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  • Hurricane Katrina victim David Bellinger, 63, is blind and needed a friend to read him the letter from FEMA that says the agency wants him to pay back more than $3,200 in federal aid he improperly received after the disaster. "If I have to pay this money back, it would pretty much wipe out all the savings I have," he said. )(Associated Press)

    FEMA asks Katrina victims for money it wrongly sent out

    FEMA is seeking to recover more than $385 million it says was improperly paid to victims of hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma.

  • Flood debris awaits pickup in front of a Christmas manger scene Wednesday at a West Pittston, Pa., home. Months after a tropical storm caused Susquehanna River flooding, many will be out of their homes for Christmas. (Associated Press)

    Northeast flood victims short on holiday cheer

    In a normal year, Della and Biondo Antonello would have decked their once-immaculate home with strings of festive Christmas lights and trimmed their tree with ornaments collected from around the globe.

  • D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray Oct. 20, 2011, surveys damage to the Washington National Cathedral from the Aug. 23 earthquake (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

    D.C. seeks disaster declaration for August earthquake

    D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray formally requested help from the Obama administration to pay for $6.8 million in damage from the 5.8-magnitude earthquake that stunned the region on Aug. 23.

  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, is joined by fellow Democrats (from left) Sens. Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana, Chuck Schumer of New York and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan after Monday's vote on a short-term funding bill. (Associated Press)

    Senate OKs stopgap bill to prevent shutdown

    The Senate passed a stopgap spending bill Monday night to avert a potential government shutdown after the Obama administration discovered it had enough money in its disaster accounts to last through the end of this month, leaving lawmakers with "nothing to fight about."

  • Jim Bunning

    Cost offsets that Bunning once pitched catch on

    Jim Bunning may be out of the Senate, but the fire he lit still smolders.

  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (right), Nevada Democrat, accompanied by House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, speaks Sept. 23, 2011, during a news conference on Capitol Hill to discuss the continuing resolution to keep the government open. (Associated Press)

    Senate blocks emergency disaster money

    Harry Reid set up a Monday vote on replenishing the almost-empty federal disaster relief accounts.

  • Allbaugh

    Ex-FEMA chief decries 'porous' Mexican border

    Joe M. Allbaugh, the outspoken former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), says the U.S. government needs to do a better job of securing the U.S.-Mexico border against illegal immigration and to step up its efforts to control what's being shipped daily into the United States.

  • People assess the damage Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, after heavy rainfall on Thursday knocked out Mattox Avenue, opening up Placid Lake into Burnt House Cove in Oak Grove, Va., due to the effects of the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee. (AP Photo/The Free Lance-Star, Dave Ellis)

    Flooding, quake damage in Virginia to exceed $100M

    An earthquake, a hurricane, storms and flooding have caused more than $100 million in damage to Virginia state and local facilities in the past month, with some damages in Northern Virginia still to be calculated.

  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, joined by Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, Louisiana Democrat, speaks about funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency at the Capitol in Washington on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    House disaster vote sets up showdown with Senate

    The No. 2 Republican in the House said Wednesday the GOP-controlled chamber remains on track to pass $3.7 billion in disaster relief as part of a must-pass bill to avert a government shutdown at the end of the month, but first the party must overcome opposition from Democrats and some tea party Republicans.

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