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US Postal Service could face Default by the end of September

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(Best Syndication News) - The United States Postal Service may default if they cannot come up with $5.5 billion to pay for a pre-funded retiree health benefit plan, according to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. He warned that if legislation were not enacted by the end of this month, the Postal Service would default.

Donahoe explained the financial crisis to a Senate committee today. The $5.5 billion was a congress-mandated annual payment that the US Postal Service is not prepared to pay this year. Additionally, Donahoe said that in order to return to a profitable operation, the postal service would need to reduce their career workforce to approximately 220,000 by 2015. There is a problem with downsizing their employees because of existing collective bargaining agreements.

Los Angeles 4.2 magnitude Earthquake near San Fernando, California

Los Angeles Earthquake September 1, 2011 - USGS

(Best Syndication News) - Los Angeles and Orange County residents may have felt a 4.2 magnitude earthquake today, September 9, 2011 at approximately 1:47 PM local time. Shortly thereafter, there were two more tremors, a 2.6 magnitude and a 2.9 magnitude occurring in the same area. The earthquake today epicenter was in the San Fernando Valley, only four miles from from the city of San Fernando, California.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) logged the exact location of the 4.2 earthquake as 34.339°N, 118.475°W with a depth of 4.5 miles. Nearby reports said that the earthquake felt weak to light.

At 01:53 PM, local time there was a 2.6 magnitude aftershock. Then around 02:35 PM local time, another 2.9 magnitude aftershock occurred. This aftershock initially measured 3.0 but was later downgraded.

Widespread Damage Caused by Hurricane Irene – Flood Warnings Issued

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(Best Syndication News) Although Hurricane Irene caused widespread damage all along the east coast, the harm was much less than expected. Forecasters had expected a more powerful storm.

There were 20 people killed and flood waters still threaten residents from Vermont to New York and into parts of the south. Although heavy flooding is expected in the north where the hurricane turned to a tropical storm before entering Canada, there are concerns as far south as North Carolina.

Hurricane Irene causes East Coast to prepare – Arriving in North Carolina Saturday Morning

Hurricane Irene Map 3-Day Forecast - National Weather Service

(Best Syndication News) - The East Coast has been preparing for a potential disaster from Hurricane Irene. The National Weather Service forecast has Hurricane Irene traveling up the East Coast of the United States over the next three days. The size of the hurricane is large and will vary between a category 2 and 3 rating depending on the location. North Carolina will have the highest impact from the storm when it arrives on Saturday. However, other regions will face flooding and damage.

President Obama is asking East Coast residents to take the hurricane warnings seriously and prepare. He said that FEMA has been preparing for disaster relief, because it is looking like a historic hurricane.

Virginia Earthquake - 5.9 Magnitude rating while Colorado residents are surprised by 5.3 Tremor last night

USGS Shake Map of Virignia Earthquake August 23, 2011

(Best Syndication News) - A 5.9 magnitude earthquake shook residents near Charlottesville, Virginia today, August 23, 2011 at 1:51:03 PM local time. The US Geological Survey also recorded a 5.3 magnitude earthquake in the southern part of Colorado on August 22, 2011 at 11:46:19 PM local time.

The earthquake in Virginia was felt as far away as New York. The nearest large city from the epicenter was Charlottesville, Virginia, which was 27 miles away. Fredericksburg, Virginia was 34 miles away, and Richmond, Virginia was 39 miles away from the earthquake epicenter. On the USGS ‘Did you Feel it Map?’ reports from these nearby communities were received. Residents were saying the earthquake felt strong to very strong.

Various evacuations have been announced. However, there has not been any major damage reports coming in. Central Virginia nuclear power plants are using diesel powered generators.

There have already been aftershocks.

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