Idled U.S. federal emergency workers recalled as Karen threatens Gulf


WASHINGTON, Oct 3 (Reuters) - The Federal EmergencyManagement Agency (FEMA) has begun to recall employees idled bythe three-day-old government shutdown as the Gulf Coast bracesfor potentially damaging tropical storm Karen, the White Housesaid on Thursday.

"FEMA has begun to recall currently furloughed employeesnecessary to serve functions of the agency that protects lifeand property as they prepare for potential landfall of TropicalStorm Karen," White House spokesman Jay Carney said at abriefing.

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