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  • Sandy dumped 11B gallons of sewage in waterways

    April 30, 2013 8:09 AM

    NEW YORK - Superstorm Sandy released 11 billion gallons of sewage from East Coast treatment plants into bodies of water from Washington, D.C., to Connecticut. That's according to a study by the nonprofit science journalism group Climate Central. It says that's equivalent to having Central Park covered 41 feet high... more »
  • NJ Sandy milestone: Last shuttered town reopens

    February 22, 2013 9:09 AM

    MANTOLOKING, N.J.- New Jersey has reached another milestone in its recovery from Sandy. The borough of Mantoloking is allowing residents to move back in Friday. It's the last storm-ravaged shore town to do so - 116 days after the superstorm struck. It's not a mad rush. The winter population of the barrier... more »
  • Senate nears vote on $50.5B bill for Sandy victims

    January 28, 2013 10:08 AM

    WASHINGTON - Three months after Superstorm Sandy devastated parts of the densely populated Northeast, the Senate is nearing a vote on a $50.5 billion emergency relief bill to help storm victims recover. Some conservatives are complaining the bill will add to the nation's debt. But Northeast lawmakers in both parties... more »
  • Senate sets Monday vote on $50.5B Sandy aid bill

    January 25, 2013 5:17 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate is set to vote Monday on a $50.5 billion emergency relief bill to help victims of Superstorm Sandy. Northeast lawmakers from both parties hope to win Senate approval of the measure and send it to President Barack Obama, who has said he would sign it.... more »
  • Stormy issue of Sandy aid settles down in House

    January 16, 2013 4:37 AM

    WASHINGTON - The political tempest stirred up by Superstorm Sandy appears to have moved on after wreaking havoc among House Republicans divided over how much aid to allocate to the victims of the storm. In a 241-180 vote Tuesday night, the House approved $50.5 billion in disaster relief for... more »
  • House approves $50.7B for Sandy aid

    January 15, 2013 6:35 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has approved a $50.7 billion measure for Superstorm Sandy victims. The 241-180 vote sends the measure to the Senate which is expected to take it up next Tuesday. Northeast lawmakers from both parties have been pressing for the aid for more than two months. The Oct.... more »
  • Congress approves $9.7 billion in Sandy flood aid

    January 4, 2013 3:40 PM

    WASHINGTON - The new Congress has passed a $9.7 billion bill to help pay flood insurance claims to homeowners, renters and businesses damaged by Superstorm Sandy. The bill cleared the Senate following passage earlier Friday by the House. It replenishes the National Flood Insurance Program that was due to run... more »
  • Congress to vote on Sandy aid

    January 4, 2013 7:22 AM

    WASHINGTON - $9.7 billion measure to pay flood insurance claims is set for a vote in Congress, boosting prospects for relief for the many home and business owners flooded out by Superstorm Sandy. If the House, as expected, approves the flood insurance proposal today, the Senate plans to follow with... more »
  • NJ Gov. Christie blasts fellow Republican Boehner

    January 2, 2013 3:23 PM

    NEWARK, N.J. - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is blasting fellow Republican John Boehner for the House Speaker's decision to delay a vote on Superstorm Sandy relief and says the inaction is "inexcusable." Christie said Wednesday that the House is playing politics with the $60 billion aid request and it's... more »
  • Rep. King says Boehner promises Sandy aid votes

    January 2, 2013 2:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - A New York lawmaker says House Speaker John Boehner has promised votes to aid victims of Superstorm Sandy by Jan. 15. Republican Rep. Peter King says the speaker will schedule a vote Friday for $9 billion in flood insurance and another on Jan. 15 for a remaining $51... more »
  • Obama urges action on Sandy aid

    January 2, 2013 11:04 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is calling for House Republicans to vote Wednesday on Hurricane Sandy aid "without delay for our fellow Americans." It comes as New York lawmakers are lashing out at a decision by House GOP leaders not to hold a vote in the current Congress. Obama says... more »
  • Plan for NYC Ferris wheel rolls on, despite Sandy

    January 1, 2013 12:31 PM

    NEW YORK - While New York City grapples with rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, developers are pressing ahead with plans to build the world's largest Ferris wheel on the shoreline of storm-torn Staten Island. Sandy's flooding spurred some changes to the nearly $500 million project, which includes an outlet mall and... more »
  • Senate debates $60.4 billion Sandy aid package

    December 17, 2012 4:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - Democrats are trying to push a $60.4 billion emergency spending package for Superstorm Sandy victims through Congress by Christmas. Republicans are responding: Not so fast. The Senate opened debate on the aid measure Monday, seven weeks after the storm swept up the East Coast, causing extensive damage in... more »
  • Senate Dems offer Sandy disaster aid package

