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Federal Relief En Route For Maryland Counties Hit By Sandy

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Worcester County is one of 18 Maryland counties that will receive federal disaster relief in Sandy's wake.
Bryan Russo
Worcester County is one of 18 Maryland counties that will receive federal disaster relief in Sandy's wake.

Federal housing officials say financial aid is on the way for Maryland residents forced from their homes by Superstorm Sandy.

Disaster declarations have been issued for 18 of Maryland's 23 counties. U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan says the declaration allows his department to offer foreclosure relief and other assistance to families in those counties.

"Those measures include a 90-day moratorium on foreclosures on mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration," says Donovan. "State and local governments are also being offered federally guaranteed loans for home repairs, economic development and public infrastructure work."

Housing officials say state and local governments are being allowed to reallocate federal resources toward disaster relief, including housing and services for disaster victims.


Chinese Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Restricted To 20-Day U.K. Visa

Ai says he was denied a six-month visa because U.K. officials said he didn't list a criminal conviction in his application. Ai was imprisoned in China, but he notes he was never charged with a crime.

Humans Aren't The Only Ones To Go Ape Over Diets: Chimps Detox, Too

A group of Ugandan chimps has found a great way to boost their mineral intake and neutralize bitter compounds in their diet: by eating clay.
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Debris Found In The Indian Ocean May Be From Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

Investigators believe a piece of debris found on the French island of RĂ©union in the Indian Ocean could be from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March 2014.

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