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Report: FEMA candidates turn down job

NEW YORK, April 1 (UPI) -- Top candidates turned down the Bush administration in its search for someone to lead the Federal Emergency Management Agency, The New York Times reported.

Former FEMA head gets blamed for Katrina

WASHINGTON, March 16 (UPI) -- An addition to a U.S. House report on Hurricane Katrina blames Michael Brown, the former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, for the response.

Brown faults locals on Katrina

WASHINGTON, March 5 (UPI) -- The former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said the Hurricane Katrina response was 70 percent the fault of state and local government.

Ex-FEMA chief says Chertoff should go

WASHINGTON, March 3 (UPI) -- The former head of the U.S. emergency response agency says Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff should be fired for his handling of Hurricane Katrina.

Video reveals pre-Katrina posturing

WASHINGTON, March 2 (UPI) -- Newly released tapes of a teleconference the day before and when Hurricane Katrina struck the U.S. Gulf Coast indicates officials ignored an expert's warning.

Calif. Highway Patrol copes with deaths

SACRAMENTO, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- The California Highway Patrol is on a 48-hour "stand-down" to determine if changes are needed following the deaths of six officers in five months.

Chertoff rejects Katrina criticism

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security chief Wednesday rejected congressional criticism he was "disengaged" from an impending Hurricane Katrina.

Post-Katrina changes for FEMA announced

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Monday reorganized its emergency response agency, including improvement in delivery of relief material.

Former FEMA head talks of Katrina response

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Ex-federal emergency head Michael Brown says claims the White House and other U.S. officials didn't know of the post-Katrina disaster in Louisiana is "baloney."

Katrina levee break news spread fast

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Congressional investigators have learned that the Homeland Security Department learned on Aug. 29 that a levee had broken in New Orleans, it was reported.

GAO: Administration had Katrina problems

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- A new federal report on the emergency relief response to Hurricane Katrina points the blame at the White House and the Department of Homeland Security.

Ridge says Katrina response too slow

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge suggested a stronger regional structure might have speeded the response to Hurricane Katrina.

Brown forms firm for emergency training

DENVER, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Michael Brown, the ousted Federal Emergency Management Agency director, plans a fresh start in Colorado -- selling his expertise in emergency planning.

FDIC's Powell to head hurricane recovery

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Donald Powell has been named federal coordinator of long-term Gulf Coast hurricane recovery efforts, a report said.

Brown planned to resign before Katrina

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Michael Brown planned to resign as director of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency even before Hurricane Katrina hit, a report said Wednesday.

E-mails show fed infighting after Katrina

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. Department of Homeland Security records show confusion and uncertainty were common in the run-up to, and aftermath of, Hurricane Katrina in August.

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Tiny planetoid sparks big feud

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- The discovery of a new planetoid has touched off a bitter feud over scientific ethics in the Internet age.

FEMA computers hampered during Katrina

CHICAGO, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Faulty federal computer networks may have been partly to blame for the government's lackadaisical response to major storms last summer -- and Hurricane Katrina
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FEMA will revisit no-bid contracts

WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Hundreds of millions of dollars in federal contracts for Hurricane Katrina relief will be re-bid, FEMA director David Paulison told Congress Thursday.

Florida town plans to use eminent domain

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla., Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Officials of a poor, predominantly black Florida town plan to relocate about 6,000 residents to make room for a billion-dollar yachting and housing complex. The coastal community of Rivera Beach in Palm Beach County may use eminent domain, if necessary, t

Newly discovered planet also has a moon

KAMEULA, Hawaii, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- The planet discovered on the edge of the solar system in July by three astronomers, has been found to have a moon.

La. gov: Katrina-hit state needs jobs

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco told Congress Wednesday she came to Washington to talk about jobs -- not place blame over Hurricane Katrina failures.

Ex-FEMA chief: State caused Katrina mess

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- The ex-director of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency says Louisiana's governor is responsible for bungling the Hurricane Katrina response.

FEMA promises strong Texas response

HOUSTON, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency, blistered by critics for its slow response to Hurricane Katrina, pledged quick help as Hurricane Rita neared Texas.
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