    December 12, 2012 3:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats have quickly cobbled together a $60.4 billion disaster aid package for New York, New Jersey and other states hit by Superstorm Sandy in late October. Working from the emergency spending request President Barack Obama made five days ago, the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday released draft... more »
  • Landrieu, other senators tour NJ Sandy damage

    December 10, 2012 2:49 PM

    LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, N.J. - A group of Democratic U.S. senators from around the country is touring storm-ravaged parts of the New Jersey shore with a pledge to support the expensive cost of rebuilding from Superstorm Sandy. The senators also say they have encountered support from Republican senators as billions... more »
  • Congressional aides: Obama asks $60.4B Sandy aid

    December 7, 2012 4:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congressional aides say President Barack Obama is asking Congress to approve $60.4 billion in federal aid for New York, New Jersey and other states hit by Super Storm Sandy in late October. The formal paperwork is expected to be sent to Congress later today or early next week.... more »
  • NJ storm victims finding lost mementos online

    November 23, 2012 6:47 PM

    NEWARK, N.J. - New Jersey residents devastated by Superstorm Sandy are being reunited with lost photographs and objects through social media. There are at least four Facebook pages targeted to New Jersey residents that help connect them with their possessions. People who find lost mementos can post photos of them... more »
  • What does it take to get people to flee a storm?

    November 14, 2012 2:03 PM

    NEW YORK - In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, emergency officials are taking another look at a problem that has bedeviled them for a long time: how to get people to comply when they are ordered to evacuate their homes. Despite dire forecasts and explicit warnings, hundreds of thousands of... more »
  • State deploys DCFS team to NJ to help with Sandy

    November 13, 2012 3:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A team of three emergency responders from the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services has traveled to New Jersey to help officials there with their sheltering mission following Hurricane Sandy. The team will remain in New Jersey to provide technical support and advice as long as... more »
  • NY governor to seek $30B in superstorm federal aid

    November 12, 2012 10:37 AM

    ALBANY, N.Y. - An administration official says Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to request at least $30 billion in federal disaster aid to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy. The official wasn't authorized to speak publicly because the details haven't been finalized. The official confirms that the administration will use the money to... more »
  • People who endured Sandy are now recovering from new storm

    November 8, 2012 5:04 PM

    NEW YORK - One man who lives along the New Jersey coast says he just had power restored a couple of days ago following the outage caused by Hurricane Sandy -- and how, he's lost it again. A new storm that struck the Northeast yesterday has caused hundreds of thousands... more »
  • Sandy knocks off big chunk of retail sales

    November 6, 2012 3:32 PM

    NEW YORK - A retail data service says Superstorm Sandy knocked off nearly $4 billion of retail sales last week in the hard-hit Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region, nearly 20 percent of the usual total. MasterCard Advisors' SpendingPulse says Tuesday that the region, which accounts for about 24 percent of retail... more »
  • New York investigates Sandy price gouging

    November 5, 2012 2:54 PM

    ALBANY, N.Y. - More than 400 possible cases of price gouging have been reported in New York before and after Superstorm Sandy. Reports are being investigated in New York City, the Hudson Valley and on Long Island by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Among the reports: The price of a... more »
  • "Spirit of Louisiana" fire truck headed to Long Island

    November 5, 2012 11:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A fire truck donated to New York in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks is headed to the northeast again to help with a different disaster. Fire Marshal Butch Browning said they were lending the "Spirit of Louisiana" truck to aid in cleanup around... more »
  • La. troopers giving a hand in NJ

    November 5, 2012 10:28 AM

    TRENTON, N.J. - Eight states are lending law enforcement power to New Jersey in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Attorney General Jeff Chiesa swore in more than 200 out-of-state troopers Monday. The troopers, who are on loan from as far away as Mississippi, will handle security checkpoints and conduct patrols... more »
  • Appalachian Trail hiker trapped by snow is rescued

    November 2, 2012 3:59 PM

    GATLINBURG, Tenn. - An Appalachian Trail hiker has been rescued from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park after calling 911 to say he didn't think he'd be able to make his way out because of snowdrifts up to 5 feet high left by Superstorm Sandy. Park service spokeswoman Molly Schroer... more »
  • New York skyline to be lit up again tonight

    November 2, 2012 3:55 PM

    NEW YORK - For the first time since Superstorm Sandy struck at the start of the week, the Manhattan skyline is expected to be mostly lit up tonight. Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the utility Con Edison is hoping to have most of Manhattan's outages resolved by midnight. But the progress... more »
  • Storm-wracked states prepare for election Tuesday

