Gigapan: Ground Zero

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This high-resolution zoomable image captures the sweeping scene at Ground Zero allowing viewers to see up close the ongoing construction of the site heading to the 10th anniversary of the attacks.

Broken Budgets – Higher Education

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Interactive includes detailed and historical budget figures, pension and retiree health care obligations, funding for public schools, higher education and prisons, among other information. This interactive will be updated throughout the year with information about budgeting in the 50 states.

Wildfire destroys nearly 500 homes in Texas

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BASTROP, Texas (AP) — Firefighters trying to control a wind-fueled wildfire that has destroyed nearly 500 homes in Central Texas were looking for a few overnight hours of diminished winds as thousands of evacuees spent the night away from their threatened homes.

Earthquake felt locally

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By ALAN REED News Staff Reporter MOUNT VERNON — Numerous reports from local residents stating they experienced what felt like an earthquake were received around the area early Tuesday afternoon. Brian Hess, Knox County Emergency Management Agency director, reported that an earthquake was confirmed at 1:51 p.m., originating near Mineral, Va., measuring 5.9 in the… Read more »