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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Friday, Aug. 30, 2013.
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Data: New Orleans population is on the rise again after Katrina

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- A group of elected officials and leaders In New Orleans said they gathered to mark the eighth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and to press for rebuilding.

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Monday, Aug. 26, 2013.
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Message written by Katrina victim returned eight years after storm

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- A New Orleans woman has been reunited with a letter she wrote, stuffed into a bottle and tossed into rising floodwaters after Hurricane Katrina, a report says.
Gulf states ensure patient health data available in disaster

Gulf states ensure patient health data available in disaster

BETHESDA, Md., July 11 (UPI) -- To ensure residents' health information is available after a hurricane, four Gulf states teamed with other states to safeguard the data, U.S. officials say.

Ancient forest found preserved under Gulf of Mexico waters

MOBILE, Ala., July 9 (UPI) -- Scuba divers say they've discovered an ancient forest of Bald Cypress trees preserved underwater in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Alabama.

Report says recent extremes of climate, temperatures unprecedented

GENEVA, Switzerland, July 3 (UPI) -- Climate extremes experienced in the decade 2001-2010 were unprecedented, the World Meteorological Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, says in a report.
George W. Bush dedicates library with faith in future of country

George W. Bush dedicates library with faith in future of country

DALLAS, April 25 (UPI) -- Five current and past U.S. presidents spoke at the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library that Bush dedicated with faith in the country's future.
Judge blasts Army Corps of Engineers in Katrina suit

Judge blasts Army Corps of Engineers in Katrina suit

NEW ORLEANS, April 16 (UPI) -- U.S. law has given the Army Corps of Engineers, "a bureaucratic behemoth," legal immunity for its flawed work in New Orleans, a federal judge said.

Florida man building replica of Noah's Ark

MIAMI, April 14 (UPI) -- A Florida man says he's building a replica of Noah's Ark in Miami-Dade County that will become a museum and petting zoo to raise environmental awareness.

Actor Wendell Pierce opens food stores

NEW ORLEANS, April 7 (UPI) -- Actor Wendell Pierce, best known for his roles on "The Wire" and "Treme," says he is also an activist bringing fresh food to his hometown of New Orleans.

O'Brien leaves CNN's 'Starting Point'

ATLANTA, March 31 (UPI) -- CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien has left the cable news channel's "Starting Point" after being with the show for more than a year, officials said.
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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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