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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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Hurricane Irene Washes Away 141-Year-Old Vermont Bridge [VIDEO]

One of Hurricane Irene‘s unfortunate structural victims this weekend was the 141-year-old Bartonsville Covered Bridge in Bartonsville, Vermont.

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Which States Have the Highest Marriage and Divorce Rates?

The 2009 Census reveals that while couples in western and southern states marry more often, they also divorce at a higher rate than those in other areas of the US.

Andrew Cherlin, a professor of sociology and public policy at Johns Hopkins University, said, “Surprisingly, the south and west, which we think of as more socially conservative, have higher rates of divorce than does the supposedly liberal east. The reason is that young adults in the south and west tend to have less education and marry earlier, both of which lead to a higher risk of divorce.”

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Hawaii Remains the Nation’s Happiest State, But What’s the Unhappiest One?

Just like it did last year, Hawaii snagged the top spot in Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which ranks the happiness level of each state.

The index bases happiness on a combination of six factors: emotional health, physical health, healthy lifestyle, job satisfaction, access to health care and safe places to exercise, and, finally, life evaluation — which includes a self-evaluation about your present life situation and your anticipated life situation in five years.

About 177,000 Americans 18 and older took the survey, which was administered between January and June of this year. North Dakota and Alaska took second and third, respectively, while West Virginia rated the unhappiest state. Check out where your state landed below.

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Celebrity Birthdays for August 24 – Cal Ripken, Jr., Rupert Grint and More

Here’s a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Cal Ripken, Jr.
Age: 51
Occupation: Retired Professional Baseball Player
Known For: Holding the record for most consecutive games played and being widely considered one of the best shortstops and third basemen ever

Rupert Grint
Age: 23
Occupation: Actor
Known For: Playing ginger-haired Ron Weasley in the ‘Harry Potter’ film franchise

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Firefighter Races – Hot New Sport? [VIDEOS]

Firefighting isn’t just a job — it’s also a sport. Firematic Racing involves firefighters competing against the clock to complete tasks like assembling and climbing a ladder or fitting and shooting a hose. Though the sport is most popular in New York, its reach extends across the pond to Europe, too.

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East Coast Rocked by Earthquake, Pentagon Evacuated

An earthquake epicentered in Virginia occurred Tuesday afternoon, with people in Washington, DC, New York, Ohio, North Carolina, Massachusetts and Toronto reporting they felt the tremors, as well.

Reports thus far indicate the quake registered a 5.9 on the Richter scale, and the USGS says it’s the most powerful quake to hit Virginia since 1897.

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Sexting, Retweet and Jeggings Among New Words Added to Dictionary

The ‘Concise Oxford English Dictionary,’ celebrating its 100th birthday this year, has added 400 new entries to the English language.

The freshman class of words that are now officially, well, words include “sexting,” “retweet,” “mankini,” “noob,” “jeggings,” and “woot.”

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Celebrity Birthdays for August 18 – Robert Redford, Andy Samberg and More

Here’s a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Robert Redford
Age: 75
Occupation: Actor, Director, and Environmentalist
Known For: Starring in films such as ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,’ ‘Out of Africa,’ and ‘All the President’s Men,’ winning an Academy Award for directing ‘Ordinary People,’ and founding the Sundance Film Festival

Andy Samberg
Age: 33
Occupation: Actor, Comedian, and Rapper
Known For: His work as a cast member of ‘Saturday Night Live’ and appearing in several hilarious viral videos such ‘Lazy Sunday,’ ‘D*** in a Box,’ and ‘I’m on a Boat’

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(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Presidential Candidate Michelle Bachmann All Shook Up On Elvis Dates [VIDEO]

How does that airline slogan go? Wanna get away? Well this is one of those moments in political campaign history that after you open your mouth you pretty much want to crawl under a rock and stay there.

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Dramatic Video of Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse [VIDEO]

Thousands of people were gathered at an outdoor stage at the Indiana State Fair on Saturday night when high winds from a storm caused the stage rigging to collapse, killing five and injuring at least 40 others, multiple outlets report

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Heading Back To School! Tick Tock Tick Tock! [VIDEO]

Parents are getting ready to pop the corks on the sparkling cider as they wave goodbye to their little ones and kiss another summer goodbye. Oh yeah....we're there. It's back to school time!

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