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US scales back national disaster exercises

April 5, 2010

The plan was to stage the nation's first live exercise that simulates a nuclear bomb being detonated by terrorists in an American city, with 10,000 emergency responders, troops, and officials playing out their roles in the heart of Las Vegas. But the Obama administration canceled the Nevada events set for next month after Senate majority leader Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, backed by casino and business interests, said it would frighten away tourists and unacceptably harm the regions battered economy.
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