Jarrid Gonyea and his wife, Michelle, check out damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene on Hurricane Road in Keene, N.Y., on Monday. The costs of the storm that stretched across the Eastern Seaboard are estimated to be in the billions. Hans Pennink/AP hide caption

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Costs Of Irene Add Up As FEMA Runs Out Of Cash

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Fen Rascoe boards up his parents' cottage as they prepare for Hurricane Irene on Thursday in Nags Head, N.C., which is under a mandatory evacuation order. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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FEMA Deploys Support Teams As Irene Looms

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Passengers wait in line at the United Airlines terminal at Chicago's O'Hare airport in 2009 after a computer malfunction caused long delays and the cancellation of some United flights. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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New Rules Aim For More Passenger-Friendly Skies

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FAA Deal Puts Off Reckoning On Labor, Other Issues

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A provision attached to a Federal Aviation Administration budget extension would cut subsidies for flights to rural airports. Among the airports that could be affected is one in Ely, Nev., home state of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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A fence secures the perimeter of a half-completed 236-foot FAA control tower at Oakland International Airport. Construction has been halted because of the FAA shutdown. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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FAA Operations Up In The Air Amid Shutdown

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FAA Impasse Continues

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Neither Side Showed Appetite For Passing House Bill

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High Drama Dominates Debt Ceiling Talks

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Conservatives, Progressives Discuss Debt Ceiling

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States Warily Watch Debt-Ceiling Impasse

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The new Automated Target Recognition software eliminates passenger-specific images and replaces them with generic outlines. Courtesy of Transportation Security Administration hide caption

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With Modesty In Mind, TSA Rolls Out New Body Scans

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FAA In Limbo After Congress Misses Deadline

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Pedestrians stop to view the National Debt Clock in New York this April. The debt ceiling is becoming an election issue, as groups on both sides spend millions on TV ads. Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Debt Ceiling Debate Sparks New Round Of TV Ad Wars

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Firefighters in the nation's capital (shown near the White House in 2004) have some fairly sophisticated communication devices. But those devices use the same commercial networks as D.C.-area residents. In an emergency, those networks can get crowded. Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images hide caption

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Many First Responders Still Struggle To Communicate

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