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  1. AFTERMATH Sandy Death Toll Reaches 165 Seth Wenig / AP Photo

    1. Sandy Death Toll Reaches 165

    The new overall death toll from Hurricane Sandy jumped to a startling 165 casualties Friday—with 96 deaths in the U.S. alone. According to FEMA administrator Craig Fugate, more than $18 million in federal aid money has been disbursed so far, with more reportedly on the way. From the Caribbean to the eastern United States, damaged areas are struggling to regain electricity as local providers estimate 3.529 million customers are still powerless. In an effort to help recover after the storm, the Red Cross has sent 4,000 workers across the nation to offer relief.

    November 2, 2012 4:45 AM


    2. GOP Voter Registration Dips in Calif.

    Go vote! Californians sure are. New numbers reported by the Associated Press show an all-time high of 18.2 million registered voters in California, but a 30 percent decline in the number of registered Republicans. Officials credit a new online registration system ? which attracts young, Democratic-leaning voters ? for the boost. The decrease in GOP voters is bad news for Romney in an already presumed blue state.  The Secretary of State said Republicans now make up 29.3 percent of the state?s electorate? down from 31.4 percent in 2008.

    November 2, 2012 9:00 PM

  3. BUCKEYE STATE Obama Has 3 Point Lead in Ohio Pool / Getty Images ; AFP / Getty Images

    3. Obama Has 3 Point Lead in Ohio

    The election countdown has begun—and the race is neck and neck in what is arguably the most important battleground state. Obama has a three-point lead over Romney for Ohio's 18 electoral votes, according to a CNN poll released Friday. Fifty percent of likely voters say they're supporting the president, while 47 percent say they're backing the former Massachusetts governor. The latest numbers come as both Obama and Romney are campaigning their hearts out in the crucial Buckeye State.

    November 2, 2012 5:08 PM


    4. Power Back in Parts of Lower Manhattan

    The dark days are over. After almost five days with no electricity, parts of lower Manhattan had their power restored Friday afternoon around 5 p.m. According to electrical provider ConEdison, nearly 65,000 customers now have power again. Local residents posted on Twitter about celebrations in the streets. “Honking and cheering. People going bonkers,” said @caitlin_thomps. “People are cheering,” reported @somebadideas.

    November 2, 2012 5:33 PM

  5. LADY LIBERTY Statue of Liberty Closed Michael Nagle / Getty Images

    5. Statue of Liberty Closed

    New York’s most iconic lady has also been brought to her knees by a lady of similar power—Sandy. The Statue of Liberty, along with Ellis Island, is powerless after Liberty Island—where the two landmarks are located—sustained water damage. The statue itself is fine, but tourists might be kept away for some time. “Currently, the islands are closed for the foreseeable future. Until the assessment is done, we cannot determine when both islands will reopen,” a spokeswoman for the National Parks of New York Harbor said Friday. The docks and grounds are reportedly still in bad shape.

    November 2, 2012 3:27 PM

  6. It's Off NYC Marathon Cancelled John Moore / Getty Images

    6. NYC Marathon Canceled

    The New York City marathon has been canceled. Mayor Bloomberg’s previous decision to continue on with the annual race had the public outraged over misuse of resources, as Staten Island—the starting point—remains devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Now, the uproar seems to have changed officials’ minds. Bloomberg issued a statement saying the marathon had become a “source of controversy and division ... we have decided to cancel it,” and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said “the decision to move forward with the marathon is not a decision I would have made. That said, I think we need to look forward and continue to focus on the task at hand—helping those without electricity, food, and water.” 

    November 2, 2012 5:18 PM


    7. 18 Killed in Pakistan Van Attack

    At least 18 people were killed and five injured after an attack on a passenger van in Pakistan by a group of eight gunmen, a senior administration official reports. After the gunmen opened fire on the van, which was parked near a gas pump, it burst into flames. It is believe that women and children are among those who were killed. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack yet, and the gunmen escaped the scene. The violence took place in Pakistan’s Balochistan province, where insurgents and security forces have been clashing over the past few years, likely over the area’s oil reserve, which is the largest in the country.

