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  1. RECOVERY Power Restored to 30,000 in NYC Stan Honda / AFP / Getty Images

    1. Power Restored to 30,000 in NYC

    After Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the Northeast, the region is beginning a long and expensive road to recovery. As mass transit began some operations again, trading on the Stock Exchange resumed and two major airports reopened, New York Mayor Bloomberg said "we are on our way back to normal." Con Edison reported Wednesday night it's restored power to about 30,000 New Yorkers, but for many, the lights remained off. There are still about 227,000 customers without power in Manhattan, 113,000 in Queens, 100,000 in Staten Island, 74,000 in Brooklyn, and 38,000 in the Bronx. On the bright side, New York subways will resume partial service Thursday, and schools will resume next week. Even Halloween will be celebrated 'normally' in New Jersey, where Governor Chris Christie postponed festivities until Monday.

    October 31, 2012 10:00 PM

  2. YIKES

    2. Oil Spill in NJ

    Poor New Jersey! As if the general destruction and chaos of Hurricane Sandy's isn't enough, 300,000 gallons of diesel fuel has reportedly spilled into the water. The oil comes from New Jersey oil facility Motiva--which is owned jointly by Shell Oil and Saudi Refining-- and spilled into Arthur Kill, a tidal waterway dividing New Jersey from Staten Island, New York. The company released a statement Wednesday saying there were no injuries and clean up was underway, though they did not clarify why the spill occurred. 200 people are reportedly involved in cleaning up the mess.

    October 31, 2012 10:10 PM

  3. EVACUATING Bellevue Hospital Generators Fail Andrew Kelly, Reuters / Landov

    3. Bellevue Hospital Generators Fail

    After a terrifying ordeal Monday night when NYU’s Langdon Medical Center had to evacuate 300 patients in the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s devastation, another city hospital has gone dark. Bellevue Hospital Center, New York City’s flagship public hospital and one of the city’s major trauma centers, is evacuating 500 patients after its backup generators failed on Wednesday. Administrators have been appealing to other hospitals to take patients, marking requests “URGENT” and “ASAP.” The medical center is near the East River and wasn’t in the worst of the flood zone, but it lost power and had been operating on backup generators.

    October 31, 2012 4:12 PM

  4. FREE RIDE Gov. Cuomo Declares Transportation Emergency TIMOTHY A. CLARY

    4. Gov. Cuomo Declares Transportation Emergency

    Service may be limited, but hey, it’s cheap—well, free, to be exact. New York Governor Cuomo declared his state in a transportation emergency Wednesday night, and announced that all fares for subways, commuter rail trains, and buses will be waived tomorrow and Friday. “The service in many cases is limited, the service in many cases will be crowded,” Cuomo said at a press conference. He added that traffic Wednesday in Manhattan “was very high and the gridlock was dangerous,” as many stoplights where out of power. Meanwhile, as an oil spill plagues New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie announced he will allow gas stations and fuel merchants to buy from other states in order to combat a gas shortage in the state. Christie said federal authorities are sending 500,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 100 power generators to the Garden State.

    October 31, 2012 11:08 PM

  5. POLL Obama Up by 8 in Wisconsin Brendan Hoffman / Getty Images

    5. Obama Up by 8 in Wisconsin

    President Obama opened up a commanding lead in the latest survey of Wisconsin voters. Marquette Law School released a poll on Wednesday that shows the president is up by 8 points over his Republican challenger in the Badger State. Fifty-one percent of likely voters said they’d pull the lever for Obama compared to 43 percent who are backing Romney. Obama’s lead is well outside the 2.8 percent margin of error. Marquette’s last poll, which was conducted Oct. 11 through 14, showed the candidates roughly tied, with Obama and Romney at 49 percent and 48 percent, respectively.

    October 31, 2012 3:11 PM

  6. MENINGITIS Ameridose Recalls Products Elise Amendola / AP Photo

    6. Ameridose Recalls Products

    A second pharmaceutical company is recalling all of its products in the wake of the meningitis outbreak that has killed almost 30 people. Massachusetts-based Ameridose is voluntarily participating in the recall, but says it hasn’t received any reports of problems with its medications. Ameridose and the New England Compounding Center, which earlier this year manufactured steroids contaminated with fungus, are owned by the same group. The Food and Drug Administration has asked Ameridose to improve its sterility testing process. The move may create some drug shortages, and the FDA is working with other companies to fill the supply gap.

