October 31st, 2012
08:52 PM ET

Cuomo declares transportation emergency, free transit fares

Editor's note: Two days after Superstorm Sandy roared into the Northeast, ravaged cities are working on cleaning up from floods, wind and fire. Millions remain without power. The storm has left at least 122 dead from Haiti to Canada. Here is the full story and below is the latest news as we learn it.

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[Updated 1:40 a.m.] About 4.9 million customers remain without power in 15 states and the District of Columbia today, a CNN tally shows.  That number dropped by about 600,000 in six hours. FULL POST

Boo! Get in the Halloween spirit here
Netherworld in Norcross, Georgia, featuring this monster is among the 1,200 estimated U.S. haunted houses charging admission.
October 31st, 2012
12:36 PM ET

Boo! Get in the Halloween spirit here

It’s Halloween, as if you and your wallet didn’t already know it. With all the candy, parties and fancy costuming for kids and adults alike - even cutting corners, rounding out the blue-tuxedo "Gangnam Style" outfit might have set you back a penny or two Americans are expected to spend about $8 billion on the event.

Looking for a thrill, or some last-minute costume inspiration? We have you covered.

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Sandy: Down but not fully out
A satellite image shows the remnants of Superstorm Sandy on Wednesday.
October 31st, 2012
11:29 AM ET

Sandy: Down but not fully out

Superstorm Sandy will go down in history. But the storm itself isn‚Äôt ‚Äúhistory‚ÄĚ yet.

It may no longer be packing a punch, but it is getting some jabs in.

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October 31st, 2012
10:26 AM ET

Celebratory gunfire at Saudi wedding sparks fire, killing 23

Wedding guests fired into the air in a celebration of the happy couple. Soon, 23 people were dead.

The shots at the event in Saudi Arabia struck an electrical pole, which then collapsed, sparking a fire, according to state media.

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October 31st, 2012
07:44 AM ET

Wednesday's live events

Superstorm Sandy has left millions without power and a trail of devastation in its wake.  Watch CNN.com Live for all the latest developments on the storm.

Today's programming highlights...

Ongoing coverage - Sandy briefings and radar

9:35 am ET - Ryan in Wisconsin - GOP vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan resumes campaigning with a tour of his home state, starting with a stop in Eau Claire.  He'll also speak in Green Bay at 12:45 pm ET and Racine at 3:45 pm ET.

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Colorado judge denies victims access to Aurora theater rampage documents
Police say James Holmes killed 12 people during a shooting at a movie theater in Colorado.
October 31st, 2012
02:49 AM ET

Colorado judge denies victims access to Aurora theater rampage documents

A judge  has said no to a motion that would have allowed victims of the Aurora theater shooting to look at sealed court documents.

James Holmes is accused of opening fire July 20 in Aurora during a midnight premiere of the latest Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." The rampage left 12 people dead and 58 injured.

Victims were seeking access to court documents and 911 calls.

Releasing the information would "jeopardize defendant’s right to a fair trial," a judge in the case said Tuesday.

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San Francisco Giants celebrate World Series victory with a parade today
The San Francisco Giants celebrate after the team beat the Detroit Tigers in 10 innings to win the World Series Sunday.
October 31st, 2012
01:32 AM ET

San Francisco Giants celebrate World Series victory with a parade today

The Giants will be riding high in ticker tape today, when San Francisco welcomes home the 2012 World Series winners.  The team's colors are orange and black, so it's fitting that it is Halloween.

Festivities kick off at 11 a.m.  The parade will begin on Market Street and stretch to the Civic Center Plaza.

For the second time in three years, the Giants claimed Major League Baseball's top prize.

Completing their sweep of the Tigers took extra innings, but the Giants prevailed 4-3 Sunday night.

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October 31st, 2012
12:47 AM ET

Sandy derails New Jersey Transit's Rail Operations Center

Hurricane Sandy knocks the New Jersey Transit Rail Operations Center seriously off track.  The storm put the center at The Meadowlands - across from New York City - under 8 feet of water, shorting out the back-up power system and emergency generator.

Officials at the commuter railroad say it will be weeks before service resumes on the New Jersey Coast Line because of damage caused by the storm.  Downed trees cover the tracks in many areas, ripping down power lines with them, while other sections of track are washed out.

Superstorm Sandy's toll: Mounting deaths, historic destruction, stranded residents
Taxis sit in a flooded lot in Hoboken, New Jersey, on Tuesday.
October 30th, 2012
11:02 PM ET

Superstorm Sandy's toll: Mounting deaths, historic destruction, stranded residents

Editor's Note: Superstorm Sandy smashed ashore last night, triggering floods, fires and devastation. At least 33 people are known to have died in the United States and one in Canada, adding to the storm’s earlier toll of 67. Millions are without power. Floods have hit homes and the New York subway system. Here is the full story and below is the latest news as we learn it.

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[Update 11:02 p.m.]  Superstorm Sandy continues to weaken over Pennsylvania. It is some 50 miles east-northeast of Pittsburgh, according to an 11 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center. The storm is expected to move northward into Canada on Wednesday.

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October 30th, 2012
10:34 AM ET

Christie: Jersey Shore devastation 'unthinkable'

Superstorm Sandy left wreckage in its wake "beyond anything I thought I'd ever see," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said at a news conference today.

