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  1. TIME IN Candidates Back on the Attack Pool / Getty Images ; AFP / Getty Images

    1. Candidates Back on the Attack

    Well, that was bound to happen eventually. GOP candidate Mitt Romney and President Obama went back on the attack Thursday after a few days of relative decency in light of Hurricane Sandy. Romney attacked Obama on defense, arguing again that if the president is reelected it will result in “a smaller Air Force and an older Air Force.” And then, of course, there’s the Navy. “I don’t believe the Navy is like bayonets and horses, even though I know we use bayonets and they save a lot of lives,” Romney told a Virginia crowd. “Like bayonets, a modern Navy also will save lives because a strong American military, so strong no one would think of testing it.” Meanwhile, Obama attempted to take back his change slogan, telling a crowd in Wisconsin “I know what change looks like because I’ve fought for it.”

    November 1, 2012 10:23 PM

  2. HURRICANE SANDY Storm’s U.S. Death Toll Hits 90 John Moore / Getty Images

    2. Storm’s U.S. Death Toll Hits 90

    Hurricane Sandy’s official death toll reached 90 on Thursday evening, as repair crews and government officials raced to restore power and basic services in the areas devastated by the superstorm. Thirty-eight were killed in New York City alone, where residents were getting restless after three days without electricity and a fully functioning mass-transit system. Bridges to the city were opened, but authorities imposed a carpooling rule that required at least three people in each vehicle. Gasoline shortages have forced many cab and car-service companies to pull vehicles off the roads, further complicating an already delicate transportation situation.

    November 1, 2012 8:36 PM

  3. BACK AT IT New Jersey Transit Resumes Julio Cortez / AP Photo

    3. New Jersey Transit Resumes

    As New Jersey residents struggle without electricity and an ever-shrinking gas supply, this is a welcome piece of good news: New Jersey Transit will be back up and running with limited service on Friday morning, but won’t be making the trip in to New York City. The state is slated to receive $10 million in emergency aid to fix roads and bridges that were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. Governor Chris Christie said the state will be getting a quarter-million gallons of gasoline that Obama ordered, and that tomorrow will see 14,000 workers doing power restoration. Patience, patience, residents of the Garden State.

    November 1, 2012 11:30 PM

  4. RUNNING DRY Tristate Fuel Shortage Worsens Emile Wamsteker / Getty Images

    4. Tristate Fuel Shortage Worsens

    Considering they live in the country’s most walkable city, New Yorkers sure seem to need a lot of gasoline. The fuel shortage resulting from Hurricane Sandy worsened Thursday, leading to fist fights and a mile-long line up the Garden State Parkway. The owner of an Exxon in Montclair told the New York Times disputes on the line got so heated he called the police and turned off the pumps for 45 minutes to restore calm. “My nose, my mouth is bleeding from the fumes. The fighting just makes it worse,” he said. Though city officials warned taxi cab supply will likely dwindle Friday, they announced an agreement with a major supplier will ensure emergency operations have enough fuel to operate.

    November 1, 2012 10:55 PM

  5. SANDY LOVE AFFAIR Bloomberg Endorses Obama Kathy Willens / AP Photo

    5. Bloomberg Endorses Obama

    The two biggest national news stories converged Thursday, when New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg took a brief respite from ushering recovery to the Big Apple in order to endorse President Barack Obama in the presidential race. Bloomberg, a staunch independent who has been openly critical of Obama in the past, said that the president’s plans to combat climate change is what led to the surprise decision. “The devastation that Hurricane Sandy brought to New York City and much of the Northeast—in lost lives, lost homes, and lost business—brought the stakes of next Tuesday’s presidential election into sharp relief,” he wrote in a column for Bloomberg View.

