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Associated Press

Posted on October 28, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Updated Sunday, Oct 28 at 5:00 PM

The world at 6 p.m. Times EDT.

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—PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN — Romney joins Ryan's bus tour in Ohio, Obama set to head to Florida for Monday event as campaigns scramble to adjust schedules scrambled by the looming East Coast storm. Romney-Ryan appearance in Ohio at 7 p.m. EDT.

— WORLD SERIES — Game starts 8:15 p.m. EDT.

— TSUNAMI WARNING — Hawaii tsunami smaller than expected; advisory canceled, no immediate damage.

— SUPERSTORM-AMTRAK — Amtrak cancels most services for Monday throughout US northeast ahead of Hurricane Sandy.

— SUPERSTORM-BROADWAY — All Broadway stages close on Sunday night and Monday ahead of superstorm aiming at East Coast.

— STATUE OF LIBERTY-REOPENING — Superstorm cuts short Statue of Liberty reopening after $30M interior renovation project.

— SUPERSTORM-NYSE — NYSE Stock Exchange to shut trading floor Monday but electronic trading to continue as normal.

— SUPERSTORM-SPORTS — Horse racing scratched in Boston and Yonkers as Sandy gallops up East Coast.

— CLINTON — Beating East Coast storm, Clinton heads overseas for talks on Mali security, Balkans future.



NEW YORK — Big cities and small towns across the Northeast button up against the onslaught, canceling schools, buses and subways and ordering tens of thousands of coastal residents to clear out ahead of a superstorm that threatens some 50 million people. Hurricane Sandy is making its way up the Atlantic on a collision course with two other weather systems and is expected to blow ashore Monday night. "The time for preparing and talking is about over," FEMA's chief warns. "People need to be acting now." By Allen G. Breed and Jennifer Peltz.

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KENSINGTON, Md. — It's usually the water that is the most destructive in a hurricane, and that is likely to be the case with the brewing megastorm that will merge Hurricane Sandy and two winter weather systems. The storm is predicted to sit over a huge region of the East for two to three days, dumping as much as 12 inches of rain. Add to that huge high tides and the pull of a full moon to flood miles of coastline and river towns. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein.

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— SUPERSTORM-WHY? — Part hurricane, part nor'easter and all trouble: That's what threatens 60 million Americans.

— SUPERSTORM-5 THINGS TO KNOW — 5 reasons why Sandy is expected to be a superstorm, cause havoc across eastern US.

— SUPERSTORM-PHOTO GALLERY — AP PHOTOS: Sandy forming into a rare hybrid storm.

— SUPERSTORM-NYC — NYC to close transit, schools ahead of storm; mandatory evacuation ordered in low-lying areas.

— SUPERSTORM-AIRLINES — Hurricane Sandy grounds thousands of flights, Newark Airport suffers most cancellations.

— SUPERSTORM-HOW TO PREPARE — Tips on preparing for the superstorm forecast to bring destruction to East Coast.

— TROPICAL WEATHER-AFTERMATH — Hurricane Sandy's death toll rises to 65 as flooding continues in Haiti.


AMES, Iowa — An Associated Press analysis of the White House races shows that President Barack Obama is poised to eke out a victory in the hunt for the 270 electoral votes needed to win re-election, having beaten back Republican Mitt Romney's attempts to convert momentum from the debates into support in all-important Ohio. While in a tight race with Obama for the popular vote, Romney continues to have fewer state-by-state paths than Obama to reach 270. By Thomas Beaumont.

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—OBAMA-STORM RESPONSE — Obama has spent months trying to balance his re-election bid with running the government. Now, just when his campaign needs him the most, his official job is beckoning with the superstorm approaching.


TRIPOLI — The year of turmoil following Moammar Gadhafi's ouster and the attack last month that killed the American ambassador has left Libyans disappointed, disillusioned and increasingly angry at their government. They complain that their leaders have not acted forcefully to address the most pressing problems — particularly the free rein of the country's many militias. By Paul Schemm.

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BEIRUT — Syria's air force drops missiles and barrel bombs on rebel strongholds amid a UN-engineered holiday cease-fire which never took hold. The failure of the truce is a sobering reflection of the world community's inability to bring an end to the bloodshed, suggesting the stalemated civil war will drag on and possibly draw Syria's highly combustible neighborhood deeper into the conflict. By Zeina Karam and Karin Laub.

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WASHINGTON — Three years ago, the Supreme Court warned there could be constitutional problems with a landmark civil rights law that has opened voting booths to millions of African-Americans. Now, opponents of a key part of the Voting Rights Act are asking the high court to finish that provision off. The court could say as early as Monday whether it will consider ending the Voting Rights Act's advance approval requirement that has been held up as a crown jewel of the civil rights era. By Mark Sherman.


CHICAGO — When was the last time you were alone, and unwired? Just you and your thoughts — no cell phone, no tablet, no laptop. Many of us crave that kind of solitude, though in an increasingly wired world, it's a rare commodity. We feel obligated, yes, to check texts and emails constantly. But we're also fascinated with this constant connectedness, perhaps to a fault. One tech consultant calls it "an addiction," adding, "we are afraid of what we'll find when we are alone with ourselves." But lately there are increasing hints of a trend toward limit-setting â€" a small but growing movement of solitude-seekers with roots, ironically, in the technology industry. They speak approvingly of unwired vacations. They adopt manifestos calling for one tech-free (or almost tech-free) day a week. Some companies, too, are setting limits. By National Writer Martha Irvine.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The worst economic setback since the Depression didn't take sides. It raked small towns and big cities, knocked liberals and conservatives on their backs, plagued Republicans and Democrats alike. Across the country, Associated Press reporters asked people to talk about their livelihoods before and after the 2007-2009 recession and how those experiences have shaped their politics in the presidential election just days away. In this time of great polarization, their stories bridge the partisan divide, showing that economic fears aren't exclusive to either political tribe, that gritty resilience and optimism are shared traits, too. And that no one seems to think either candidate can work miracles. By Calvin Woodward and Mitch Weiss.