    November 2, 2012 11:41 AM

  8. THE SHOW WILL GO ON Some Marathoners Will Still Run Richard Drew / AP Photo

    8. Some Marathoners Will Still Run

    Some marathoners aren’t taking no for an answer. Despite the annual New York City marathon’s cancellation Friday, a handful of participants said they will put their months of training to good use and will still follow the marathon’s route. One runner and his friends started a Facebook event encouraging others to “run it anyway for ourselves ... The show must go on.” Before you judge, he is also planning to volunteer for storm-cleanup efforts.

    November 2, 2012 8:36 PM

  9. ADIOS Wired Editor Steps Down Larry Busacca / Getty Images

    9. 'Wired' Editor Steps Down

    Guess you can always aim geekier. Chris Anderson, the editor in chief of Wired magazine, plans to switch from the media world to robotics. His start-up, 3D Robotics, designs personal drones for private customers. “This is an opportunity for me to pursue an entrepreneurial dream,” Anderson said in a statement. “I’m confident that Wired’s mission to influence and chronicle the digital revolution is stronger than ever and will continue to expand and evolve.” He says drones could be used in place of more expensive helicopters. Also, they “don’t get bored,”  he said. They don’t charge overtime. They’re not unionized.” Touché.

    November 2, 2012 4:55 PM

  10. AID Celebs Film Sandy Telethon Heidi Gutman / NBC via AP Photo

    10. Celebs Film Sandy Telethon

    Christina Aguilera (a Staten Island native!) joined fellow singers Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi Friday night to help raise money to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy. The “Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together” telethon on NBC will benefit rebuilding and relief efforts in the areas most devastated by the storm. “We are here for you. We will do whatever we can to help. We will not leave any one of you behind, because every single one of you matters,” Aguilera said. The all-star trio is urging viewers to help Red Cross efforts by texting REDCROSS to 90999 (for a $10 donation) or by going online and pledging funds.

    November 2, 2012 10:54 PM

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    11. Newsweeklies Are a Dying Breed

    Newsweek may be the first but there's a good chance it won't be the last newsweekly to ditch its print product. Publications like The Week, Time and even The Economist are losing ad pages—the real magazine money maker, fueling the prediction made by the director of the Center for the Digital Future at USC at this week's American Magazine Conference that, in the war between print and digital magazines, newsweeklies will be the first to go. As the percentage of Americans who say they've read news—or even just a headline—on social media in the past 24 hours has grown from 9 to 19 percent since 2010, those who say they have read a print magazine in the last day has shrunk from 23 to 17 percent over the past decade, according to a Pew Research Center report.

    November 2, 2012 12:58 PM

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    12. WSJ: Jefferson Was Slave Driver

    A new biography of Thomas Jefferson biography will “change the way that we think about the author of the Declaration of Independence.” That’s what The Wall Street Journal concludes in its review of Master of the Mountain, hailing its detailed analysis of Jefferson’s estate records, which reveal a “coldblooded taskmaster” who “overworked his slaves as a matter of course.” Master of the Mountain reveals Jefferson’s crude racism—his “deep personal distaste for blacks,” as Wiencek suggests. Put frankly, he “moved the boundaries on his moral map to make the horrific tolerable to him,” Wiencek writes.

    November 2, 2012 11:23 AM

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

    13. 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

  15. SCARY CNN Gets Chemical-Bomb Threat Ric Feld, File / AP Photo

    14. CNN Gets Chemical-Bomb Threat

    And people say nobody cares about CNN. Atlanta police were forced to close the sidewalks and streets around the CNN complex early Friday following a chemical-bomb threat. Atlanta police said no device was found in the search, and the streets were open again by 6 a.m. Police said a caller claimed to have planted a chemical bomb at CNN headquarters, just north of Centennial Olympic Park.

    November 2, 2012 8:02 AM

  16. MASSACRE Amnesty Condemns Syrian Rebels Narciso Contreras / AP Photo

    15. Amnesty Condemns Syrian Rebels

    Amnesty International said on Friday the alleged killing of Syrian government soldiers by the rebels could be constituted as war crimes. The alleged execution, captured on video but not confirmed, occurred after rebels overran army checkpoints in Damascus and Aleppo. The video allegedly shows rebels kicking and pushing a dozen soldiers to the ground, and then a barrage of shots were fired at the soldiers. Meanwhile, fighting continues to rage in Syria, with the pro-opposition group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights saying that 150 people died in clashes on Thursday, including more than 70 government soldiers.

