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Hurricane Irene Aftermath — At Least 44 Dead and Millions Without Power [VIDEO]

Cleanup efforts have begun in communities that were devastated by Hurricane Irene over the weekend. Although trucks and supplies from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are en route, access to some areas has been cut off by floodwaters that washed out or damaged roads and bridges.

“Irene was gonna land somewhere. We’re not Manhattan, our small streams quickly became big rivers,” Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin told The Brattleboro (Vt.) Reformer. “We’ve lost churches, homes and historic bridges. But we will rebuild.”

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Weekend Box Office: ‘The Help’ Retains the Top Spot

In a weekend that saw many East Coast theaters closed because of Hurricane Irene, ‘The Help’ remained atop the box office for the second week in a row.

The film, based on the best-selling book of the same name, has now earned a total of $96.6 million.

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What’s the Most Stolen Car on the Road Today?

New data from the Highway Loss Data Institute, which uses auto insurance claims to track the cars most likely to be stolen or broken into, says the most popular car with thieves is the Cadillac Escalade.

It’s the fourth year in a row the luxury SUV has topped the list, with about 10 of every 1,000 Escalades on the road falling victim to criminals. In a statement, Escalade maker GM said a number of theft-deterrent systems, such as sensors and better steering column locks, have been added to newer Escalades to combat the problem.

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David Letterman Threatened on Jihadist Website [VIDEO]

The FBI is investigating a threat made against talk show host David Letterman on a popular Internet destination for radical Muslims.

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This Day in History for August 19 – Germany Elects Hitler and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1812 – The American frigate USS Constitution earns the nickname “Old Ironsides” after defeating the British frigate HMS Guerriere off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada (More info)

1909 – The first race is held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the home of the Indianapolis 500 (More info)

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Bomb Hoax Suspect to Face Extradition from US to Australia [VIDEO]

Australian authorities plan to seek the extradition of Paul Douglas Peters, who is accused of strapping a suspicious device around the neck of a Sydney teenager earlier this month.

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Working In an Office Makes People Less Productive

The communal offices that were introduced during the ’50s to boast creativity and problem solving are actually reducing productivity, according to new research.

Neuroscientist Dr. Jack Lewis conducted brain scans on office workers and found that those who work in spaces with few walls are plagued by intense bursts of distraction.

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US Postal Service Proposes Slashing 120,000 Jobs

Up to 120,000 postal workers may soon be out of work. And those remaining on the job could lose their federal health and retirement benefits.

The US Postal Service’s proposal to slash its workforce by 20 percent would require breaking current labor contracts with the postal unions. If Congress approves the plan, the ripple effects would be felt by union members and federal employees across the country.

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Pentagon Releases Names of 30 Troops Killed in Afghan Helicopter Crash [VIDEO]

The Pentagon has released the names of 30 American troops who were killed when a rocket-propelled grenade downed their Chinook helicopter in Afghanistan last weekend

The attack represented the biggest single day loss of military personnel America has suffered during the nearly ten-year Afghanistan war.  Overall, 1648 Americans have died in the conflict.

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International Forces Kill Taliban Insurgents Responsible for Shooting Down US Helicopter

In a Pentagon news conference on Wednesday, Marine Corps Gen. John Allen said international forces killed the Taliban fighters that shot down a Chinook helicopter last weekend, killing 38 US and Afghan forces.

The top insurgent leader remains at large and other details are vague, but a statement from the International Security Assistance Force said, “After an exhaustive manhunt, Special Operations forces located Mullah Mohibullah and the after receiving multiple intelligence leads and tips from local citizens. The two men were attempting to flee the country in order to avoid capture.”

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