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Crane dangles from NYC high-rise as Hurricane Sandy bears down on city – CBS News

CBS News reports on the “dangling crane” in NYC as everyone in Midtown Manhattan looks up wearily!

 

“A dangling crane following a collapse at the One57 construction site at 57th Street and 6th Avenue as Hurricane Sandy blows into …”

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Deadly Tornadoes Pound the South and the Midwest – NYTimes.com

Residents across the South and Midwest searched for survivors on Saturday after a string of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms churned through, leaving at least …

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Ship Passengers Tell of Delayed, Then Panicked, Evacuation – NYTimes.com

As shaken survivors spoke of a mad crush to flee a sinking cruise ship off the Tuscan coast of Italy on Saturday, raising questions about the crew’s preparedness, Italian authorities arrested the ship’s captain amid concerns that the megaship had steered dangerously …

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200 Million Settlement Reached Over Massey Mine Disaster | Jeff Goodell | Rolling Stone

Life is not cheap in the coal fields of West Virginia after all.

The owner of Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia where 29 miners died last …

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Sticky Goo Disables Cars on Pennsylvania Turnpike – WSJ.com

A flood of gooey black muck dropped from a tanker truck disabled about 150 cars and damaged an unknown number of other vehicles along a nearly 40-mile stretch of the Pennsylvania ….

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Early Snow Pelts East Coast, Cuts Power to 2.7 Million – WSJ.com

At least 10 people died over the weekend when a rare October storm roared up the Eastern seaboard, cutting power to more than two million homes, disrupting roads and railways and dumping as much as 30 inches of snow in some places.

In Connecticut, the state hit hardest by outages, officials reported more than …

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Storm Leaves More Than 2 Million Without Power – NYTimes.com

Millions of people across the Northeast found themselves without power on Sunday after an unusual autumn storm dumped record …

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Newsroom: Health Care & Insurance: Census Bureau Publishes Health Insurance Coverage Estimates for All Counties

The U.S. Census Bureau today released 2008 and 2009 estimates of health insurance coverage for each of the nation’s roughly 3,140 counties. Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) are currently the only source for estimates of health insurance coverage status for every county in the nation.

These estimates are available by sex, age groups, race and Hispanic origin (for states only), and income-to-poverty ratios relevant to the new health care reform legislation and other health programs. They enable local planners to determine, for instance, the counties in which low-income children are most likely to lack health insurance coverage. The data pertain to those under age 65.

SAHIE is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and others in the health care field. CDC uses these statistics in support of its National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, providing free cancer screenings to low-income, uninsured women. The health insurance estimates help determine the level of need for breast and cervical cancer screenings in communities nationwide.

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White House kills insurance program for long-term care – The Washington Post

The Obama administration cut a major planned benefit from the 2010 health-care law on Friday, announcing that a program to offer Americans insurance for long-term care was …

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Political Scene: Jobs, 9-9-9, and O.W.S. : The New Yorker

On this week’s Political Scene podcast, John Cassidy and James Surowiecki discuss President Obama’s jobs bill, Harry Reid’s finger-pointing, Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 plan, and the growing Occupy Wall Street movement. “What else would you expect in a campaign season?” Cassidy tells guest host Curtis fox.

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