Mr. Bush has ordered an additional 7,000 U.S. soldiers to the Gulf Coast states ( -- Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and parts of Florida -- to deliver relief shipments and massive quantities of construction materials. Another 10,000 National Guards -- the armed forces' reserves -- have been called to active duty; many of those are assigned to keep public order, especially in parts of New Orleans that descended into anarchy during the frantic first days after the low-lying city was inundated.
Nearly 500,000 people who lost their homes to Hurricane Katrina have been evacuated to Texas, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas and other states. The governor of Texas, which has already given refuge to more than 200,000 people from Louisiana, says his state is rapidly approaching the point where it cannot accommodate any more storm victims.
The impoverished country of Afghanistan is pledging 100-thousand dollars to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina in the United States.
U.S. Ambassador Ronald Neumann thanked the Afghan people for the pledge on Sunday. He said the money "bears testimony to the strength of the ties between our two peoples."
The Chief Justice of the United States, William Rehnquist, has died after battling thyroid cancer for nearly a year. He was 80 years old.
Mr. Rehnquist, a 33-year veteran of the Supreme Court and its principal judge since 1986, died (with his children at his side) at his home near Washington.
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