Joplin, Missouri, where 161 people were killed in the deadliest single U.S. tornado in almost 60 years, is joining hurricane-ravaged East Coast towns borrowing to rebuild while municipal yields are near generational lows.
China’s Sichuan province began a day of mourning for 196 people killed in an April 20 earthquake, with wailing sirens signaling the start of three minutes of silence at 8:02 a.m., the time the temblor hit.
A former Anheuser-Busch InBev NV manager who claimed the company sells watered-down beer urged a judge to dismiss a lawsuit alleging he divulged trade secrets, saying the beermaker wants to punish his whistle-blowing.
To get gasoline flowing in the New York area after Hurricane Sandy, President Barack Obama temporarily suspended the Jones Act, a statutory relic of the post-World War I era that bars foreign ships from carrying freight between U.S. ports.
The Colorado Republicans who voted unanimously this week against superstorm Sandy recovery funding did so in part because their state didn’t get an opportunity to win some of its own disaster relief money.
If natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy are becoming more frequent, and their aftermaths more expensive, then the federal response needs to become more dynamic. Especially in fostering economic recovery, there’s more the U.S. government can do.