"The level of devastation at the Jersey Shore is unthinkable," he said.

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How to help after the superstorm
A fallen tree and power line lie over these houses on Harvard Street in Garden City, New York.
October 30th, 2012
10:30 AM ET

How to help after the superstorm

Superstorm Sandy smashed into the U.S. East Coast on Monday night, triggering floods, fires and devastation. At least 29 people are known to have died in the United States and one in Canada, adding to the storm’s earlier toll of 67 after it hit the Caribbean.

Millions were without power, and floods have hit homes and the New York subway system. Relief groups are working to make sure everyone affected by the storm is cared for, and you can help.

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Police fire tear gas as striking platinum miners protest in South Africa
Some of the 12,000 miners sacked by Anglo American Platinum protest their dismissal this month in Rustenberg, South Africa.
October 30th, 2012
09:03 AM ET

Police fire tear gas as striking platinum miners protest in South Africa

Police in Rustenberg, South Africa, clashed Tuesday with more than 1,000 striking miners who were barricading public roads near the Anglo American Platinum mine.

Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the protesters, and sporadic scuffles continue, Capt. Dennis Adrio with the North West police told CNN.

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Ford posts $1.6 billion profit despite big European losses
Ford reported an overall profit of $1.6 billion despite mounting losses in Europe.
October 30th, 2012
08:24 AM ET

Ford posts $1.6 billion profit despite big European losses

Ford Motor reported earnings remained steady from a year ago as strong results at home helped balance out the soaring losses in Europe.

The company lost $468 million in Europe, bringing its losses there so far this year to just over $1 billion. Ford had already warned last week that it stood to lose than $1.5 billion in Europe this year.

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Two coalition troops killed in reported insider attack in Afghanistan
An Afghan police officer and a U.S. soldier talk near Kandahar Airfield earlier this year.
October 30th, 2012
08:03 AM ET

Two coalition troops killed in reported insider attack in Afghanistan

A man wearing an Afghan police uniform shot and killed two soldiers with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, ISAF spokeswoman Lt. Amy Hession told CNN.

Insider attacks by Afghan soldiers and police officers or militants wearing uniforms have been on the rise for months.

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October 30th, 2012
07:51 AM ET

Tuesday's live events

Superstorm Sandy has left millions without power and a trail of devastation in its wake.  Watch CNN.com Live for all the latest developments on the storm.

Today's programming highlights...

Continuing coverage - Sandy tracker and briefings

9:00 am ET - Casey Anthony hearing - Casey Anthony's civil attorney will ask a judge to move the defamation trial against her out of Orange County, Florida.

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October 30th, 2012
07:33 AM ET

Qatar accuses Syrian government of genocide

Syria's government is waging "a war of extermination" against its own people, the prime minister of Qatar said Tuesday, according to state media. The comments came hours after a failed four-day ceasefire during a Muslim holiday left hundreds dead.

In strongly worded comments to the Al Jazeera Arabic network, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem Al Thani also accused foreign powers of standing by while President Bashar al-Assad's forces carried out a slaughter.

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October 30th, 2012
06:42 AM ET

24 die in collision in Pakistan

At least 24 people have died in a collision in central Punjab, Pakistan.

A passenger van collided with a truck on a main street near the city of Bahawalpur on Tuesday morning, Sohail Tajik a senior police official from the area, told CNN.

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October 30th, 2012
02:41 AM ET

Flights canceled at Japanese airport after unexploded shell discovered

Dozens of flights were canceled in and out of a northeastern Japanese city on Tuesday after construction workers came across an unexploded shell believed to be from World War II buried near a taxiway.

Airport authorities in Sendai said they had canceled all 92 flights, national and international, scheduled to use the airport Tuesday after the discovery of the shell late Monday under an unpaved area beside the taxiway.

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October 30th, 2012
12:07 AM ET

Superstorm Sandy blamed for at least 11 U.S. deaths as it slams East Coast

Editor's Note:  A true picture of Sandy's wrath won't be apparent until daylight Tuesday, but every passing hour is bringing fresh reports of damages from the destructive superstorm. The storm has already claimed 11 lives in the United States and left untold number in flooded homes and without power from South Carolina to Maine. Here is the full story.

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Here are the latest developments:

[Update 12:14 a.m.] This is a sight you rarely see.

[Update 12:12 a.m.] The storm surge along with the high tide that resulted in historic water levels in western Long Island Sound has started to recede, the National Weather Service said on Monday night.  Water levels will continue to fall below flood stage through the overnight hours, the weather service said.

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October 29th, 2012
10:02 PM ET

Superstorm Sandy blamed for at least 11 U.S. deaths as it slams East Coast

Editor's Note: Sandy unleashed powerful winds and torrential rains Monday in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast as it sped toward shore. Subways and bridges were shut down and streets were quiet as gusts howled over a huge region encompassing hundreds of miles. At 7 p.m., the National Hurricane Center stopped classifying Sandy as a hurricane, though it still continued to pack a wallop. Here is the full story.

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Here are the latest developments:

[Updated at 11:55 p.m.] Lisa Greiner, spokeswoman with New York York University's Langone Medical Center, offers some more details about why the facility is evacuating about 200 patients:

"Due to the severity of Hurricane Sandy and the higher than expected storm surge, we are in the process of transferring approximately 200 patients within the medical center to nearby facilities. We are having]

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