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06
Nov
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Driver On Sidewalk to Avoid School Bus: Cleveland, OH

 

A woman caught on camera driving on a pavement to avoid a Cleveland school bus unloading children will have to stand at a crossroads wearing a sign describing herself as an idiot.

A Cleveland municipal court judge on Monday ordered 32-year-old Shena Hardin to stand at the crossroads on two days next week. She will have to wear a sign that reads: "Only an idiot drives on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus."

Mon
05
Nov
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Boy Killed By African Painted Dogs

 

A mother's attempt to give her two-year-old son a better view of wild African dogs turned into a "horrific" tragedy at the Pittsburgh Zoo after the boy fell into the exhibit and was killed by a pack of the animals as relatives and bystanders looked on.

Lt. Kevin Kraus of the Pittsburgh police said the attack happened at about 11:45 a.m. Sunday after the mother picked the child up and put him on top of a railing at the edge of a viewing deck. "Almost immediately after that he lost his balance, fell down off the railing into the pit, and he was immediately attacked by 11 dogs," Kraus said. "It was very horrific."

It's not yet clear whether the boy died from the fall or the attack, said Barbara Baker, president of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. Zoo officials at first estimated the boy fell 14 feet, but police said it was 11. It's not clear which is correct.

Mon
05
Nov
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The Nations Political Superbowl Winds Down

 

Launching their final campaign bursts in a close and contentious race, President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney argued Friday over who will bring real change to a nation still mired in a sluggish economy.

With four days until the Tuesday election, a stronger-than-expected October jobs report evoked a typically divided reaction from the candidates competing for every last vote in the handful of battleground states considered still up for grabs.

The last government unemployment figures before Election Day showed more of the incremental economic growth that Obama heralds as continued recovery and Romney labels insufficient.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the economy added 171,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate rose to 7.9%, up from 7.8% in September after being above 8% since February 2009 -- the month after Obama took office.

Fri
02
Nov
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Voter Suppression: Democratic Concern

 

A few months ago, Democrats were convinced that voter ID laws were Republicans' secret plan to steal the election. But as Election Day nears, these and other allegedly suppressive efforts -- from Florida's attempt to purge voter rolls to Ohio's move to restrict early voting to Pennsylvania's strict voter ID law -- have mostly fizzled, thanks largely to legal challenges from the Justice Department, the Obama campaign, and outside groups.

But that doesn't mean the left is feeling at ease about Election Day. If anything, liberals are more alert than ever to the potential for various forms of intimidation that could depress turnout.

Thu
01
Nov
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Obama and Christie Unite

 

SEA BRIGHT, N.J. — The power of the image could not have been lost on a politician as savvy as Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey: With days to go before a cliffhanger election, a Democratic president was giving the handshake-back pat to his Republican opponent's most aggressive campaigner as they prepared to embark on a tour of damage from a catastrophic storm.

Tue
30
Oct
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Sandy Devastates North East

 

New York and New Jersey awoke Tuesday to devastating flooding, power outages and scattered fires left in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which stormed ashore overnight and left at least 16 dead from Connecticut to North Carolina.

The powerful storm’s torrential rains and howling winds transformed the streets of Atlantic City into rushing rivers and inundated parts of Lower Manhattan. Swirling water formed white-capped cascades in the Ground Zero construction zone and swamped New York’s financial district.

A 13-foot surge of seawater flooded streets, tunnels, parking garages and parts of the electrical system that powers lower Manhattan, leaving a large swath of the city’s storied skyline dark overnight. The Holland Tunnel and several bridges were closed, and a fire destroyed at least 50 houses in Queens’ flooded Rockaway peninsula and forced the rescue of about 25 people from an upstairs apartment.

Tue
30
Oct
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Sandy Hits Coastline: New York Flooding

 

Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on New York City on Monday, reportedly killing one person, causing a crane to collapse and the facade of a four-story building to crumble.

Mon
29
Oct
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North East Braces for a Rare Hurricane

New York

At 5 a.m., the huge storm was producing sustained winds of 85 miles an hour after turning due north, according to the National Hurricane Center. It was expected to veer again to the northwest later Monday morning and take dead aim at the coastline of New Jersey.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg ordered the evacuation of more than 370,000 people in low-lying communities from Coney Island in Brooklyn to Battery Park City in Manhattan and gave 1.1 million schoolchildren a day off on Monday. The city opened evacuation shelters at 76 public schools.

As the storm bore down on some of the nation’s most densely populated areas, city and state officials went into emergency mode. The New York City subway system and all of the region’s commuter trains and buses were shut down. The major stock exchanges called off all trading for Monday and Broadway theaters canceled their shows on Sunday evening and Monday.

 

Sun
28
Oct
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Hurricane Sandy Persistant

 

Last week, Hurricane Sandy blasted through Jamaica, Cuba, and the Bahamas, killing 22 people in Cuba and causing heavy rain and flooding. In the past few days, there has been a lot of concern about a monster storm visiting the US East Coast. Why is there so much concern about Sandy?

Sandy is only a Category One hurricane, so why is there so much concern about the storm? Although Sandy was a Category Two hurricane for a little while, by the end of the week Sandy was a Category One hurricane, which is the lowest hurricane power on the Saffir-Simpson scale. On Saturday, October 27th, Sandy even moved downward to Tropical Storm status briefly.

Sat
27
Oct
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Hurricane Sandy Update

 

Hurricane Sandy pulled away from the Bahamas on Saturday after killing at least 41 people in the Caribbean, beginning a slow march toward the U.S. East Coast where it threatens to hit as one of the worst storms in decades.

The late-season storm has been dubbed "Frankenstorm" by some weather watchers because it will combine elements of a tropical cyclone and a winter storm. Forecast models show it will have all the ingredients to morph into a massive and potentially catastrophic "super storm."

Governors in states along the U.S. East Coast declared states of emergency on Friday, and officials urged residents to stock up on food, water and batteries in the event the storm develops as forecast.

The U.S. Navy ordered all ships in the Norfolk, Virginia, area, including a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, out to sea to ride out the approaching storm.

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