    November 1, 2012 3:24 PM

  6. NEW PLAN N.J. to Use Military Trucks as Polls Michael Bocchieri / Getty Images

    6. N.J. to Use Military Trucks as Polls

    The election must go on. Despite the widespread destruction Hurricane Sandy brought to New Jersey, state officials are working overtime to make sure voters get a chance to cast their ballots. New Jersey announced Thursday it will deploy military trucks to use as polling stations, and county clerks’ offices will stay open through the weekend to process mail-in ballots. New Jersey officials are also allowing registered voters to pick up mail-in ballots through the Nov. 6 election. The Garden State has 3,000 polling locations, and it’s not clear how many of them have power.

    November 1, 2012 6:40 PM

  7. WHEN IT RAINS Another Storm Headed to East Coast STAN HONDA / AFP

    7. Another Storm Headed to East Coast

    Mother Nature, why you gotta do us like this? The National Weather Service is forecasting another nor'easter that could hit the mid-Atlantic area and New England by Election Day and last until Thursday. Thankfully, the new storm is expected to be weaker and less destructive than Hurricane Sandy. The major impact, which could include snowfall, is expected to strike northern New England, sparing the still-recuperating New York tristate area more devastation.

    November 1, 2012 4:11 PM

  8. BLOODSHED Syrian Rebels Kill 28 Soldiers Javier Manzano / AFP / Getty Images

    8. Syrian Rebels Kill 28 Soldiers

    Syrian rebels allegedly killed 28 soldiers loyal to the Bashar al-Assad regime on Thursday in three coordinated attacks on highway checkpoints, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a pro-opposition group. Unverified video footage showed the rebels shooting several of the soldiers after they had surrendered. The fighting occurred 25 miles south of Aleppo near the town of Saraqeb. Aleppo has seen some of the most intense fighting in the 19-month civil war. Also on Thursday, the Chinese government proposed a resolution to end the fighting that included a region-by-region cease-fire and to set up a transitional government.

    November 1, 2012 2:33 PM

  9. THEY WILL RUN Officials Won’t Cancel NYC Marathon TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP

    9. Officials Won’t Cancel NYC Marathon

    The race will go on, and not everyone is happy about it. Mary Wittenburg, chief executive of race organizer New York Road Runners, defended the group’s decision not to cancel the five-borough race, scheduled to take place Sunday, despite the city-wide devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. “This isn’t about running, this is about helping the city,” she said. “We’re dedicating the race to the lives that were lost and helping the city recover.” Mayor Bloomberg, who sees the race as opportunity to reignite economic activity in the city and raise money for relief charities, supports the decision: “The city is a city where we have to go on.”

    November 1, 2012 3:49 PM

  10. STRONGEST Britney Suit Dismissed by Judge Paul Marotta / Getty Images

    10. Britney Suit Dismissed by Judge

    She’s so lucky. A judge dismissed the entire lawsuit brought against Britney Spears and her family Thursday, saying that former manager Sam Lutfi’s allegations just don’t hold up. Spears’s parents filed a motion to have the charges thrown out yesterday. “I really thought long and hard,” said Los Angeles Judge Suzanne Bruguera in her decision, “so the motions are granted…as to all the defendants and all the causes of action. That is the right thing to do, so I am going to do it.” On the way out of the courtroom, Lutfi told reporters he plans to appeal the decision.

    November 1, 2012 8:26 PM

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  12. HONORED Jodie Foster to Get Achievement Award Kevin Winter / Getty Images

    11. Jodie Foster to Get Achievement Award

    The Hollywood Foreign Press Association will honor Jodie Foster with the Cecil B. DeMille Award. Foster, whose acting career has spanned four decades, will receive the award at the Golden Globes’ 70th ceremony on Jan. 13. Best known for her role as Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs, Foster is being recognized for her contributions to the entertainment industry. Kristen Stewart and Simon Baker made the announcement on Thursday.

