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  1. Storm 2.0 Nor’easter Headed for East Coast Bebeto Matthews / AP Photo

    1. Nor’easter Headed for East Coast

    Will Mayor Bloomberg be ready this time? A Nor’easter is brewing off the coast of the Carolinas and is set to hit the New York region early Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service. The storm is predicted to bring up to 60mph winds, heavy rain, and possibly even snow to East Coast residents still reeling from the impact of Sandy. But unlike last week’s hurricane, this storm is coming as tide levels are unusually low, lessening the chances of severe flooding.

    November 5, 2012 2:40 PM

  2. 11TH HOUR Obama, Romney Hold Final Rallies Jewel Samad / AFP

    2. Obama, Romney Hold Final Rallies

    Less than 24 hours before the first polls open on Election Day, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney held their final campaign rallies. Both candidates appeared in Columbus, Ohio, the capital city of what’s predicted to be one of the race’s most crucial swing states. Romney also appeared in Florida, Virginia, and New Hampshire. “Tomorrow, we begin a new tomorrow,” Romney told supporters in Columbus. Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen hit the stage at Obama’s Ohio rally. “I’ve got 99 problems, but Mitt ain’t one,” the hip-hop star rapped, subbing Romney’s name for a more derogatory five-letter word. The Boss accompanied Obama on his flight back to Washington. “That’s not a bad way to bring it home,” the president said.

    November 5, 2012 10:19 PM

  3. CARNAGE Two Car Bombings Hit Syria SANA / AP Photo

    3. Two Car Bombings Hit Syria

    Two car bombings by rebel groups in Syria have killed more than 50 people. Rebel groups reportedly collaborated with Jabhat al-Nusra, a jihadist organization, on a suicide car bombing of a government checkpoint near the village of Hama, which killed at least 50 soldiers. Syria’s official news agency said that the bombing was carried out by terrorists and killed two civilians. The Free Syrian Army claimed responsibility for another bomb that reportedly killed 5 people in Mazzeh 86, a Damascus neighborhood near the presidential compound. Meanwhile, government tanks and helicopters were blasting neighborhoods around Damascus. In the Yarmouk camp in southern Damascus, five people, including a woman and two children, were killed when a mortar shell hit a bus.

    November 5, 2012 1:16 PM

  4. New York Cuomo Issues Emergency Voting Order Mike Groll / AP Photo

    4. Cuomo Issues Emergency Voting Order

    It’s been a big week of decisions in the Big Apple. In one that could prove controversial, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an emergency executive order allowing voters in New York to cast their ballots at any polling station in the state. The move will help voters affected by Hurricane Sandy to cast affidavit ballots outside their usual polling place. “We’re trying to do the best we can,” said Cuomo Monday. “We want everyone to vote.”

    November 5, 2012 8:02 PM

  5. HERE WE GO Gallup Poll: Mitt and Obama Tied Charles Dharapak / AP Photo

    5. Gallup Poll: Mitt and Obama Tied

    Looks like it really is down to the wire. The latest Gallup Poll is expected to show Mitt Romney leading President Obama 49 to 48 percent among likely nationally voters. It’s important to note that the poll’s margin of error is 1 point, meaning that the president and Mitt are virtually in a tie. It’s the first poll since Hurricane Sandy, and shows a sudden surge by Obama. The last poll in October showed Romney up 51 to 46.

    November 5, 2012 1:05 PM

  6. OUTER BOROUGHS Outside Manhattan, Frustration Grows Kathy Willens / AP Photo

    6. Outside Manhattan, Frustration Grows

    Start spreading the news—Hurricane Sandy victims in the four other boroughs of New York City are fed up with the pace of storm-recovery work, with some saying Manhattan gets all the attention. People whose lives and livelihoods were affected by the storm in Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Staten Island have looked with displeasure on the relit Manhattan skyline—anger that was directed at Mayor Michael Bloomberg when he visited the Rockaways on Saturday. “It’s all about Manhattan,” said Rockaways residents Nora McDermott.