    November 1, 2012 4:27 PM

    NEW YORK - Election officials were ordering generators, moving voting locations and figuring out how to transport poll workers displaced from coastal areas as Tuesday's presidential election became the latest challenge for states whacked by Superstorm Sandy. The storm devastated communities up and down the East Coast. It had already... more »
  • Travel slowly creeps back to life in Northeast

    November 1, 2012 1:18 PM

    NEW YORK - Superstorm Sandy is gone, the sun is shining, but many folks in the Northeast are still stuck in a transit nightmare. Even though airports, rail lines, buses and even the New York City subway have reopened, most aren't at normal capacity, leaving gigantic lines and gridlocked traffic.... more »
  • New York City Marathon is on for Sunday

    November 1, 2012 10:30 AM

    NEW YORK - Superstorm Sandy has caused the postponement of the Brooklyn Nets' first NBA regular-season game at Barclays Center, but it won't stop the New York City marathon. The NBA has agreed to reschedule tonight's game between the Nets and visiting New York Knicks. The Barclays Center sits above... more »
  • New estimate for economic damage from storm: $50B

    November 1, 2012 10:23 AM

    NEW YORK - The total economic damage from Superstorm Sandy could run as high as $50 billion, according to new estimates from the forecasting firm Eqecat. The new numbers are more than double the firm's previous estimate. Eqecat said Thursday that its new estimate for economic losses is between... more »
  • Obama making up for lost time after storm hiatus

    November 1, 2012 10:21 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama dives back into campaigning after three days immersed in managing the federal response to the storm that battered the East Coast. The contours of the presidential race remain much the same, with Obama and Republican Mitt Romney locked in a tight contest and both campaigns... more »
  • Obama goes to FEMA before visit to storm-racked NJ

    October 31, 2012 12:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Obama is paying a visit to Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters ahead of his trip to New Jersey to see the damage done by superstorm Sandy. Obama took a motorcade to FEMA's offices to meet with agency chiefs before a planned flight to Atlantic City, N.J., to... more »
  • Romney now is supportive of FEMA, despite earlier suggestion that it be scrapped

    October 31, 2012 12:24 PM

    WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney is making it clear that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has a role to play in dealing with events like Hurricane Sandy. In a statement released by his campaign today, he says FEMA "plays a key role in working with states and localities to prepare for... more »
  • Northeast air travel resumes as JFK, Newark reopen

    October 31, 2012 11:25 AM

    NEW YORK - Air travelers stranded in the Northeast are a little closer to getting home. Two of New York City's three major airports are open. Flights are slowly resuming at John F. Kennedy International and Newark Liberty International. LaGuardia is still closed. Airlines say they are beginning limited... more »
  • Professional leagues plan to play after superstorm

    October 30, 2012 4:20 PM

    NEW YORK - With much of the Northeast immersed in the recovery from superstorm Sandy's devastating blow, the NFL and NBA plan to carry on with their schedules. The New York City Marathon is still hoping that the course will be clear by Sunday and runners will be able... more »
  • Hospital staff completes evacuation of patients during storm

    October 30, 2012 3:35 PM

    NEW YORK - An official at a New York City hospital says, "Everyone here is a hero." Dr. Bernard Birnbaum, senior vice president at Tisch Hospital, today thanked crews who had worked through the night, evacuating nearly 300 patients floor-by-floor from one of the city's top hospitals after it lost... more »
  • Superstorm may end up slowing US economy slightly

    October 30, 2012 12:30 PM

    WASHINGTON - Superstorm Sandy could mean higher gas prices and a slower economy in coming months, though reconstruction will help cushion the economic blow. The storm will end up causing about $20 billion in damages and an additional $10 billion to $30 billion in lost business activity, according to IHS... more »
  • Sandy's death toll climbs

    October 30, 2012 12:29 PM

    NEW YORK - The number of dead from the superstorm that struck the Northeast has climbed to 34 -- with many of the victims killed by falling trees. At least 7.4 million people are without power. Lower Manhattan was among the hardest-hit areas after the storm sent a nearly 14-foot... more »
  • Obama cancels more events, Romney changes tone

    October 30, 2012 11:40 AM

    KETTERING, Ohio - For a third day tomorrow, President Barack Obama will be off the campaign trail. Instead of holding campaign events in Ohio, he'll be at the White House to monitor recovery efforts from the storm that practically shut down New York City and left more than 30 people... more »
  • Sports sidesteps Sandy

