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Fraud allegations in federal flood program

Hurricane Sandy controversies have been renewed in Louisiana.

      

 

 

Police start arresting Dakota Pipeline protesters as camp deadline passes

But other encampments nearby are being set up.

      

 

 

Indiana's pre-Civil War black farming community a Smithsonian surprise

The new museum tells the story of Lyles Station, founded by blacks before slavery’s end.

      

 

 

They paid premiums, so why must they fight for flood insurance payouts?

Six months after disaster, Louisiana homeowners fighting for insurance payouts.

      

 

 

Hundreds rescued in San Jose as floodwaters rise

Drenching rains and gale-force winds prompted daring water rescues Tuesday.

      

 

 

Why you need to see the Emmett Till exhibit at the Smithsonian

Museum re-creates the tragedy of his lynching without making his death a spectacle.

      

 

 

Hospitals target nutrition, other social needs to boost health

A week of healthy groceries for a family is cheaper than treating effects of diabetes.

      

 

 

Widespread floods as rainstorms soak California

Creeks and rivers are topping their banks and hundreds of homes were evacuated as heavy rains from a winter storm soak much of California (Feb. 21)

      

 

 

Feds forced to dismiss charge against child rape suspect who fled to Mideast

Martial arts instructor fled to the Middle East after he was accused of raping a student.

      

 

 

Rivers in the sky causing widespread chaos in California

Yes, there are rivers in the sky, and they’re responsible for extreme rain and snow.

      

 

 

Airport video shows Kim brother attack

Surveillance video, obtained by Fuji TV seems to show the moment Kim Jong Nam (wearing pale grey suit and carrying black backpack), the estranged half brother of North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un, was attacked at Kuala Lumpur international airport. (Feb. 20)

      

 

 

Oroville residents return home

Happy to return home after after damage to an Oroville Dam spillway in California prompted a massive evacuation, residents remain alert in case they are ordered to leave their homes once again. (Feb. 15)

      

 

 

Trump explains odd rally reference to Sweden terror attack

He tweeted that he was referencing a Fox News special on refugee violence he saw Friday.

      

 

 

SpaceX launches rocket from historic NASA launchpad

Rocket was carrying more han 5,000 pounds of cargo to the International Space Station.

      

 

 

Tucson mayor carjacked at gunpoint, city-owned Prius stolen

The mayor was uninjured, but the carjacker is still at large, police said.

      

 

 

Norma McCorvey, 'Roe' in Roe v. Wade, is dead at 69

Later in life Norma McCorvey, whose Supreme Court case legalized abortion, became an anti-abortion activist.

      

 

 

'Blind Sheik' Abdel-Rahman, whose mosque followers bombed WTC in 1993, dies

Convicted of plotting terror attacks in the U.S. in the 1990s, he died Saturday in a federal prison.

      

 

 

SpaceX Launch Halted Just Before Liftoff

SpaceX will have to wait at least another day to launch from NASA’s historic moon pad. Last-minute rocket trouble forced SpaceX to halt Saturday’s countdown at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. (Feb. 18)

      

 

 

Woolly Mammoths could be 'de-extinct' in 2 years

(NEWSER) – This whole nostalgia thing is getting out of control because scientists are about to bring back the woolly mammoth, the Guardian reports.

      

 

 

California storm wreaks havoc, causes at least 2 deaths

Strong rain and forceful winds plowed through southern and cenral California, causing dramatic mudslides and flooding freeways.