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Aug 5, 2011

No relief in sight for Texas heat and drought

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The nation’s triple digit heat wave — which hit its 34th day on Friday — could last until the end of August, while extensive drought in and around Texas may last into October, forecasters said.

The deadly heat event that has broken numerous records has left the southern plains and Mississippi Valley struggling to meet demand for power and water and has cost billions in impact on crops and livestock.

Aug 3, 2011

High heat in Midwest and South

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Record-breaking heat continued to broil central and southern states on Tuesday as Tropical Storm Emily threatened to dampen the Southeast, forecasters said.

The National Weather Service has issued excessive heat warnings for Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, Kansas, Nebraska, Illinois, Iowa and Arizona.

Aug 2, 2011

High heat in the Midwest and South, tropical storm approaches

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Record breaking heat continues to broil central and southern states as Tropical Storm Emily threatened to dampen the Southeast, forecasters said on Tuesday.

The National Weather Service has issued excessive heat warnings for Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, Kansas, Nebraska, Illinois, Iowa and Arizona.

Aug 2, 2011

More Muslim Americans believe they are thriving, poll says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Muslim Americans are now more optimistic about their lives than any other major American faith group as their economic well-being improves and they feel more politically enfranchised.

A Gallup study released on Tuesday found 60 percent of Muslim Americans surveyed reported they were “thriving”, slightly higher than for Americans of any other religion except for Jews, who edged them out of the top spot by one percentage point.

Jul 28, 2011

Casing of colors marks close of Walter Reed hospital

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Army’s chief medical facility, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, retired its ceremonial flags on Wednesday, as it closes its historic facility after more than a century of treating wounded American fighters and presidents.

The complex in northwest Washington near the Maryland border shifts most of its operations in August and finally shuts its doors on September 15 as a part of a consolidation with the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

Jul 27, 2011

Casing of colors marks close of historic Walter Reed hospital

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Army’s chief medical facility, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, retired its ceremonial flags on Wednesday, as it closes its historic facility after more than a century of treating wounded American fighters and presidents.

The complex in northwest Washington near the Maryland border shifts most of its operations in August and finally shuts its doors on September 15 as a part of a consolidation with the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

Jul 27, 2011

U.S. heat wave claims as many as 64 lives

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The massive heat wave that baked half the country in triple digit heat indexes last week may have caused as many as 64 deaths in 15 states, the National Weather Service said late on Tuesday.

Forecasters said the area still suffering from the excessive heat has diminished significantly, but some regions could suffer from a return next week.

Jul 19, 2011

Only a quarter of U.S. students proficient in geography: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – About a quarter of U.S. students are proficient in geography, according to a report released on Tuesday.

Twenty-one percent of fourth-graders, 27 percent of eighth graders, and 20 percent of 12th graders performed at or above the proficient level on the 2010 geography assessment conducted by the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

Jul 13, 2011

Heat wave starts to ebb in eastern half of country

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The heat wave that has embroiled half of the continental United States in triple digit temperatures this week still had southern areas sizzling on Wednesday but spared much of the Northeast.

The National Weather Service said dangerously hot and humid weather would continue across much of the South and the south-central region, and issued heat advisories for 11 states.

Jul 4, 2011

U.S. gas prices drive fewer to travel on July 4th

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fewer Americans will hit the road during the Independence day weekend, consistently one of the heaviest travel periods of the year, but more are expected to fly to their holiday destinations.

Between Thursday June 30 and Monday July 4, 39 million people will travel 50 miles (80 kms) or more from home, according to AAA Independence Day forecast. That is a 2.5 percent decrease from last year.

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      "Wendell Hassan Marsh is an intern in Reuter's Washington, D.C. bureau where he is on the Economics team. His journalistic interests are wide and varied include politics, economics, globalization, energy, climate, technology, and culture. Wendell has lived and studied in Senegal, Switzerland, and France and speaks French and some Wolof. He has just started studying Arabic for his year long Fulbright fellowship in Egypt that he starts in the fall. Wendell plans spending much of his career as a journalist in Africa and the Middle East. He is a graduate of Morehouse College where he studied English Literature and French. ..."
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