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Top News & Analysis Pennsylvania

  • 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.

  • The nuclear reactors in Sandy's current path include units at Public Service Enterprise Group Inc's 2,332- megawatt Salem and 1,161- MW Hope Creek plants in New Jersey, which were likely to bear the brunt of the storm before it moves inland.

  • 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.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 29- For some homeowners, the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy could bring a whole second round of troubles. You may be unpleasantly surprised: After Hurricane Irene hit in August 2011, more insurers tucked hefty wind and hurricane deductibles into their policies.

  • 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.

  • The nuclear reactors in Sandy's current path include units at Public Service Enterprise Group Inc's 2,332- megawatt Salem and 1,161- MW Hope Creek plants in New Jersey, which were likely to bear the brunt of the storm before it moves inland.

  • *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.

  • Sandy was expected to lose some punch as she moves over Pennsylvania and Maryland, crossing near Constellation Nuclear Energy Group's 1,705- MW Calvert Cliffs nuclear plant in Maryland, Exelon Corp's 2,244- MW Peach Bottom, 805- MW Three Mile Island and 2,264- MW Limerick in Pennsylvania, and PPL Corp's 2,450- MW Susquehanna in Pennsylvania.

  • 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 29- Gasoline and heating oil futures jumped on Monday as Hurricane Sandy approached the U.S. East Coast and refineries in the region shut or curbed production.

  • Colonial Pipeline, the largest U.S. product pipeline, is still shipping gasoline and diesel up from Gulf Coast refineries to the Linden, New Jersey terminus in the New York Harbor, spokesman Steve Baker said.

  • LONDON, Oct 29- As the Northeast United States locks down in the path of Hurricane Sandy, the freakishly large tropical storm careening in from the Atlantic, the main impact is likely to be on fuel demand rather than supply.

  • 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.