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New York, NY – Marathon Runners Find Themselves in New York With No Race to Run

November 3, 2012 at 11:47 PM
New York, NY - Adam Frye got the news as he was headed toward the Javits Center on Friday to pick up his packet of material for the New York City Marathon. The race was canceled. Blame it on Sandy. "I just flew out today," said Frye, who lives in St. Paul, Minn. "I think I'm a little bit shocked. I never really thought they would cancel it. I kind of feel like they waited to cancel it until...

New York – In Photos: On Staten Island, The Slow, Cold, Pace Of Recovery

November 3, 2012 at 11:41 PM
New York - Six days after Sandy battered Staten Island's coast, some people are realizing that the massive storm's 20-foot (6-metre) waves and 14-foot (4.2-metre) surge changed the landscape of their lives for good. For many residents of this hard-hit area, Saturday was the new normal: another day consumed by the arduous task of cleaning up the damage left behind, and planning for a way to...

Washington – Obama Gets Storm Update, Sends Officials to States

November 3, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama said Saturday that "there's nothing more important than us getting this right" as he visited the headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency for an update on superstorm recovery efforts before beginning a final weekend of campaigning before Election Day. "Obviously we've now seen that after the initial search and rescue, the recovery process is...

Jerusalem – Israel: Syria Tanks Enter Golan DMZ

November 3, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Jerusalem - Three Syrian tanks entered the demilitarized zone in the Golan Heights on Saturday, prompting Israel to complain to U.N. peacekeepers, a military spokesman said. The foray would be the first such violation in 40 years and hikes concerns that violence from Syria's civil war could heat up a long-quiet frontier. Israel's relatively low-key response of turning to the U.N. suggested it...

New York – By Email Or In A Tent: A Scramble To Get Sandy Victims To Vote

November 3, 2012 at 10:40 PM
New York - New Jersey is allowing voters displaced by superstorm Sandy to vote by email, while some voters in New York could be casting their ballots in tents in an 11th-hour scramble to ensure voting in Tuesday's elections. With power still out for more than a million homes and businesses and scores of polling stations rendered useless by a record surge of seawater in New York and New Jersey...

New York, NY – NYPD Being Stretched Among Many Roles in Sandy Storm Recovery

November 3, 2012 at 10:29 PM
New York, NY - In a narrow spit of land in Jamaica Bay, Queens, one resident erected a wooden sign in front of an open garage: "Looters will be crucified - God help you." From concerns about crime in storm-darkened neighborhoods, to rescue efforts that continue days after superstorm Sandy battered the U.S. Northeast, the New York Police Department has been stretched to respond to one of the...

New York – Drinking Water Cautions Online after Sandy

November 3, 2012 at 09:58 PM
New York - Health officials have posted a list of public drinking water systems that may have been contaminated in Superstorm Sandy. They're advising against drinking or otherwise using the water from three systems and telling users of 23 others to boil water before drinking it. The list posted Friday afternoon advises against using the water from the Mill Neck and Long Beach systems in Nassau...

New York, NY – NYU Hospital Evacuated During Storm to Reopen

November 3, 2012 at 09:31 PM
New York, NY - One of two New York hospitals that had to evacuate patients at the height of Superstorm Sandy is set to begin reopening. In a statement on its website, officials at NYU Langone Medical Center say "almost all" practices are scheduled to restart Monday though some doctors will see patients at alternate locations. A message to staff says the hospital doesn't know how long it...

New York – Storm Was Cruel To Elderly Who Refused To Evacuate

November 3, 2012 at 09:02 PM
New York - Even with her Coney Island apartment squarely in the path of Superstorm Sandy, Loraine Gore was staying put. At age 90, she said, she had her reasons. "I'm tired," she told a friend who urged her to evacuate. "I don't want to go." After floodwaters subsided, Gore's body was found face-down in her home — one of nearly a dozen New Yorkers over the age of 65 who perished in the...

New York – FEMA: 122K Apply for Storm Aid; $170M Approved

November 3, 2012 at 08:43 PM
New York - The Federal Emergency Management Agency says 122,000 people have registered for disaster assistance for Superstorm Sandy damage in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, and $170.4 million in aid has been approved so far. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said Saturday that businesses are being encouraged to apply for low-interest disaster loans from the Small Business Administration...

New York – Storm Sandy Blamed for At Least 110 Deaths in U.S., Canada

November 3, 2012 at 08:24 PM
New York - Deaths in the United States and Canada blamed on Sandy, the ferocious storm that tore across the U.S. East Coast this week, rose to at least 110 on Saturday. In New York City, police said the storm took 40 lives, a reduction of one from previous reports because of what the police department called the reclassification of some deaths that occurred during and after the storm. About...

Jerusalem – Israel’s Peres Welcomes “Courageous” Words From Abbas

November 3, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli President Shimon Peres hailed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as a courageous partner for peace on Saturday after the Palestinian leader made clear his support for a two-state solution to the decades old conflict with Israel. In an interview with Israeli television broadcast this week, the Western-backed Abbas also hinted that Palestinians who, prior to the 1948...

New York – AP Column: Marathon Debacle Didn’t Have To Be

November 3, 2012 at 08:21 PM
New York - A different kind of marathon will take place on hard-hit Staten Island on Sunday, with runners carrying backpacks filled with things like baby wipes and energy bars to those in need. They'll be wearing orange, just like they would have if the New York City Marathon was held as scheduled. But there will be no bands playing on the corner as they go by, no one handing them cups of...

New York – Disaster Relief In A Race Against Cold Snap

November 3, 2012 at 08:09 PM
New York - Fuel supplies headed toward disaster zones in the U.S. Northeast on Saturday and a million customers regained electricity ahead of a coming cold snap that threatened to add to the misery of coastal communities devastated by superstorm Sandy. The power restorations relit the skyline in lower Manhattan for the first time in nearly a week and allowed 80 percent of the New York City...

New York – IN PHOTOS: Long Gas Lines After Destructive Sandy

November 3, 2012 at 08:02 PM
New York - Filling stations with "No Gas" signs taped to the pumps are confronting drivers across New York City and coastal New Jersey amid fuel shortages following Superstorm Sandy. Those lucky enough to find stations with gas for sale face long lines to reach the pumps. The gas crisis is expected to end within days as electricity comes back across the region, allowing fuel to be pumped...
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