Coming nor'easter prompts evacuations in seaside New Jersey town hit by Sandy
Sandy devastated parts of Brick, New Jersey, as shown here last week, and a new storm could bring more damage.
November 5th, 2012
10:32 PM ET

Coming nor'easter prompts evacuations in seaside New Jersey town hit by Sandy

One week after Sandy devastated many seaside communities in northern New Jersey, one of them is telling some of its residents to evacuate yet again - this time because of  a new storm.

The Office of Emergency Management for Brick, New Jersey, issued the mandatory evacuation order for residents in low-lying areas as a nor'easter approaches. According to the National Weather Service, the community of about 75,000 people will get more than an inch of rain and wind gusts as strong as 55 mph.

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Guantanamo Bay detainees can tune into election night coverage
U.S. military guards walk an inmate through the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
November 5th, 2012
08:35 PM ET

Guantanamo Bay detainees can tune into election night coverage

What will you be watching tomorrow night? If you're like millions of Americans and, perhaps, some of the scores detained at the U.S. Navy base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, your television will be tuned in to see who wins the presidential election.

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Police: Crime in New York City plummeted in week after Sandy
A New York police officer checks that at least 3 people are inside cars before they enter the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, per Sandy-related carpool limits. While such duties kept police busy, crime overall was down 27% in the past week.
November 5th, 2012
06:30 PM ET

Police: Crime in New York City plummeted in week after Sandy

Over the past week, New York City police have been plenty busy helping those in the five boroughs deal with the aftermath of devastating floods, major wind damage and widespread power outages. But they might be able to thank Superstorm Sandy for one thing: a drop in crime.

Comparing the most recent seven-day stretch with the same period last year, the New York Police Department today reported a 27% decrease in crime since the storm hit. In raw numbers, that translates to 1,509 alleged crimes compared to 2,164 in November 2011.

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November 5th, 2012
04:22 PM ET

Police: Two car bombings in Iraq leave at least 4 dead

A pair of car bombings today in central Iraq killed at least four people and left another 15 wounded, police said.

One exploded in the afternoon near an outdoor market and Sunni Muslim mosque in the neighborhood of al-Obeidi, a predominantly Shiite area in eastern Baghdad. That blast killed at least three people and wounded another eight, Baghdad police officials said.

About 30 kilometers (19 miles) northwest in Taji, one person died after a car bomb detonated on a busy road, the same officials said. At least seven others were wounded in that explosion.

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November 5th, 2012
03:55 PM ET

New Saudi interior minister named, signaling possible generational shift

Saudi Arabia's king has named Prince Mohammed bin Nayef  as interior minister, making him the first in the next generation of the Saudi royal family to rise to such a powerful post.

King Abdullah issued the royal order ousting Interior Minister Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, who had been named to the position in June and is Prince Nayef's uncle, the state-run Saudi Press Agency reported.

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November 5th, 2012
02:50 PM ET

Zoo: No time to save child mauled by African painted dogs

It happened in seconds. A 2-year-old boy slipped over a railing, bounced into a safety net, bounced again, and tumbled into an exhibit of African painted dogs, which mauled him to death.

The heartbreaking scenario came to light Monday as the Pittsburgh Zoo released details of the child's death Sunday.

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Construction resumes at World Trade Center site
Water from Superstorm Sandy floods the World Trade Center site on October 30.
November 5th, 2012
12:10 PM ET

Construction resumes at World Trade Center site

Construction work has started again at ground zero, site of the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11, which was flooded by Superstorm Sandy.

About 750 workers are back at it, now that more than 95% of the storm surge at the 16-acre site has been pumped out, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced.

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Presidential race all tied up on election eve
Republican Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are tied in most polls.
November 5th, 2012
12:06 PM ET

Presidential race all tied up on election eve

On the eve of the 2012 presidential election, polls can't tell us who'll be president come January 20, Inauguration Day.

Major polls, including the CNN/ORC International poll, show the race between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney all even.

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November 5th, 2012
11:23 AM ET

Syria's death toll spikes

At least 130 people have been killed today in Syria, according to an opposition group.  At least 72 of those deaths were in Idlib, according to the Local Coordination Committees of Syria.

The Syrian government, meanwhile, says 11 citizens were "martyred" and dozens were injured in a "terrorist bombing" in a Damascus neighborhood.

Follow our full story for all the latest details.

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It's too early for Christmas music, Canadian drugstore chain says
Shoopers are used to seeing Christmas displays early in the shopping season, but one Canadian retailer says the first week of November is too early for Christmas music.
November 5th, 2012
10:27 AM ET

It's too early for Christmas music, Canadian drugstore chain says

It’s a question most of us seem to have pondered at some point: When should stores start on the Christmas season?

For one Canadian drugstore chain, the first week in November is too soon, at least for the sounds of the season.

