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Aug 31, 2011

Katia speeds up in Atlantic, not clear if threat to U.S.

MIAMI (Reuters) – The East Coast is mopping up after Hurricane Irene’s weekend battering that killed around 40 people and authorities and residents are looking out anxiously over the Atlantic and asking: Is another one coming?

Tropical Storm Katia has top winds of 60 miles per hour (95 km per hour) and is jogging west at a brisk 22 mph, the National Hurricane Center said, and it could become a hurricane on Wednesday.

Aug 30, 2011

Katia is new Atlantic storm, not clear if threat to U.S.

MIAMI (Reuters) – The U.S. East Coast is mopping up after Hurricane Irene’s weekend battering that killed around 40 people and authorities and residents are looking out anxiously over the Atlantic and asking: Is another one coming?

Tropical Storm Katia is jogging west at a brisk 18 miles per hour (30 km per hour) and the U.S. National Hurricane Center says it is expected to become a hurricane by late Wednesday or early Thursday.

Aug 30, 2011

Katia is next storm on the way, but path uncertain

MIAMI, Aug 30 (Reuters) – The U.S. East Coast is mopping up
after Hurricane Irene’s weekend battering that killed around 40
people and authorities and residents are looking out anxiously
over the Atlantic and asking: Is another one coming?

Tropical Storm Katia is jogging west at a brisk 18 miles
per hour (30 km per hour) and the U.S. National Hurricane
Center says it is expected to become a hurricane by late
Wednesday or early Thursday.

Aug 29, 2011

Michele Bachmann brushes off hurricane joke

MIAMI (Reuters) – Republican White House hopeful Michele Bachmann insisted on Monday she was joking when she said a hurricane and quake were God’s warning to Washington, in an effort to control the damage from her latest controversial comments.

The Tea Party favourite raised eyebrows with a weekend remark to supporters in Florida that Hurricane Irene, which killed at least 24 people and left millions without power, and an East Coast earthquake were God’s way of telling U.S. politicians to cut spending and fix the budget deficit.

Aug 29, 2011

Bachmann says Irene comments just a joke

MIAMI (Reuters) – Republican White House hopeful Michele Bachmann insisted on Monday she was joking when she said a hurricane and quake were God’s warning to Washington, in an effort to control the damage from her latest controversial comments.

The Tea Party favourite raised eyebrows with a weekend remark to supporters in Florida that Hurricane Irene, which killed at least 24 people and left millions without power, and an East Coast earthquake were God’s way of telling U.S. politicians to cut spending and fix the budget deficit.

Aug 29, 2011

Candidate Bachmann brushes off hurricane joke

MIAMI (Reuters) – Republican White House hopeful Michele Bachmann insisted on Monday she was joking when she said a hurricane and quake were God’s warning to Washington, in an effort to control the damage from her latest controversial comments.

The Tea Party favorite raised eyebrows with a weekend remark to supporters in Florida that Hurricane Irene, which killed at least 24 people and left millions without power, and an East Coast earthquake were God’s way of telling politicians to cut spending and fix the budget deficit.

Aug 29, 2011

U.S. presidential candidate says hurricane comments just a joke

MIAMI (Reuters) – U.S. Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann said on Monday she was only joking when she described Hurricane Irene and last week’s earthquake in the eastern United States as a warning from God.

“Of course I was being humorous when I said that. It would be absurd to think it was anything else. I have a great sense of humour,” Bachmann said during a campaign stop in Miami.

Aug 18, 2011

Human fecal waste is coral killer, research shows

MIAMI (Reuters) – A human fecal bacterium kills coral, new research shows, and U.S. scientists say this is a warning to Florida and the Caribbean to protect prized reefs from sewage or face a threat to a key pillar of their tourism.

In an article published on Wednesday in the PLoS ONE scientific journal, U.S. researchers said they had identified a bacterium from human fecal waste as a killer of common Caribbean elkhorn coral, whose spiky, layered, ochre-colored growths populate reefs off Florida and across the Caribbean.

Aug 16, 2011

Did “gustnado” topple Indiana stage? Experts divided

MIAMI (Reuters) – Was the sudden wind gust that collapsed an outdoor concert stage in Indiana at the weekend, killing five people, a ‘gustnado,’ a sometimes powerful whirlwind that scoots ahead of thunderstorm fronts?

Senior meteorologist Henry Margusity of private weather forecaster AccuWeather.com believes that it was.

Aug 15, 2011

Brickbats, few bouquets, greet US lawmakers at home

MIAMI, Aug 15 (Reuters) – For weeks during the rancorous
debate over the U.S. debt ceiling limit, Americans were treated
to the widely televised spectacle of their lawmakers drubbing
each other in a bruising partisan jousting match.

When members of Congress returned home from Washington for
their summer recess this month, many received a pummeling in
turn from constituents furious over the debt and deficit
squabbling and also fretting about their livelihoods.

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      "I am based in Miami, heading the editorial reporting team covering the southeastern United States and the Caribbean. This includes Cuba and Haiti and we are also in charge of covering the annual Atlantic hurricane season and Space missions from Cape Canaveral. Previously, I was Chief Correspondent for West and Central Africa, and chief correspondent, Venezuela, following earlier postings in Cuba, Brazil, southern Africa, Portugal and Spain."
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