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  1. RECOVERY 40,000 NYers May Need Housing Andrew Burton / Getty Images

    1. 40,000 NYers May Need Housing

    Restoring power is just the first step. Thirty to forty thousand New York City residents may require housing for some period after the monster storm ravaged the East Coast, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The city’s mayor said that the number of people in need of housing “may have been similar in Katrina.” A number of large housing developments in the city will be “out of commission for a very long time,” Bloomberg said. About 730,000 people remained without power in the region on Sunday.

    November 4, 2012 2:38 PM

  2. SHOWDOWN National Polls Show Close Race Shannon Stapleton, Pool / AP Photo

    2. National Polls Show Close Race

    Come election night, President Obama could be leading by a modest average of 1.3 percentage points, according to 12 new national polls released Sunday. Overall, the polls show that while Romney and Obama are too close to call nationally, state-by-state polls give Obama a clear lead in the Electoral College. The New York Times’ Nate Silver calculates Obama having an 85 percent chance of winning the Electoral College if the popular vote were perfectly tied nationally. Two days to go until we can see how accurate the much-argued-over predictions are.

    November 4, 2012 10:10 PM

  3. Election Day

    3. Officials: Damage Won’t Stop Vote

    With two days to go until the presidential election, officials are doing all they can to minimize the damage from Hurricane Sandy. In New Jersey and New York, organizers say there will not be major problems for voters in the areas hit hardest. Hundreds of generators will power polling stations, though the number in some areas has been cut down. New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg estimated polling-place changes would impact 143,000 New Yorkers, even though of the 1,256 locations to vote, only 59 will close.

    November 4, 2012 6:17 PM

  4. FLORIDA CHAOS Dems Sue to Extend Early Voting Joe Raedle / Getty Images

    4. Dems Sue to Extend Early Voting

    Fights over voting are getting an early start: Florida's Democratic Party filed a lawsuit early Sunday seeking to extend early voting in three counties, including Miami-Dade because extremely long lines kept voters away. “The extraordinarily long lines deterred or prevented voters from waiting to vote. Some voters left the polling sites upon learning of the expected wait, and others refused to line up altogether," the suit states. In Miami-Dade, voters were outraged on Sunday when the elections department closed its doors after becoming overwhelmed by the turnout. After chants of "Let us vote!" the county announced voters would be able to request and cast absentee ballots at the station after reopening.

    November 4, 2012 4:33 PM

  5. PARADIGM SHIFT After Sandy, Climate Change Looms Mario Tama / Getty Images

    6. After Sandy, Climate Change Looms

    Scrap the 100-year storm--cities may need to prepare for the 500-year storm after Hurricane Sandy, some experts say. As authorities hustle to restore power, pump out subway tunnels, and alleviate gas shortages in New York City, some say that after the historic storm, mere recovery may not be enough. To prevent a Sandy-like disaster again may require putting in place protections for the next monster storm. With the total bill for Sandy recovery expected to be in the tens of billions of dollars, New York and similarly vulnerable cities may not be able to afford not to invest in precautionary measures.

    November 4, 2012 7:41 AM

  6. OPPOSITION Syrian Rebels Meet in Qatar AFP / Getty Images

    7. Syrian Rebels Meet in Qatar

    Time to regroup. Opponents to the rule of Bashar al-Assad in Syria are meeting this week in Qatar to reorganize and select new leadership. Nineteen months of violence and bloodshed have continued unabated as the fractured opposition forces battle Assad and his forces. The United States has thrown its support behind a plan to put more military commanders in leadership roles, but it remained unclear Sunday whether the rebels would be able to cooperate with one another long enough to form a coherent leadership team.

    November 4, 2012 7:34 AM

  7. HORROR Nanny Arrested for Child Murders Manuel Morel / AP Photo

    8. Nanny Arrested for Child Murders

    The nanny suspected of stabbing two young children to death in a Manhattan apartment last month was arrested and charged with two counts each of first- and second-degree murder Saturday. The New York deputy police commissioner said Yoselyn Ortega was arrested after officers conducted a bedside interview at Weill Cornell Medical Center, where the 50-year-old remains hospitalized and under police guard. Ortega recently awoke from a medically induced coma.

    November 3, 2012 10:04 PM

  8. DISGRACED Bo Xilai Booted From Communist Party Feng Li / Getty Images

    9. Bo Booted From Communist Party

    Bye, Bo. Chinese politician Bo Xilai, embroiled in a scandal earlier this year involving murder accusations against his wife, has been tossed out of the country’s ruling Communist Party, a move that lays the once untouchable politician open to criminal prosecution. China’s ruling class is in the midst of a delicate, once-a-decade transition of power that has been haunted by the suspicions surrounding the disgraced politician. Bo was expelled from China’s Parliament last month, and state media said he was placed under criminal investigation.

    November 4, 2012 7:50 AM

  9. RECORD SMASH ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ Grosses $49.1M Disney

    10. ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ Grosses $49.1M

    Break box-office records? Check. Disney’s newest animated offering, Wreck-It Ralph, about a video gamecharacter who leaves nothing in his path unsmashed, barreled its way through the studio’s animation records this weekend. The film grossed $49.1 million in ticket sales at box offices, a record for a Disney cartoon feature. Flight, starring Denzel Washington, came in second with $25 million in receipts, and Iranian-hostage thriller Argo drew in $10.2 million.

