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  • *Power outages, flooding hit U.S. East Coast after Sandy. SINGAPORE, Oct 31- Brent crude held steady near $109 a barrel on Wednesday after the huge storm Sandy whiplashed the U.S. East Coast, reducing fuel demand even as refineries in the region gradually resumed operation.

  • *Three major New York area airports still closed. *JFK, Newark to resume limited services Wednesday.

  • Late Tuesday, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said it was possible that there would be limited service on Wednesday at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Airlines said they planned to restart service Tuesday at some East Coast airports, including Boston and Philadelphia.

  • *Philadelphia's 330,000- bpd refinery restarting. *Hess 70,000- bpd NJ refinery, Imperial plant suffer outages.

  • *Verizon has flooding central offices, West Street out of action. *AT&T, T-Mobile USA, Sprint suffer service problems. While all the region's telecom service providers were having problems, Verizon Communications, which serves many of the states in the hurricane's path, may have suffered some of the worst damage from the storm to its wireline network.

  • Airlines said they planned to restart service Tuesday at some East Coast airports, including Boston and Philadelphia.

  • *Saks, Macy's hope to open in New York City on Wednesday. *Wal-Mart says holiday plans intact. 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.

  • *Sandy leaves New York City, eastern U.S. crippled. NEW YORK, Oct 30- U.S. gasoline and heating oil futures pulled back on Tuesday on the expected enormous hit to demand for fuel after Hurricane Sandy cut a destructive path across the East Coast of the United States.

  • *Exelon declares alert at NJ Oyster Creek reactor. *Exelon says no threat to public health or safety. Exelon Corp's 43- year-old Oyster Creek plant in New Jersey remains on ``alert'' status, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said early Tuesday.

  • *Philadelphia's 330,000- bpd refinery restarting. *Hess 70,000- bpd NJ refinery, Imperial plant suffer outages. NEW YORK, Oct 30- The second-largest refinery on the U.S. East Coast has suffered ``some'' flooding and a power outage from Hurricane Sandy, while two smaller plants also lost power, as glitches threaten to slow the recovery in fuel supplies.

  • *Philadelphia's 330,000- bpd refinery restarting. *Hess 70,000- bpd NJ refinery, Imperial plant suffer outages. NEW YORK, Oct 30- The second-largest refinery on the U.S. East Coast has suffered ``some'' flooding and a power outage from Hurricane Sandy, while two smaller plants also lost power, as glitches threaten to slow the recovery in fuel supplies.

  • *Philadelphia's 330,000- bpd refinery restarting. *Hess 70,000- bpd NJ refinery, Imperial plant suffer outages. NEW YORK, Oct 30- The second-largest refinery on the U.S. East Coast has suffered ``some'' flooding and a power outage because of Hurricane Sandy, while two smaller plants also lost power, as glitches threaten to slow the recovery in fuel supplies.

  • *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.