President Obama speaks Thursday from the State Department in Washington, D.C.
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With the White House having raised expectations in advance, President Obama's speech Thursday about the Middle East and North Africa left many people in the region disappointed.
Obama was attempting to square a difficult circle. He wanted to reaffirm America's support for democratic aspirations, but at the same time did not want to worsen a rift with allies such as Saudi Arabia about the pace of change.
U.S. government forecasters announced Thursday they expect three to six major hurricanes from an above-average Atlantic storm season.
No major hurricane has made a U.S. landfall in five years, but the forecasters warned U.S. coastal residents that odds are they can't expect a sixth straight year without a major landfall on either the Atlantic or Gulf coast.