Flash Floods Force Daring Rescue In Upstate N.Y.
Parts of upstate New York were hit hard by Tropical Storm Irene — high winds and a wall of heavy rain swept away homes and bridges. Dozens of major highways, including sections of interstates 87 and 90, were closed to traffic.
Costs Of Irene Add Up As FEMA Runs Out Of Cash
It's not yet certain what the total cost of Hurricane Irene will be, but it's likely to add up to several billion dollars. That means tough choices for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which has had to deal with a string of natural disasters this year.
Walter Reed Center's Closure May Be A Boon To D.C.
Washington is poised to take over a large chunk of valuable land after the Walter Reed Army Medical Center closes. There are many proposals for how to use it — from dog parks to retail space. But none of the ideas is likely to happen anytime soon.
Libyan Rebels Wary Of Sub-Saharan Africans
Now that Moammar Gadhafi's regime has lost control of the Libyan capital Tripoli, some Africans have been left vulnerable to attack. Many rebels believe any dark man from sub-Saharan Africa is a Gadhafi mercenary. The Africans say they are in Libya either as laborers or waiting to get to Italy. The International Organization for Migration says their plight is a significant problem.
France Wants To Be A Player In 'New Middle East'
After taking the lead in efforts to drive Moammar Gadhafi from power in Libya, France appears set on playing a bigger role on the international stage. President Nicolas Sarkozy is pressing for the U.N. Security Council to act against Syrian President Bashar Assad, who has brutally cracked down on his people. France will also try to extend its influence on the Middle East peace process.
DreamWorks Partners With Chinese Online Video Site
The film studio DreamWorks Animation has struck a deal to distribute movies on one of China's leading Internet video sites. It's called Youku and the deal involves a movie franchise that's been a hit in Chinese movie theaters: Kung Fu Panda. Now the movie will be available online in China for less than $1.
Irene Forces Laptop Users To Find WiFi Outlets
In addition to the frustration of food spoiling in refrigerators and darkened homes, the loss of the Internet is heightening the anxieties of power-less utility customers. In some towns, free WiFi coffee shops have become a hot spot for the disconnected.
Obama Nominates Krueger As Top Economic Adviser
Just days before he announces new economic proposals, President Obama has nominated a new member to his economic team. If confirmed by the Senate, Alan Krueger will become chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers. David Wessel, of The Wall Street Journal, talks to Steve Inskeep about the kind of influence Krueger could have on the president.