    October 31, 2012 6:44 PM

  7. SOLITARY Sandusky Moved to Death Row Prison Rob Carr / Getty Images

    7. Sandusky Moved to Death Row Prison

    Jerry Sandusky, the American prison system's new least favorite guest, is being transferred to a far southwestern maximum-security prison in Pennsylvania that houses most of the state's death row inmates. “Given the high-profile nature of this individual, coupled with the nature of his crimes, this makes him very vulnerable in a prison setting," Corrections Department Secretary John Wetzel said. Serving a 30- to 60-year sentence, 68-year-old Sandusky will probably spend the rest of his days behind these bars, where he will be housed by himself, eat all meals in his cell, and require an escort at all times when outside of the cell. He will be allowed visitors, but only on a no-touching basis, which sounds like this child molester’s version of hell.

    October 31, 2012 5:56 PM

  8. BACK IN BUSINESS Wall Street Opens, Stocks Down Andrew Gombert / EPA / Landov

    8. Wall Street Opens, Stocks Down

    Stock exchanges opened Wednesday morning, following the first close for weather that lasted more than one day since 1888. New York City Michael Bloomberg rang the opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange, which was running on backup power because of blackouts in lower Manhattan. Brokers still had to deal with limited Internet and cell phone service. Trading was brisk, and stocks values began climbing right after the opening bell. However, both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 were trending downwards by midday.

     

    October 31, 2012 10:54 AM

  9. SORRY

    9. Twitter Rumormonger Apologizes

    Punishment for lying on Twitter? Hedge fund manager Shashank Tripathi apologized on Wednesday after it was discovered that he knowingly tweeted false information about New York City during Hurricane Sandy under the handle @ComfortablySnug. Tripathi also resigned as a campaign manager for Congressional candidate Christopher R. Wright. BuzzFeed outed Tripathi as spreading wildly inaccurate claims during the storm, such as "BREAKING: Governor Cuomo is trapped in Manhattan. He is being taken to a secure location." While many of his claims were debunked shortly after, some of them were reported on by news organizations or retweeted and caused widespread panic. Tripathi called the tweets "irresponsible and inaccurate."

    October 31, 2012 11:01 AM

  10. NUPTIALS Evan Rachel Wood Weds John Sciulli / Getty Images

    10. Evan Rachel Wood Weds

    Marilyn Manson, who? Evan Rachel Wood tied the knot with 26-year-old actor Jamie Bell on Tuesday in a "small ceremony with close family and friends," according to her rep. The actress first dated Bell in 2005, when they even got tattoos of one another's first initials. After they broke up, Wood was famously engaged to Manson in 2010, before reconnecting with Bell. Here's to choosing a dancer over the dark lord.

    October 31, 2012 10:52 PM

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  12. UM, WHAT? Gene Hackman Slaps Homeless Man Robert Mora / Getty Images

    11. Gene Hackman Slaps Homeless Man

    Is this the state of chivalry? Actor Gene Hackman admitted on Tuesday that he had slapped a homeless man in Santa Fe, N.M., —but he insisted he had done it after the man used a derogatory term to describe Hackman’’s wife. Hackman, 82, said the man had approached him and his wife, Betsy, in a menacing manner and uttered a derogatory comment at Betsy, causing Hackman to allegedly slap him. The man called police, saying Hackman had beat him up, but Sgt. Andrea Dobyns said it appeared that “Hackman acted purely out of self-defense to protect himself and his wife.”

    October 31, 2012 7:33 AM

  13. EERIE

    12. Uprooted Tree Reveals Skeletal Remains

    Frankenstorm, indeed. A homeless woman in New Haven, Conn., found skeletal remains on Tuesday after Hurricane Sandy uprooted a giant tree. The back of a skull was visible— with its mouth still open— in the tree. The skull was still connected to a spine and a rib cage. New Haven Sgt. Anthony Zona said the body “has probably been there a long, long time,” and some investigators said it could date back centuries. By Tuesday night, a death investigator had sawed off a root that was in the way, but officials say exhuming the remains could take days.

    October 31, 2012 6:44 AM

  14. TRAGIC

    13. Fire at Saudi Wedding Kills 25

    A fire at a Saudi wedding on Wednesday has killed at least 25 and wounded another 30 in the Abqaiq region, officials said. A high-voltage power line reportedly fell down and sent sparks flying as celebratory gunfire rang out. Others are believed to have been electrocuted after touching a metal door that the wire may have touched on its way down. Most of those killed and injured were reportedly women and children.

