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Officials in hurricane-battered Galveston, Texas, have asked Congress for $100 million to restore the beach that's so vital to the area's tourist economy. Ike caused significant sand erosion in some places and also littered the beach and near-shore waters on Sept. 13. More than 76,000 damage claims have been filed in Ike's aftermath with the Texas-backed windstorm insurance association. Above, Glenn Taylor of Houston takes a lunch break along the sea wall.

Two major freight companies that serve southern California will install safety-oriented train operating systems by 2012, three years before they are mandated, Union Pacific and Northern Santa Fe representatives told state lawmakers Wednesday. The automated systems could slow or stop a train if an engineer speeds or runs a red light, as happened Sept. 12, when a commuter train and a freight train collided, killing 25 people in the San Fernando Valley.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's husband, Todd, and not the governor herself, pressed state officials to oust their former brother-in-law from the state police force, according to affidavits provided to the Associated Press. The statements are relevant to an investigation of whether the governor abused her authority in dismissing the public safety commissioner for his refusal to fire the trooper, who was involved in a bitter divorce with Palin's sister.

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