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  • Six East Coast oil refineries representing 1.19 million barrels per day- or 7 percent of total U.S. capacity- could potentially be hit by the deadly storm, which left at least 41 dead as it roared through the Caribbean and churned northward.

  • *New York City subway system to shut down. HATTERAS ISLAND, N.C., Oct 28- Hurricane Sandy could be the biggest storm to hit the United States mainland when it comes ashore on Monday night, bringing strong winds and dangerous flooding to the East Coast from the mid-Atlantic states to New England, forecasters said on Sunday.

  • HATTERAS ISLAND, N.C., Oct 28- Hurricane Sandy could be the biggest storm to hit the United States mainland when it comes ashore on Monday night, bringing strong winds and dangerous flooding to the East Coast from the mid-Atlantic states to New England, forecasters said on Sunday.

  • According to the flight-tracking service FlightAware, 1,100 Sunday flights have been canceled as of Sunday afternoon, with more than 265 cancellations at Newark Airport, a hub of United Airlines.

  • HATTERAS ISLAND, N.C., Oct 28- Weather forecasters warned on Sunday that Hurricane Sandy will affect a large area of the U.S. East Coast but said it was too early to pinpoint where the storm, which has the potential to be the biggest to hit the mainland, would make landfall.

  • WASHINGTON-- You'd think health insurance CEOs would be chilling the bubbly with Republican Mitt Romney's improved election prospects, but instead they're in a quandary.

  • CHARLOTTE, N.C.-- Here was Chas Kaufmann's life before the Great Recession: $28,000 in restaurant tabs in a year, cruises, house parties with fireworks. Now: "We mainly shop at Sam's Club and portion out our meals. We spend $4 to $5 a night on eating. "

  • *New York and New Jersey area could be hit first. *Sandy may halt, flood New York City subway system. HATTERAS ISLAND, N.C., Oct 27- Hurricane Sandy closed in on the United States on Saturday as coastal communities along the East Coast scrambled to prepare for torrential rains, high winds, major flooding and power outages a week before the presidential election.

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  • *New York and New Jersey area could be hit first. HATTERAS ISLAND, N.C., Oct 27- Hurricane Sandy closed in on the United States on Saturday as coastal communities along the East Coast scrambled to prepare for torrential rains, high winds, major flooding and power outages a week before the presidential election.

  • *New York and New Jersey area could be hit first. HATTERAS ISLAND, N.C., Oct 27- Hurricane Sandy closed in on the United States on Saturday as coastal communities along the East Coast scrambled to prepare for torrential rains, high winds, major flooding and power outages a week before the presidential election.

  • *New York and New Jersey area could be hit first. HATTERAS ISLAND, N.C., Oct 27- Hurricane Sandy closed in on the United States on Saturday as coastal communities along the East Coast scrambled to prepare for torrential rains, high winds, major flooding and power outages a week before the presidential election.

  • HATTERAS ISLAND, N.C., Oct 27- Hurricane Sandy closed in on the United States on Saturday as it threatened to smack the eastern third of the country with torrential rains, high winds, major flooding and power outages a week before the U.S. presidential election.

  • HATTERAS ISLAND, N.C., Oct 27- Hurricane Sandy closed in on the United States on Saturday as it threatened to hit the eastern third of the country with torrential rains, high winds, major flooding and power outages a week before U.S. presidential and congressional elections.

  • WASHINGTON-- The storm that is threatening 60 million Americans in the eastern third of the nation in just a couple of days with high winds, drenching rains, extreme tides, flooding and probably snow is much more than just an ordinary weather system. Start with Sandy, an ordinary late summer hurricane from the tropics, moving north up the East Coast.

  • HATTERAS ISLAND, N.C., Oct 27- Hurricane Sandy closed in on the United States on Saturday, where it threatens to hit the eastern third of the country with torrential rains, high winds, major flooding and power outages a week before U.S. presidential and congressional elections.

  • WASHINGTON-- The storm that is threatening 60 million Americans in the eastern third of the nation with persistent high winds, drenching rains, extreme tides and heavy flooding is not one simple weather system. The hurricane is being steered by a giant ridge of air centered over Greenland, blocking its normal path north.

  • *BP, Justice Department seek to settle civil, criminal charges.

  • In his Internet and radio address Saturday, Obama drew attention to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, noting that it and other regulators recently cracked down on three credit card companies, ordering them to pay $400 million to people who were misled into making purchases they didn't want.

  • The White House said no new tax policy suggestion had been formulated. ``There's no specific new proposal such as this one at this time,'' a White House official said. The Post said the Obama administration wanted to match the benefits of the payroll tax reduction without tapping into Social Security revenues.