NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City oceanfront neighborhood where three people died during Superstorm Sandy will be the first to get state-sponsored home buyouts.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) outlined the planned program during a visit on Monday to Staten Island, where Oakwood Beach is located.
The program calls for the state to pay 100 percent of the pre-storm value for the homes there. Residents who move elsewhere on Staten Island will be eligible for a 5 percent bonus.
So far, 141 of the roughly 200 homeowners in the targeted area have asked for buyouts.
Joseph Tirone (ty-ROHN') leads a neighborhood committee that sought the solution and was among five homeowners who met with Cuomo. He's says the governor's intention is to have everyone bought out by the end of the year.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has approved a bill to rename a NASA flight center in California for the late astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon.
The measure, which passed on a 394-0 vote, would rename the Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base as the Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center.
Armstrong, who died in 2012, commanded the historic landing of the Apollo 11 spacecraft on the moon in 1969. He made "one giant leap for mankind" with a small step onto the moon. He was also a test pilot who worked at the center for seven years.
The bill would also rename the center's test range for the late Hugh L. Dryden, former NASA deputy administrator.
The measure goes to the Senate for consideration.