    November 4, 2012 1:58 PM

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  11. OVER DiCaprio, Model GF Split Shizuo Kambayashi / AP Photo

    11. DiCaprio, Model GF Split

    Ladies, rejoice! Leonardo DiCaprio is newly single after breaking up with his latest tall, blonde girlfriend. Victoria's Secret Angel Erin Heatherton and the actor had been dating since December 2011 until splitting. DiCaprio is currently in New York filming The Wolf of Wall Street and was spotted partying with a group of models on Wednesday night.

    November 3, 2012 4:48 PM

  12. BRAWL

    12. British Soldier Dead in Cyprus Club

    A British soldier is dead in Cyprus after being stabbed to death in a nightclub. Three British tourists have reportedly been detained after the incident at the Ayia Napa resort, where they are said to have butted heads with four British soldiers. The Ministry of Defence, which banned soldiers from the Ayia Napa resort after a killing in 1994, confirmed the soldier's death. 3,000 military personnel from the United Kingdom serve at two bases located on the island of Cyprus.

    November 4, 2012 8:17 AM

  13. ELECTION DAY Sandy Victims Prepare to Vote AFP / Getty Images

    13. Sandy Victims Prepare to Vote

    For victims of Hurricane Sandy, it's starting to get cold. Officials in areas of the Northeast hit hard by the storm are arranging ways for people with little gas and no electricity to vote on Nov. 6, as President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney appeared neck and neck in their race for the White House. Some voters in New Jersey will be allowed to cast ballots by email, while New York arranged for voting tents to be constructed in some areas. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ordered county clerks to open to allow for early voting over the weekend.

    November 4, 2012 7:26 AM

  14. HOMESTRETCH Ground Game Key in Ohio David Goldman / AP Photo

    14. Ground Game Key in Ohio

    Get excited! That's the message campaign volunteers will repeat nonstop in Ohio during the next few days, as Barack Obama and Mitt Romney eek out every last vote in the critical Buckeye State. While most polls show the president winning Ohio, the Republican campaign thinks it may be able to do battle with the notoriously effective Obama ground game. The president's campaign has 137 field offices spread across the state, while Romney's campaign has only 40.

    November 4, 2012 7:30 AM

  15. HEAD HONCHO Egypt’s Copts Choose New Pope AFP / Getty Images

    15. Egypt’s Copts Choose New Pope

    Pope Tawadros II was selected as the new leader of the Egyptian Coptic Church on Sunday. The faith’s adherents have dealt with increasing uncertainty since their last leader, Pope Shenouda III, died earlier this year. Copts in Egypt have been uneasy about their place in the country since the downfall of dictator Hosni Mubarak and distressed in particular by the rise of powerful Islamist factions. Christians make up about 10 percent of the population in the country of 83 million.

    November 4, 2012 8:02 AM

  16. BLACKOUT Sandy’s Victims See Patchy Recovery Patrick Semansky / AP Photo

    16. Sandy’s Victims See Patchy Recovery

    New York and New Jersey residents devastated by Hurricane Sandy struggled to stay warm as power returned to much of Manhattan on Saturday. New Jersey residents looking to fill up their gas tanks met long lines at the pump as Gov. Chris Christie imposed rationing, and electrical service remained spotty in areas of the Garden State as well as in broad swaths of Queens and Long Island. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sharply criticized the Long Island Power Authority on Saturday for dragging its feet on restoring power to hard-hit areas like the Rockaways.

    November 4, 2012 7:22 AM

  17. BUCKEYE STATE Ohio Poll: Obama 50, Romney 48 Carolyn Kaster / AP Photo

    17. Ohio Poll: Obama 50, Romney 48

    In its final poll before Election Day, The Columbus Dispatch found that President Obama led Mitt Romney 50 percent to 48 percent in Ohio—within the poll’s 2.2 percent margin of error. The bitterly contested battleground state is thought crucial to each candidate’s chances this year, with Obama hoping to sew it up and effectively block the Republican ticket’s routes to 270 electoral votes. The candidates and their running mates have made a combined 83 visits to Ohio this year. Meanwhile, according to a NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, Obama’s Sandy approval rating should make him feel better: 68 percent think he did a good job.

    November 4, 2012 10:23 AM

  18. WASHED OUT Thousands of NYC Students Displaced Beth Harpaz / AP Photo

    18. Thousands of NYC Students Displaced

    More than 100,000 New York City schoolkids won’t have class Monday, and a third as many might skip school until Wednesday. But the worst news may be that 45 schools damaged by Hurricane Sandy may be out of commission until the end of the year, teachers-union president Michael Mulgrew said. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Saturday that eight schools would remain closed to students for use as housing for residents rendered homeless by the monster storm. Students from 57 “severely damaged” schools were told to report to alternate locations Wednesday.

    November 4, 2012 9:36 AM

  19. VERY BAD IDEA Disney to Reboot ‘Boy Meets World’ Craig Sjodin, ABC / Getty Images

    19. Disney to Reboot ‘Boy Meets World’

    If Mr. Feeny is still their neighbor, then it’s officially weird. The Disney Channel is reportedly developing a sequel series to Boy Meets World, which ran for seven seasons and ended more than a decade ago. Series co-creator and executive producer Michael Jacobs has signed on to the new project, Girl Meets World, which is currently in development. The new series will revolve around the preteen daughter of Cory (Ben Savage) and Topanga (Danielle Fishel). The Disney Channel is also hoping to get Savage and Fishel to sign on to play their beloved characters once again.

    November 4, 2012 10:43 AM