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

WASHINGTON Thu Oct 3, 2013 1:27pm EDT

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WASHINGTON Oct 3 (Reuters) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has begun to recall employees idled by the three-day-old government shutdown as the Gulf Coast braces for potentially damaging tropical storm Karen, the White House said on Thursday.

"FEMA has begun to recall currently furloughed employees necessary to serve functions of the agency that protects life and property as they prepare for potential landfall of Tropical Storm Karen," White House spokesman Jay Carney said at a briefing.

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