    November 1, 2012 12:49 PM

  13. "RAPE THING"? GOP Candidate: Abortion Adds to Rape Trauma

    12. Candidate: Abortion Adds to Rape Trauma

    And the Republican Party was so close to Election Day without anymore candidates making comments on rape. Washington state congressional candidate John Koster gave his two cents on the "rape thing" in comments captured on tape over the weekend and released Wednesday. "On the rape thing, it's like, how does putting more violence onto a woman's body and taking the life of an innocent child that's the consequence of this crime, how does that make it better?" Koster said at a fundraiser. His opponent, Democrat Suzan Kay DelBene, said "dismissing" rape as a "thing" is an "awfully casual way for him to talk about it, and I think it highlights how little he understands the ramifications and seriousness of the issue."

    November 1, 2012 7:36 AM

  14. JUST...UGH Chris Brown Wore Terrorist Costume @fuckyopictures / Instagram

    13. Chris Brown Wore Terrorist Costume

    The fountain of endless controversy that is Chris Brown continues its proud, powerful flow. The R&B singer posted a photo on Twitter Wednesday night of him and his friends in their Halloween costumes. They were terrorists. "Ain't nobody F--king wit my clique!!!!#ohb," Brown eloquently captioned the logic-defying photo. While the world uttered its collective "WTF," Brown's mother defended her son's arguably (though not really) offensive costume, tweeting, "HALLOWEEN IS FOR FUN NOTHING MORE THAN JUST FUN. GET A LIFE PLEASE." Duly noted.

    November 1, 2012 1:46 PM

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

    14. 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

  16. JOBS Labor Market Improves Joe Raedle / Getty Images

    15. Labor Market Improves

    A day before the monthly report on payroll jobs and unemployment is released, we received two data points suggesting the labor market is improving. ADP, the payroll-processing firm that issues its own monthly jobs study, said the private sector created 158,000 jobs in October. And the Bureau of Labor Statistics said first-time unemployment claims fell last week to 363,000.

    November 1, 2012 9:43 AM

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

    16. 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

  18. YIKES

    17. 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

  19. PAYBACK Bank Freezes Jimmy Savile’s Estate Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images

    18. Bank Freezes Jimmy Savile’s Estate

    A British bank said on Thursday that it had frozen the estate of Jimmy Savile, the late British broadcaster being investigated for sexual abuse of as many as 300 underage girls. NatWest Bank, the executor and trustee of Savile's estate, said they had put his assets on hold given the claims raised. According to the Financial Times, Savile bequeathed his wealth to 26 beneficiaries' most of which went to a charitable trust set up in his name. The overall value of his estate was estimated to be £4.3 million, or $6.98 million. Savile has been accused of having sex and molesting the young women while conducting charity work at several hospitals, and some have alleged some of the abuse occurred at the BBC. Scotland Yard has opened a criminal investigation into the claims.

    November 1, 2012 7:31 AM

  20. BACK TO LIFE NYC's Subways Reopen Craig Ruttle / AP Photo

    19. NYC's Subways Reopen

    See where service has resumed.

    New York City showed signs of getting back on its feet on Thursday in the aftermath of the devastating Hurricane Sandy as its 108-year-old subway system roared back to partial life at 5 a.m. Thursday morning.  "It's the lifeline of the city," said one early rider, Ronnie Abraham. The subway will only offer limited service, as much of downtown Manhattan still has no power and only three of the eight East River subway tunnels have been dried out. In areas without subway service, there are some shuttle buses running as well as regular bus service. All subways and buses will be free on Thursday.

    November 1, 2012 6:13 AM

  21. TAINTED Olympics to Investigate Lance's Bronze Ricardo Mazalan / AP Photo

    20. Lance's Bronze Investigated

    The hits keep on coming for Lance Armstrong. The International Olympic Committee said on Thursday that it would be investigating Armstrong's bronze medal at the 2000 Olympics after he was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles. The International Cycling Union has erased all of Armstrong's victories from August 1998 forward, and his Sydney medal falls squarely in the tainted time period, although in a different competition. The Olympic committee has an eight-year statute of limitations for changing Olympic results and stripping medals, but IOC vice president Thomas Bach suggested there could be ways around the time-limit issue.

