Irene damages some beaches, spares others along coast
By Grant McCool BEACH HAVEN, New Jersey (Reuters) - Beaches along the Atlantic coast took a beating on Sunday from Hurricane Irene, which caused heavy damage to some popular seaside tourist towns while spari
Irene wind speed at 50 mph, nears Canada: NHC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Irene maintained maximum wind speeds of 50 miles per hour (80 km per hour) as the storm neared Canada on Sunday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Irene was downg
Virginia reopens some transport links shut for storm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - All bridges, tunnels and interstates in Virginia that were closed ahead of Hurricane Irene have now reopened, but 23 primary and 204 secondary roads are still closed throughout the state, the V
Factbox: NY, New Jersey transportation shut by Irene
(Reuters) - Following are details of which New York and New Jersey bus, subway and commuter rail lines are still shut as authorities inspect and clear damage caused by Hurricane Irene, which flooded tracks, downed
Boston transit resuming service Monday
Officials with Boston's commuter transit system says most of its regular weekday service will resume Monday. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority suspended subway, bus and commuter rail service at 8 a.m....
State-by-state look at Irene dangers, damage
Irene, the hurricane that weakened to a tropical storm, thrashed the East Coast, knocking out power to millions of homes and businesses, destroying piers and killing at least 21 people. Here's a state-by-state glance on...
Seismologists: Alaska earthquake felt in Anchorage
Seismologists say a minor earthquake struck in Alaska, jolting the state's largest city. The Alaska Earthquake Information Center says the 3.5 magnitude quake hit at 3 p.m. Sunday and was felt in Anchorage. The...
Pennsylvania reports four dead from Hurricane Irene
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Four people have been killed in Pennsylvania from the effects of Hurricane Irene, including two men killed by falling trees, a state official said on Sunday. The deaths bring to 20 t
Soldier kills four in Pennsylvania, takes own life
By Dave Warner PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Pennsylvania authorities hunting for a U.S. soldier accused of killing four people and opening fire on police officers have found the man's body after he apparently to
New York-area airports expected to reopen Monday
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The New York-area's three main airports are expected to reopen on Monday morning, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA website said John F Kennedy and Newark inter
Federal agencies in DC to open Monday
Federal agencies in Washington will be open on Monday despite Hurricane Irene knocking out power to thousands of homes and businesses in the metro area and darkening about 150 stoplights. Employees have the option to...
Irene cleanup could take days along East Coast
With Irene gone, cleanup crews began pumping water out of soggy subway tunnels, fixing traffic lights in the nation's capital and clearing debris from hundreds of roads as the East Coast readied for the workweek. While...
Jersey City, a satellite for Wall St, hit by floods
By Edward Krudy NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street's satellite financial center, Jersey City, was one of the areas in the New York area worst hit by Hurricane Irene as flood waters lapped through its streets,
After hurricane, New Yorkers hardly miss a beat
When the clouds parted, Wall Street wasn't swamped. Coney Island's world-famous Cyclone roller coaster was still standing. The Empire State Building hadn't lost a single window. And New Yorkers hardly missed a beat...
Text of White House statements on Irene
Text of statements by President Barack Obama, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate on Hurricane Irene, as provided by the White House: ___ ...
About 100 evacuated as fire burns outside Yosemite
About 100 people have been ordered to leave their homes as a wildfire burns outside Yosemite National Park, fire officials said Sunday. Residents of the community of Rancheria were told to evacuate Saturday, while...
Hospital deluged with births as Irene battered North Carolina
WILMINGTON, North Carolina (Reuters) - As Hurricane Irene lashed the U.S. East Coast, it brought a deluge of another sort to a North Carolina hospital -- an unusually high number of newborn babies. Seventeen
New Jersey Transit to restart on Monday
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New Jersey Transit said it will restart on Monday with "extremely limited" rail service and buses will run on a modified schedule, after the system was shut ahead of Hurricane Irene. The
Tropical Storm Irene wind speed drops to 50 mph: NHC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Irene's sustained maximum wind speed dropped to 50 miles per hour (85 kilometers per hour) as the center of the storm neared northern New England, the U.S. National Hurricane C
_ Obama: Irene impact will be `felt for some time'; response and recovery efforts ongoing ...
Occupants of Catskills motel said trapped by flooding
NEW YORK (Reuters) - At least a dozen people were stranded on Sunday at a motel in a town in the Catskill Mountains in New York state that was flooded in the wake of Hurricane Irene, authorities said. A Gree
NYC bus service to reopen Sunday, PATH trains on Monday
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City residents will regain limited bus service starting at 4:30 p.m. EDT on Sunday, while the PATH rail line that links New Jersey and Manhattan will reopen at 4:OO a.m. on Monday, aut
Atlantic City, NJ, casinos to reopen Monday
Atlantic City's casinos report little damage from Hurricane Irene, and the 11 gambling halls will reopen Monday at noon after being shuttered for the weekend. They'll first have to go through a long checklist of...
Man electrocuted trying to save NY child
Officials say a good Samaritan was electrocuted trying to help a young child who had gone into a flooded street outside New York City that had live wires embedded in it. A spokesman for the Rockland County Emergency...
Calif. would be first state to ban foam containers
Restaurant owner Gary Honeycutt says a push in California's state Legislature to ban the plastic foam containers he uses to serve up takeout meals could cost him thousands of dollars in an industry where profit margins...
