Isaac hits close to home

A group of thrill-seekers face the waves as they crash over the seawall of Lake Pontchartrain at Canal Boulevard in New Orleans Tuesday, Aug. 28.

Jessica Sewing | Collegio Reporter Seven years after Hurricane Katrina hit, the Gulf Coast is preparing for another hit. Residents of the southernmost states are boarding up their windows and stocking up on supplies to wait out tropical storm Isaac. Some PSU students, like Emily Seib, have family or friends who live in areas that are going to be hit by the storm. Seib has been continually checking the reports of what is going on with the storm and even refreshing the weather website every few minutes in case anything changes. Seib’s aunt went through Katrina back in 2005, and she says she thinks this storm will not be nearly as bad. “I’m not too…

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Wis. recall turns from unions to jobs  MADISON, Wis. — When Wisconsin Democrats launched their recall drive against Republican Gov. Scott Walker last year, it was all about unions. They wanted Walker to pay with his job for pushing legislation that stripped almost all public workers of nearly all their collective bargaining rights. More recently, Democrats, buoyed by fresh federal statistics that show Wisconsin’s economy is still sputtering badly, have tried to transform the election into a referendum on the governor’s failure to put people back to work. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and a group supporting Kathleen Falk, the two front-runners for the Democratic nomination, launched new television ads over the last three days ripping…

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Romney wins most delegates in primary sweep   WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney has won 86 delegates for sweeping Republican presidential primaries in Maryland, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia, adding to a lead that appears insurmountable. Romney won all 37 delegates in Maryland and all 16 delegates in the District of Columbia. Romney won 33 delegates in Wisconsin, where his chief rival, Rick Santorum, got the other nine. Romney now has 658 delegates, putting him on pace to reach the 1,144 delegates needed to clinch the nomination by early June. Santorum has 281 delegates. He would need 80 percent of the remaining delegates to win the nomination before the party’s national convention in August. That’s…

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Justices ask how  far gov’t can go  WASHINGTON — It boiled down to a debate over broccoli. And bread. And burial plots. If government can tell people to buy health insurance, Supreme Court justices wanted to know, what else could it make them buy? Throughout Tuesday’s hearing on the health care law, the justices and lawyers argued about the perfect product to illustrate the limits of the federal government’s power over interstate markets. “Everybody has to buy food sooner or later, so you define the market as food, therefore, everybody is in the market; therefore, you can make people buy broccoli,” offered Justice Antonin Scalia, obviously resistant to expanding government’s reach. “That’s quite different,” responded…

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Romney says he’s ready to fight WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney said Wednesday he’s “prepared to fight all the way” to become the Republican presidential nominee after padding his delegate count on Super Tuesday. Supporters of his chief rival, Rick Santorum, tried to elbow Newt Gingrich out of the race in an effort to give conservatives a clear alternative to the GOP front-runner. Gingrich, who won only his home state of Georgia in Tuesday’s balloting across 10 states, said Wednesday he’s pressing ahead and will “wait and see how the race goes.” He headed for Alabama and Mississippi, hoping to pick up more southern delegates next week. Super Tuesday gave Romney a narrow victory in pivotal…

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Romney, Santorum spar for Michigan delegates WASHINGTON — Despite winning the popular vote in Michigan’s primary, Mitt Romney was in a tight race with Rick Santorum to win a majority of the state’s delegates to the Republican National Convention. With 26 of the state’s 30 delegates decided, Romney and Santorum each have 13. Michigan awards most of its delegates based on results in each of its 14 congressional districts — handing out two for winning each district. Results were incomplete in the final two congressional districts as of midday Wednesday. But with 98 percent of the precincts reporting, Santorum had a slight edge in both. If his lead holds in both districts, Santorum would win a…

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7 killed as Quran protests turn violent KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan President Hamid Karzai appealed for calm Wednesday after clashes in several cities between Afghan security forces and protesters furious over the burning of Muslim holy books at a U.S. military base left seven people dead. The anger over the Quran burning has sparked two days of protests across Afghanistan and tapped into anti-foreign sentiment fueled by a popular perception that U.S. and Western troops disrespect Afghan culture and Islam. The demonstrations prompted the U.S. to lock down its embassy and bar its staff from traveling. The Afghan Interior Ministry said in a statement that seven people were killed — four in clashes in the…

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Greek economy stuck in recession  ATHENS, Greece — Greece’s economy remained stuck in a deep recession in the fourth quarter, according to official figures that confirm the painful effects of austerity reforms intended to lower debt. Gross domestic product dropped by 7 percent on the year in the fourth quarter of 2011, in non-seasonally adjusted terms, the Greek Statistical Authority said. The struggling eurozone country has been shut out of long-term bond markets since 2010, and is surviving on rescue loans from European Union countries and the International Monetary Fund. But harsh austerity measures demanded in return for the emergency loans have hammered the economy. Blast linked to Iran, Israel says BANGKOK — A wounded Iranian fleeing…

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Santorum wins in 3 states WASHINGTON — Resurgent Rick Santorum said his sweep of three GOP contests earned his shoestring campaign $250,000 overnight, cash he needs to take his upstart bid for the Republican presidential nomination to Mitt Romney’s turf. Santorum’s stunning victories Tuesday in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado marked his best performance thus far in the rollicking contest for the Republican presidential nomination — and Romney’s worst. The better-funded and organized former Massachusetts governor shrugged off his poor showing, but his losses were stinging reminders of a stubborn weakness: Romney’s inability to appeal to the conservatives at the base of the party. Sanctions on Iran aim to head off Israel WASHINGTON — Additional U.S. sanctions…

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US airstrikes kill 4 al-Qaida militants in Yemen SANAA, Yemen (AP) – U.S. airstrikes targeting leaders from Yemen’s active al-Qaida branch killed four suspected militants, including a man suspected of involvement in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, officials said Tuesday. Yemeni security and military officials said missiles struck a school and a car late Monday in the southern Abyan province, which has seen large swaths fall under the influence of al-Qaida as the militants seek to exploit the security vacuum since an uprising against President Ali Abdullah Saleh began last year. Tribal officials in the area said the strike hit the militants late Monday as they were holding an important meeting at the…