    November 1, 2012 7:54 AM

  22. DEADLY Saudi Tanker Blast Kills 22 Fayez Nureldine, AFP / Getty Images

    21. Saudi Tanker Blast Kills 22

    A fuel tanker crashed into a bridge in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, early Thursday morning, killing at least 10 people. Another 111 were wounded, said Brig. Gen. Mansour al Turk, a spokesman for the interior ministry. The fire caused flames to sweep over the Saudi capital during the busy morning commute.

    November 1, 2012 7:27 AM

  23. SCARY 4 Wounded in USC Shooting Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

    22. 4 Wounded in USC Shooting

    Four people were shot and wounded late Wednesday night during a Halloween party at the University of Southern California, and two people have been detained. Los Angeles police said the four victims were rushed to the hospital, and there was no immediate word on their condition. USC Department of Public Safety told KNBC the shooting erupted during a fight between two people who are not students. There were about 100 people at the party, and the campus went on lockdown after the incident.

    November 1, 2012 7:50 AM

  24. RECOVERY  NBC to Air Sandy Benefit Concert Gregory Shamus / Getty Images

    23. NBC to Air Sandy Benefit Concert

    NBC will air a benefit concert on Friday hosted by Matt Lauer and featuring New Jersey native sons Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi, along with Billy Joel and Christina Aguilera, the network announced on the Today show Thursday morning. Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together will donate the money collected to the American Red Cross. The special will air Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC, USA Network, MSNBC, CNBC, Bravo, E! Style Network, G4, and ohers. Meanwhile, in Jersey, the house featured on Jersey Shore is still standing, but most of Seaside Heights, where the show is filmed, has been devastated by the storm.

    November 1, 2012 9:20 AM

  25. FINAL STRETCH Poll: Obama Up by 6 in Michigan Jacquelyn Martin / AP Photo

    24. Poll: Obama Up by 6 in Michigan

    Mitt Romney is not having a good week in the Midwest. A new poll released on Wednesday showed that President Obama is leading Michigan by six points—with over half of voters saying the auto bailout was a “deciding factor.” Obama leads the state 48 percent to 42 percent, according to a Detroit News/WXYZ poll, with a four-point margin of error. Also, a recent ad campaign by Romney asserting that Obama wanted to ship Chrysler jobs overseas was debunked by Chrysler. A Marquette University poll released Wednesday showed that Obama was leading the battleground state of Wisconsin—Paul Ryan’s home state—by eight points.

    November 1, 2012 7:12 AM

  26. LET THERE BE LIGHT Con Ed: Manhattan Power Back by Saturday Brendan Smialowski, AFP / Getty Images

    25. Con Ed: Manhattan Power Back by Saturday

    Con Edison, New York's power company, said Thursday morning that they expected power to be restored to most of Manhattan by Friday or Saturday. The good news comes on the heels of the announcement that power has already been restored to 225,000 customers, including some in lower Manhattan, although there are still 667,000 customers without power in the city as a whole. Meanwhile, the Long Island Power Authority said there are still 750,000 without power in the suburban Nassau and Suffolk counties, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday had suffered the most power damage.

    November 1, 2012 9:53 AM

  27. FILL 'ER UP Gas Shortages, Long Lines in NYC Area Bruce Bennett / Getty Images

    26. Gas Shortages, Long Lines in NYC Area

    Now that business is slowly getting back to normal, commuters are ready to get back on the roads—but they’re going to have to wait on some mighty long lines for gas first. Areas hit hard by Sandy in the New York metropolitan area were seeing gas shortages already on Thursday, leading to concerns that prices for gas could spike. “The price spike will last several days, probably as long as a week, and then it will depend on whether or not some of the key facilities get back on line,” said John Kilduff of Again Capital. Currently it’s impossible to make deliveries to many stations in the region.

