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CNN: Irene leaves damaging floods, widespread destruction
At least 21 deaths across eight states were blamed on Irene, which had fizzled to a post-tropical cyclone and was headed over eastern Canada by Monday morning. Some of the biggest, continuing headaches involved flooding, as tidal storm surges and overflowing, fast-moving rivers left homes in North Carolina and points northward awash.
Los Angeles Times: Washington shows off its progress in hurricane response
President Obama's initial response to Hurricane Irene showed how thoroughly elected officials at all levels have absorbed the lessons of Hurricane Katrina six years ago. …Disaster relief is one area where a large majority of voters endorse and expect a vigorous federal response.
CNN: Powell blasts Cheney's 'cheap shots'
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell on Sunday responded to criticism leveled at members of the Bush administration by former Vice President Dick Cheney in his new biography, characterizing Cheney's recent comments as "cheap shots."
Miami Herald: Bachmann’s campaign is Miami-bound on Monday
[Rep. Michele] Bachmann drew well over 1,000 people to the Shriner’s Temple in Sarasota on Sunday, where — among other things — she said that she would consider oil and natural gas drilling in the Everglades if it can be done without harming the environment.
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CNN: State-by-state developments related to Hurricane Irene
Hurricane Irene lost much of its bluster over the weekend, but its destructive hit left a series of bruised states early Monday grappling with economic losses, downed power lines, floods and deaths. Here are reports from the states most affected by Irene.
CNN: U.S. gas prices seen dipping
U.S. gasoline prices have held steady over the past two weeks and could soon drop due to lagging demand, the latest Lundberg Survey found. The nationwide average price of a gallon of self-serve regular slipped down a fraction of a penny, holding at just under $3.61, survey publisher Trilby Lundberg told CNN.
Detroit Free Press: DPS leads way in school security with high-tech scanning system
When high school students return next week to Detroit public schools, they'll pass through high-tech detection machines akin to airport security systems that snap a photo and indicate the location of any metal objects on their bodies.
NPR: States Search For Answers To Cheating Scandals
Cheating scandals have rocked a number of school districts across the country this year. The publicity is pushing states to look for better ways to detect and prevent tampering with the test results, and some say constant vigilance is required to guard against cheating.
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CNN: Lockerbie bomber comatose, near death, family says
Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset al-Megrahi is comatose, near death and likely to take secrets of the attack on Pan Am Flight 103 to his grave. CNN found al-Megrahi under the care of his family in his palatial Tripoli villa Sunday, surviving on oxygen and an intravenous drip.
CNN: Syria changes media law as rights group claims violations
Syrian authorities announced changes in the country's media law as opposition groups provided accounts of regime brutality and claimed new deaths. The new laws would prohibit publication of a range of content and would hold editors, journalists and even media spokespeople accountable for violations.
CNN: Bin Laden's key deputy seen as very hard to replace for al Qaeda
The death of al Qaeda's No. 2, Atiyah Abdul Rahman in Pakistan, is a hammer blow to the terrorist organization. …Intelligence garnered from bin Laden's compound in Abbotabad, Pakistan, showed that Rahman had emerged as bin Laden's key deputy in the years before his death.
CNN: Japan's ruling party picks finance minister as its leader
Japan's ruling party on Monday picked finance minister, Yoshihiko Noda, as its new leader, bringing him a step closer to becoming the nation's next prime minister. Parliament will vote Tuesday on whether he will assume the position of prime minister - the country's sixth in five years.
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CNNMoney: Stocks: Hurricane Irene, jobs and Europe dominate
With no disruption in trading expected from Hurricane Irene, investors will quickly turn their attention to the state of the labor market, with the key government report due out Friday. …Insurance stocks could grab some early attention as firms, such as Chubb Corp., Allstate Corp. and MetLife work to assess Irene's damage.
Bloomberg: Dollar Undervalued in Purchasing Parity as Investors Seek Shelter From S&P
The dollar is poised for its biggest monthly gain since May, reclaiming its status as a haven while Switzerland and Japan boost efforts to weaken their currencies. …Demand for U.S. assets is rising even though the Federal Reserve has pledged to keep its benchmark interest rate near zero through mid-2013 and Standard & Poor’s cut the nation’s credit rating from AAA.
Financial Times: European officials round on Lagarde
European officials rounded on Christine Lagarde on Sunday, accusing the managing director of the International Monetary Fund of making a "confused" and "misguided" attack on the health of Europe's banks.
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