Montana town provides glimpse of 9/11 patriotism
Longtime guidance counselor Dan Lucier studies hallway-mounted photos of past graduating classes at Superior High School, pointing to the teenagers who joined the military. There are usually one or two in each class of...
Elko County wants end to 15-year-old trout case
Never one to back down from a fight with the U.S. government, northern Nevada's rural Elko County has been feuding with federal land managers for decades over environmental protections they say go too far. So it comes...
Fallen trees from Hurricane Irene kill four in Virginia
By Matthew Ward CHESAPEAKE, Va (Reuters) - Hurricane Irene killed four people in Virginia on a destructive path that affected half the state's land mass and two-thirds of the population, Governor Bob McDonne
After Irene: Authorities readying to gauge damage
Hurricane Irene fell short of the doomsday predictions of record-breaking storm surges in North Carolina and Virginia. But a slow-crawling storm that spread out hundreds of miles was still hurling heavy rain and high...
Libya plans to ship crude from Tobruk by end of September
By Emma Farge BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Libya plans to restart production at two eastern oil fields in mid-September and resume shipping oil from Tobruk by the end of the same month, offering relief to Eur
Long Island pounded by Irene but residents feel lucky
By Jeff Benkoe LONG BEACH, New York (Reuters) - Hurricane Irene lashed New York's Long Island, submerging some beaches entirely and leaving hundreds of thousands of people without electricity, officials and
A look at Irene's wake _ and what's ahead
The latest on what's happening with Hurricane Irene _ in its wake and in its path as it moves north along the Eastern Seaboard: RIGHT NOW: _ THE STORM _ Irene continues to weaken as it passes over New England. _ NYC...
New York lifts evacuation, but subways still down
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg lifted an unprecedented evacuation order on Sunday, allowing 370,000 people to legally return to their homes as of 3 p.m. in low-lying areas of New York after H
Ind. vouchers prompt thousands to change schools
Weeks after Indiana began the nation's broadest school voucher program, thousands of students have transferred from public to private schools, causing a spike in enrollment at some Catholic institutions that were only...
Irene damages some beaches, spares others along coast
By Grant McCool MANAHAWKIN, New Jersey (Reuters) - Beaches along the Atlantic coast took a beating on Sunday from Hurricane Irene, which caused heavy damage to some popular seaside tourist towns yet spared o
Bloomberg: NYC made right decisions for Irene
Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he thinks the city made the right decisions in preparing for Hurricane Irene. He made the comment as reporters were briefly allowed into a meeting Bloomberg had with city commissioner and...
Town at epicenter of quake exhales as Irene passes
Staring out at her shell-shocked congregation Sunday, the Rev. Marian Windel felt the need to reassure her flock that God was not "mad at us in any way." "For us, this past week has been trying at the least," the...
Relieved Delaware lifts Irene evacuation orders, travel bans
By Tom Hals DEWEY BEACH, Delaware (Reuters) - Mandatory evacuation and travel restrictions were lifted in Delaware on Sunday as the coastal state dodged the worst of Hurricane Irene. Businesses began
School superintendent gives up $800k in pay
Some people give back to their community. Then there's Fresno County School Superintendent Larry Powell, who's really giving back. As in $800,000 _ what would have been his compensation for the next three years. Until...
Global climate worry up slightly since 2009 - poll
By Nina Chestney LONDON (Reuters) - Global concern about climate change has risen only very slightly over the past two years, as consumers have focused on more immediate economic worries, according to an opi
Crews rescue dozens trapped around NYC in storm
New York City's fire department has made dozens of water rescues around the city because of Irene and was searching for others who might be trapped. In the Broad Channel section of Queens, department rescue workers...
New Englanders hunkered down, hopeful as Irene downgraded
By Svea Herbst-Bayliss and Toni Clarke BOSTON (Reuters) - In New England, residents and officials who went to bed on Saturday night hunkered down in dread of Hurricane Irene woke up on Sunday with relief tha
6 years after Katrina, Lower 9th Ward still bleak
In New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward, the grasses grow taller than people and street after street is scarred by empty decaying houses, the lives that once played out inside their walls hardly imaginable now. St. Claude...
NY comptroller nixes school deal with Murdoch co.
New York's comptroller has spiked a $27 million contract with one of media giant Rupert Murdoch's companies because of the phone hacking scandal in Great Britain. The Daily News reports ( !a...
States and localities tally cost of Hurricane Irene
NEW YORK (Reuters) - As the East Coast continues to feel the deadly wrath of Hurricane Irene, state and local governments have started to assess the monetary damages left in its wake. In New Jersey, Governor
Irene weakens slightly over NY state, forecast to move over Canada by Sunday night ...
Irene causes up to $400 million in Carolinas losses: EQECAT
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hurricane Irene caused between $200 million and $400 million in insured losses in the Carolinas, catastrophe modeling company EQECAT said on Sunday, suggesting the storm may have been far less
Analysis: Merkel vulnerable as euro and Libya backlash builds
By Noah Barkin and Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Angela Merkel faces the biggest challenge to her leadership since coming to power in 2005, with traditionally loyal conservative allies openly
New Jersey governor Christie expects storm damage in billions
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said on Sunday that he expects damages from Hurricane Irene to run into the billions of dollars along the state's Atlantic coast and from inland river flooding.
Irene cuts power to 3.3 million
By Joshua Schneyer and Selam Gebrekidan NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hurricane Irene knocked out power to 3.3 million homes and businesses along the East Coast, forced two nuclear plants to shut and idled oil ports