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New York, NY – Bloomberg Says Voting To Be Big Challenge In Storm Struck NYC

November 4, 2012 at 11:53 PM
New York, NY - As many as 143,000 New York City voters will have to find new places to vote other than their regular polling locations on Tuesday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Sunday, declaring that local elections officials are having “real problems” coping with disruptions caused by superstorm Sandy. The New York Board of Elections has been scrambling to find alternate sites for...

Concord, NH – Final Days of Obama Campaign Steeped In Nostalgia

November 4, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Concord, NH - Tuesday's election results may be uncertain, but President Barack Obama and the tight circle of advisers who have surrounded him through years of campaigning know one thing for sure. Win or lose, this is it. "He is very cognizant of the fact that this is his last campaign," David Axelrod, Obama's senior campaign strategist, said of the president. "He knows he's never going to...

New York – Post-Storm Construction Hiring May Aid US Economy

November 4, 2012 at 09:26 PM
New York - Hiring in the long-depressed U.S. construction industry will get a boost from the rebuilding that will follow Superstorm Sandy. Those jobs, in turn, could raise economic growth, analysts say. The modest lift to the economy is expected to come in the first months of 2013. Construction firms, contractors and local governments will hire to rebuild or renovate homes, buildings, roads...

Columbus, OH – Obama Leads; Romney With Chance In Electoral Race

November 4, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Columbus, OH - President Barack Obama enters the final hours of the 2012 campaign with an edge in the hunt for the 270 electoral votes needed to win and more ways to reach that magic number. Yet the race is remarkably close in at least six states that could go either way, giving Republican Mitt Romney hope that he can pull off a come-from-behind victory. If the election were held now, an...

New York – Study: Romney, Obama Both Get Negative Coverage

November 4, 2012 at 08:25 PM
New York - A study finds that press coverage of President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney has been largely negative in the campaign's final weeks. The Pew Research Center's Project on Excellence in Journalism finds that coverage of Obama turned sharply negative after the first presidential debate. Overall coverage of his campaign has been slightly more positive than that of...

New York – Ex-Gov. Pataki Slams NY Rabbi-Rousing Over Same Sex Marriage

November 4, 2012 at 07:34 PM
New York - Former Gov. George Pataki ripped an upstate rabbi for making “offensive and disgraceful” comments that described Hurricane Sandy as divine payback for New York legalizing gay marriage. Pataki called on fellow Republican Neil DiCarlo — who is running on the Conservative Party line for a state Senate seat from the Hudson Valley — to denounce the remarks of Rabbi Noson Leiter...

Brooklyn, NY – Aquarium Loses Part of Fish Collection to Storm, But Walruses, Sharks And Sea Lions are Fine

November 4, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Brooklyn, NY - The New York Aquarium has lost part of its fish collection after being flooded by the superstorm and having its equipment extensively damaged. The Wildlife Conservation Society runs the aquarium. It says in a statement the aquarium's "walruses, sea lions, seals, sea otters, sea turtles and sharks are all fine." Friday's statement says most of the fish that were lost were in...

Washington – For Romney, Obama, Long Slog To Nail-Biter Finish

November 4, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Washington - Mitt Romney pulled the plug on his first presidential run on Feb. 7, 2008, and immediately served notice that he wasn't about to fade away. "I hate to lose," he told conservatives that day. Barack Obama wasn't paying too much attention to Romney just then. The first-term Illinois senator was in a bare-knuckled brawl with Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic presidential...

Jerusalem – Palestinian Leader Violates Taboo On Refugees

November 4, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Jerusalem - The Palestinian president has set off a strident debate by shattering a once-inviolable taboo, publicly suggesting his people would have to relinquish claims to ancestral homes in Israel. Mahmoud Abbas' comments on the refugee issue, made in an interview on Israeli TV over the weekend, triggered hot responses from Palestinians and Israelis alike. In Israel, it suddenly put the...

Jerusalem – Israel Announces Plans To Boost Iron Dome Missile Interceptor

November 4, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Jerusalem - Israel announced plans on Sunday to boost its Iron Dome missile interceptor system, citing successful tests of the largely U.S.-funded system conducted in light of what it called "a variety of unprecedented threats". A Defence Ministry statement said a fifth battery of the rockets used so far to fend off salvoes fired by Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, would be added to...

New York, NY – Alternate Side Parking Suspended Nov. 5 – 6

November 4, 2012 at 05:49 PM
New York, NY - Alternate side parking rules are suspended Monday, November 5 due to Hurricane Sandy and Tuesday, November 6 for Election Day. All other parking regulations, including parking meters, remain in effect...

New York – Sandy Washed Away Contingency Plans Across Region

November 4, 2012 at 05:30 PM
New York - As Sandy hammered the northeast United States this week killing more than 100 people, contingency plans were washed away and businesses had to improvise as the storm knocked out power to millions and stranded entire communities. Internet sites were kept online only because an impromptu bucket brigade ferried 5-gallon jugs of diesel fuel up 17 stories to a rooftop generator. Billions...

Ohio – Romney: ‘It’s Possible’ Obama Could Win

November 4, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Ohio - Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says he may be defeated by President Barack Obama in Tuesday's presidential contest, but it's doubtful. Speaking at an Ohio rally Sunday afternoon, Romney said that it's possible, but not likely that Obama will win. He was responding to supporters who booed when he speculated on the consequences of an Obama second term. Polls suggest the...

New York – Attorney General Urging Scam Victims to Phone

November 4, 2012 at 04:34 PM
New York - State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is urging New Yorkers who believe they are being scammed by cleanup and home repair companies in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy to contact his office. According to Schneiderman, New York law forbids those selling essentials — like food, water, gas, generators, batteries, flashlights, cleanup and disposal services — from charging...

Kenya – Obama’s Half-Brother Predicts Election Win

November 4, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Kenya - United States President Barack Obama's Kenyan half-brother says the leader's African family is optimistic that he will win Tuesday's election. Malik Obama told The Associated Press Sunday that the family sees no reason why Obama shouldn't be elected for a second term. He was speaking during a sports tournament that he organizes every year in honor of their late father, Barack Obama...
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