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Obama signs $9.7 billion aid bill for Sandy victims

People walk through sand that washed up from the beach and onto Route 35 during superstorm Sandy, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in Lavallette, N.J. AP FILE PHOTO

US President Barack Obama signed a bill Sunday approving $9.7 billion in emergency disaster aid for victims of superstorm Sandy, after a delay sparked outrage among East Coast Republicans against their own party leadership.

Posted: January 7th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

NY surfer who survived Sandy drowns in Puerto Rico

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A lifeguard widely praised as a hero after Superstorm Sandy for rescuing neighbors endangered by rolling floodwaters and a fire that destroyed several homes in a small community where grief has been a frequent visitor has died in a surfing accident in Puerto Rico.

Posted: December 25th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Sandy cost NY $42B in damage, loss

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People walk through sand that washed up from the beach and onto Route 35 during superstorm Sandy, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in Lavallette, N.J. AP FILE PHOTO

Superstorm Sandy ran up a $42 billion bill on New York, higher than expected, and the state and New York City are making big requests for disaster aid from the federal government, the state’s governor said Monday.

Posted: November 27th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Doctors without Border on first US mission

New Cholera patients admitted to the MSF (Médecins Sans Frontière)(Doctors Without Borders) clinic on November 7, 2012 in Delmas, Haiti where they were treated for Cholera. Haitian health authorities announced November 6 that 21 people have died as a result of Cholera that resurged following Hurricane Sandy. "After Hurricane Sandy we recorded a resurgence of cholera due to floods, while many centers for the treatment of disease have been destroyed or damaged," he told AFP Dr. Ronald Francis, National Coordinator cholera. "We counted 21 dead, 17 in four health centers and in communities, and 2,224 people infected," reported Dr. Francis. AFP PHOTO / THONY BELIZAIRE

The group Doctors Without Borders has aided victims of war and disease in countries like Sudan, Haiti and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Posted: November 10th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Thousands run in New York race of disappointment

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Celine Bally, 42, of French Martinique, gives a thumbs-down in front of the Central Park finish line for the now canceled New York Marathon, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in New York. Bally and her friend Virginia Arminjon, right, also from Martinique, traveled to New York to participate in the footrace and will leave disappointed. Mayor Michael Bloomberg canceled the race after mounting criticism that this was not the time for a race, as the city continues to recover from Superstorm Sandy. AP/ John Minchillo

Thousands of frustrated marathon runners from around the world descended on New York’s Central Park on Sunday to take part in improvised races after the famed event fell victim to superstorm Sandy.

Posted: November 5th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Lack of fuel, cold threaten New York recovery

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Eyvette Martin pushes a shopping cart full of donated household goods and food through a sand-filled parking lot in the Rockaways, a neighborhood that was hit hard in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in New York.  AP

Severe fuel shortages on Sunday threatened New York’s attempt to recover from superstorm Sandy as cold temperatures added to almost a week of misery exacerbated by flooded homes, limited public transportation and fraying tempers.

Posted: November 4th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

NYC’s 3 airports all due to open after Sandy

Passengers wait for their flight at at LaGuardia airport, Sunday, October 28, 2012 in New York. LaGuardia and New York's two other major airports will be operating under reduced schedules on Thursday as flight services start returning to normal following Superstorm “Sandy.” AP/Mary Altaffer

New York’s three major airports will be operating under reduced schedules on Thursday as flight services start returning to normal following Superstorm “Sandy.”

Posted: November 1st, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

US region hit by Sandy slowly resumes daily life

People walk through sand that washed up from the beach and onto Route 35 during superstorm Sandy, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in Lavallette, N.J. AP FILE PHOTO

Residents along the battered US East Coast slowly reclaimed their daily routines on Thursday, even as crews searched for victims and hundreds of thousands remained without power after superstorm Sandy claimed more than 70 lives.

Posted: November 1st, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Oil spill off storm-battered New York, clean-up underway-report

Men dispose of shopping carts full of food damaged by Storm Sandy at the Fairway supermarket in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. The food was contaminated by flood waters that rose to approximately four feet in the store during the storm. AP

Clean-up efforts were under way early Thursday after some 300,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into the waters off New York City in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, CNN reported.The spill was caused by a rupture in a storage tank at a nearby New Jersey refinery run by Motiva, part-owned by oil giant Shell, it said.

Posted: November 1st, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Storm-battered US sifts through ‘Sandy’s’ wreckage

Sebastian Romatowski wades through knee-deep water across from his home, background, right, on 2nd Avenue that was flooded from the effects of Hurricane Sandy on Tuesday, Oct., 30, 2012, in Bayville, N.Y. At least 18 people were killed when superstorm Sandy hit New York City, mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday. AP/KATHY KMONICEK

Americans sifted through the wreckage of superstorm Sandy on Wednesday as millions remained without power and President Barack Obama prepared to visit areas hardest hit by the unprecedented cyclone.

Posted: October 31st, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Toll from superstorm Sandy climbs to 43

Cars are submerged at the entrance to a parking garage in New York's financial district in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. The death toll from superstorm Sandy has risen to 35 in the United States and Canada, and was expected to climb further as several people remained missing, officials said Tuesday.  AP PHOTO/RICHARD DREW

The death toll from superstorm Sandy has risen to 35 in the United States and Canada, and was expected to climb further as several people remained missing, officials said Tuesday.

Posted: October 31st, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Obama warns storm is not over

President Barack Obama, accompanied by American Red Cross President and CEO Gail J. McGovern, gestures while speaking during the his visit to the Disaster Operation Center of the Red Cross National Headquarter to discuss superstorm Sandy, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in Washington. AP PHOTO

President Barack Obama warned the public that the massive storm that struck the East Coast “is not yet over.”

Posted: October 31st, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Obama or Romney: Who stands to lose the most from mega-disaster?

FINAL DEBATE US President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney walk away after greeting each other at the end of their third and final debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, on Monday. AFP

Superstorm “Sandy” is a bona fide disaster impacting millions of Americans, but as floodwaters surge ashore one week from election day, a discomfiting political question emerges.

Posted: October 31st, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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