    November 5, 2012 6:41 AM

  7. ACCUSED KILLER Police: NYC Nanny Resented Employers Spencer Platt / Getty Images

    7. Police: NYC Nanny Resented Employers

    The New York City nanny charged with the stabbing deaths of two children in her care said she resented her employers, according to police. Fifty-year-old Yoselyn Ortega was interviewed by police over the weekend from her hospital bed at NewYork-Presbyterian. Ortega did not confess to the killings of Lucia and Leo Krim. “She had resentment toward the parents,” an official told The New York Times, and “they were always telling her what to do.” Ortega has been charged with first-degree murder.

    November 5, 2012 7:28 AM

  8. GTL-athon ‘Jersey Shore’ to Host Sandy Benefit Mel Evans

    8. ‘Jersey Shore’ to Host Sandy Benefit

    New Jersey can rest easy now. The cast of Jersey Shore is joining forces with nonprofit group Architecture for Humanity for Restore the Shore, a live special that will air Sunday, Nov. 15. The cast will join other celebrities at MTV’s Times Square studio to ask viewers to contribute donations to help rebuild Seaside Heights, the town where Jersey Shore is filmed. Jersey Shore star Vinny Guadagnino said, “New Jersey, and especially Seaside, is just destroyed. I’ve never had anything like this happen to me. I know every business owner on the boardwalk personally, you know, and, like, they’re good people. They all are hardworking people.”

    November 5, 2012 11:44 AM

  9. CITIZENS BENIGHTED Judge Reveals Group’s Donors Courtesy PBS Frontline

    9. Judge Reveals Group’s Donors

    It’s no Crossroads GPS. But the move by a Montana judge to reveal the once undisclosed donors to Western Tradition Partnership, a social-welfare nonprofit, may have Karl Rove a bit unnerved Monday. The judge released WTP’s dark-money donors—some of whom scrawled “Stop Obama” on their checks—saying that the public had a right to know who gave and how much. WTP’s records demonstrate a history of support for libertarian candidate Ron Paul.

    November 5, 2012 11:10 AM

  10. COWBOYS AND INDIANS No Doubt Pulls Offensive Video Steven Lawton

    10. No Doubt Pulls Offensive Video

    Not so hot. Following a swift, loud uproar over its Native American-themed stereotypes, No Doubt pulled the music video for its new song, “"Looking Hot,”" and issued an official apology on its website. In the clip, the rockers dress in cowboy and Indian costumes, and —in one sequence lead singer Gwen Stefani appears as Pocahontas and writhes while shackled against a wall, asking, "“Do you think I'’m looking hot?”" After critics called the video racist and offensive, the group said on its website, “"Our intention with our new video was never to offend, hurt, or trivialize Native American people, their culture, or their history.”

    November 5, 2012 10:23 PM

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

    11. ‘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

  13. RAMPAGE Hearing Set for Alleged Army Killer Ryan Hallock, DVIDS, Spc. / AP Photo

    12. Hearing Set for Alleged Army Killer

    U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, accused of killing 16 villagers in Afghanistan in March, will appear before a military hearing on Monday to determine whether he will stand for a court martial. Bales faces as many as 16 counts of premeditated murder and six counts of attempted murder after allegedly sneaking away from his base at night and killing Afghan civilians in an alcohol-fueled rampage. The hearing will be held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state.

    November 5, 2012 7:05 AM

  14. DETERMINED Amputee Climbs 103-Floor Skyscraper Brian Kersey / AP Photo

    13. Amputee Climbs 103-Floor Skyscraper

    Mind over matter is one thing, mind over an 103-floor climb is another. Zac Vawter, a 31-year-old amputee who uses a bionic leg controlled by his mind, climbed the steps of a more-than-100-story skyscraper in Chicago on Sunday for the charity event SkyRise Chicago. Vawter’s performance was one of the first public exhibitions of the bionic leg in action, and researchers said that it worked “fantastically.” Vawter finished his ascent in 45 minutes, and the event benefitted the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

    November 5, 2012 7:17 AM

  15. REALPOLITIK Russia Supplying Arms to Syria AFP / Getty Images

    14. Russia Supplying Arms to Syria

    Russia is supplying weapons to Syria under a Soviet-era defense deal that intended for the arms to be used against foreign threats, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told an Egyptian paper. Lavrov said that Russia does not “side in any faction in Syria’s internal battle” and maintained that the weapons were not sent to help bolster the regime of dictator Bashar al-Assad. Russia, along with China, has vetoed repeated efforts by the United Nations to condemn Assad for the violence that has left an estimated 32,000 of his citizens dead.