    November 1, 2012 11:56 AM

  28. RELIEF NYC to Get FEMA Help Andrew Burton / Getty Images

    27. NYC to Get FEMA Help

    There's relief in sight for stranded New York City residents: Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday the National Guard and FEMA will deliver one million hot meals and bottled water to areas most affected by the hurricane. While the city's electrical company, Con Edison, said power should be restored to Manhattan by this weekend, other parts of the city could remain without power for longer and be stranded. Staten Island in particular took a particularly harsh hit from the storm: roughly 113,000 residents are without power and are not expected to get it back for 10 days, while the city's main transport to Manhattan, the ferry, is closed.

    November 1, 2012 11:34 AM

  29. ALL GROWN UP?  Miley Cyrus Films Video With Porn Star Steven Lawton / Getty Images

    28. Miley Cyrus Films Video With Porn Star

    In her latest attempt to distance herself from her Disney past, Miley Cyrus appeared in a music video alongside porn star Jessie Andrews. Cyrus, Andrews, and Cyrus's fiancé, Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth, all appear in the clip for dubstep artist Borgore's new song "Decisions." Cyrus sings on the track's chorus. Andrews is Borgore's ex-girlfriend. About the experience of filming the video, Cyrus said, "That s--t was crazy! ... My fiancé was dressed as a unicorn. We make out in the video, which is very funny."

    November 1, 2012 10:17 AM

  30. TRY HARDER, GUY Ryan Goes Trick-or-Treating Mary Altaffer / AP Photo

    29. Ryan Goes Trick-or-Treating

    Other costume ideas: bodybuilder, Superman, Jean-Claude Van Damme. With only a few days until the election, Paul Ryan went trick-or-treating with his family in Wisconsin. Unfortunately for the veep candidate, he failed to put any thought into his Halloween costume. Ryan’s daughter Liza dressed as Katy Perry (who’s openly endorsed Obama), his sons went as “spooky goblins,” and his wife dressed as a witch. Ryan wore a University of Wisconsin hat and jacket, presumably taking on the persona of “Wisconsin Guy."

    November 1, 2012 9:00 AM

  31. LONG TIME COMING Former Penn State Prez Charged Carolyn Kaster, File / AP Photo

    30. Former Penn State Prez Charged

    Graham Spanier was the one who almost got away. The former Penn State president was charged with perjury and obstruction of justice Thursday in connection with the Jerry Sandusky child-sex-abuse scandal. Spanier was forced to step down after Sandusky’s arrest last November but denied any knowledge of widespread child molestation (he didn’t think twice about Sandusky “horsing around” with young boys). Prosecutors also added counts against Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, two other school officials who had been charged with lying to the grand jury that investigated the Sandusky case and are set to go on trial in January.

    November 1, 2012 1:00 PM

  32. NO FEAR Obama Praises Welfare Expansion Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    31. Obama Praises Welfare Expansion

    No ‘welfare-mom’ bashing here. President Obama proudly included “social-welfare programs” on a list of 29 of his accomplishments in an email sent to supporters on Thursday.
    No. 9 on the list reads: “His tax cuts, social-welfare programs,
    and economic policies lifted nearly 7 million Americans above
    the federal poverty line in 2010.” Mitt Romney has repeatedly hammered Obama on the growth of welfare. A recent Romney campaign ad said, “Under Obama, millions of people can’t find work. And more families on welfare and a record number of Americans on food stamps.”

    November 1, 2012 6:08 PM

  33. Match Made in Heaven Tim Tebow Dating Camilla Belle Larry Busacca / Getty Images

    32. Tim Tebow Dating Camilla Belle

    This is going to be one exciting couple. New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow has been quietly dating Joe Jonas's ex-girlfriend since May. Tebow reportedly met actress Camilla Belle at the Met Ball and they have been dating ever since. On Tuesday the two were spotted at Latitude 30 in Jacksonville, Fla., where they played arcade games. A source said, "They were very together and affectionate, until some young fans asked to take Tim's picture," and Camilla politely stood aside. Belle comes from a strict Catholic household.

    November 1, 2012 11:48 AM