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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Sandy's destructive path
October 29th, 2012
05:38 PM ET

8 ways to follow Sandy with CNN

Sandy is bringing monster winds, massive power outages and lots of questions.

Here are eight ways you can get answers and follow the latest developments with CNN:

1. CNN.com - on your desktop and beyond: All of our updates are available on your desktop but also here on our mobile site and apps. And check out how the world is viewing the superstorm at the International edition - also available on our mobile site and apps.

2. This Just In: Follow Sandy with minute-by-minute updates on CNN's breaking news blog. This includes key quotes, notable tweets, the latest video, photos people are talking about and a chance for you take part in the conversation.

3. Watch live, from everywhere: Watch CNN TV, the latest satellite pictures, the streets of New York City and all around the East Coast via live video - on CNN TV, CNN.com and all apps for smart phones and tablets. And get the latest video from CNN on-the-ground. FULL POST


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How Sandy could break records
Sandy's strength and storm surge flooding could break records.
October 29th, 2012
01:33 PM ET

How Sandy could break records

CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen has gathered the data, crunched the figures and come up with this staggering list of factoids about the massive storm that is Hurricane Sandy:

Strongest ever: Based on pressure, Sandy is likely to be the strongest storm ever to make landfall north of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, for as long as records have been kept. The benchmark storm, the 1938 Long Island Express Hurricane, contained a low pressure reading of 946 millibars. Sandy currently has a minimum pressure of 943 millibars. Generally speaking, the lower the pressure, the stronger the storm.  Stormsurf.com explains.

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October 29th, 2012
12:23 PM ET

Pakistan police say they suspect boys behind Malala attack

Pakistani police say they suspect two boys were responsible for the attack that nearly killed a Pakistani teenage girl internationally famous for campaigning for girls' education.

On October 9, Malala Yousufzai was on her school van in the Taliban-held Swat Valley when armed thugs stopped the vehicle and jumped on board. They demanded that other girls riding identify 15-year-old Malala. Then they shot two girls and fired at Malala, striking her in the head and neck.

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October 29th, 2012
09:42 AM ET

3.9-magnitude earthquake strikes northeastern Arkansas

A 3.9-magnitude earthquake struck northeastern Arkansas Monday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey

The quake was centered about six miles from Parkin, near the Tennessee border, at a depth of 3.2 miles.

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Syrian civil war in photos
October 29th, 2012
08:59 AM ET

Envoy to Syria: Neither side shows signs of backing down

Reeling from his doomed cease-fire plan that disintegrated in hours, international envoy Lakhdar Brahimi met Monday with Russia's foreign minister on what to do about the Syrian civil war.

It was Brahimi's first meeting with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov as U.N.-Arab League envoy to Syria, a position he inherited after other world diplomats also failed to stop more than a year of relentless bloodshed. Brahimi said neither side of the crisis is showing signs of backing down.

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Two crew members missing as famed sailing ship sinks off North Carolina
The HMS Bounty sails past the Chicago skyline in 2003. The ship has been used in several movies.
October 29th, 2012
08:52 AM ET

Two crew members missing as famed sailing ship sinks off North Carolina

Crew members of a tall ship used for classic adventure films faced a harrowing real-life drama Monday as Hurricane Sandy forced them to abandon ship about 90 miles off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

Fighting waves towering 18 feet high and winds of 40 mph, a group from the HMS Bounty boarded two lifeboats, the Coast Guard said. Helicopter crews saved 14 people stranded in the Atlantic Ocean. But as of midday Monday, two people were still missing, and the ship had sunk, a Coast Guard spokesman said.

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Filed under: Hurricanes • North Carolina • Tropical weather • Weather
October 29th, 2012
08:44 AM ET

Sunni extremists: We set off bombs in Iraq, more to come

A Sunni extremist group with links to al Qaeda is claiming responsibility for bombs that exploded in Iraq over the weekend.

A wave of attacks shook Iraqis as they were celebrating the Muslim holiday of Eid.

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October 29th, 2012
07:39 AM ET

Monday's live events

Hurricane Sandy is causing problems up and down the U.S. East Coast.  Watch CNN.com Live for all the latest developments on the storm.

Today's programming highlights...

Continuing coverage - Hurricane Sandy tracker and briefings

11:50 am ET - Romney's battleground tour - GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney campaigns in three battleground states today, beginning with a stop in Avon Lake, Ohio.  He'll also campaign in Davenport, Iowa, at 4:10 pm ET, and West Allis, Wisconsin, at 8:40 pm ET.

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Filed under: Elections • Hurricanes • On CNN.com today • Politics • Tropical weather • Weather
October 29th, 2012
07:17 AM ET

Freight train derails in Kentucky, sparking concerns about hazardous materials

A freight train carrying chemicals has derailed in West Point, Kentucky, prompting a level 3 hazmat declaration - the highest status possible, a Louisville emergency management spokeswoman tells CNN.

Emergency crews have shut down Dixie Highway in Hardin and Jefferson counties, according to Louisville Metrosafe spokeswoman Jody Duncan. FULL POST

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October 29th, 2012
05:25 AM ET

U.S. sailor found dead at train station in Japan

A U.S. Navy sailor has been found dead with a head injury at a Japanese train station, local police said Monday.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Samuel Lewis Stiles was discovered surrounded by seven or eight alcoholic drink cans on the platform in Haiki Station in Nagasaki Prefecture at 5 a.m. Sunday, Haiki police said. FULL POST

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