    November 2, 2012 8:00 AM

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

    16. 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

  18. STILL QUESTIONS Report: Libya Was CIA Operation Carolyn Kaster / AP Photo

    17. Report: Libya Was CIA Operation

    The CIA and the State Department allegedly had a secret deal for security that went disastrously wrong in Benghazi in the weeks prior to the attack that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador, according to a report in Friday's Wall Street Journal. When the bodies of the four slain Americans arrived in the U.S., noticeably absent from the funeral procession was CIA director David Petraeus, which officials told the Journal was due to Petraeus's efforts to hide the CIA's role in the botched security plan. But the CIA and the State Department reportedly "weren't on the same page" about their respective roles, and the rift between the two agencies is considered one of the key reasons why security seemed inadequate in the days following the attack.

    November 2, 2012 7:45 AM

  19. TRAGIC Secret Service Agent Kills Self Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP Photo

    18. Secret Service Agent Kills Self

    A Secret Service agent who was reportedly being investigated for carrying on a long-term relationship with a foreign citizen has committed suicide, sources close to the matter told the Associated Press on Friday. The agent, Rafael Pietro, reportedly had an affair with a Mexican woman for six years, keeping the whole thing from the agency that protects the president—but a fellow employee recently came clean to the Secret Service amid the crackdown following the prostitution scandal involving 13 agents and officers in Brazil. Subject to an internal investigation, Pietro took his own life last week.

    November 2, 2012 8:11 AM

  20. TOO SOON? Calls to Cancel NYC Marathon John Moore / Getty Images

    19. Calls to Cancel NYC Marathon

    New Yorkers have started a petition to cancel the New York City Marathon on Sunday, less than one week after the devastating Hurricane Sandy brought the city to its knees and with many areas still struggling with no power. The race kicks off in Staten Island, the borough that many say was hardest hit, and has felt forgotten in the recovery efforts. The New York City Marathon is one of the world's largest, and it brings in hundreds of millions of dollars for the city. Mayor Michael Bloomberg insisted at a press conference on Thursday that "the city is a city and we have to go on."

    November 2, 2012 7:35 AM

  21. UNEMPLOYMENT Jobless Rate Stays at 7.9 Percent Alan Diaz / AP Photo

    20. Jobless Rate Stays at 7.9 Percent

    The U.S. unemployment rate ticked up slightly to 7.9 percent in October, a disappointing return to reality after the jobless rate dropped so dramatically in September. According to the monthly jobless report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. added just 171,000 jobs in October, keeping the unemployment rate flat. But the report did reflect that U.S. companies stepped up their payrolls in October as the economy added more jobs, with the unemployment rate only increasing due to a surge of people entering the workforce. The number comes on the heels of the September report that showed the unemployment rate dropped below 8 percent for the first time in four years. The bureau warned that the survey was conducted prior to Hurricane Sandy, and that the financial impact of the storm had yet to be factored in.

    November 2, 2012 8:32 AM

  22. ALMOST THERE CNN Poll: Obama Up in Colo. Jewel Samad, AFP / Getty Images

    21. CNN Poll: Obama Up in Colo.

    It's the home stretch now. A CNN/ORC poll released Thursday showed President Obama leading 50 percent to 48 percent among likely voters in Colorado, but the president's slim lead is well within the margin of error. The tightly contested battleground state—with nine electoral votes went for Obama in 2008, and this time around, he has a tiny lead with independents. Meanwhile, a Pew study released Friday indicates that both Obama and Mitt Romney have received overwhelmingly negative coverage in the media. From Aug. 27 to Oct. 21, just 19 percent of the stories about President Obama were considered "favorable," with 30 percent considered "unfavorable." For Romney, only 15 percent were favorable and 38 percent unfavorable.

