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  • NYC utility prepped for big storm, got bigger one

    NEW YORK (AP) — Blame a very high tide driven by a full moon, the worst storm surge in nearly 200 years, and the placement of underground electrical equipment in …


  • Region hit by Sandy struggles to resume daily life

    NEW YORK (AP) — Two major airports reopened and the floor of the New York Stock Exchange came back to life Wednesday, but across the river in New Jersey, the …


  • National Guard comes to aid of flooded Hoboken, NJ

    HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey National Guard arrived Tuesday evening in Hoboken to help residents of the heavily flooded city on the Hudson River across from New York …


  • ConEd prepped for big storm, got even bigger one

    NEW YORK (AP) — Blame a very high tide driven by a full moon, the worst storm surge in nearly 200 years, and the placement of underground electrical equipment in …


  • ConEd prepped for big storm, got even bigger 1

    NEW YORK (AP) — Blame a very high tide driven by a full moon, the worst storm surge in nearly 200 years, and the placement of underground electrical equipment in …


  • Romney, Obama, talk of Sandy week before election

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney edged back into active campaigning on Tuesday while President Barack Obama stayed close to the White House, rival candidates calibrating their responses …


  • Sandy prompts harrowing NYC hospital evacuation

    NEW YORK (AP) — Evoking harrowing memories of Hurricane Katrina, 300 patients were evacuated floor by floor from a premier hospital that lost generator power at the height of superstorm …


  • Tsunami warning in Hawaii downgraded to advisory

    HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii tsunami warning that spurred coastal evacuations statewide was downgraded to a tsunami advisory early Sunday, ending the threat of serious damage less than three hours …


  • Tsunami waves smaller than expected at start in HI

    HONOLULU (AP) — The first waves of a tsunami hitting Hawaii on Saturday night were smaller than expected, roughly three hours after evacuations were ordered for coastal areas threatened after …


  • US superstorm threat launches mass evacuations

    SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. (AP) — Forget distinctions like tropical storm or hurricane. Don’t get fixated on a particular track. Wherever it hits, the rare behemoth storm inexorably gathering in the …


  • Calif., other states take part in earthquake drill

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Millions of Americans preparing to survive an earthquake ducked under tables and covered their heads Thursday as part of the annual “Great ShakeOut” drill. Organizers said …


  • California, other states preparing for earthquakes

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Get ready to rumble. Millions in the United States and several countries are set to participate in an earthquake preparedness drill Thursday. Dubbed the “Great ShakeOut,” …


  • Panetta: Use police not military for enforcement

    PUNTA DEL ESTE, Uruguay (AP) — Latin American nations must try to use their police and not their military forces to enforce the law, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Monday, …


  • No, really: Govt warns of ‘zombie apocalypse’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — “The zombies are coming!” the Homeland Security Department says. Tongue firmly in cheek, the government urged citizens Thursday to prepare for a zombie apocalypse, part of a …


  • Smooth path seen to renewal of disaster aid

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite some sniping on the presidential campaign trail, negotiations on Capitol Hill are likely to ensure a smooth flow of disaster aid in the wake of Hurricane …


  • Obama: Help is on the way to hurricane zone

    LaPLACE, La. (AP) — President Barack Obama insisted on Monday that the federal government can help Americans in crisis, whether they’re autoworkers fearful that their company will disappear or Gulf …


  • Some Nebraska wildfire evacuation orders lifted

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Authorities have lifted an evacuation order for some northwest Nebraska residents whose homes had been threatened by wildfire. The Rocky Mountain Area Incident Management Team C …


  • Neb., SD wildfires grow with help of strong wind

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Wildfires in northwestern Nebraska tripled in size in less than 24 hours, as strong winds pushed flames through the rugged, rural terrain. More than 285 square …


  • Isaac promises drought relief, lousy holiday

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — When drought made Fourth of July fireworks a fire hazard, organizers in Chesterfield, Mo., decided to try again Labor Day weekend. Go figure: Now rain from …


  • Twin typhoons raise fears in disaster-prone NKorea

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Twin typhoons renewed fears of a humanitarian crisis in North Korea, where poor drainage, widespread deforestation and crumbling infrastructure can turn even a routine rainstorm …


  • Isaac - when government aid is not largesse

    WASHINGTON (AP) — At their convention, Republican leaders are taking the stage to push for less government and accuse President Barack Obama of profligate spending. About 500 miles away, under …


  • Ryan opposed new, Obama-backed disaster aid regime

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As Hurricane Isaac bears down on the Gulf Coast, there should be plenty of money — some $1.5 billion — in federal disaster aid coffers, thanks, in …