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  • NJ spruce lights up as Rockefeller Center tree

    NEW YORK (AP) — An 80-foot Norway spruce that made it through Superstorm Sandy was transformed into a beacon of shimmering glory Wednesday when New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg …


  • Cuomo likens Katrina, Sandy as damage total soars

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared Superstorm Sandy in some ways worse than 2005’s Hurricane Katrina as he said his state would need $42 billion to …


  • NJ Gov. Christie’s focus: Rebuilding, re-election

    MIDDLETOWN, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie plans to spend the next year leading efforts to rebuild his home state after Superstorm Sandy — and running for re-election. …


  • NJ Gov. Christie’s focus: Rebuilding, re-election

    MIDDLETOWN, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie plans to spend the next year leading efforts to rebuild his home state after Superstorm Sandy — and running for re-election. …


  • Cuomo likens Katrina, Sandy as damage total soars

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared Superstorm Sandy in some ways worse than 2005’s Hurricane Katrina as he said his state would need $42 billion to …


  • Cuomo: Sandy cost NY, NYC $42B in damage, loss

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Superstorm Sandy ran up a $42 billion bill on New York and the state and New York City will make big requests …


  • AP IMPACT: NYC flood protection won’t be easy

    NEW YORK (AP) — Inside tunnels threading under a Houston medical campus, 100 submarine doors stand ready to block invading floodwaters. Before commuters in Bangkok can head down into the …


  • After Sandy, lower Manhattan limps back to life

    NEW YORK (AP) — The hum of massive mobile generators, boilers and pumps emerges blocks from Manhattan’s Financial District and turns into a steady din south of Wall Street — …


  • After Sandy, lower Manhattan limps back to life

    NEW YORK (AP) — Parts of lower Manhattan’s Financial District are still laboring to recover nearly a month after Superstorm Sandy. A real estate consulting firm says that of the …


  • APNewsBreak: Corps cuts flow on Missouri River

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers on Friday began reducing the flow from a Missouri River reservoir, a move expected to worsen low-water conditions on the Mississippi …


  • California city building “tsunami-resistant” port

    CRESCENT CITY, California (AP) — It doesn’t matter if the earth sways in Chile, Alaska or Japan, the formation of the sea floor along the U.S. West Coast generally aims …


  • Sandy victims cheered by NYC’s Thanksgiving parade

    NEW YORK (AP) — Victims of Superstorm Sandy in New York and elsewhere in the Northeast were comforted Thursday by kinder weather, free holiday meals and — for some — …


  • Calif. city building a “tsunami-resistant” port

    CRESCENT CITY, Calif. (AP) — It doesn’t matter if the earth sways in Chile, Alaska or Japan, the formation of the sea floor along the U.S. West Coast generally aims …


  • US drought worsens after weeks of improvement

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The worst U.S. drought in decades has deepened again after more than a month of encouraging reports of slowly improving conditions, a drought-tracking consortium said Wednesday, …


  • Sandy victims prepare for subdued Thanksgiving

    NEW YORK (AP) — The things that Marge Gatti once cherished are lying on what’s left of her deck, spattered in mud, like a yard sale gone awry. The white …


  • Rubble cleanup a massive task in NY, NJ

    NEW YORK (AP) — Just a few months ago, the parking lot at Jacob Riis Park on New York City’s Rockaway seashore was filled with happy beachgoers. Now, it is …


  • Wind, rain pummel Pacific Northwest, cause 1 death

    SEATTLE (AP) — Residents in Washington and Oregon braced for more wet weather after a fierce storm swamped streets, toppled trees and large trucks, cut power to nearly 50,000 residents, …


  • Wind, rain pummel Pacific Northwest

    SEATTLE (AP) — Residents in Washington and Oregon braced for more wet weather after a fierce storm swamped streets, toppled trees and large trucks, cut power to nearly 50,000 residents, …


  • Study: NJ beaches 30-40 feet narrower after storm

    SPRING LAKE, N.J. (AP) — The average New Jersey beach is 30 to 40 feet narrower after Superstorm Sandy, according to a survey that is sure to intensify a long-running …


  • Study: NJ beaches 30-40 feet narrower after storm

    SPRING LAKE, N.J. (AP) — A study has found that Superstorm Sandy washed away an average of 30 to 40 feet from New Jersey beaches, though some suffered five times …


  • Wind, rain slam Pacific Northwest

    SEATTLE (AP) — Rain and wind pounded Washington and Oregon on Monday, snarling the commute, causing sporadic road closures and power outages and at least one death. The wet weather …


  • Superstorm shines light on federal beach program

    SPRING LAKE, N.J. (AP) — Towns along the Jersey shore that made use of federal money to build up beaches came through Superstorm Sandy with far less damage than those …


  • Amid political storm, Obama to view Sandy recovery

    NEW YORK (AP) — In the midst of a political tempest that has engulfed his former CIA director and his top military commander in Afghanistan, President Barack Obama traveled Thursday …


  • Calif. panel rejects quake study near nuke plant

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Citing harm to marine life, California coastal regulators on Wednesday soundly rejected a utility’s plan to map offshore earthquake faults near a nuclear power plant by …


  • What does it take to get people to flee a storm?

    NEW YORK (AP) — Despite days of dire forecasts and explicit warnings, hundreds of thousands of people in New York and New Jersey ignored mandatory evacuation orders as Superstorm Sandy …


  • Obama wants ‘conversation’ on climate change

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Wednesday that his administration has not done enough to combat global warming but said he hopes to begin his second term by opening …


  • Coastal panel mulls quake study near nuke plant

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — California coastal regulators were set to weigh in Wednesday on a utility’s contentious plan to map offshore earthquake faults near a nuclear power plant by blasting …


  • CA coastal panel mulls quake study near nuke plant

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — California coastal regulators were set to weigh in Wednesday on a utility’s contentious plan to map offshore earthquake faults near a nuclear power plant by blasting …


  • Superstorm priorities for some include saving pets

    NEW YORK (AP) — Superstorm Sandy roared into the lives of millions of people who’re now scrambling to recover — while also saving their pets. In New York City and …


  • Many on NY’s Long Island still dark after Sandy

    HICKSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Two weeks after Superstorm Sandy, while most utilities have restored electricity to nearly all their customers, there was one glaring exception Monday: a Long Island power …