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Two people climb over the damaged entrance to Route 4 in Killington, Vt. National Guard helicopters rushed food and water Tuesday to a dozen Vermont towns cut off by flooding from the rainy remnants of Hurricane Irene. The damage from the storm could cost the country billions of dollars.

POLITICS: Dick Cheney’s new memoir has Colin Powell calling foul

Dick Cheney and Colin Powell’s fight over Cheney’s new book, “In My Time,” shows how the in-fighting between George W. Bush’s national security advisers continues to this day. Glen Kessler fact-checks both of the men’s arguments.

WORLD: Libya gives Gaddafi’s troops five days to surrender

As the rebel forces bear down on the last stronghold of Moammar Gaddafi’s forces, the new government told the city of Sirte that the loyalists have five days to surrender.

NATIONAL: New majority is minorities

In eight major metro areas in the United States, minorities are the new majorities. The news brings to 22 the number of cities in the country that have minorities in the majority. See the chart here.