Oh, FEMA. Itís hard to top those formaldehyde Katrina trailers, but this comes close. The agency has begun sending letters to thousands of people who received disaster aid asking for its money back, reports AP. Specifically, FEMA says it mistakenly doled out $22 million to victims of tornadoes, floods, etc., since 2005, and itís obligated by law to get the money back. The agency is still reviewing old cases, including Katrina cases, meaning the total could rise.
One example: An Arkansas couple whose home was ruined in a 2008 flood received $27,000 that year to make repairs. In March of this year, FEMA informed them they had 30 days to pay it all back. "That money really helped," says the homeowner. "And now they want the check back like weíve been sitting on it for all this time. It makes no sense." Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas agrees, and heís pushing a bill to give FEMA the legal leeway to waive debts that arose from its own mistakes. "This is not the victimís fault," Pryor says. "They did nothing wrong. They just followed FEMAís directions."
Japan and America agree to put giant fighting robots into battle 2015-07-06 20:02 Japan's Suidobashi accepts MegaBots' challenge of a duel, paving the way for robot wars on a grand scale
It's the moment we've all been waiting for: two giant fighting robots - one Japanese and one American - will square off in a melee one year from now.
That is, if the robots' two owners keep their word.
Last week, MegaBots, an American ...
Hillary Clinton is coming to Kansas City for the National Council of La Raza conference 2015-07-06 20:17
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will speak to the National Council of La Raza annual conference in Kansas City later this month.
The former secretary of state, U.S. senator and first lady is scheduled to appear at the conference at the Kansas City Convention Center on Monday, July 13.
‚ÄúWe are thrilled that Secretary Clinton will join us to speak to the ...
Fires at Black Churches Do Not Appear to Be Linked, Racially Motivated: ATF 2015-07-06 20:44
A string of fires at black churches in Southern states have sparked concerns that racial friction has spiked in the aftermath of the racially-motivated mass shooting at a church in Charleston, South Carolina.
Federal fire investigators are combing through the remains say they do not have enough evidence on hand to determine that the scattered incidents were racial attacks against the ...
As Greece Falls, Will Those With Gardens Survive? 2015-07-06 19:35
Greeks don't want austerity, but the future is bleak and unknown.
As of Friday, grocery shelves were being stripped bare of staple cooking goods, and pharmacies ran out of crucial medicines like thyroxine (thyroid treatment). More than half of those items are imported, but with banking plugs, companies are unable to pay suppliers. Things are frozen; stopped, and tens of thousands ...