"If you are in the projected path of this hurricane, you have to take precautions now," President Obama just told Americans along the East Coast, which is bracing for the arrival of Hurricane Irene this weekend.
"Don't wait, don't delay. We all hope for the best, but we have to be prepared for the worst. All of us have to take this storm seriously," Obama said from Martha's Vineyard, Mass., where he and his family are vactioning.
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Nervous investors - and these days that's most investors - were all ears this morning as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke delivered a speech in Wyoming. The investors were listening for any clues about additional steps the Fed might take to shore up the sagging economy. Bernanke did not outline any big rescue plans, but he did say the Fed has tools it can use if necessary.
This weekend marks the five year anniversary of the crash of Comair Flight 5191. Forty-nine people were killed when the plane took off from the wrong runway at Lexington's Blue Grass airport. Reporter Brenna Angel spoke with three victims' family members about how they continue to cope with the loss of loved ones and what a new memorial means to them. "The first year was extremely difficult, particularly the weeks following the crash obviously."
It's not often that health experts say the evidence on something is so good that it would be wrong to keep studying it. But that's exactly what a group of researchers who've reviewed 43 trials on vitamin A supplementation for young children in developing countries contend.
Their review showed that vitamin A supplements reduced child mortality by 24 percent in low and middle income countries by preventing measles, diarrhea, and vision problems in children.
Richmond, Kentucky is the place to be this weekend if you have any interest in Civil War history. Alan Lytle explains. Hundreds of blue and grey-clad re-enactors, and thousands of spectators, will once again gather in Madison County this weekend to commemorate the 149th anniversary of the Battle of Richmond.
Each year, hundreds of refugees come to Kentucky with the approval of the federal government to escape persecution in their home countries. Although they're here legally, up to 605 elderly and disabled refugees in the state stand to lose their Supplemental Security Income benefits if Congress doesn't act by Sept. 30, according to local advocates.
Gov. Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear attended the Harlan County Coal & Rail Centennial celebration of the first commercial railroad shipment of coal out of Harlan County. During his visit, Beshear gave a speech in front of the courthouse where he stressed the importance of coal to the state and the nation.
Yesterday afternoon, witnesses said a group of gunmen entered a packed casino in Monterrey, Mexico. Their faces were covered and they ordered everyone out, saying they were about to burn the place. People inside tried find a way out, but in their rush to get away from the gunmen, some headed to faraway corners or the second floor. Meanwhile the men doused the place with gasoline and set it on fire.