    November 2, 2012 7:53 AM

  23. HORRIFYING Report: Nanny Suspect Angry at Family Manuel Morel / AP Photo

    22. Report: Nanny Suspect Angry at Family

    Yoselyn Ortega, the woman accused of killing two young children in her care in New York last week, allegedly told police that she was angry with the family who employed her, the New York Post reported Friday. Police sources told the Post that Ortega was angry that Marina and Kevin Krim asked her to do housework, and that they reportedly told her she needed to improve her performance or else be fired from her job of caring for the couple’s three children. Last week, Marina Krim reportedly returned home with her 3-year-old daughter, finding her 6-year-old daughter, Lucia, and 2-year son, Leo, dead, and Ortega then allegedly slit her own throat. Ortega has not yet been charged.

    November 2, 2012 8:12 AM

  24. BACK IN BUSINESS Staten Island Ferry Resumes Service Spencer Platt / Getty Images

    23. Staten Island Ferry Resumes Service

    New York City is, step by step, moving toward a point of normalcy. The city announced that the Staten Island Ferry will resume service Friday at noon, launching every half hour in both directions. The borough, New York City’s least populated, was one of the hardest hit from the storm. In addition to sustaining devastating damage, 19 people from Staten Island were killed—accounting for almost half of the city’s death toll from the storm. That includes two children, ages 2 and 4, who were swept out of their mother’s arms by floodwaters and found dead Thursday yards apart from each other.

    November 2, 2012 10:34 AM

  25. FOREVER THE OPTIMIST Bloomberg: Marathon Is Good Idea Andrew Burton / Getty Images

    24. Bloomberg: Marathon Is Good Idea

    Despite a stampede of protests claiming that it’s insensitive to those who still need the city’s help to recover from Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Friday defended his decision not to cancel Sunday’s New York Marathon. “If you go back to 9/11, Rudy [Giuliani] made the right decision in those days to run the marathon, and pull people together,” Bloomberg said, although the marathon was held on Nov. 5th in 2001, six weeks after the terrorist attack. Running the race, he says, will “help New York City,” especially through donations that will be raised. In the briefing, Bloomberg also said the city's death toll rose to 41, the city’s relief fund now includes $10 million in donations, and most of Manhattan should have power back by midnight.

    November 2, 2012 2:22 PM

  26. BRING US GAS Cuomo: ‘No Reason to Panic’ Justin Lane / EPA-Landov

    25. Cuomo: ‘No Reason to Panic’

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo insisted on Friday there is "no reason to panic" over gasoline, but he conceded that he will waive the city's tax and registration required for tankers to enter the New York harbor. Cuomo promised New Yorkers that millions of gallons of fuel would be arriving Friday. “There should be a real change in condition, and people should see it quickly,” he said. Federal authorities have also waived a law that was limiting fuel vessels allowed into the area.

    November 2, 2012 12:59 PM

  27. EXPOSED 'Forbes': Crane Company Is Shady Timothy A. Clary / AFP

    26. 'Forbes': Crane Company Is Shady

    That the precariously dangling crane atop a luxury building on Manhattan’s 57th Street is a project from Extell Development isn’t a surprise to Forbes editor Randall Lane, who had disastrous dealings with the developer five years ago. Lane is careful to say that Extell contracted the construction on the 57th Street building to another company, but “destructive corporate culture also somehow correlates with accident/incidents.” He had been working with Extell, which began selling new luxury developments in 2002, on a charity event in conjunction with several magazines he was running. Extell never paid Lane’s party the money it was owed—nor did it pay any of the charities. “Extell has one of those corporate cultures where promises aren’t promises," he says, "and where accidents somehow tend to happen.”

    November 2, 2012 1:14 PM

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

    27. 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

  29. PRIORITIES 800 Line Up at N.Y. Apple Store Eric Risberg / AP Photo

    800 Line Up at N.Y. Apple Store

    Nevermind the lines for gas, food, public toilets, and other post-Hurricane Sandy necessities. Nearly 800 people queued up outside Manhattan’s flagship Apple Store this morning for the launch of the iPad mini. Apple had pushed back the launch time from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. so that store workers would have more time to get to work amid gridlock traffic throughout the city. That didn’t stop some New Yorkers from getting there well before the store opened its doors. Meanwhile, the subway system is still down and thousands remain without power and in need of aid.

    November 2, 2012 1:56 PM