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  • NASSAU, Oct 26- Hurricane Sandy, a late-season Atlantic storm unlike anything seen in more than two decades, slogged slowly toward the U.S. East Coast on Friday after killing at least 41 people as it cut across the Caribbean.

  • Oct 26- U.S. electric companies from Maine to Florida were bracing for heavy wind, rain and flooding that could take down power lines and threaten to close some East Coast nuclear plants early next week when Hurricane Sandy comes ashore.

  • NASSAU, Oct 26- Slow-moving Hurricane Sandy, a late season Atlantic storm unlike anything seen in more than two decades, slogged toward the U.S. East Coast on Friday after killing at least 34 people on a path destruction across the Caribbean.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 26- Virginia declared a state of emergency on Friday, neighboring states readied utility crews and New York City said it may shut down mass transit as authorities along the U.S. East Coast prepared for a potential pounding from Hurricane Sandy.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 26- Virginia declared a state of emergency on Friday, neighboring states readied utility crews and New York City said it may shut down mass transit as authorities along the U.S. East Coast pr e pared for a p otential pounding from Hurr icane Sandy.

  • The offers cover passengers flying in or out of just about any airport from Latin America to New Hampshire. The airlines have only canceled a handful of flights so far, nearly all of them in and out of Florida and the Caribbean. Hurricane Sandy killed at least 20 people in the Caribbean, and left Bahamas this afternoon.

  • TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-- Workers' compensation insurance rates paid by Florida's employers are going up 6.1 percent on Jan. 1. McCarty's order is officially a denial of the filing submitted by the National Council on Compensation Insurance due to technical issues.

  • NASSAU, Oct 26- Slow-moving Hurricane Sandy, a late season Atlantic storm unlike anything seen in more than two decades, slogged toward the U.S. East Coast on Friday after killing at least 31 people on a trail of destruction across the Caribbean.

  • BOSTON-- Massachusetts officials braced Friday for the arrival of a mega-storm that Gov. Forecasts that show Sandy veering inland and merging with another storm front in the mid-Atlantic could lower the potential for catastrophic damage in Massachusetts, but Patrick still warned of a 4- to 6- foot coastal storm surge and 30-35 foot seas offshore.

  • JetBlue, US Airways and Spirit Airlines are offering waivers to customers who wish to reschedule their flights without paying the typical fee of up to $150. The airlines have only canceled a handful of flights so far, nearly all of them in and out of Florida and the Caribbean.

  • PANAMA CITY-- Panama's government said Friday it will cancel plans to sell state-owned land in a duty-free zone on the Panama Canal following a week of sometimes violent protests in which a 10- year-old boy and two adults died.

  • *Storm causes deaths in Cuba, Haiti and Jamaica. NASSAU, Oct 26- Hurricane Sandy pounded the Bahamas with battering winds and rain on Friday, sweeping over the island chain after killing 21 people across the Caribbean and posing a menacing threat to the U.S. East Coast.

  • DEFIANCE, Ohio-- Mitt Romney is trying to close the deal with voters by focusing on their economic concerns, an area where polling shows the Republican nominee has an edge heading into the final days of the campaign.

  • NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.-- South Carolina State Ports Authority chief Jim Newsome said Thursday that while ports in the Southeast are racing to deepen their channels, Charleston has a competitive advantage in attracting shipping lines in the years before those projects can be completed.

  • POMPANO BEACH, Fla.-- Box by box they arrived, the once glittering costumes of Broadway legends and theatre memorabilia, now dirty, tattered and forgotten.

  • ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-- Drivers listening to adult contemporary radio along Interstate 4 in central Florida are hearing ads like this: " President Obama raised taxes on Florida's small businesses, and his defense cuts will weaken our military and put thousands more Florida families out of work.

  • WASHINGTON-- The pre- Halloween hybrid weather monster that federal forecasters call "Frankenstorm" is looking more ominous by the hour for the East Coast, and utilities and local governments are getting ready. The stage is set as Hurricane Sandy, having blown through Haiti and Cuba, continues to barrel north.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 26- Brent futures fell more than $1 on Friday to slip below $108 a barrel, as investors waited for key U.S. economic data to gauge the demand growth outlook for oil, with rising supplies weighing on prices. Brent crude had slipped as low as $107.40 a barrel and traded at $107.67 by 0648 GMT. U.S. oil slipped 76 cents to $85.29, after ending up 32 cents.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 26- Brent futures fell more than $1 to slip below $108 a barrel on Friday as investors waited for key U.S. economic data to gauge the demand growth outlook for oil with rising supplies weighing on prices. Brent crude had slipped $1.02 a barrel to $107.47 by 0527 GMT. U.S. oil slipped 90 cents to $85.15, after ending up 32 cents.

  • *Storm causes deaths in Cuba, Haiti and Jamaica. NASSAU, Oct 26- Hurricane Sandy pounded the Bahamas with battering winds and rain on Friday, sweeping over the island chain after killing 21 people across the Caribbean and posing a menacing threat to the U.S. East Coast.