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Dec 27, 2012

Winter storm hits eastern US, snarls holiday travel

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
and east.

Dec 4, 2012

FEMA chief says will need more money for Sandy costs

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.

Dec 4, 2012

Saying Sandy cost up to $50 billion, New York governor asks Congress for aid

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.

Dec 4, 2012

Saying Sandy cost up to $50 billion, NY gov. asks Congress for aid

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.

Nov 28, 2012

New York lobbies for $42 billion in Sandy disaster aid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New York state is seeking $42 billion in aid to deal with damage from superstorm Sandy, but there is no assurance Congress will move quickly as it grapples with a budget crisis, officials from the state said on Wednesday.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg lobbied Congress on Wednesday, saying he was confident that lawmakers would agree to help pay for damage from Sandy, the second-costliest disaster in U.S. history, even as they deal with the looming “fiscal cliff” of tax hikes and automatic spending cuts.

Nov 28, 2012

White House expected to seek billions in Sandy disaster aid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House is expected in the coming days to send Congress a multi-billion dollar request to fund recovery from Superstorm Sandy, which caused an estimated $71 billion in damages in New York and New Jersey.

Congressional aides said there was no clear indication of the request’s size, but some said it would likely be at least $11 billion.

Nov 27, 2012

U.S. chefs’ solution for invading Frankenfish? Eat ‘em

WASHINGTON, Nov 27 (Reuters) – The northern snakehead is
known as “Frankenfish” and “rattlesnakes with fins,” and some
chefs say one way to stop the predatory, fast-spreading fish is
obvious – with a fork.

With a reputation as fearsome as its name, the voracious
snakehead fish has intruded throughout much of the Potomac River
basin in Virginia and Maryland in the last decade, snapping up
anything that gets in front of it.

Nov 26, 2012

132 online counterfeit sites seized in Cyber Monday blitz

WASHINGTON, Nov 26 (Reuters) – U.S. and European authorities
seized 132 domain names in a counterfeit goods crackdown linked
to Cyber Monday, the online bargain day, the head of U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement said.

ICE agents seized 101 domain names in the United States and
31 were taken over by officers in Britain, Romania, Belgium,
France and Denmark and by Europol, the European Police Office,
ICE Director John Morton said.

Nov 16, 2012

At Washington’s James Bond exhibit, villains are forever

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fans of fictional super spy James Bond rely on the durable film franchise for must-have elements, such as jaw-dropping stunts, great clothes, sultry women – and villains who are drop-dead evil.

An exhibition that opened on Friday makes clear that the nasty types that 007 has battled for five decades have changed but one constant remains. The only true match for the world’s greatest secret agent are characters that moviegoers love to hate.

Oct 24, 2012

U.S. looks to old Arctic ship logs for climate change clues

WASHINGTON, Oct 24 (Reuters) – A project to help track
Arctic climate change using volunteers to transcribe U.S. ship
logs online was launched on Wednesday by the National Archives
and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Using citizen scientists to transcribe thousands of pages of
logbooks from Navy, Coast Guard and other ships from 1850 to
World War Two will fill a big data gap, NOAA Administrator Jane
Lubchenco said.

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      "Ian Simpson covers Italian equities from Milan with a focus on banks. In a 30-year career, he has been based in Dallas, Kansas City, New York, Washington, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Portugal and Italy. He has reported from more than 20 countries."
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