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November 5th, 2012
07:47 AM ET

Monday's live events

The presidential candidates are wrapping up their efforts to win your vote.  Watch CNN.com Live for all the latest news and views on the presidential election.

Today's programming highlights...

8:50 am ET - Romney on the campaign trail - GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is crisscrossing the country on the last full day of campaigning.  He begins his day in Sanford, Florida, then travels to Virginia for a 12:35 pm ET stop in Lynchburg and a 3:15pm ET event in Fairfax.  He travels to Columbus, Ohio, for a 6:15 pm ET rally before ending his day in Manchester, New Hampshire, for a 10:00 pm ET event with Kid Rock.

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Magnitude-2.0 quake shakes New Jersey
A U.S. Geological Survey graphic shows where Monday's quake was felt.
November 5th, 2012
07:18 AM ET

Magnitude-2.0 quake shakes New Jersey

As if they haven't had enough headaches in New Jersey in the past week, this morning they can add earthquake to the list.

The magnitude-2.0 temblor struck at 1:19 a.m. and was centered two miles south-southeast of Ringwood, New Jersey, not far from the border with New York. The depth was 3.1 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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November 5th, 2012
05:29 AM ET

Aid group warns of difficulties treating victims of Myanmar violence

The aid organization Doctors Without Borders has warned that its workers on the ground in western Myanmar are finding it harder and harder to treat victims of recent violence that has inflamed tensions between Buddhist and Muslim communities in the region.

Clashes between the two communities in Myanmar's Rakhine state have killed 89 people and displaced more than 35,000 others in recent weeks, the United Nations said in its most recent report on the situation, citing government figures.

"Ongoing animosity" in the area, some of it directed at aid groups, "makes it increasingly difficult to support the Ministry of Health to run already overstretched clinics and reach out to newly displaced communities," Doctors Without Borders said in a statement.

Rights groups have said that the Rohingya, an ethnic Muslim people who live in Rakhine but aren't recognized as citizens by Myanmar authorities, are bearing the brunt of the violence.

"That we are prevented from acting and threatened for wanting to deliver medical aid to those in need is shocking and leaves tens of thousands without the medical care they urgently need," said Joe Belliveau, the operations manager of Doctors Without Borders.

Read the CNN story from last week about the violence in Rakhine here.

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November 5th, 2012
05:07 AM ET

Homemade bombs kill 2, injure 1 in Bahrain

Bahrain police say five homemade bombs exploded Monday in the capital, Manama, killing two people and seriously injuring a third.

The head of the Capital Governorate Police is warning residents to "not touch strange objects."  An investigation is underway, the police official says.

Bahrain says ban on protests is response to rising violence

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November 5th, 2012
04:46 AM ET

Bomb blast kills one in eastern Baghdad

Baghdad police say a car bomb exploded Monday near an outdoor market in al-Obeidi, a Shiite neighborhood on the eastern side of town.  Officials say at least one person was killed and six others were wounded.

Figures from Iraq's Interior, Defense and Health ministries say 144 Iraqi civilians, policemen and soldiers were killed in acts of violence across the country in October.  Civilians made up most of the casualties.

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November 5th, 2012
04:25 AM ET

Syrian opposition: 21 die in Monday violence

The opposition Local Coordination Committees of Syria report 21 deaths Monday from violence across the country in and around the cities of Damascus, Raqqa, Homs and Aleppo.  The dead include a woman and a child, according to the LCC.

More than 30,000 people have been killed since the Syrian conflict erupted in March 2011, the opposition says. Another 234 were reported dead Sunday, including 100 in Damascus and its suburbs alone, says the LCC, a network of opposition activists.

These figures cannot be independently confirmed by CNN.

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November 5th, 2012
03:55 AM ET

South Korea shuts down 2 nuclear reactors after parts scandal

South Korea said Monday that it had shut down operations at two nuclear reactors after discovering that they were using parts supplied with forged quality certificates.

Halting the reactors to replace the parts will result in "an unprecedented level" of strain on the nation's power supply as it heads into the winter months, the Ministry of Knowledge Economy said in a statement.

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Con Edison:  Power restored to 80% of customers hit by Sandy
November 5th, 2012
02:49 AM ET

Con Edison: Power restored to 80% of customers hit by Sandy

Nearly a week after Superstorm Sandy whipped the greater New York City area, about 180,00 customers still don't have electricity, Con Edison said late Sunday.  At the peak of the outage, an estimated 950,000 customers were affected in New York's five boroughs - Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island and the Bronx - and Westchester County, the utility said.

But even with the progress, many residents are increasingly frustrated, especially in Westchester, where 80,000 are still in the dark.

The company's Twitter feed bears the brunt of the criticism.

Con Edison says it expects to have the "vast majority" of the power restored by next weekend.

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