WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government launched on Monday a sweeping study of rising sports-related concussions among the youth, amid concerns that the injuries may have contributed to the suicides of professional football players.
The Institute of Medicine, part of the National Academies of Science, will probe sports-related concussions in young people from elementary school through early adulthood. The study will include military personnel and their dependants, and review concussions and risk factors.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House Speaker John Boehner abruptly reversed course on Wednesday and set a timetable to approve $60 billion in Superstorm Sandy relief, after fellow Republicans including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie heaped scorn on his cancellation of an earlier vote.
The Republican-controlled House of Representatives will now vote on Friday on a $9 billion down payment for storm-related support to the National Flood Insurance Program.
WASHINGTON, Jan 2 (Reuters) – U.S. House Speaker John
Boehner insisted on Wednesday he is committed to passing a
Superstorm Sandy disaster aid bill this month after his decision
to deny a vote on the package drew scathing criticism from East
Coast lawmakers and governors.
President Barack Obama urged House Republicans to pass the
$60.4 billion measure on Wednesday before the current Congress
ends at noon on Thursday and pending legislation expires.
WASHINGTON, Dec 29 (Reuters) – Across the United States,
there will be re-enactments and parades, cannon salutes and
The U.S. Postal Service plans to issue a commemorative
stamp, while the Massachusetts Historical Society will display
the pen Abraham Lincoln used on Jan. 1, 1863, to formally
declare millions of slaves free.
WASHINGTON, Dec 27 (Reuters) – A powerful winter storm that
has dumped a foot (30 cm) of snow on parts of the United States
forced the cancellation of 457 flights on Thursday and
threatened more havoc as it hit the New England states with
The heaviest snow was falling on Pennsylvania, New York and
New England, and winter storm warnings continued over a majority
of the U.S. Northeast, the National Weather Service said.
WASHINGTON, Dec 27 (Reuters) – A powerful winter storm
forced the cancellation of about 200 U.S. flights on Thursday,
snarling holiday travel as heavy snow and high winds pummeled
the northeastern United States.
The National Weather Service forecast 12 to 18 inches (30.5
to 46 cm) of snow for northern New England as the storm moved
northeast out of the lower Great Lakes, where it dumped more
than a foot (30.5 cm) of snow in parts of Michigan.
WASHINGTON, Dec 26 (Reuters) – A powerful winter storm that
has claimed at least five lives pounded the U.S. Midwest and
Northeast and snarled post-Christmas travel on Wednesday after
rare tornadoes pummeled the Gulf Coast.
Heavy snow and high winds prompted National Weather Service
blizzard and winter storm warnings for the Ohio River Valley and
into the Northeast. Fifteen inches (37.5 cm) of snow were
recorded at New Baltimore, Michigan, as the storm headed north
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The disaster fund likely will run out of money by early spring because of costs from Superstorm Sandy, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said on Tuesday.
FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund has about $4.88 billion but will need to be refilled as part of a supplemental spending bill the White House is readying to cover costs from the October 29 storm, FEMA Director Craig Fugate told Congress.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo lobbied Congress on Monday for billions of dollars to help rebuild from Superstorm Sandy, saying the U.S. House leader wanted a reconstruction bill passed by year’s end.
Cuomo, a Democrat, put the damage from the late October storm at $40 billion to $50 billion for New York alone, with the total likely to rise.
WASHINGTON, Dec 3 (Reuters) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
lobbied Congress on Monday for billion of dollars to help
rebuild from Superstorm Sandy, saying the U.S. House leader
wanted a reconstruction bill passed by year’s end.
Cuomo, a Democrat, put the damage from the late October
storm at $40 billion to $50 billion for New York alone, with the
total likely to rise.