Category: USA

Obama comforts Sandy victims

NEW YORK — President Barack Obama consoled grieving victims of Superstorm Sandy on the ground and surveyed disaster zones from the air yesterday, visiting parts of New York City still struggling to recover 17 days after the storm devastated the US Northeast. Wearing a wind breaker and sturdy shoes, the president walked through destroyed sections […]

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Low on gas

NEW YORK — Super storm Sandy left a trail of destruction and despair in the US northeast, but it also exposed a surprising fault line in the ability of gasoline stations to keep fuel flowing. Motorists in New York and New Jersey, desperate for gas amid constrained supply and power outages, spent hours in snaking […]

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More misery

NEW YORK — An unseasonably early-winter storm brought snow, rain and dangerous winds to the US Northeast, plunging many residents of the most populous region of the country back into darkness just as they were recovering from super storm Sandy. The storm iced roads and hit transit systems, setting the stage for a difficult commute […]

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Desperate to vote

Americans brave difficulties to cast their ballots

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NY returning to normal

NEW YORK — A week after super storm Sandy wreaked havoc on New York City and the surrounding area, schools reopened today and life was expected to slowly return to normal for many, but close to two million people still have no power as cold weather sets in. Hundreds of thousands of commuters faced a […]

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Struggle for normalcy

NEW YORK — Fuel shortages and difficulties in restoring power are hampering efforts to restore normality to parts of the US north-east in the wake of storm Sandy. Fights broke out at petrol stations in New York and New Jersey, and power suppliers warned some areas might not have electricity until 11 November. Anger is […]

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Anger grows

NEW YORK — From New York City’s Staten Island to the popular beach towns of the Jersey Shore, rescuers and officials today faced growing evidence of widespread destruction wrought by superstorm Sandy, mounting anger over delayed relief and a rising death toll. The total killed in one of the biggest storms to hit the United […]

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Back on track

NY transit services returning to normal following Sandy devastation

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Picking back up

Americans begin to assess the impact of hurricane Sandy’s passage

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Boy Scouts take a beating

NEW YORK — A popular Colorado Boy Scout leader named Floyd Slusher allegedly had a strategy when it came to molesting boys: He first plied his victims with alcohol, then abused them and threatened to kill anyone who talked. On one occasion in 1976, according to police, Slusher told a scout as he undressed the […]

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Man allegedly tried to blow up US bank

NEW YORK — The FBI yesterday arrested a Bangladeshi man in a sting operation on charges he attempted to blow up the New York Federal Reserve Bank with what he believed was a 1,000-pound (450-kg) bomb, federal authorities said. Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, faces charges of attempting to use a weapon of mass […]

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Poll: Obama's lead slips

NEW YORK — The US Senate race in Pennsylvania has become “too close to call” three weeks before the election, while President Barack Obama’s lead in the state has slipped from 12 to four percentage points after a disappointing debate performance, a Quinnipiac poll said today. Pennsylvania, seen until recently as secure for the Democratic […]

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$2b. more for Madoff victims

NEW YORK – Victims of Bernard Madoff’s fraud will soon receive $2.48 billion to help cover their losses, more than tripling their total recovery to about $3.63 billion, the trustee liquidating the imprisoned swindler’s firm said. Cheques ranging from $1,784 to $526.9 million were mailed on Wednesday to 1,230 former customers of Bernard L. Madoff […]

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Disputes set to overshadow 9/11 remembrance

NEW YORK — Eleven years after the September 11, 2001, attacks, New Yorkers will mark the anniversary tomorrow against a backdrop of health concerns for emergency workers and a feud over financing that has stopped construction of the $1 billion Ground Zero museum. While notable progress on redevelopment of the World Trade Centre has been […]

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$114m. more towards Obama's re-election bid

WASHINGTON/BOSTON — President Barack Obama’s campaign and its Democratic partners raised more than $114 million in August, narrowly beating Republican rival Mitt Romney for the first time in months as the race for the White House approaches its fina

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Voters oppose Bloomberg's soft drink ban

NEW YORK — Two major public health initiatives pushed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg — a ban on the sale of large sugary drinks and a plan to encourage breast-feeding — are opposed by a majority of city voters, a Quinnipiac poll said tod

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Man pleads guilty to terrorism charge

BOSTON — A Massachusetts man charged with plotting to attack the Pentagon and the US Capitol with large, remote-controlled model airplanes packed with explosives has agreed to plead guilty, authorities said yesterday.
Prosecutors and defence attorn

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