will hear a lawsuit seeking compensation for toxic Chinese drywall, with outcome affecting thousands of U.S. homeowners.

U.S. attorney faces disciplinary review for 2011 Danziger Bridge posts

NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- A federal prosecutor could face disciplinary action for posting comments on a newspaper's website during a trial of New Orleans police officers, officials say.

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Katrina link to brain-eating amoeba found in parish water discussed

NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Hurricane Katrina may be linked to a brain-eating organism in the waters in St. Bernard Parish, La., that has caused two deaths in three years, officials said.

Judge orders new trials for five Danziger Bridge defendants

NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- A federal judge Tuesday ordered new trials for five ex-New Orleans police officers convicted in the Danziger Bridge shootings and a probe of two ex-prosecutors.

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Hurricane Katrina
A man carries a baby through the flooded streets of New Orleans outside the cities Super Dome football stadium on August 31, 2005. Tens of thousands of displaced citizens sought shelter at the dome, before, during and after Hurricane Katrina, but have been forced to evacuate as floodwaters continue to rise throughout the area. (UPI Photo/Jeremy L. Grisham/Navy) .

Hurricane Katrina of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season was the costliest natural disaster, as well as one of the five deadliest hurricanes, in the history of the United States. Among recorded Atlantic hurricanes, it was the sixth strongest overall. At least 1,836 people died in the actual hurricane and in the subsequent floods, making it the deadliest U.S. hurricane since the 1928 Okeechobee hurricane; total property damage was estimated at $81 billion (2005 USD), nearly triple the damage wrought by Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

Hurricane Katrina formed over the Bahamas on August 23, 2005 and crossed southern Florida as a moderate Category 1 hurricane, causing some deaths and flooding there before strengthening rapidly in the Gulf of Mexico. The storm weakened before making its second landfall as a Category 3 storm on the morning of Monday, August 29 in southeast Louisiana. It caused severe destruction along the Gulf coast from central Florida to Texas, much of it due to the storm surge. The most significant number of deaths occurred in New Orleans, Louisiana, which flooded as the levee system catastrophically failed, in many cases hours after the storm had moved inland. Eventually 80% of the city and large tracts of neighboring parishes became flooded, and the floodwaters lingered for weeks. However, the worst property damage occurred in coastal areas, such as all Mississippi beachfront towns, which were flooded over 90% in hours, as boats and casino barges rammed buildings, pushing cars and houses inland, with waters reaching 6–12 miles (10–19 km) from the beach.

The hurricane protection failures in New Orleans prompted a lawsuit against the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the designers and builders of the levee system as mandated by the Flood Control Act of 1965. Responsibility for the failures and flooding was laid squarely on the Army Corps in January 2008, but the federal agency could not be held financially liable due to sovereign immunity in the Flood Control Act of 1928. There was also an investigation of the responses from federal, state and local governments, resulting in the resignation of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) director Michael D. Brown, and of New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) Superintendent Eddie Compass.

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