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The 24/7 news cycle and the accompanying cacophony of voices competing for attention meant that little time remained to understand the extent of the damage Hurricane Irene caused in Vermont.

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With Hurricane Irene fixing to beat up much of the American Mid-Atlantic, now may be a good time to examine the legacy of Hurricane Katrina and U.S. "government bungling" for many of the still-stunned inhabitants of New Orleans. (more)

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Strong aftershocks kept Japan on edge Saturday, a day after a devastating earthquake and tidal waves battered the country's northeastern coast. Officials estimated the death toll at 1,700, but thousands more are missing.

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