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New York – NYC Marathon Is Canceled Following Storm Damage

November 2, 2012 at 05:09 PM
New York - Gisela Clausen delivered the news to her fellow runners from Germany as they walked into the New Yorker Hotel. "We spend a year on this. We don't eat what we want. We don't drink what we want. And we're on the streets for hours. We live for this marathon," she said, "but we understand." Mayor Michael Bloomberg reversed himself Friday and yielded to mounting criticism that this...

Safed, Israel – Israel Pushing Ahead In Medical Marijuana Industry

November 2, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Safed, Israel - Moshe Rute survived the Holocaust by hiding in a barn full of chickens. He nearly lost the use of his hands after a stroke two years ago. He became debilitated by recurring nightmares of his childhood following his wife's death last year. "But after I found this, everything has been better," said the 80-year-old, as he gingerly packed a pipe with marijuana. Rute, who lives...

New York – On Staten Island, Cries For Help Replaced By A Loss For Words

November 2, 2012 at 02:06 PM
New York - On Hamden Ave, a storm-wrecked street on New York City's Staten Island, everyone was talking about the surge - a wall of water that came tearing down the street on Monday night. As families picked through mud-caked photo albums and couch cushions, and stared at ruined cars scattered across the neighborhood, they talked on Thursday about how a little bit of rain suddenly turned into...

New York – NYC Mayor: Giuliani Approved Marathon Right After 9/11

November 2, 2012 at 01:48 PM
New York - Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the New York City Marathon will go on despite storm-related objections. Bloomberg discussed the marathon Friday while giving a briefing on the storm. He says New York has to show that "we are here and we are going to recover." Bloomberg says the marathon will "give people something to cheer about" after a "dismal week." Bloomberg has come under...

New York – Long Lines, Rising Tempers Seen at Gas Stations

November 2, 2012 at 01:11 PM
New York - Motorists increasingly desperate for a fill-up fumed in long lines at gas stations and screamed at each other Friday as fuel shortages in Superstorm Sandy's wake spread across the metropolitan area. Meanwhile, a backlash appeared to be building against Mayor Michael Bloomberg's decision to hold the New York City Marathon on Sunday as scheduled, with some New Yorkers complaining that...

Milwaukee, WI – Romney Asks Voters: Want More Of Same Or ‘Real Change’

November 2, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Milwaukee, WI - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney offered his closing argument to voters on Friday, asking Americans to decide whether they want more of the same from President Barack Obama or "real change" by electing him on Tuesday. Making a last-minute foray into Wisconsin, a state Obama won in 2008 but that may be in play this year, Romney seized on a small uptick in the U.S...

Jerusalem – Israeli Official Sees “Shocking” Dictatorship In Egypt

November 2, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Jerusalem - A senior Israeli official described Egypt's new government on Friday as a "shocking dictatorial force" and predicted there would be no official, high-level contacts between the two countries, which signed a peace treaty in 1979. The remarks by Amos Gilad, a top aide to Defence Minister Ehud Barak, were some of the harshest yet about the rise to prominence of the Muslim Brotherhood...

New York – Some Airlines Fear Jet Fuel Shortage In New York

November 2, 2012 at 12:46 PM
New York - Fears of a jet fuel shortage at New York's airports have led some airlines to take the unusual — and costly — step of putting extra fuel on inbound planes. The worries follow Superstorm Sandy, which has disrupted Northeast fuel supplies and power. US Airways, Southwest Airlines, and Republic Airlines are among the carriers loading up with extra fuel to allow their planes to...

New York – Cuomo: ‘No Reason To Panic’ Over Gas Shortages

November 2, 2012 at 12:39 PM
New York - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he's signed an executive order waiving a requirement that fuel tankers register and pay tax before unloading. He also is threatening utility companies' rights to operate in the state in the future if they don't immediately put power restoration work into high gear. The governor says there's "no reason to panic" about gas shortages. He said Friday...

New York – VIN Editorial: A Billionaire Doesn’t Change His Spots

November 2, 2012 at 12:09 PM
New York - In the days leading up to and throughout one of the worst storms in recent memory, there was something quite reassuring about seeing Mayor Bloomberg step up to the podium, broadcasting live from the Office of Emergency Management right into our living rooms. He not only conveyed information vital to our survival, but also shared words of support and encouragement. “We will get...

Washington – U.S. Issues Blanket Jones Act Waiver For Fuel Tankers After Sandy

November 2, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Washington - The U.S. government issued a temporary blanket waiver on Friday of the Jones Act, which will allow foreign-flagged oil tankers from the Gulf of Mexico help supply the Northeast with fuel after Hurricane Sandy shut two New Jersey refineries. The waiver from the Department of Homeland Security is effective immediately and runs through November 13. The Jones Act, created to...

New York – Major Disaster Declaration for Rockland & Westchester Counties

November 2, 2012 at 11:48 AM
New York - Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-Westchester/Rockland) today announced FEMA issued major disaster declarations (MDD) for Westchester and Rockland Counties. The major disaster declaration makes both counties eligible for both public and individual assistance. "This is an important step as it gives residents and local leaders confidence that federal aid will be available to help recover...

Long Island , NY – Post Sandy: Adding Insult To Injury In Far Rockaway And The 5 Towns

November 2, 2012 at 11:16 AM
Long Island, NY - Four days after Hurricane Sandy forever changed the face of the Five Towns, area residents are baffled, frustrated and angered by the total lack of progress in their area. According to Larry Gordon, editor of the Five Towns Jewish Times, two substations that serve the Far Rockaway area were destroyed by Monday night's storm. Instead of splitting the crews and working to...

New York – Storm-Wracked States Prepare For Election Day

November 2, 2012 at 10:41 AM
New York - Election officials were ordering generators, moving voting locations and figuring out how to transport poll workers displaced from coastal areas as Tuesday's presidential election became the latest challenge for states whacked by Superstorm Sandy. The storm, which devastated East Coast communities with power outages, flooding and snow, had already disrupted early voting in parts of...

Rockland County, NY – Orange And Rockland Reaches Out To Residents In The Dark

November 2, 2012 at 10:39 AM
Rockland County, NY - As Monsey area residents continue to shiver in their homes four days after Hurricane Sandy, officials at Orange and Rockland insist they are making progress. According to Maria Pollard, a Media Representative at Orange and Rockland 230,000 of the utility's 300,000 customers lost power during Monday night's storm. "I have worked here for twelve years and I have seen my...

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