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  • NEW YORK, Nov 4- Almost 200,000 suburban New York City commuters, most in New Jersey, face another work week without easy rail connections because of storm damage so severe that experts say it will take months before full service can be restored. Hurricane Sandy severed train connections for an estimated 435,000 daily commuters in the New York City suburbs.

  • MEXICO CITY, Nov 4- The world's biggest economies will soon discuss how to punish countries that fail to implement tougher new bank rules in a crucial test of their resolve to prevent another financial crisis, officials said.

  • NEW YORK- With freezing temperatures forecast, tens of thousands of people hit by superstorm Sandy need temporary housing, but New York officials say it is not immediately clear where they could all be sheltered.

  • CAIRO, Nov 4- The international mediator on Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, called on Sunday for world powers to issue a U.N. Security Council resolution based on a deal they reached in June to set up a transitional government in a bid to end the bloodshed.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 4- Nearly 1.9 million homes and businesses in the U.S. Northeast were still without power on Sunday, barely changed from earlier in the day, nearly a week after Hurricane Sandy hit, the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Electricity Delivery& Energy Reliability said in a report.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 4- The average U.S. price for a gallon of regular gasoline took its biggest drop since 2008 in the past two weeks, due to lower crude oil prices, a big price drop in pump prices in California and Hurricane Sandy, according to a widely followed survey released on Sunday.

  • *Fuel shortages remain in New York and New Jersey. NEW YORK, Nov 4- More fuel terminals came back online in the New York harbor network on Sunday as mainline power was restored nearly a week after super storm Sandy, but gasoline shortages persisted and some major facilities remained idle.

  • *30,000 to 40,000 will need shelter, New York mayor says. NEW YORK, Nov 4- A housing crisis loomed in New York City as victims of superstorm Sandy struggled on Sunday without heat in near-freezing temperatures, and officials fretted displaced residents would not be able to vote in Tuesday's presidential election.

  • *Seoul concerned about recent volatility of won exchange rate. MEXICO CITY, Nov 4- South Korea will not hit its 2012 GDP target of 3.3 percent growth after three slow quarters, but expects recent stimulus measures to drive a modest rebound in the fourth quarter, Finance Minister Bahk Jae- wan said on Sunday.

  • *Romney has said will declare China currency manipulator on ``day one''. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney would lack the legal power to label China a currency manipulator on his first day in office should he win Tuesday's election, offering him a way out of what experts say is the weakest claim on the issue for years.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 4- The U.S. housing market is on the mend, but the so-called ``missing piston'' of the world's biggest economy doesn't have enough power to get the broader recovery firing on all cylinders any time soon.

  • ``Our goal is to try to get people out of the shelters,'' Napolitano said at a news conference in New Jersey with Governor Chris Christie. Earlier in the day, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg estimated the city needs temporary housing for as many as 40,000 city residents.

  • *Toyota less likely than rivals to cut FY f'casts on China row. *Toyota shares up 20 pct YTD, easily beating Honda, Nissan. This year has seen improved sales in the United States, Toyota's biggest market, and in Southeast Asia.

  • MEXICO CITY, Nov 4- Finance chiefs of leading economies pressed the United States on Sunday to avert a series of spending cuts and tax hikes that could hurt global output, though some countries saw Europe's debt crisis as the No. 1 danger.

  • *Investment boom is legacy of party boss aiming for China's top ruling body. TIANJIN, China, Nov 5- Dong Zizhou casts his fishing net from the shore and fixes his gaze on a stand of 15 unfinished skyscrapers rising like concrete skeletons beside the Hai River, heralding China's ambition to develop the world's largest financial centre.

  • LOS ANGELES, Nov 4- ``Wreck-It Ralph,'' Disney's animated film about a videogame character who destroys everything in his path, scored the highest-grossing opening weekend in Disney animation history with $49.1 million, as box office attendance picked up in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy.

  • MEXICO CITY, Nov 4- Finance chiefs of leading economies pressed the United States on Sunday to avert a series of spending cuts and tax hikes that could hurt global output, though some countries saw Europe's debt crisis as the No. 1 danger.

  • *New York mayor says 30,000 to 40,000 need housing. NEW YORK, Nov 4- With freezing temperatures forecast, tens of thousands of people hit by superstorm Sandy need temporary housing, New York officials said on Sunday, but it was not immediately clear where they could all be sheltered.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 4- Some 143,000 New York City voters will be reassigned to different polling sites for Tuesday's U.S. presidential election in the wake of superstorm Sandy, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Sunday.

  • MEXICO CITY, Nov 4- Finance chiefs of leading economies pressed the United States on Sunday to show how it can avert a series of spending cuts and tax hikes that could hurt global output, though some countries saw Europe's debt crisis as the No. 1 danger.