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Obama Camp Claims 1.8 Million New Swing State Voter Registrations

President Obama’s campaign released numbers Saturday that illustrate the robust ground operation Democrats say will secure him a second term Tuesday night.

NYC Marathoners Run For Storm Relief

New York City’s canceled marathon left thousands of runners who had traveled to the storm-damaged city with nothing but free time and a good pair of shoes.

Levee Rebuilding Questioned After Sandy Breach

Every time a storm brings flooding to a large metropolitan area, there are calls to improve the levee systems that are designed to prevent flooding.

Aftermath of hurricane Sandy leaves Haiti facing new Disaster

When hurricane Sandy struck, Fifi Bouille was giving birth in a refugee camp. There were no medics around, only her sisters. Throughout the three-hour labour, rain beat down on the tent and fierce winds tugged at the canvas.

Three US states poised to legalize cannabis and defy ‘war on drugs’

Three US states are set to legalise recreational cannabis use this week in votes that could have major implications for the country’s war ondrugs.

Cold hits storm victims ahead of U.S. election

(Reuters) – Victims of superstorm Sandy on the U.S. East Coast struggled against the cold early on Sunday amid fuel shortages and power outages even as officials fretted about getting voters displaced by the storm to polling stations for Tuesday’s presidential election.

Insight: Sandy shows hospitals unprepared when disaster hits home

(Reuters) – Kim Bondy was in New Orleans seven years ago when Hurricane Katrina devastated the city, and scores of patients died in flooded hospitals cut off from power. She never thought that she might face that danger herself.

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