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CNN: 5 things to watch in hurricane-wracked campaign
While the presidential election has topped the news much of the year, it has been pushed aside by Sandy as the storm crashed into the East Coast. Both President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, their running mates, and backers have pretty much curtailed campaigning, some fundraising and advertising as they wait to see the severity of damage from the storm. Here are five things to watch for in the storm and its aftermath.
CNN: Biden, Clinton tag team Romney claim on Jeep and China
It was like watching a tag team of a popular, political heavyweight and a scrappy contender against one fierce and determined opponent. On Monday, former president Bill Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden entered the arena – battleground Ohio – and launched a double whammy of pushback against a fresh, yet dubious, claim from Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
CNN: Looking presidential: The optics of leadership during a disaster
With Hurricane Sandy slamming the East Coast, President Barack Obama discarded campaign events in Florida and Virginia to return to Washington and address the nation from the White House. Meanwhile, Gov. Mitt Romney adjusted his schedule to hit the battleground state of Ohio, while directing his campaign resources in Virginia and New Hampshire to focus on storm relief. The candidates are seeking to balance the real threat of a killer storm against the need to squeeze out any last-minute advantages on the campaign trail.
CNN: Colorado poll: Romney 48% – Obama 47%
A new poll released Monday indicates Mitt Romney has a narrow edge over President Barack Obama in Colorado, a little more than a week before Election Day. Forty-eight percent of likely voters in the state back the GOP presidential nominee, compared to 47% who support the president, according to the American Research Group survey.
CNN: Sandy's trail of devastation: 13 dead, millions in the dark - and it's not over
By early Tuesday morning, at least 6.5 million people shivered in the dark across 13 states and the District of Columbia. And Sandy claimed at least 13 lives across the United States. In New York City, emergency backup power failed and 10 feet of water flooded the basement of NYU Langone Medical Center, prompting the evacuation of 260 patients. Nurses manually pumped air to the lungs of those on respirators.
CNN: U.S. violent crime down for fifth straight year
Violent crime in the United States fell for the fifth consecutive year in 2011 with murder, rape and robbery all going down, although crime remains a serious problem in many urban areas, the FBI said on Monday.
CNN: California judge's ruling a partial victory for registered child sex offenders
Registered child sex offenders in Simi Valley, California, will not have to post a sign outside their home this Halloween reading in part "no candy," but they still are prohibited from decorating their houses and handing out candy, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.
CNN: Second Mass. compounding pharmacy surrenders license
A second Massachusetts compounding pharmacy surrendered its license after state inspectors found "significant" issues that could affect sterility, state health officials said. The pharmacy, Infusion Resource, was also found to have a center for giving intravenous medications to patients in violation of state regulations, which require a clinic license, Dr. Madeleine Biondolillo, director of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Healthcare Safety and Quality, said Sunday.
CNN: Syria rebels, Kurdish militia discuss cease-fire
Syrian rebels and a Kurdish militia appear to be negotiating a cease-fire after clashes in the battle-scarred northern city of Aleppo on Saturday left at least 21 fighters dead and more than 100 people kidnapped.
CNN: Police, protesters clash at Republic Day march in Turkey
On a day marking the 89th anniversary of the founding of Turkey, a country that has marketed itself as a stable, prosperous and democratic role model for the Muslim world, riot police clashed with defiant opposition groups, firing water cannons at a patriotic rally in the capital.
CNN: Flights canceled at Japanese airport after unexploded shell discovered
Dozens of flights were canceled in and out of a northeastern Japanese city on Tuesday after construction workers came across an unexploded shell believed to be from World War II buried near a taxiway.
CNN: Pakistan official: Boys involved in Malala attack
Pakistani police say they suspect two boys of nearly killing a Pakistani teenage girl internationally famous for campaigning for girls' education. On October 9, Malala Yousufzai was on her school van in the Taliban-held Swat Valley when armed thugs stopped the vehicle and jumped on board. They demanded that other girls riding identify 15-year-old Malala. Then they shot two girls and fired at Malala, striking her in the head and neck.
CNNMoney: U.S. markets to remain closed Tuesday
U.S. financial markets will remain closed for a second straight trading day Tuesday, as Wall Street deals with the impact of Hurricane Sandy. Major exchange operators, including NYSE Euronext and Nasdaq OMX said they expect to re-open for a normal trading day on Wednesday, but will provide additional updates on Tuesday.
CNNMoney: Hurricane deductible could cost homeowners thousands
Thanks to a little-known hurricane deductible, homeowners with property damage from Hurricane Sandy could be on the hook for thousands of dollars before their insurance payments kick in. Increasingly, insurers in hurricane-prone states - including almost all of those in states affected by Sandy - have been adding hurricane deductibles to their homeowner's insurance policies that go into effect when named storms have sustained winds of 74 miles per hour or more, as measured by the National Weather Service.
CNNMoney: Chrysler profits surge 80%
The comeback continues at Chrysler. The automaker reported third-quarter profits Monday that rose 80% versus a year ago, buoyed by strong sales in U.S. Chrysler's third-quarter net income hit $381 million, up from $212 million last year, though down versus the first two quarters of this year.
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