    October 31, 2012 7:28 AM

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

    14. 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

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

    15. 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

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

    16. 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

  18. FUNEMPLOYMENT? Europe’s Jobless Rate Hits New High Dominique Faget, AFP / Getty Images

    17. Europe’s Jobless Rate Hits New High

    Europe’’s unemployment hit a record high in September, with 18.5 million people out of work, —about 11.6 percent of the population of the 17-nation currency, —according to official data released by the European Union on Wednesday. Spain continues to have the highest jobless rate with 25.8 percent out of work, and Greece falling not far behind with 25.1 percent unemployed. Austria had the lowest unemployment rate, with 4.4 percent jobless. The numbers ticked up slightly from August, with a then-record jobless rate of 11.5 percent.

    October 31, 2012 7:31 AM

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

    18. 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

  20. REBUILD Fire Ravages Breezy Point Stan Honda, AFP / Getty Images

    19. Fire Ravages Breezy Point

    In one of the worst fires in New York City history, 111 homes burned down in Breezy Point, Queens. Every home on the barrier island was hit by the storm or ensuing blaze. Aerial shots of Breezy Point show the scope of the devastating damage. One firefighter said that “flames were 50 feet in the air.” The fire started late Monday, and Hurricane Sandy slowed the firefighter response. There were no major injuries.

    October 31, 2012 8:53 AM

  21. ON THE TRAIL Chrysler Fights Mitt’s Jeep Claims J.D. Pooley / Getty Images

    20. Chrysler Fights Mitt’s Jeep Claims

    Fact checkers, unite! The Chrysler CEO on Tuesday pushed back against Mitt Romney’’s ads in Ohio that say the company is considering moving Jeep production from the state to China. In an email to employees, Chrysler chief executive Sergio Marchionne insisted the company will not move existing U.S. production of Jeeps to China, despite the recent “public debate.” Although Marchionne does not mention Romney by name, the GOP candidate has lately been criticized for ads in Ohio that claim Chrysler is moving Jeep production to China, despite having received auto bailout funds. The ad misrepresents a Bloomberg article from last week that says Chrysler will be expanding production into China —but never says anything about shutting down any U.S. plants.

    October 31, 2012 7:20 AM

  22. ELECTION DAY Poll: Voters Think Obama Will Win Joe Raedle / Getty Images

    21. Poll: Voters Think Obama Will Win

    A Gallup poll released Wednesday showed that 54 percent of Americans think President Obama will win reelection, while only 32 percent think Mitt Romney will take the White House. Eleven percent had no opinion. In the past four election cycles, Americans have accurately predicted the popular vote winner, although voters thought Al Gore would win in 2000 (he won the popular vote but lost the electoral college). But the poll was conducted prior to Hurricane Sandy, which analysts have warned throws an unknown element into the election. Polls released Tuesday showed a race that is far from over, with some surveys indicating Obama’’s lead in Ohio is narrowing, but he could be gaining ground in Florida and Virginia.

    October 31, 2012 7:17 AM

  23. BUMMER Sandy Wrecks Halloween Win McNamee / Getty Images

    22. Sandy Wrecks Halloween

    What the hell, Sandy? The monster storm, which has left dozens dead and cities ravaged, has lead to the postponement or cancellation of Halloween celebrations across the East Coast. At least eight New Jersey cities and towns have rescheduled trick-or-treating to Nov. 3. Chris Christie's moved Halloween to Nov. 5. Many cities did this during last year’s storm, too. New York City’s popular Halloween parade has been canceled. Officials fear flooding, damaged trees, exposed electrical wires, a lack of electricity, and debris will make the usually fun night not so fun. They’re right.

    October 31, 2012 8:24 AM

  24. IN THE DARK Power Outages May Last Days Brendan Hoffman / Getty Images

    23. Power Outages May Last Days

    Get used to it. Power companies warned that East Coast outages could last more than a week for the estimated 2.6 million currently without electricity. Despite thousands of crews working on restoration, flooding, damage, and strong winds are slowing the efforts. Traffic lights are out in several cities and downed lines pose a danger. More bad news: no power hampers the work to get the subway system running again. Power companies will get electricity to hospitals and important locations first.

