11:43 AM, June 7th, 2013

The Front Page - June 7, 2013

1. National Intelligence Director Condemns Leaks: “The unauthorized disclosure of a top secret U.S. court document threatens potentially long-lasting and irreversible harm to our ability to identify and respond to the many threats facing our nation.” 

2. Jobs Report Shows Hiring is Steady: A new report from the Labor Department out Friday shows the U.S. added 175,000 jobs in May and the unemployment rate rose from 7.5 percent in April to 7.6 percent, which apparently is actually a good thing because it means people are looking for work.

3. Turkey’s Prime Minister Won’t Cave to Protestors: “These protests that are bordering on illegality must come to an end as of now.”

4. IRS Regrets Lavish Conference Spending: A few years after spending $50 million on a series of training conferences, the Internal Revenue Service has admitted that the expenditures were probably “not the best use of taxpayer dollars.”

5. Japan’s Birth Rates Fall to Record Low: In 2012, the number of babies born fell to a record low of 1.03 million, according to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry.

PhotoPassenger ships float near buildings in the flooded town of Passau, Germany. Mass evacuations continue throughout central Europe and Germany as the death toll rose to 15. By Armin Weigel/EPA, via Landov.

12:00 PM, September 1st, 2011

Three times normal rainfall in the Ohio Valley combined with melting snowpack caused historical flooding along the Mississippi River and its tributaries in this record-setting year of billion-dollar weather-related disasters. FEMA and insurance companies are going to be hard-pressed to cover these disasters, as extreme weather continues to get more extreme. 

5:20 PM, May 9th, 2011


Flooding in Memphis that is almost as tall as a street sign. #MemphisFloods (Taken with instagram)

We’re Storify-ing again.

Reblogged from World News Tonight
2:36 PM, January 12th, 2011

Boy Hero Dies in Australian Floods

Jordan Rice, a 13-year-old boy from Australia, died in the Toowoomba flood on Wednesday after instructing rescuers to save his younger brother first. Rice, his mother, and 10-year-old brother Blake climbed onto the roof of their car after being caught in the flood. A truck driver pulled up, tied himself to his truck, and went to rescue them. He reached for Jordan first, but Jordan told him to take his brother. Jordan, who could not swim, and his mother were then swept away, and both drowned. Up to 20,000 homes are at risk in Brisbane, Australia’s third-largest city, because of the floods.

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