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  1. AFTERMATH NYC Subways Face Long Closure Allison Joyce / Getty Images

    1. NYC Subways Face Long Closure

    New York City transit authorities cautioned on Tuesday that the city’s subways may be closed for several days thanks to Hurricane Sandy. Several tunnels had flooded, switches had been damaged, and the South Ferry station was “track to ceiling” with water, according to officials. “The New York City subway system is 108 years old,” said Joseph Lhota, the chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. “It has never faced a disaster as devastating as what we experienced last night.” There is one silver lining, however. It doesn’t appear that Hurricane Sandy caused any permanent damage to the system.

    October 30, 2012 10:52 PM

  2. STILL GOING Sandy Death Toll Tops 50 in U.S. Lucas Jackson, Reuters / Landov

    2. Sandy Death Toll Tops 50 in U.S.

    The death toll from Hurricane Sandy climbed to at least 50 in the U.S. early Wednesday morning, with at least 22 of those deaths occurring in New York City—and although the storm weakened as it moved inland, blizzard warnings were still in effect for parts of Virginia. While New York and New Jersey dried out from the storm, Sandy hit the mountains of West Virginia and North Carolina, bringing a record 14-16 inches of snow to the Tennessee-North Carolina border.  Around 22 percent of New York City still had no power by Wednesday morning, and an estimated 90 percent of Long Island were in the dark.

    October 31, 2012 6:37 AM

  3. WASHED AWAY Christie: Jersey Shore Icons Destroyed Jeff Zelevansky / Getty Images

    3. Christie: Jersey Shore Icons Destroyed

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie got a little nostalgic at a Tuesday press conference describing the devastation that took place along the Garden State’s coast. He talked about the roller coaster and log flume he used to ride as a child vacationing at the shore and the piers and boardwalks where he took his children. “For those of us who are my age, it will not be the same. Many of the iconic things are gone, washed into the ocean,” Christie said. Taking stock of the disaster, Christie said he was grateful that the loss of life had been minimized—the latest count stands at six dead—and roughly 1,000 had been rescued from the flooding.

    October 30, 2012 11:00 PM

  4. SANDY RESPONSE Obama: ‘Storm Is Not Yet Over’ Pool / Getty Images

    4. Obama: ‘Storm Is Not Yet Over’

    Even though the worst of Sandy has passed, President Obama warned Americans that many areas are still at risk for more flooding and more damage. Speaking at the Red Cross Tuesday, the President said, “This storm is not yet over.” He praised officials for their coordination efforts and response, but said his message going forward to them is “no bureaucracy. No red tape.” In an earlier call with East Coast governors, Obama promised to make all resources available to relief and recovery effort, the White House said. The president will travel to New Jersey Wednesday to survey the devastation there alongside Gov. Chris Christie.

    October 30, 2012 3:56 PM

  5. AFTERMATH Bloomberg: Death Toll Will Rise Bebeto Matthews / AP Photo

    5. Bloomberg: Death Toll Will Rise

    In a press conference in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that the storm’s destruction will be felt for quite some time—and it might be the worst the worst the city’s ever experienced. He said that the death toll in the city is at 10, but the number is expected to rise. The main priorities are getting the subway system up and running and restoring power—which may take three to four days. Bridges are being cleared and reopened. Con Ed says there has been “unprecedented damage” and there are approximately 750,000 New Yorkers without power.

    October 30, 2012 11:25 AM

  6. DIG IT Arafat’s Body to Be Exhumed ABBAS MOMANI / AFP

    6. Arafat’s Body to Be Exhumed

    The body of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat will be exhumed next month by criminal investigators, a French official reported Tuesday. The exhumation will take place sometime between Nov. 24 and Nov. 26. A member of Switzerland’s Institute of Radiation Physics will work with the French team to conduct an autopsy on the remains in order to reexamine the circumstances surrounding Arafat’s death. Though Arafat died in November 2004, a Swiss lab recently discovered traces of polonium-210 on clothes that were purportedly his, raising suspicions of poisoning. Palestinian authorities, speaking anonymously, confirmed the timetable.

    October 30, 2012 1:36 PM

  7. SYRIA Damascus Rocked by Twin Blasts SANA / AP Photo

    7. Damascus Rocked by Twin Blasts

    Twin blasts rocked Damascus on Monday, with activists saying at least 80 people were killed on that day alone—, bringing an official end to an attempted four-day ceasefire where at least 500 people were reportedly killed. In Damascus, 11 people were estimated to have been killed in a bomb blast at a bakery, with another 10 reportedly dying in a bus explosion that Syrian government forces blamed on “terrorists.” Activists also said there were at least 60 government air strikes on Monday, making it the most intense air raids since the crackdown began 19 months ago.

    October 30, 2012 7:17 AM

  8. OUTBREAK Meningitis Death Toll Rises Minnesota Department of Health / AP Photo

    8. Meningitis Death Toll Rises

    For those entangled in the deadly meningitis outbreak tearing through the U.S., there’s no shortage of bad news. Three more patients have been declared dead—two from Michigan and one from Tennessee—bringing the total death toll to 28, reports Reuters. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control released Tuesday, total cases of fungal meningitis have risen to a staggering 356 people. The source of the infection, steroid injections supplied by the New England Compounding Center, means there could be more cases yet discovered. Investigations are underway of the conditions in the facility, where the steroids originated, which recent reports have deemed unsanitary.