    October 31, 2012 10:07 AM

  25. DESPERATE TIMES

    24. Bloomberg to Announce Passenger Minimums

    As the traffic in lower Manhattan becomes increasingly dense in the absence of traffic lights, Mayor Bloomberg announced he plans to mandate passenger minimums on cars in the city. Sources say the mayor will announce that cars with only one person are not allowed to enter Manhattan at a press conference today. "He's going to put a limit on the number of people you can have coming in," one said. After 9/11 a similar rule was put in place, that banned cars with less than two people would not be allowed on lower Manhattan-bound bridges and Queens-Midtown and Lincoln tunnels between 6 am and noon.

    October 31, 2012 3:37 PM

  26. TROUBLE Japan Tsunami Funds ‘Misspent’ Kyodo-Reuters-Landov

    25. Japan Tsunami Funds ‘Misspent’

    A government audit has found that money from a $150 billion fund intended for reconstruction following the deadly 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan has been “misspent” on unrelated projects. The audit found that money has been redirected to certain projects on the assumption that they might help an economic revival, leaving some devastated areas without help. The deputy mayor of one town said that “not one single new building” has been built in the downtown area. “In 19 months, there have basically been no major changes,” he said. Money has instead gone to projects like roads in Okinawa, an ad campaign for Japan’s tallest building, and whaling research.

    October 31, 2012 9:59 AM

  27. EERILY FAMILIAR

    26. Two Kids Stabbed in Chicago

    A woman in a Chicago suburb is being questioned after her child and a child she was babysitting were found stabbed to death. The 5-year-old and 7-year-old?along with two dogs?were found in a Naperville home during a well-being check. The woman taken into custody was reportedly covered in blood.  The tragedy follows a high-profile case in New York City where a nanny allegedly stabbed two kids she was taking care of.

    October 31, 2012 1:09 PM

  28. TAKE THAT SANDY NYC Subways to Reopen Thursday Andrew Burton / Getty Images

    27. NYC Subways to Reopen Thursday

    You couldn’t keep New York on its knees for too long, Sandy. The city’s subway system will return on a limited basis on Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday. There will be no subway service below 34th St. in Manhattan due to the lack of electricity, while three of the seven East River tunnels have been pumped. There will be limited Long Island Rail Road and Metropolitan North service beginning at 2 p.m. on Wednesday. Cuomo said he has spoken to President Obama, who has been “very on top of the situation.” Obama is touring the devastated New Jersey shore with Gov. Chris Christie, who has called the hurricane damage “worse than anything I ever thought I would see.”

    October 31, 2012 12:42 PM

  29. LOVE FEST Obama, Gov. Christie Praise Each Other Jewel Samad / AFP / Getty Images

    28. Obama, Gov. Christie Praise Each Other

    Just a few days ago, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was lambasting President Obama’s leadership skills. But Hurricane Sandy—and the president’s subsequent support to the state—has given Christie a new perspective. Obama “has worked incredibly closely with me since before the storm hit,” Christie said Wednesday while the two men toured a New Jersey shelter Wednesday. “"It’’s been a great working relationship.”” Obama returned the compliment, saying ““I want to just let you know that your governor is working overtime to make sure that as soon as possible, everybody can get back to normal.””

    October 31, 2012 5:35 PM

  30. Superstar Taylor Swift Sells 1.2 M Albums Larry Busacca

    29. Taylor Swift Sells 1.2 M Albums

    I’m gonna let you finish … but Taylor Swift had one of the best debuts of all time. Swift’s new album, Red, sold 1.208 million copies in its first week. The last time an album sold a similar amount in its first week was back in 2002 when The Eminem Show debuted to 1.322 million copies. Swift also smashed Justin Bieber’s record for biggest debut of 2012—Bieber’s Believe sold just 374,000 copies in its first week. Swift is also the only female artist of the Soundscan era to have two weeks with more than 1 million album sales.

    October 31, 2012 1:04 PM

  31. BACK TO NORMAL Bloomberg: ‘Cross Your Fingers’ Stan Honda / AFP / Getty Images

    30. Bloomberg: ‘Cross Your Fingers’


    “Do you believe in crossing your fingers? I hope so,” the mayor said, adding that the mass transit system, schools, and power would most likely be up and running by Monday. Back to normal by Monday? "In general context, yes, it will be back?" Bloomberg said, but added, "If you lost somebody, it's never going to be." New York City officials said Wednesday that they are hoping to tie down the construction crane dangling over midtown Manhattan as soon as possible. However, Mayor Michael Bloomberg cautioned that the effort—which will require constructing another crane to dismantle the broken one—may not be completed until the weekend.

    October 31, 2012 4:22 PM