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La. governor blasts Brown criticism

BATON ROUGE, La., Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco has sharply disputed criticism of her state's post-Katrina response. Her target was former Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Michael Brown, who said Blanco and her staff were incapable of mounting an effective respon

More FEMA execs reported leaving

NEW YORK, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- More political appointees of the embattled Federal Emergency Management Agency are reported to be abandoning ship in Hurricane Katrina's wake.

Brown blames La. governor in Katrina chaos

NEW YORK, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Michael Brown, former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, blames much of the post-Katrina chaos on Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco.

Bush names replacement for FEMA director

WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- President Bush turned to an experienced emergency manager Monday to replace Michael Brown, who resigned as head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Allen brings new focus to Katrina fight

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Michael Brown, once in charge of the fight to get federal relief efforts moving in the Gulf Coast, finds himself out of the battle this weekend. Coast Guard Vice Adm. Thad Allen is now leading the Federal Emergency Management Agency's role in the areas de

More space objects are discovered

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Three astronomers who in July discovered the solar system's "10th planet" this week announced finding two more objects far beyond the orbit of Pluto.

Editorial pleads for New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- A New Orleans Times-Picayune editorial urges the end of turf wars in Hurricane Katrina's wake so the task of rebuilding Louisiana can take priority.

Republicans set hearings on storm response

WASHINGTON, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Republican leaders in the U.S. Congress have formed a House-Senate committee to investigation all levels of government actions regarding Hurricane Katrina.

Katrina victims to get $2K debit cards

WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Survivors of Hurricane Katrina, many who fled New Orleans with only the clothes on their backs, will get $2,000 debit cards from the U.S. government.

FEMA's leaders' experience questioned

WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency is led by officials with little experience in dealing with disaster situations, the Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday.

Senate panel to have Katrina hearings

WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist says the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee will have hearings on the federal hurricane response.

Chertoff defends FEMA response

WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff blamed delays in responding to Hurricane Katrina on the unexpected breach of the levees in New Orleans.

New planet discovered in solar system

HILO, Hawaii, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- A team of researchers from the Gemini Observatory in Hawaii, the California Institute of Technology, and Yale University have discovered a new planet.

Audit: No FEMA fraud found

MIAMI, April 29 (UPI) -- A federal audit said there were some irregularities in federal payments to hurricane victims in Florida last year, but no widespread fraud.

San Diego painter turns on own family

SAN DIEGO, March 21 (UPI) -- A San Diego house painter was being held without bail Monday for a deadly rampage against his own family.

Former NFL punter Reggie Roby dies at 43

NASHVILLE, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Former all-pro NFL punter Reggie Roby died in Nashville Tuesday at the age of 43.

Reward increased in death of toddler

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla., Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Mayor Michael Brown of Riviera Beach, Fla., added $10,000 Tuesday to the reward for the arrest of a gunman who fatally shot a 3-year-old boy.

New flood information campaign is launched

DALLAS, July 28 (UPI) -- The federal government has launched a campaign to better inform U.S. residents about floods and the availability of government-backed flood insurance.

U.S. Marine gets suspended sentence

NAHA, Japan, July 8 (UPI) -- A Japanese court Thursday dismissed an attempted rape charge against a U.S. Marine but gave him a suspended one-year term for attempted molestation.

NOAA predicts 2 to 4 major hurricanes

HOUSTON, May 17 (UPI) -- Government weather forecasters are predicting that more hurricanes than usual will hit the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States this year.

Solar System search finds new planet

PASADENA, March 14 (UPI) -- U.S. astronomers have discovered a new world in the farthest reaches of our solar system, but whether it's truly a planet will be a subject of debate.

The worst declared 'over' in Calif. fires

CRESTLINE, Calif., Nov. 2 (UPI) -- A top official Sunday declared the "worst is over" in Southern California, where wildfires have destroyed more than 800,000 acres.

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Storms, twisters threaten South

JACKSON, Tenn., May 6 (UPI) -- The South braced for the threat of more violent spring storms Tuesday, days after swarms of tornadoes killed at least 39 people in Kansas, Missouri and Tennesse

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