Editor's note: Promises of help to those affected by Superstorm Sandy became more specific Saturday, as officials got a better grip on how to overcome power and fuel shortages. Facing a backlash over initial plans to run the New York City Marathon as scheduled, officials canceled the event. Here is theÂ full story and below is the latest news.
[Update at 3:50 a.m.] The number of customers without power dropped to 2.68 million, according to utility companies in 15 states and the District of Columbia
[Update at 10:59 p.m.] Remembering some of those tragically killed - young kids and their parents, alike - by Superstorm Sandy:
[Updated at 10:51 p.m.] President Barack Obama will helm a meeting Saturday morning involving several members of his Cabinet - including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Energy Secretary Steven Chu - and the governors of Connecticut, New York and New Jersey, a White House official said.
Top administration members will spend the day in some of the hardest-hit areas, according to the official. Napolitano will to go West Virginia and Long Island, New York; Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will visit Brooklyn and Manhattan; Small Business Administration Administrator Karen Mills will head to Norwalk and Bridgeport, Connecticut; and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan will be in the Rockaways and Breeze Point, New York. Homeland Security adviser John Brennan, meanwhile, will be among the federal officials in Staten Island, New York, as well as the New Jersey cities of Hoboken, Newark and Jersey City.
The New York City Marathon - scheduled for Sunday - was called off Friday due to lingering effects from Superstorm Sandy, the city's mayor said.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg had said earlier in the week the race would go on - despite transportation, power and other issues - contending, among other things, that businesses could use the economic boost the event provides.
But on Friday, he and the New York Road Runners issued a joint statement saying city officials and race organizers decided to cancel the race because they did "not want a cloud to hang over the race or its participants."
President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney remain engaged in a tight contest in Ohio, according to a CNN poll from that key battleground state released four days before the election.
With 50% support from likely voters, Obama narrowly outpaces Romney's 47% backing in the CNN/ORC International survey, which was conducted between Tuesday and Thursday. But that difference is within the poll's 3.5% sampling error. Ohio has 18 electoral votes.
Read more about the poll, and the race, on CNN's Political Ticker.
The National Hockey League on Friday put its annual outdoor Winter Classic game on ice - the latest casualty of the NHL's lockout of its players.
The nationally televised game - a highlight of the season in part because it is the only NHL match played outdoors - was to pit the Detroit Red Wings against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on January 1.
Friday was another bloody day in Syria, with an opposition group reporting at least 133 deaths around the Middle Eastern nation.
According to the Local Coordination Committees of Syria, 42 of those deaths were in and around Damascus. Another 32 were in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, while 20 were in Aleppo province and 15 in Idlib province.
A Syrian rebel brigade is blaming"extremists" for a grisly massacre now gone viral on the Internet, and it vowed to punish the perpetrators.
In the video that surfaced this week, an armed group of angry men forced a smaller group of frightened unarmed men to the ground. They yelled at them and kicked them, then they opened fire with automatic rifles until their bodies went lifeless.
One of the guards for Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge is having a moment of publicity he might like to forgo.
A protection officer believed to be guarding William and Kateâ€™s cottage on the remote Welsh island of Anglesey unintentionally discharged a gun while in an unmarked police vehicle Wednesday afternoon, Londonâ€™s Metropolitan Police said Friday.
The U.S. unemployment rate has risen in the past month, even though the economy added more jobs than some economists expected.
The unemployment rate rose to 7.9% in October, from 7.8% in the prior month, according to the government's latest jobs report. That happened despite the addition of 171,000 jobs in October.
A CNNMoney survey of economists expected an addition of 125,000 jobs and the unemployment level to rise to 7.9% in October. Unemployment rates can grow even if the number of jobs rises, if that job growth doesn't keep up with workforce growth.
The report is the last before the presidential election. For more on the jobs numbers, go to CNNMoney.com.