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Drought Extends Reach, Some Farmers Ready To Quit

The federal government has declared an additional 23 counties to be disaster areas. And the latest crop estimates indicate more than half of the corn planted this year is doing poorly. Parched lands hurt everyone from farmers and ranchers to barge operators and commodity traders.
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Hurricane Andrew's Legacy: 'Like A Bomb' In Florida

Hurricane Andrew was small, but it made landfall as one of the most powerful ever to hit the United States. When the Category 5 hurricane crashed into the Miami area 20 years ago, it had a dramatic impact on South Florida and on hurricane-response systems.
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Why Do Taxpayers Subsidize Farmers' Insurance?

Taxpayers spend $7 billion a year to subsidize crop insurance. Economists don't like it. Neither do some farmers.
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Obama Campaign Tries To Up Fundraising Game

When it comes to fundraising, Republicans have been running circles around President Obama — out-raising his campaign in each of the last three months. The president and his allies don't expect to even the score, but they are trying to bring in more money. Obama even had a basketball fundraiser on Wednesday.
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Recycling Baby Things In Seattle, Wash.

WestSide Baby collects used car seats, cribs, toys and other items for children and distributes them for free to families in need.
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Cut Off From Party's Purse Strings, Rep. Akin Plans Next Move

After his remarks about rape and pregnancy, Missouri Republican Todd Akin faces an uphill climb in his Senate contest against Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill. One expert says that to attract moderate voters, Akin must steer the conversation to the economy.

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