According to FEMA, more than 6,400 residents have applied for disaster aid. Nearly 18,000 homes are damaged, with property damage projected at around $2 billion.
Rainfall and flooding inundated 17 Colorado counties. The downpour, which the National Weather Service called “biblical” in volume, was the region’s heaviest in four decades. Some parts of Boulder got 21 inches of rain—nearly double its average annual rainfall.
President Obama declared the storms a major disaster on Sunday, making federal recovery aid available.
The MS Costa Concordia, a half-sunk graveyard since its catastrophic capsize off the coast of Giglio Island in January 2012, finally returned to an upright position in the sea after a 19-hour recovery operation.
The massive cruise ship, which weighs in at 114 tons, required a 500-person salvage crew. It was the largest boat ever to be righted using the “parbuckling” method, a specialized system of pulleys and jacks.
The America’s Cup is drawing to a close this week, with New Zealand’s Emirates Team taking a strong lead over Oracle Team USA.
The race, which dates back to 1851, pits the defender against a challenger. Only four nations have ever won the triennial competition.
Greek schoolteachers and other public servants went on strike in Athens to protest a labor reserve that may anticipate further layoffs.
High school students demonstrate in favor of their teachers. The cuts also affect school guards, who protect students on campus and in traffic.
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