    October 30, 2012 4:44 PM

  9. GREETINGS GREENDALE ‘Community’ Returns to NBC Feb. 7 Lewis Jacobs / NBC

    9. ‘Community’ Returns to NBC Feb. 7

    If you didn’t tune into the tragically under-watched NBC comedy Community the first time around—low ratings suggest you didn’t—congrats, another chance awaits! Along with other midseason NBC announcements Tuesday came this one: Community will be back on 8 p.m. Thursday nights starting on Feb. 7. Other decisions in the announcement included moving Smash to Tuesday nights—which will distance it from singing competitor The Voice—and adding a new comedy, 1600 Penn. Community will be followed by another “well-reviewed, low-rated” comedy Parks & Recreation. Thursdays are looking to be just what the doctor ordered. Guess what Britta, everything isn’t terrible.

    October 30, 2012 6:05 PM

  10. UTINNI Star Wars 7 to Be Released in 2015 Vittorio Zunino Celotto / Getty Images

    10. Star Wars 7 to Be Released in 2015

    A long time ago in a galaxy far away George Lucas built a Star Wars empire. But he relinquished the crown on Tuesday. Disney announced the $4.05 billion purchase of the production company for Star Wars, Lucasfilm Ltd., following up with the exciting news that a seventh series of Star Wars would be out in 2015. The acquisition of Lucasfilm will bring it under the Disney umbrella with the likes of Pixar, Marvel, ESPN, and ABC. While no details about the film have been released, Lucas will continue to play a part in its production. While fans may be dismayed, he says he was ready to turn the page. “It's now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers.”

    October 30, 2012 5:25 PM

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  12. NEXT TIME Sandy Knocks Out Late-Night Shows Carolyn Kaster / AP Photo

    11. Sandy Knocks Out Late-Night Shows

    No time for jokes in New York City. The massive Hurricane Sandy caused late-night comedy shows to cancel their performances on Monday night, and even Jimmy Kimmel canceled his much-touted Barclays’ Center performance. David Letterman made the best use of the phrase “The show must go on,”” taping his show but without the live studio audience. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert both canceled tapings, and there was no word yet whether they would resume on Tuesday. Journey’’s Barclay’s Center performance, scheduled for Tuesday, was canceled, and the benefit concert Freedom to Love Now! was postponed to spring 2013.

    October 30, 2012 7:54 AM

  13. TRADING UBS to Cut 10,000 Jobs Sang Tan / AP Photo

    12. UBS to Cut 10,000 Jobs

    Swiss bank UBS announced on Tuesday that it will wind down its fixed-income business over the next three years and shed 10,000 bankers. The bank will focus its efforts on its private bank and a smaller investment bank—, abandoning much of its trading business that accounted for nearly $50 billion in losses sine the financial crisis began. Of the job cuts, 2,000 will be from the front-office investment-banking staff with 2,500 of the total cuts occurring in Zurich and the rest in New York and London. The bank’’s shares soared on Monday in anticipation of the announcement.

    October 30, 2012 7:50 AM

  14. DREAMS CAN’T COME TRUE Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Floods Mario Tama / Getty Images

    13. Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Floods

    The famed Atlantic City boardwalk was flooded Tuesday morning, hours after the storm made landfall nearby at 8 p.m. on Monday. “The city is under siege,” said Thomas Foley, the chief of the city’s emergency management. “I’ve never seen anything like this.” At least two deaths in the city were blamed on the storm. While the casinos’ lights still shone, winds whipped by at 80 miles per hour while water washed into the city’s streets, trapping anyone who stayed. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie lashed out at Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford on Monday, with the governor saying he could not “in good conscience send rescuers in” since the mayor had told residents they could stay if they could not find a way to leave.

    October 30, 2012 6:46 AM

  15. BLACKOUT 8 Million Without Power Jose Luis Magana / AP Photo

    14. 8 Million Without Power

    The lights are out all over the East Coast, after the superstorm Sandy ravaged the mid-Atlantic power grid Monday night. An estimated 8 million homes are reported without power. Hundreds of thousands of those homes are in New York City, where electrical provider ConEdison preemptively shut several circuits to lower Manhattan and transformers exploded, leaving the skyline eerily dark. Central New Jersey Power & Light and Public Service Enterprise Group reported at least 620,000 customers were without power in the Garden State, while the Long Island Power Authority put its blacked-out customers at roughly 589,000. Hundreds of thousands were also without power in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and throughout the East Coast.

