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9/9/05-New Orleans, LA

Stragglers' Resistance Waning

Increasingly, insistent rescuers have been making what may be their last peaceful pass through swamped New Orleans trying to evacuate stragglers.

More of the holdouts now seem willing to get out. A government spokesman says some people are deciding they've had enough of dehydration and lack of food and the smell of dead bodies.

New Orleans police are making it clear in orders barked from front porches and through closed doors that they'll be back and that next time they'll use whatever force they have to. Police say their scan for voluntary evacuees is about 80-percent complete.

The next step is recovering bodies, with the death count expected to run into the thousands.

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