THE United States government paid for sports season tickets, a sex change, a Caribbean holiday and even a divorce lawyer as up to $1.4 billion (£760 million) in aid for alleged victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita was misused, it was revealed yesterday.
MORE than 5,000 children missing after hurricanes Katrina and Rita pounded the United States have been reunited with family members, it was revealed yesterday.
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BRIT Insurance said its bill from catastrophes last year, including the US hurricane season, was £244 million - knocking profits by around £127m.
INSURER Catlin said this year's three major US hurricanes - Katrina, Rita and Wilma - would cost it about £177 million but it still expected to make a profit in 2005.
THE driver of a bus that caught fire while carrying elderly patients fleeing Hurricane Rita in the US has been charged with negligent homicide, over the deaths of 23 passengers.
BURGER chain operator Wendy's International has warned that third-quarter earnings will be hurt by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and higher beef costs.
BP's shares were knocked yesterday after the company warned of lower profits and oil production in the wake of hurricanes Rita and Katrina - a blow that saw some analysts downgrade forecasts for the third quarter.
MUNICH Re, the world's biggest reinsurer, said its liabilities from hurricanes Katrina and Rita would be around £442 million, with individual costs put at £340m and £102m respectively.
Munich Re, the world's biggest reinsurance firm, faces a bill for €650m (£443m) in the wake of hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the US.
THE death toll from Hurricane Rita rose to seven yesterday after five bodies were discovered in a flat in Texas.
THEY have rescued more than 1,000 people in Vermilion Parish, using helicopters, airboats, motorboats, jet skis and high-wheeled vehicles.
EVEN as the US government pushes to resurrect New Orleans as quickly as possible in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, architects and planners are already contemplating the wider question of what form the city should take: restored, reimagined or something in between.
A GIANT purple hoarding greets visitors entering Lake Charles across the bridge on the I-210 Highway, inviting them to sink their cash at Harrah's Casino.
A MASSIVE operation was under way in Louisiana last night to rescue thousands of residents still feared trapped in their homes by Hurricane Rita's rising floodwaters.
GEORGE W Bush has little to be proud about over his handling of the hurricane disasters, but he has one consolation. Last year he pledged to heal the wound of his election campaign which split America. Now both sides are uniting: against him.
MOTORISTS were expected to be hit with higher petrol prices as experts predicted oil prices could leap by another 10% to a record $80 a barrel in the aftermath of Hurricane Rita.
HURRICANE Rita poured more water into New Orleans for a second day last night and inundated fishing villages along Louisiana's coast, where dozens of people were rescued from homes swamped by up to six feet of water.
THAT the prayers of the governor of Texas for mercy were partially answered yesterday when Hurricane Rita veered eastwards shortly before hitting land was no comfort for the Lonestar state towns which found themselves in the eye of the ferocious and devastating storm.
AMERICA was holding its breath today as Hurricane Rita slammed into the Gulf Coast.
HURRICANE Rita claimed its first victims yesterday when 24 elderly evacuees were killed in a bus explosion after fleeing a nursing home in the path of the storm.