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Associated Press

Posted on November 8, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Editors, assignment editors, photo editors:

Bruce Shipkowski is the state supervisor for New Jersey.

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TOP STORIES:

NOR'EASTER-NJ

POINT PLEASANT — A nor'easter smacks the storm-ravaged Jersey shore, just a week and half after Superstorm Sandy wrecked many of its beaches, dunes and boardwalks, and left low-lying communities newly vulnerable to flooding, wind damage and power outages. By Wayne Parry And Angela Delli Santi. 853 words.

SUPERSTORM-SANDY

NEW YORK — A nor'easter blusters into New York and New Jersey, threatening to swamp homes all over again, plunge neighborhoods back into darkness and inflict more misery on tens of thousands of people still reeling from Superstorm Sandy. By Tom Hays And Colleen Long. With AP Photos NJME116, NJME117, NJME118.

AIRLINES-CANCELLATIONS

NEW YORK — Major airlines are scrapping flights in and out of the New York area ahead of the second significant storm in little more than a week. United and American plan to suspend operations in the region this afternoon. Other airlines are encouraging passengers to reschedule by allowing them to do it for free. By Airlines Writer Samantha Bomkamp. 479 words.

NJ ELECTION-VOTING TROUBLES

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie says the state did well to give voters in storm-ravaged areas a chance to cast ballots. But the last-minute changes created some election-day chaos across the state. By Geoff Mulvihill and Angela Delli Santi. 500 words expected.

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION-CHRISTIE

HARVEY CEDARS — Gov. Chris Christie says he is disappointed in Mitt Romney's defeat and surprised how quickly the presidential race was over Tuesday night, but says it's no time "to look in the rear-view mirror." Asked Wednesday about whether he is now eyeing a presidential run four years from now, the Republican governor says, "I've got a job do here in New Jersey." By Angela Delli Santi. About 450 words expected.

ALSO GETTING ATTENTION:

NOR'EASTER-NJ-ROADS

TRENTON — Salt trucks and snowplows are on the roads or sitting ready as a nor'easter hits New Jersey a little more than a week after Superstorm Sandy.

NOR'EASTER-NJ--TRAINS

NEWARK — A nor'easter could set back repairs to NJ Transit's rail system that's offering limited service in the wake of Sandy.

MENINGITIS OUTBREAK-NJ

TRENTON — New Jersey health officials say 25 cases of fungal meningitis have now been reported in the state.

SUPERSTORM SANDY-UTILITIES

TRENTON — Utility crews continue to restore electricity even as a nor'easter delivers wind, rain and sleet to parts of New Jersey battered by Superstorm Sandy.

SUPERSTORM SANDY-NJ

TRENTON — A nor'easter threatens recovery efforts more than a week and a half after Superstorm Sandy hammered New Jersey. Utility crews are working to restore service to 395,910 homes and businesses. But safety rules will prevent them from using bucket trucks if the new storm kicks winds to 40 mph.

SUPERSTORM-TEMPORARY SHELTER

OCEANPORT — New Jersey is moving some Superstorm Sandy evacuees from shelters to tent-like housing at Monmouth Park, a racetrack.

SUPERSTORM-HOMES

NEWARK — Another shock has awaited some New Jersey residents after Superstorm Sandy swept through the state and left behind a trail of destruction.

SUPERSTORM-HOLLAND TUNNEL

NEW YORK — The Holland Tunnel is now open to all traffic. The tunnel connects Canal Street in Manhattan with Jersey City.

NOR'EASTER-NJ-MVC

NEWARK — A nor'easter hitting New Jersey is forcing the closure of several Motor Vehicle Commission branches.

SUPERSTORM SANDY-PITTSBURGH CATHOLICS

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik says 204 Roman Catholic parishes in the six-county diocese will take a special collection to aid relief efforts for those affected by superstorm Sandy in New York and New Jersey.

SANDY-TROOPERS VOTE ABSENTEE

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana state troopers who volunteered to help New Jersey police after Hurricane Sandy were able to vote absentee, by fax.

NEW JERSEY-EXIT POLL

TRENTON — Nearly four out of five New Jersey voters surveyed say President Barack Obama's response to Superstorm Sandy was a factor in their vote. An exit poll conducted by The Associated Press found nearly seven in 10 New Jersey voters said the economy is the most important issue facing the nation.

MISSING BABY-BRIDGE

NEW BRUNSWICK — A New Jersey man convicted of throwing his baby daughter to her death off the Garden State Parkway's Driscoll Bridge was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison. Shamsidden Abdur-Raheem was convicted of murder, kidnapping and child endangerment. He also was convicted of assaulting the baby's maternal grandmother while abducting the child from the woman's East Orange apartment in 2010.

VETERANS-D-DAY MEDAL

NEW YORK — A Veterans Day ceremony featuring World War II Navy vets being belatedly honored for their D-Day heroism has been moved from the storm-damaged USS Intrepid in Manhattan to the USS New Jersey.

MISSING NYC BOY

PHILADELPHIA — A man long considered the prime suspect in the disappearance of a New York City boy more than three decades ago was released from a Pennsylvania prison, then immediately arrested on a Megan's Law violation after providing an outdated address of where he would be staying.

SPORTS:

FBN--GIANTS-BACK TO WORK

EAST RUTHERFORD — After a day off, the New York Giants get back to work, in preparation for a road trip to Cincinnati this weekend. Both teams are coming off losses, and the Bengals, in fact, have lost four straight. By Tom Canavan.

FBN--BENGALS-ANOTHER MANNING

CINCINNATI — Peyton Manning threw three touchdown passes while leading Denver to a win over the Bengals last Sunday. Next up: younger brother Eli and the Super Bowl champion New York Giants. By Joe Kay.

FBN--JETS

FLORHAM PARK — The Jets reconvene to continue preparations for their road trip to Seattle this weekend. New York is just 1-2 on the road this season, and the Seahawks are 4-0. By Barry Wilner.

BKN--NETS-HEAT

MIAMI — Playing their final home game for two weeks, the reigning NBA champion Miami Heat host the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night. Miami is aiming for its first 4-0 home start in franchise history. Game begins 7:30 p.m. By Tim Reynolds.

FBC--BIG EAST STRAGGLERS

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse for Syracuse coach Doug Marrone, it did. Ditto for South Florida's Skip Holtz, Connecticut's Paul Pasqualoni and Temple's Steve Addazio. By John Kekis.

HKN--NHL LABOR

NEW YORK — The NHL and NHL Players' Association, who talked long into the night on Tuesday, vowed to get right back at it on Wednesday. A seven-hour negotiating session at a secret location wrapped up at 10:15 p.m. on Tuesday night and ended with both sides declining to disclose the nature of discussions. Today, more progress might be seen. By Ira Podell.

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