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  • NEW YORK/ REHOBOTH BEACH- 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.

  • *Equity markets execs, regulators agree to close on Tuesday. Oct 29- Hurricane Sandy will close U.S. stock markets for a second straight day on Tuesday, as Wall Street turned its attention to whether markets would be able to resume functioning on the month's final trading day.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 29- New York City evacuated neighbors of a partially built, 90- story apartment building after the top of a construction crane collapsed in high winds, prompting fears the entire rig could crash to the ground.

  • *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.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 29- U.S. retailers preparing for the worst of Hurricane Sandy as it hit the East Coast on Monday looked back to only a year ago to Hurricane Irene for a blueprint. We learned a number of things from that,'' Terry Johnson, Lowe's senior vice president of store operations, told Reuters.

  • 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.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29- Apple Inc said on Monday its iPhone software chief and its head of retail would leave, a major executive shake-up that follows embarrassing problems with the company's new mapping software and disappointing quarterly results.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 28- Wall Street firms were set to open with limited staffing in New York City on Tuesday as stock markets remained closed due to Hurricane Sandy's approach and many New York- based bank employees worked from home.

  • LONDON, Oct 29- Britain's Pearson and Germany's Bertelsmann plan to merge their publishers Penguin and Random House, aiming to gain the upper hand in their relationship with Amazon and Apple, the leaders in the ebook revolution.

  • NEW YORK Oct 29- Consolidated Edison Inc, the New York City power provider, warned customers in lower Manhattan it may shut down power on Monday evening as Hurricane Sandy barrels toward the East Coast.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 29- The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has awarded $38 million to a whistleblower for information about a tax dodge involving a large corporation, according to the informant's lawyers. The IRS sent the check last week, Knott said. It is unknown how much money the IRS collected in additional taxes.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29- Apple Inc said on Monday its head of iPhone software and its head of retail would leave, the biggest shake-up in the technology company's executive ranks since Tim Cook became chief executive last year.

  • Oct 29- Hurricane Sandy is ``moving quickly'' toward New Jersey and Delaware is expected to make landfall along or just south of the southern New Jersey coast within the next few hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Monday.

  • Throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, few store owners had even bothered to board up their buildings. ''said Chris Conway, a 41- year-old who lives in the Chelsea area of Manhattan, not far from the Hudson River. ``Four different kinds of Tabasco and one jar of A-1 steak sauce.''. Further south on Manhattan, though, the mood was more serious.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 29- Several justices on the U.S. Supreme Court voiced concern on Monday about letting U.S. copyright holders block the resale inside the country of products they make elsewhere, in one of the court's biggest copyright cases in years.

  • HONG KONG, Oct 30- Rising bad loans in some of Asia- focused Standard Chartered's main markets such as India could take some of the shine off an otherwise strong quarterly trading update on Tuesday- which is likely to say the bank is on track for a 10th straight year of record profits.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 29- U.S. retailers preparing for the worst of Hurricane Sandy as it hit the East Coast on Monday looked back to only a year ago to Hurricane Irene for a blueprint. We learned a number of things from that,'' Terry Johnson, Lowe's senior vice president of store operations, told Reuters.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 29- The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has awarded $38 million to a whistleblower for information about a tax dodge involving a large corporation, according to the informant's lawyers. The IRS sent the check last week, Knott said. It is unknown how much money the IRS collected in additional taxes.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 29- As Hurricane Sandy bears down on the U.S. East Coast little more than a week before the presidential election, President Barack Obama's fortunes may in part depend on how well a former volunteer firefighter from Florida does his job.

  • 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.