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EDITORS: The Associated Press is producing a multiformat package of stories on the economic mood of the nation before the 2012 elections. The package will reveal Americans' thoughts on jobs, housing, gas prices, the stock market, retirement and other economic issues. The main text story will move for use Monday. Separate text vignettes of individual Americans will move throughout the week and will include video suited for AP's mobile app. Questions should be directed to Economy Editor Fred Monyak at 202-641-9870 or fmonyak(at)ap.org.



WASHINGTON — You'd think health insurance CEOs would be chilling the bubbly with Republican Mitt Romney's improved election prospects, but instead they're in a quandary. Although the industry hates parts of President Barack Obama's health care law, major outfits such as UnitedHealth Group and BlueCross Blue Shield also stand to rake in billions of dollars from new customers who'll get health insurance under the law. The companies already have invested tens of millions of dollars to carry it out. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar.

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WASHINGTON — Democrats are counting on their New England friends to help them pick up Republican-held Senate seats and construct a barrier against losses in Nebraska and elsewhere that could erase their 53-47 edge. Republicans are optimistic they can close the gap and they point to fresh enthusiasm for Mitt Romney. By Andrew Miga and Donna Cassata.


OLYMPIA, Wash. — Republicans are in position to extend their recent gains among state governors as they compete this year for seats they haven't won in a quarter-century. By Mike Baker.



LONDON — Police investigating child sex abuse allegations against the late BBC host Jimmy Savile have arrested former glam rock star and convicted sex offender Gary Glitter, British media report, raising further questions about whether Savile was at the center of a broader pedophile ring. Hundreds of potential victims have come forward since police began their probe. By Sylvia Hui.

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IOWA CITY — Two black teenagers from Omaha who spent 26 years in prison after being wrongly convicted of killing a white Iowa police officer in 1977 hope to finally get the justice that eluded them for so long. During a trial that starts Wednesday in Des Moines, Terry Harrington and Charles McGhee will put on evidence to argue that two detectives in Council Bluffs framed them to solve the high-profile killing of John Schweer, a retired officer working as a night watchman at a car dealership. By Ryan J. Foley.

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Torrential overnight rains had washed away the blood so the searchers at first thought the pale form lying on the earthen berm might be a mannequin. "I almost didn't believe it," recalled former Lincoln County Sheriff Ken Albers, the first officer to approach the body of 9-year-old Becky O'Connell. The discovery that night in 1990 began a 22-year-old legal and emotional saga here that is expected to end next week when Donald Moeller, who was convicted of abducting and murdering the girl, is put to death by lethal injection in the state penitentiary. The case shattered the community: Parents didn't leave their children with sitters, and the prosecutor, traumatized by the case, left law. By Dirk Lammers.

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FREMONT, Calif. — Learning to play tennis is hard enough. But try hitting tennis balls when you're blind. Students at the California School for the Blind are doing just that. They're learning to play a modified version of the sport — and expanding the boundaries of what the blind can do while offering new information about the human mind. By Terence Chea.

AP photos by Ben Margot.


NEW YORK — Jose Ramos, a convicted child molester who was found civilly liable in the death of Etan Patz, is due to be released from prison in Pennsylvania in early November. Now that another man has confessed to the killing in 1979, will Ramos actually go free? By Colleen Long and Jennifer Peltz.

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ALBANY, N.Y. — Devout Catholics and clergy tell the story of newly canonized saint Kateri Tekakwitha in terms of Christian salvation and miraculous cures. But some Mohawks in her homeland in upstate New York see the first Native American saint as a reminder of colonial atrocities and religious oppression and worry the Church is using Tekakwitha to further its own interests. By Mary Esch.


IRVINE, Calif. — The generation of Vietnamese refugees who fled their country in boats and settled in Orange County is graying. Now, their children — many of them English-speaking, American-born college students — are trying to keep their memories alive while they're still here to share them, recording and digitally storing oral histories in a three-year project at the University of California, Irvine. By Amy Taxin.

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DETROIT — Matt Cain and the San Francisco Giants try to finish off a World Series sweep, taking on Max Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers in Game 4. After pitching two straight shutouts, the Giants hope to close out their second championship in three seasons. By Baseball Writer Ben Walker.

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DETROIT — The pitching in this postseason by the Giants and Tigers is some of the best ever seen in October. By Noah Trister.

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MARACAY, Venezuela — The boys practice and dream on a pockmarked infield, where Miguel Cabrera once learned the game. This is a baseball country with a strong heritage. A record nine Venezuelans are on the World Series rosters, and they're giving Venezuelans plenty to cheer about. By Jorge Rueda.

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CAPE CANVERAL, Fla. — An unmanned space capsule carrying medical samples from the International Space Station splashes down in the Pacific Ocean, completing the first official private interstellar shipment under a billion-dollar contract with NASA. The supply ship brought back nearly 2,000 pounds of science experiments and old station equipment. Perhaps the most eagerly awaited cargo is nearly 500 frozen samples of blood and urine collected by station astronauts over the past year. By Marcia Dunn.


— BOX OFFICE — It took three weeks, but "Argo" finally found its way to the top of the box office.


— OBIT-NATINA REED — Police: R&B singer Natina Reed, who gained fame with female group Blaque, struck by car, dies.

— HALLOWEEN-PHOTO GALLERY — AP PHOTOS: From spooky to kooky, the AP's best Halloween costume photos.

— CANADA EARTHQUAKE — Tsunami warnings issued after magnitude 7.7 earthquake strikes off coast of western Canada.