    October 30, 2012 12:03 AM

  16. JERSEY Christie: Damage Is ‘Unthinkable’ Brian Thompson / NBC 4 New York

    15. Christie: Damage Is ‘Unthinkable’

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday that the devastation to the state’s historic coast is “unthinkable” in the wake of the deadly “Frankenstorm”—and that it would be “completely unsafe” for anyone to return home immediately. A roller coaster in Seaside Heights (source NBC4) was literally thrown into the water. “It is beyond anything I would ever see,” a somber Christie told reporters. Christie said he didn’t give “a lick” about Election Day, saying “I’ve got bigger fish to fry.” Christie also praised President Obama, saying “he assured me we would have an expedited process with FEMA.” Sandy made landfall near Atlantic City, and the city’s historic boardwalk was swept away with water.

    October 30, 2012 11:46 AM

  17. FINANCIAL Markets Closed on Tuesday Richard Drew / AP Photo

    16. Markets Closed on Tuesday

    Hurricane Sandy brought the financial world to its knees as well, with the stock market closing Tuesday, for the second straight day, in the aftermath of the hurricane. Wall Street worried about whether the markets will open by Wednesday, the last day of trading for the month of October,— when traders price portfolios. Economists said the massive storm is unlikely to cause financial damage as severe as 2005’’s Hurricane Katrina, and the damage to the economy should be short-lived. But, economists warned, gross domestic product in the Northeast is about $2.5 trillion, and every day the region is shut down could cost about $10 billion in forgone output.

    October 30, 2012 7:14 AM

  18. DEVASTATION Food Crisis, Cholera Feared in Haiti Dieu Nalio Chery / AP Photo

    17. Food Crisis, Cholera Feared in Haiti

    Haiti still reeled on Tuesday from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, which hit the country with three days of rain and left 51 people dead so far, the highest death toll of any country. The United Nations warned that flooding and unsanitary conditions could lead to a cholera epidemic, two years after a cholera epidemic in 2010 sickened 600,000 people and killed more than 7,400. Crops were also wiped out by the storm, with Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe saying the hurricane had been devastating “even by international standards,” and the country would be making an appeal for emergency aid.

    October 30, 2012 7:08 AM

  19. BIG APPLE N.Y. Subway Chief: Worst Disaster Ever Port Authority of New York and New Jersey / AP Photo

    18. N.Y. Subway Chief: Worst Disaster Ever

    New York City’s transit chief called Hurricane Sandy the most “devastating” event to the city’s subway system ever while the rest of the city reeled from the storm early Tuesday morning. As of Monday night, seven subway tunnels under the East River had flooded, as did the Queens Midtown Tunnel—and Metropolitan Transit Authority chairman Joseph Lhota said there is “no firm timeline” for when the system would be back up and running, even as nearly every bridge and tunnel out of Manhattan was closed down. A backup electrical system failed New York University Medical Center, one of the city’s best hospitals, forcing the evacuation all 215 patients in the strong wind gusts. Meanwhile, a six-alarm fire at Breezy Point in southern Queens had destroyed 50 houses, with 198 firefighters fighting the blaze.

    October 30, 2012 6:41 AM

  20. RESURFACING Romney Mocked Gay Parents Charlie Neibergall / AP Photo

    19. Romney Mocked Gay Parents

    In a 2005 video that recently resurfaced, Mitt Romney is seen saying that same-sex parental rights are “wrong”—, although he said earlier in 2012 that gay couples should be allowed to adopt, just not marry. The Boston Globe reported last week that while Romney was governor of Massachusetts, he tried to prevent a state agency from creating new birth-certificate forms that would allow both same-sex parents to be listed as parents of their children. And in the 2005 video, Romney touts this effort and says same-sex parents are “not right on paper and not right in fact. Every child has the right to a mother and a father.”

    October 30, 2012 7:46 AM

  21. WHAT TO WATCH? Spike in Netflix Streaming Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

    20. Spike in Netflix Streaming

    If not during a natural disaster, then when? Netflix reports that viewing has spiked 20 percent on Sunday and Monday compared with last week, buoyed by New York; Boston; Washington, D.C.; and other East Coast cities. As Hurricane Sandy bore down, seems as though Americans caught up on Breaking Bad and Mad Men.

    October 30, 2012 12:01 PM

  22. RING THE BELL NYSE Likely to Open Wednesday Timothy A. Clary / AFP

    21. NYSE Likely to Open Wednesday

    The bell will ring again. The New York Stock Exchange is expected to reopen Wednesday, after superstorm Sandy shut down New York City and forced the trading floor to close Monday and Tuesday. The closure is the first time since 1988 that the NYSE was closed for two consecutive days due to weather. In the event that the floor is unable to open Wednesday, major operators are developing a backup plan for trades to take place on NYSE Arca, an all-electronic exchange.

    October 30, 2012 1:52 PM

  23. WHERE SHE GO? Sandy Heads West Brendan Hoffman / Getty Images

    22. Sandy Heads West

    Sandy may have ravaged New York City, but she isn’t done yet. The hurricane is heading west through the south of Pennsylvania and western New York state, with furious 65mph winds and rain. After flooding Georgia and Maine Tuesday morning, the storm has brought upon a blizzard warning and three feet of snow expected in West Virginia. The storm is no longer expected to head to the Northeast and New England. As it moves inland there will be less rain, but wind speeds will likely remain high. After hitting the U.S., Sandy is expected to go to southern Ontario on Wednesday.

    October 30, 2012 1:21 PM