    November 5, 2012 6:43 AM

  16. ONE DAY MORE Obama, Romney Sprint to Finish AP Photo (2)

    15. Obama, Romney Sprint to Finish

    Hey, Ohio—quit hogging the candidates. Mitt Romney and Barack Obama spent much of their final weekend on the trail sweeping through crucial battleground states, the Buckeye State in particular. While both campaigns would like to lock up Ohio—seen as critical in the race to 270 electoral votes—a win there may be necessary for Romney if he wants to secure a path to the White House. Joe Biden stopped at multiple Ohio locations Sunday while Paul Ryan toured Ohio, Colorado, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

    November 5, 2012 6:39 AM

  17. NO PARTY Economy May Not Care Who’s President Scott Eells, Bloomberg / Getty Images

    16. Economy May Not Care Who’s President

    Who wins? The American people. The economy looks to be on track for steady improvement no matter who wins the White House on Tuesday, according to analysts. Consumer spending is up and household debt is at nearly a 10-year low, teeing up a recovery for whichever candidate is fortunate enough to win office, and claim credit. “The die is cast for a much stronger recovery,” said Moody’s analyst Mark Zandi. The big remaining issue will remain the budget deficit, and the CBO has warned that the looming fiscal cliff could drive the country back into a recession.

    November 5, 2012 6:42 AM

  18. PATRIARCHS Paul Ryan: Obama’s No Abraham Scott Olson / Getty Images

    17. Paul Ryan: Obama’s No Abraham

    Paul Ryan was stumpin’ and Bible thumpin’ on Sunday at rally in Colorado. During a town hall meeting with evangelical Christians, the Catholic congressman said that President Barack Obama’s agenda for the nation “compromises those values, those Judeo-Christian values that made us such a great and exceptional nation in the first place.” Ryan had been somewhat sidelined in recent weeks, and the running mate has steered clear of pointed attacks on the president. A Ryan spokesman said the GOP veep candidate was “talking about issues like religious liberty and Obamacare.”

    November 5, 2012 6:40 AM

  19. SUPPLIES NYC Marathon Generators Go Unused Cara Anna / AP Photo

    18. Marathon Generators Unused

    Plenty of supplies for the canceled New York City marathon—including more than a dozen electrical generators—sat idle in Central Park on Sunday, the New York Post reported. Residents of Staten Island and the Rockaways said they could have made better use of the space blankets, crates of apples and peanuts, and bottled water that sat piled in the center of well-lit Manhattan over the weekend. A marathon security worker told the Post that the supplies were not removed because would-be marathoners running in the park presented logistical difficulties.

    November 5, 2012 7:08 AM

  20. STUMP SPEECH Romney Campaigns in Sanford, FL Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

    19. Romney Campaigns in Sanford, FL

    Hope and change—that’s what the Republican presidential candidate promised voters in the Sunshine State on Monday morning. Mitt Romney said that if reelected, Barack Obama would “continue to crash small business” with oppressive taxes and argued to cheers that his campaign was gaining in momentum. He told supporters that in recent months “we’ve gathered strength. It’s become a movement across the country.” Romney’s “final argument” for voters in the key swing state closed with an exhortation to vote for “love of country,” saying that a “bigger, better country—that’s what’s in store with new leadership.”

    November 5, 2012 9:36 AM

  21. MONEY LAUNDERING HSBC Covers for Potential U.S. Fine Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

    20. HSBC Covers for Potential U.S. Fine

    A fine for anti-money laundering breaches could cost HSBC $1.5 billion, the company said Monday. HSBC said it has set aside $800 million in reserve against a potential fine, on top of the $700 million the company put aside in July. The U.S. Senate released a report over the summer that said the European bank had allowed shady funds from Mexico, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and other countries to shift between clients. “The report undoubtedly caused considerable reputational damage to HSBC,” HSBC chief executive Stuart Gulliver said on Monday.

    November 5, 2012 7:13 AM