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  • U.S. economy may skirt direct hit from Hurricane Sandy Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | 10:59 PM ET

    WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, Oct 29- Hurricane Sandy is shaping up to be one of the biggest storms ever to hit the United States but even with the severe damage that is expected, the blow to the economy is seen as short-term.

  • *Seven major New York bridges closing; two tunnels closed. *Rail, container ports closed in New York, New Jersey. New York said it would close seven major bridges at 7 p.m. EDT on Monday, including the George Washington Bridge and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 29- The U.S. Supreme Court refused on Monday to consider two appeals in a case weighing the ability of tens of millions of Americans to bring lawsuits over their retirement plans.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 29- The supply of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel into the U.S. East Coast ground almost to a halt on Monday as Hurricane Sandy forced the closure of two-thirds of the region's refineries, its biggest pipeline, and most major ports.

  • WRAPUP 3-Hurricane Sandy lashes U.S. East Coast Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | 8:05 PM ET

    *New York, Philadelphia and Washington in its path. NEW YORK/ REHOBOTH BEACH, Del., Oct 29- Hurricane Sandy, one of the biggest storms ever to hit the United States, battered the densely populated East Coast on Monday, shutting down transportation, forcing evacuations in flood-prone areas and interrupting the presidential election campaign.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 29- The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday it will take the rare step of considering a tax case, one with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake and broad implications for companies with businesses abroad an d for the Internal Revenue Service.

  • *New York, Philadelphia and Washington in its path. NEW YORK/ REHOBOTH BEACH, Del., Oct 29- Hurricane Sandy, one of the biggest storms ever to hit the United States, began battering the densely populated East Coast on Monday, shutting down transportation, forcing evacuations in flood-prone areas and interrupting the presidential campaign.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 29- More than two-thirds of the U.S. East Coast's refining capacity shut on Monday ahead of Hurricane Sandy, sending gasoline futures up as much as 4 percent as operators braced for potentially damaging power outages and flooding.

  • *New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Boston in its path. NEW YORK/ REHOBOTH BEACH, Del., Oct 29- Hurricane Sandy began battering the U.S. East Coast on Monday with fierce winds and driving rain, as the monster storm shut down transportation, shuttered businesses and sent thousands scrambling for higher ground hours before the worst was due to strike.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 29- The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to consider whether a U.S. company is entitled to a tax credit when it pays a so-called ``windfall tax'' imposed by the United Kingdom.

  • With Sandy gaining strength overnight as the vast storm turned westward toward New Jersey, Philadelphia Energy Solutions began the precautionary closure of key units at its 330,000 barrel-per-day Philadelphia refinery, the biggest in the region, said one source familiar with operations.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 28- Oil refineries along the U.S. East Coast began to cut rates and companies prepared other energy facilities on Sunday ahead of Hurricane Sandy's expected landfall along New Jersey's barrier islands.

  • New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Boston in its path. *New York, New Jersey, Amtrak transit systems to shut. The massive storm, which has already killed 66 people in the Caribbean, was headed toward a densely populated region that includes Washington, New York and Boston and its effects could be felt for hundreds of miles, officials warned.

  • *New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Boston in its path. Sandy, expected to come ashore late on Monday, could deliver a harsh blow to major cities including New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore and Boston. Its center was forecast to strike the New York- New Jersey area and then move inland toward Philadelphia and the rest of Pennsylvania.

  • *Coast Guard issues storm conditions for Mid-Atlantic. Hurricane Sandy, which is expected to come ashore late on Monday, could be the biggest storm to hit the U.S. mainland, bringing strong winds and dangerous flooding to the East Coast from the mid-Atlantic states to New England, forecasters said.

  • *New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Boston in its path. Sandy, expected to come ashore late on Monday, could deliver a harsh blow to major cities in its target zone including New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore and Boston. Its center was forecast to strike New York- New Jersey area and then move inland toward Philadelphia and the rest of Pennsylvania.

  • *New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Boston in its path. Sandy, expected to come ashore late on Monday, could deliver a harsh blow to major cities in its target zone including New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore and Boston. Its center was forecast to strike New York- New Jersey area and then move inland toward Philadelphia and the rest of Pennsylvania.

  • Eastern US braces for dangerous superstorm Sunday, 28 Oct 2012 | 6:08 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- From Washington to Boston, big cities and small towns Sunday buttoned up against the onslaught of a superstorm that could endanger 50 million people in the most heavily populated corridor in the nation, with forecasters warning that the New York area could get the worst of it _ an 11- foot wall of water.

  • Six East Coast oil refineries representing 1.19 million barrels per day- or 7 percent of total U.S. capacity- could potentially be hit by the deadly storm, which left at least 41 dead as it roared through the Caribbean and churned northward.

  • *New York City subway system to shut down. HATTERAS ISLAND, N.C., Oct 28- Hurricane Sandy could be the biggest storm to hit the United States mainland when it comes ashore on Monday night, bringing strong winds and dangerous flooding to the East Coast from the mid-Atlantic states to New England, forecasters said on Sunday.

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