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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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This Day in History for August 31 – Princess Diana Dies and More

1803 – Lewis and Clark start their expedition to the west (More info)

1888 – Mary Ann Nichols, the first of Jack the Ripper’s confirmed victims, is murdered (More info)

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Returning Soldier Hugging Kids (Matt Cardy/Getty)
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Today is "Global Hug Your Kids Day" [Audio]

A new report from the Brooking’ s Institute says the number of  “clean economy” jobs in Wyoming is increasing rapidly even though the state ranks last in the nation in the total number of such jobs. Today is “Global Hug your Kids Day.” Deborah Smith with the Wyoming News Service has the details. Click past the jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.

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Abby Wambach of the US Women's Soccer Team (Scott Heavey/Getty)
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US Soccer Advances to Finals of Women’s World Cup [VIDEO]

Congratulations to the United State's women's soccer team! They're headed to the finals!

Abby Wambach scored the go-ahead goal, and the United States woman’s soccer team defeated France on Wednesday, 3-1, clinching a spot in the finals of the Woman’s World Cup.

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Space Shuttle Atlantis Lifts Off for Final Mission [PHOTOS]

The space shuttle Atlantis lifted off for its final mission Friday morning.

Thousands gathered to watch the blast off, the final of the 30-year-old shuttle program, CNN reported.

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Van Halen New Album Rumor Round-Up

We still haven't seen any official announcements from the band, but it's clear that something is happening in the world of Van Halen -- and the latest mini-flurry of VH activity, which includes the band's first official Facebook page and a warning from vocalist David Lee Roth to 'get ready...,' has sparked a new round of rumors regarding their long-awaited new album.

The new collection, which will be Van Halen's first full-length album since 1998's 'III' and first with Roth since way back in '1984,' has reportedly been finished with an assortment of producers led by John Shanks. Now, rumors are pointing to a fall release.

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What Happens on the Internet Every Minute of Every Day? [INFOGRAPHIC]

The brains at web development and design company Go-Globe created a stunning infographic that breaks down the internet activity happening every minute of the day on sites like Twitter, Google, Facebook, and Skype. And it’s kind of amazing.

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This Day in History for June 14 – Stars & Stripes Adopted and More

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

1777 – The Stars and Stripes is adopted by Congress as the Flag of the United States (More info)

1789 – Whiskey distilled from maize is first produced by American clergyman the Rev. Elijah Craig (More info)

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Pippa Middleton Is Single! British Beauty Splits From Alex Loudon

And now for a story that will please every single man in the world: Pippa Middleton is officially single.

So says the Times of London (via PEOPLE), anyway, who quoted sources as saying, "It is common knowledge in their close circle of friends that Pippa" and her boyfriend, 30-year-old professional cricket player Alex Loudon, "have recently split up."

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Survey: Poor Economy Damages Marriages, Faith, Sex

Remember the American dream? Well, it might be a distant memory, if one survey is to be believed.

A new poll of 600 Americans found citizens are upset about several economic issues and that stress and anger is now bleeding out into other areas than our dysfunctional government.

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Rep. Weiner Admits Scandal; Will Not Resign [VIDEO]

A tearful Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY9) held a press conference Monday afternoon in New York to address rumors that he had sent a revealing photo of himself to a young woman on his Twitter account.

The disgraced congressman, who previously told reporters that his Twitter had been hacked, admitted he had accidentally sent the photo, adding he was "deeply sorry" and that he takes "full responsibility" for his actions.

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Princess Beatrice of York (Chris Jackson/Getty)
Princess Beatrice of York (Chris Jackson/Getty)
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Princess Beatrice To Auction Off Royal Wedding Hat

Would you wear the hat Princess Beatrice wore at last month's royal wedding?

You could, it's being auctioned off on eBay to raise money for UNICEF and Children in Crisis.

Beatrice's mother, Duchess Sarah Ferguson, made the announcement during an appearance on "Oprah" Wednesday according to People magazi

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