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A city of military, muck and corpses

By Associated Press
Published September 9, 2005

THURSDAY: With floodwaters receding, police and the military went door-to-door in New Orleans to urge remaining residents to leave or be removed by force. Houses were marked with codes indicating whether any residents - living or dead - were inside. Workers intensified efforts to divide the city into grids to retrieve an unknown number of corpses still in the floodwaters or entombed in ruined buildings.

EMERGENCY AID: Congress rushed to approve $51.8-billion in emergency aid for hurricane victims, and President Bush pledged to make sure they continue receiving Medicaid, food stamps and other benefits. Bush also declared Sept. 16 a national day of remembrance.

CHENEY VISITS: Vice President Dick Cheney toured parts of the Louisiana coast. OUTSIDE HELP: The United States turned to its allies in NATO to help bring in food and supplies for hurricane refugees. The request came as many nations offering aid said they have received no answer from U.S. authorities.

WATER DROPS: The Army Corps of Engineers said the city was still about 60 percent flooded, down from as much as 80 percent last week.

FIRES: At least 11 blazes burned across the city, including on the campus of historically black Dillard University.

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