One family begins the process of cleaning up Hugo residents who lost their homes to Sunday's tornado are beginning to ponder what's next. They spent much of yesterday sifting through the contents of their lives.7:20 a.m.
Emergency officials explain use of sirens before Hugo tornado Warning sirens did go off in Hugo before Sunday's tornado, but at a community meeting last night, some residents expressed concern that the sirens went off just before the tornado hit. When the sirens went silent, residents said they thought they were in the clear, which was certainly not the case. Deb Paige, Washington County's emergency manager, explains how the sirens were used on Sunday.8:25 a.m.
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Long Days and Short Nights for a Hindu Monk
What's a day in the life like for a young Hare Krishna monk? If you think it's spent meditating all day, think again. Gadadhara Pandit Dasa does chant and pray at his urban temple in New York City. But he also talks on his cell phone, drives and uses Facebook.
Never Say Die: James Bond Returns to the Page
Ian Fleming's estate has contracted with writer Sebastian Faulks to write another installment of James Bond's adventures. The latest 007 novel — Devil May Care — features a villain with a hairy, ape hand; a psychopathic killer named Chagrin and (of course) a Bond girl or two.
McCain Outlines His Vision for Nuclear Security
Republican presumptive presidential nominee John McCain explained his policy on nuclear weapons Tuesday. The Arizona senator is positioning himself as being different from both Democratic presidential candidates and President Bush.
China Taps Citizen Volunteers to Dole Quake Aid
Since the devastating earthquake in southwestern China, hundreds of Chinese have volunteered to oversee the distribution of disaster relief funds and supplies. The aim is to prevent corrupt local officials from embezzling the funds. Observers say the experiment could increase public participation in anti-corruption efforts.
U.S. Childhood Obesity Rates Level Off
For the first time since the 1980s, America's childhood obesity epidemic has leveled off. New government figures indicate that the percentage of overweight and obese children in 2005 and '06 were about the same as in '03 and '04. Still, one-third of U.S. kids are overweight, obese or morbidly obese.
Myanmar Rescuers: No Sign of '2nd Wave' Deaths
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Conflict Brewing Over Breakaway Georgian Province
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Indonesia, OPEC's Only Asian Member, to Pull Out
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