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  • Post Sandy, manic Monday looms for commuters

    NEW YORK (AP) — A week after Superstorm Sandy ravaged the New Jersey and New York coast lines, another challenge loomed ahead for the region: Commuters, public school students and …


  • Inland NJ town reeling from river flooding

    LITTLE FERRY, N.J. (AP) — The lives of the residents of Lamker Court lie in heaps on lawns and curbs. A stuffed Shrek doll sits atop a dining room chair. …


  • The danger increases, but still the water calls

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — “We are tied to the ocean,” an avid sailor and president named John F. Kennedy once said. “And when we go back to the sea, whether …


  • Inland NJ town reeling from river flooding

    LITTLE FERRY, N.J. (AP) — The streets of Little Ferry, a borough about 7 miles from Manhattan, are lined with black trash bags and once-prized possessions destroyed by a swell …


  • NTSB: Police chopper hit pole, crashed; 2 killed

    ATLANTA (AP) — A low-flying police helicopter searching for a runaway boy hit a power line pole before it plummeted to the ground and exploded, killing both officers on board …


  • Cold weather and new storm add to victims’ misery

    NEW YORK (AP) — Shivering victims of Superstorm Sandy went to church Sunday to pray for deliverance as cold weather settling in across the New York metropolitan region — and …


  • NTSB: Police chopper hit pole in crash; 2 killed

    ATLANTA (AP) — Federal investigators say an Atlanta police helicopter hit the top of power line pole and its support cables before it crashed on a busy city street, killing …


  • Red Cross carries on despite storm-response flak

    NEW YORK (AP) — It happened after the 9/11 terror attacks, after Hurricane Katrina and now, once again, after Superstorm Sandy: The American Red Cross takes flak for its response …


  • Atlanta police ID officers killed in chopper crash

    ATLANTA (AP) — The two Atlanta police officers killed in a weekend helicopter crash are being remembered as public servants who died honorably as they searched for a missing 9-year-old …


  • Storm leaves Connecticut Gold Coast shaken

    WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — The floodwaters churned by Superstorm Sandy damaged waterfront homes along Connecticut’s southwest coast, and turned the charming center of tony Westport into a ghost town, with …


  • Not wrecked by Sandy, ‘Ralph’ tops box office

    NEW YORK (AP) — The weekend box office was not only undeterred by aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, it was buoyed by it. Disney’s “Wreck-It Ralph” opened strongly with $49.1 million …


  • Falling temps add urgency to superstorm recovery

    NEW YORK (AP) — Storm victims went to church Sunday to pray for deliverance as cold weather settling in across the New York metropolitan area — and another drenching in …


  • Atlanta police helicopter crash kills 2 officers

    ATLANTA (AP) — A low-flying police helicopter scanning a bustling neighborhood not far from downtown Atlanta for a runaway 9-year-old boy suddenly plummeted to the ground and exploded, killing both …


  • Urgency added to superstorm recovery as temps drop

    NEW YORK (AP) — Falling temperatures on Sunday put more people at risk in a region already battling gasoline shortages, stubborn power outages and spasms of lawlessness in the wake …


  • Tragedies can’t break heroic NY community’s spirit

    NEW YORK (AP) — Tragedy has too often visited one Queens community, but residents drew a line in the sand with Superstorm Sandy, rallying with a surfboard and kayaks at …


  • Police helicopter crashes in Atlanta, 2 dead

    ATLANTA (AP) — A police helicopter flying low over Atlanta on a nighttime search for a missing 9-year-old boy plunged to the ground in a northwest neighborhood of shops and …


  • AP PHOTOS: Long gas lines after destructive Sandy

    NEW YORK (AP) — 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 …


  • ‘What can I do?’: New Yorkers seek ways to help

    NEW YORK (AP) — Normally on a Saturday morning, Erica Siegel, a 33-year-old real estate agent, would be working or taking a run. But this weekend found her packing rolls …


  • Storm was cruel to elderly who refused to evacuate

    NEW YORK (AP) — 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 …


  • Ky. evacuation indefinite as chemical tanker burns

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Hundreds of people will remain forced from their homes indefinitely as a massive effort continued Friday to move derailed train cars filled with hazardous materials away …


  • Coast Guard probing cause of tall ship’s sinking

    ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — The Coast Guard has ordered a formal investigation into the sinking of a famous tall ship off the coast of North Carolina during Hurricane Sandy. …


  • Derailed tanker burns in central Kentucky

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Emergency workers in Kentucky were increasingly confident that fire crews had contained a blaze spewing flames and smoke from a derailed tanker car, allowing them to …


  • Tired of dark, Sandy victims head to loved ones

    NEW YORK (AP) — Jill Meltz lives in an Upper West Side high-rise — just a one-bedroom, but far from the havoc wreaked by Superstorm Sandy in lower Manhattan. And …


  • Isolated NYC borough says help is slow after Sandy

    NEW YORK (AP) — The mother grabbed her two boys and fled their home filling with water, hoping to outrun Superstorm Sandy. But Glenda Moore and her SUV were no …


  • From the Sky: Sandy’s wrath along NJ shore

    OVER THE COAST OF SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — It’s noisy aboard the King Air turboprop There’s a din from the small plane’s engines, and wind is whipping through a …


  • Gas stations scramble in Sandy’s aftermath

    NEW YORK (AP) — There’s plenty of gasoline in the Northeast — just not at gas stations. In parts of New York and New Jersey, drivers lined up Thursday for …


  • 3-day search ends for ship captain off NC coast

    ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard halted its search Thursday for the captain of a tall ship that sank off the North Carolina coast during Hurricane Sandy …


  • Floods render NYC hospitals powerless

    NEW YORK (AP) — There are few places in the U.S. where hospitals have put as much thought and money into disaster planning as New York. And yet two of …


  • Derailed tanker burns in Ky. with no end in sight

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The blaze that authorities initially said would end in a couple of hours instead spewed flames and smoke from a derailed tanker car for a second …


  • Exasperation builds on Day 3 in storm-stricken NYC

    NEW YORK (AP) — Frustration — and in some cases fear — mounted in New York City on Thursday, three days after Superstorm Sandy. Traffic backed up for miles at …