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*Saks, Macy's hope to open in New York City on Wednesday. Luxury department store Saks Inc said it would reopen on Tuesday three of the stores that it had to close because of Sandy, including stores in greater Washington and Philadelphia.
NEW YORK, Oct 30- The biggest U.S. East Coast refinery in Philadelphia began restoring production after Hurricane Sandy on Tuesday and a smaller nearby plant operated without trouble as energy firms began assessing the storm's damage.
*Storm forces two-thirds of U.S. East Coast refineries to shut. LONDON, Oct 30- Brent crude fell towards $109 on Tuesday on concerns about weak demand from the U.S. East Coast in the aftermath of storm Sandy, that swept through the area shutting refineries, roads and airports.
*Exelon declares alert at NJ Oyster Creek reactor. *Exelon says no threat to public health or safety. Exelon Corp's 43- year-old New Jersey Oyster Creek plant remains on ``alert'' status, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said early Tuesday.
*Philadelphia 330,000 bpd refinery, biggest on coast, undamaged-source. NEW YORK, Oct 30- The biggest U.S. East Coast refinery in Philadelphia appears to have emerged undamaged from Hurricane Sandy and a smaller nearby plant operated without trouble, sources said on Tuesday as energy firms began assessing the storm's damage.
Oct 30- U.S. buyout firm Cerberus Capital Management LP is working with a group of real estate firms on a possible bid for supermarket chain Supervalu Inc, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter.
*Exelon Corp declares alert at New Jersey Oyster Creek nuclear plant on storm surge. *Exelon says no threat to public health or safety.
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.
*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.