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A public health emergency is declared for the entire Gulf Coast Wednesday as New Orleans officials estimate that hundreds, if not thousands, of city residents were killed by Hurricane Katrina (search) and the storm's aftermath. Federal officials rush food, medicine and water to the victims as part of a wide-ranging government rescue-and-relief response. Team FOX is live with the latest.

Dozens of U.S. Coast Guard planes and choppers — some from as far away as California and Massachusetts — are being used to rescue hundreds of people left stranded by Hurricane Katrina. We'll get the latest from Cmdr. Tim Tobias, operations chief for the U.S. Coast Guard.

Then, the Pentagon is mobilizing an unprecedented rescue-and-relief mission for areas devastated by Katrina. FOX's Mike Emanuel is live at the Pentagon with the lowdown.

And, in other news, a massive human stampede leaves hundreds of people dead in Baghdad. FOX News' Andrew Stack is live with the details.

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