*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.
FEMA has $3.6 billion to put towards Sandy, reports CNBC's Eamon Javers.
Oct 30- U.S. East Coast electric companies say outages from Hurricane Sandy so far have hit more than 8.1 million homes and businesses, the U.S. Department of Energy said in a report early on Tuesday.
Koch admits the company missed a few deliveries, "But this is the Northeast. I mean, we have snowstorms, we have hail storms, we have hurricanes, this is not LA, you know, life is not easy out here."
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.
NEW YORK, Oct 30- At least 7.3 million homes and businesses on the U.S. East Coast were without power on Tuesday after Hurricane Sandy tore down power lines, flooded networks and sparked an explosion at a Consolidated Edison substation on Manhattan's East River.
The dollar's safe-haven status is just one factor that will keep it strong as Hurricane Sandy's floodwaters recede.
A look at the New York area's rescue efforts in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, with the "Street Signs" team.
NEW YORK Oct 30- At least 7.3 million homes and businesses on the U.S. East Coast were without power on Tuesday after Hurricane Sandy tore down power lines, flooded networks and sparked an explosion at a Consolidated Edison substation on Manhattan's East River.
*AT&T, T-Mobile USA customers say service is spotty. Sprint Nextel, the No. 3 U.S. mobile provider said it was seeing outages at some cell sites because of the power outages across all the states in Sandy's path including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, Maryland, North Virginia and New England.
Superstorm Sandy was so large, it hit parts of Ohio. CNBC's Tyler Mathisen, Sue Herera & Scott Cohn have an update on the storm's aftermath.
Even those U.S. households which aren’t directly affected by Hurricane Sandy could face an unwelcome rise in their insurance premiums in the wake of this massive, drenching storm.
CNBC's Bob Pisani reports the NYSE and Nasdaq will be open for business as usual tomorrow. Also, a look at the aftermath in Atlantic City, with CNBC's Kayla Tausche. Meanwhile the FMHR crew discusses the impact on the casino industry.
With the lights out smart phones are the only source of information for people left in the dark by Hurricane Sandy, which puts the spotlight on Twitter and Facebook.
*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.
Tilman Fertitta, Chairman & CEO of Landry's Restaurants, discusses the damage left by Hurricane Sandy and whether Atlantic City will be able to rebuild and bring back tourist.
Former Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, explains why there are some places in the Garden State that should not be built on, and weighs in on changing weather patterns.
*Storm forces two-thirds of U.S. East Coast refineries to shut. LONDON, Oct 30- Crude oil was little changed on Tuesday as investors awaited news of the damage by Hurricane Sandy, which lashed the U.S. East Coast, closing refineries and denting demand. Brent crude for December fell 17 cents to $109.27 a barrel by 0934 GMT.
CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis has the update on widespread power outages.
*Storm forces two-thirds of U.S. East Coast refineries to shut. SINGAPORE, Oct 30- Brent crude hovered above $109 a barrel on Tuesday as investors watched for any impact on markets from huge storm Sandy, which crashed ashore on the U.S. East Coast, closing refineries, roads and airports.