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  • 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 …


  • Coast Guard searches on for tall ship’s captain

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Robin Walbridge had been in a lot of dicey situations as the captain of the HMS Bounty, an 18th-century replica tall ship that was the …


  • Scientists look at climate change, the superstorm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Climate scientist Michael Oppenheimer stood along the Hudson River and watched his research come to life as Hurricane Sandy blew through New York. Just eight months earlier, …


  • Disarray, millions without power in Sandy’s wake

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The most devastating storm in decades to hit the country’s most densely populated region upended man and nature as it rolled back the clock on 21st-century lives, …


  • Prosecutor: Boy planned shooting of neo-Nazi dad

    RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The 10-year-old son of a neo-Nazi leader told his younger sister that he planned to shoot their father, then a day later took a gun from …


  • Crippled NYC subways could hamper storm recovery

    NEW YORK (AP) — The floodwaters that poured into New York’s deepest subway tunnels may pose the biggest obstacle to the city’s recovery from the worst natural disaster in the …


  • 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 …


  • A day after Sandy, New Yorkers find a changed city

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stripped of its bustle and mostly cut off from the world, New York was left wondering Tuesday when its particular way of life — carried by …


  • Captain of doomed tall ship was experienced sailor

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Robin Walbridge had been in a lot of dicey situations as the captain of the HMS Bounty, an 18th-century replica tall ship that was the …


  • 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 …


  • Tiny NYC beachfront burns in floodwaters

    NEW YORK (AP) — A tiny beachfront neighborhood told to evacuate before Sandy hit New York burned down as it was inundated by floodwaters, transforming a quaint corner of the …


  • Obama to view storm damage in New Jersey

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will travel to storm-stricken New Jersey on Wednesday to view damage from the massive storm that struck the East Coast and to thank first …


  • Meningitis outbreak toll: 363 cases, 28 deaths

    An outbreak of fungal meningitis has been linked to steroid shots for back pain. The medication, made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts, has been recalled. Latest numbers from the …


  • Diplomat: Texas agents should have seen people

    McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Texas law enforcement agents were close enough to a pickup truck to see it was carrying people, not drugs, before one opened fire, killing two Guatemalan …


  • Boy faces murder trial in neo-Nazi dad’s death

    RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Nearly two years after a neo-Nazi leader was shot at near point-blank range while sleeping on his sofa, his son — who was 10 at the …


  • Wife of tall ship captain awaits word on his fate

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Coast Guard used ships and airplanes to search the Atlantic on Tuesday for the captain of the sunken HMS Bounty as the sailor’s wife …


  • Sandy’s death toll climbs; millions without power

    NEW YORK (AP) — Millions of people from Maine to the Carolinas waited wearily for the power to come back on Tuesday, and New Yorkers found themselves all but cut …


  • US home prices rise in August at faster pace

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Home prices rose in August in nearly all U.S. cities, and many of the markets hit hardest during the crisis are starting to show sustained gains. The …


  • Coast Guard hopeful about finding ship’s captain

    ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — The Coast Guard used ships and airplanes to search the Atlantic on Tuesday for the captain of the HMS Bounty, which went down during Hurricane …


  • Water, fire, destruction: NYC after the superstorm

    NEW YORK (AP) — The massive storm that pummeled the East killed 10 people in New York City and left the nation’s largest city eerily quiet Tuesday, with no running …


  • At least 80 flooded houses destroyed by NYC fire

    NEW YORK (AP) — A huge fire destroyed 80 to 100 houses in a flooded beachfront neighborhood Tuesday, forcing firefighters to undertake daring rescues and injuring three people. More than …


  • Water, fire and darkness: NYC after the superstorm

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City awakened Tuesday to a flooded subway system, shuttered financial markets and hundreds of thousands of people without power a day after a wall …


  • W.Va. blizzard warning as Appalachia storm blows

    ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — Wet snow and high winds spinning off the edge of superstorm Sandy spread blizzard conditions over parts of West Virginia and neighboring Appalachian states Tuesday, shutting …


  • Sandy leaves death, damp and darkness in wake

    NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in New York and Long Island. The declaration makes federal funding available to people in the area. It …


  • Superstorm now ashore, its work is far from done

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The storm that was Sandy isn’t done just yet. After lashing coastal cities and inundating parts of New York City with 13 feet of water, the …


  • At least 50 flooded houses destroyed by NYC fire

    NEW YORK (AP) — A huge fire destroyed at least 50 homes in a flooded neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens. More than 190 firefighters were trying …


  • AP PHOTOS: Images of the East Coast superstorm

    Superstorm Sandy lashed the Eastern United States as it made landfall along the New Jersey coast, packing torrential rains and wind gusts and knocking out electricity to millions. The impact …


  • Coastal areas bear brunt of Sandy’s damaging wrath

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A string of New Jersey’s barrier islands got cut off from the mainland by storm surges. Crashing waves shattered part of a landmark fishing pier …


  • Texas pastor fatally beaten was ‘man of integrity’

    FOREST HILL, Texas (AP) — The Rev. Danny Kirk Sr. greeted everyone walking into his Texas church on Sundays with a big hug and an “I love you.” His weekdays …


  • 1 dead, captain missing after Sandy claims ship

    ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — When the Bounty set sail last week, the captain running the ship made famous in Hollywood adventure films believed he could navigate around Hurricane Sandy …