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    Deadly Harvey Devastates Texas

    It won’t soon be forgotten. Hurricane Harvey dumped 4 feet of rain on parts of Texas this week, causing 47 deaths and billions of dollars in destruction. Among many who suffered were 139 hospital patients, relocated after Beaumont’s water system failed. The storm cut power to nearly a million customers — including the Arkema chemical plant near Houston, where unrefrigerated organic peroxide continues to explode, spewing toxic smoke. Meanwhile, the U.S. government has released some of its strategic oil reserves to stabilize fuel prices after refinery closures, while a new hurricane, Irma, threatens the East Coast.

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