    October 30, 2012 10:54 AM

    UNDATED - Sports emerged practically untouched on a quiet Monday as the superstorm triggered by Hurricane Sandy flooded shore towns in the Northeast and shut down transit and school systems. The World Series ended a day before the storm made landfall. The Monday night football game was in tranquil Arizona.... more »
  • Sandy forces political pause with 7 days left

    October 30, 2012 10:39 AM

    WASHINGTON - The havoc unleashed by Superstorm Sandy is bringing an unnerving pause to the presidential campaigning as President Barack Obama and rival Mitt Romney adjust the breakneck pace of the contest's final days to the anxieties and emergency demands sweeping the Eastern Seaboard. Both men and their running mates... more »
  • Sandy moves inland after leaving 17 dead

    October 30, 2012 8:11 AM

    NEW YORK - Superstorm Sandy is winding down and inching its way inland, leaving at least 17 people in seven states dead and more than 7 million power outages in its wake. New York was one of the hardest hit areas when an unprecedented 13-foot surge of seawater - 3... more »
  • Superstorm Sandy loses hurricane status

    October 29, 2012 6:59 PM

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Forecasters say Sandy is no longer a hurricane but is still a dangerous system taking dead aim at New Jersey and Delaware. The National Hurricane Center said Monday evening that Sandy is a post-tropical storm and losing strength but still has sustained winds at 85 mph.... more »
  • Coast Guard finds 1 missing crew member of ship

    October 29, 2012 5:23 PM

    ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. - The Coast Guard says it has found one of the missing crew members of a tall ship that went down off the North Carolina coast, but she is unresponsive. Lt. Mike Patterson said crews are taking 42-year-old Claudene Christian to the hospital. The Coast Guard is... more »
  • Social media abuzz with hurricane chatter

    October 29, 2012 4:34 PM

    NEW YORK - Whether you call it Frankenstorm, Stormpocalypse or simply Hurricane Sandy, the giant weather system barreling into the East Coast is a favorite topic of conversation on social media from Facebook to Twitter. As people post updates to friends and family, relay emergency information and lighten the... more »
  • Sandy expected ashore by evening

    October 29, 2012 2:42 PM

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Hurricane Sandy is now expected to blow ashore in New jersey or Delaware by this evening -- hours sooner than previously expected. The storm has picked up some forward speed. It's already washed away a part of the Atlantic City Boardwalk. And it's threatening to cripple... more »
  • La. crews heading to northeast for Sandy

    October 29, 2012 2:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Volunteers, emergency responders and others from Louisiana are heading to the northeast to put their experience with hurricanes to use as Hurricane Sandy nears landfall. Both Entergy and DEMCO utility companies have hundreds of line workers either on their way or prepared to join crews from... more »
  • NYC Fire Dept. at scene of dangling crane

    October 29, 2012 2:29 PM

    NEW YORK - Emergency workers are at the scene of a crane that's dangling off a 65-story building in New York City. Television images show part of the crane hanging off the luxury building on West 57th Street. No injuries are reported. However, streets have been cleared as a precaution.... more »
  • Analysts say Sandy unlikely to damage US economy

    October 29, 2012 2:27 PM

    WASHINGTON - Hurricane Sandy has already caused the cancellation of thousands of flights, stranding travelers. Insurers are expecting to have to pay up to $5 billion. Retailers are expecting smaller sales. But for the overall economy, damage from the storm is expected to be limited, and analysts say any economic... more »
  • Hurricane Sandy could delay October jobs report

    October 29, 2012 1:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - Hurricane Sandy could complicate Friday's release of the October jobs report, the final snapshot of employment before the presidential election. U.S. Labor Department officials are still hopeful that they can release the report as scheduled. But they acknowledged that the storm could cause a delay. "Our intention is... more »
  • Obama says he's confident in storm preparations

    October 29, 2012 12:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he's confident that state and federal governments have done all they can to prepare for the superstorm barreling up the East Coast. He says the slow-moving storm will affect millions of people, and he is urging Americans to heed warnings. Obama was speaking from... more »
  • 14 rescued, 2 missing from tall ship off NC

    October 29, 2012 10:30 AM

    PORTSMOUTH, Va. - The Coast Guard has rescued 14 members of the crew forced to abandon the tall ship HMS Bounty caught in Hurricane Sandy off the North Carolina Outer Banks. The Coast Guard is searching for two other crew members. It corrected the total number of crew to 16... more »
  • Sandy gains power and aims for Northeast

    October 29, 2012 10:27 AM

    NEW YORK - Hurricane Sandy is gaining strength and has taken a left turn toward the East Coast and its date with two other weather systems. An official with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is calling it "the worst-case scenario." The storm, with tropical storm-force winds extending almost 500... more »

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