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Nov 6, 2012

U.S. election poses new challenge to storm-hit Northeast

, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Already faced with
a massive cleanup and nightmarish commutes to work, thousands of
U.S. voters in storm-struck New York and New Jersey may have a
tough time voting on Tuesday in a cliffhanger presidential
election.

Elections officials face unprecedented challenges across the
U.S. Northeast, where polling stations were among the thousands
of buildings damaged by superstorm Sandy eight days ago.

Nov 5, 2012

Sandy’s aftermath causes nightmare commute, housing crisis

, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Commuters battled
unruly crowds on the trains and snarled traffic on the highways
Monday at the start of the first full work week since superstorm
Sandy devastated the U.S. Northeast.

Many of Sandy’s victims were still suffering, and living
conditions were harsh for tens of thousands of people unable to
return to their homes. Some 1.4 million homes and businesses
were due to endure another night of near-freezing temperatures
without power or heat.

Nov 5, 2012

Sandy still causing nightmare commute, housing crisis

NEW YORK/BELMAR, New Jersey (Reuters) – Commuters battled unruly crowds on the trains and snarled traffic on the highways Monday at the start of the first full work week since superstorm Sandy devastated the U.S. Northeast.

Many of Sandy’s victims were still suffering, and living conditions were harsh for tens of thousands of people unable to return to their homes. Some 1.4 million homes and businesses were due to endure another night of near-freezing temperatures without power or heat.

Oct 30, 2012

Crew rescued from HMS Bounty as hurricane rages; captain missing

By Daniel Trotta and David Adams

(Reuters) – The U.S. Coast Guard rescued 14 of the 16 crew members who abandoned the replica tall ship HMS Bounty off North Carolina in rough seas caused by Hurricane Sandy, using helicopters on Monday to pluck them from life rafts.

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter later recovered crew member Claudene Christian, 42, who was described as unresponsive, while continuing to search for the 63-year-old captain of the ship, which sank in 18-foot seas.

Oct 29, 2012

Fourteen rescued from HMS Bounty in path of hurricane; two missing

By Daniel Trotta

(Reuters) – The U.S. Coast Guard on Monday rescued 14 of the 16 crew who abandoned the replica tall ship HMS Bounty while in the path of Hurricane Sandy off North Carolina, using helicopters to lift them from life rafts, the Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard continued to search for the two missing crew members about 160 miles from the eye of the storm. Officials had previously reported 17 aboard but later revised the figure to 16.

Oct 29, 2012

Seventeen people abandon ship in path of Hurricane Sandy

By Daniel Trotta

(Reuters) – Seventeen people from the replica HMS Bounty abandoned ship while stranded at sea off North Carolina in the path of Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Monday.

“The 17-person crew donned cold water survival suits and lifejackets before launching in two 25-man lifeboats with canopies,” the Coast Guard said in a statement.

Oct 29, 2012

Sandy strengthens as nears coast; Wall Street shut

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hurricane Sandy, the monster storm bearing down on the East Coast, strengthened on Monday after hundreds of thousands moved to higher ground, public transport shut down and the stock market suffered its first weather-related closure in 27 years.

About 50 million people from the Mid-Atlantic to Canada were in the path of the nearly 1,000-mile-wide (1,600-km-wide) storm, which forecasters said could be the largest to hit the mainland in U.S. history. It was expected to topple trees, damage buildings, cause power outages and trigger heavy flooding.

Oct 22, 2012

“Million Muppet March” planned to defend backing for PBS

By Daniel Trotta

(Reuters) – Plans to save Big Bird, the fuzzy yellow character on U.S. public television’s “Sesame Street,” from possible extinction are taking shape in the form of a puppet-based protest next month dubbed the “Million Muppet March.”

The demonstration is planned for November 3 at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., three days before the general election.

Oct 22, 2012

‘Million Muppet March’ planned to defend U.S. backing for PBS

Oct 12 (Reuters) – Plans to save Big Bird, the fuzzy yellow
character on U.S. public television’s “Sesame Street,” from
possible extinction are taking shape in the form of a
puppet-based protest next month dubbed the “Million Muppet
March.”

The demonstration is planned for Nov. 3 at the National Mall
in Washington, D.C., three days before the general election.

Oct 15, 2012

Next challenge for slumping New York Yankees: Verlander

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Stuck in a miserable slump, the New York Yankees head to Detroit down 2-0 in the American League Championship Series and must face one of the best pitchers in the game, Justin Verlander, the Tigers’ Game Three starter.

“It’s a fun challenge,” Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira said after his team managed just four hits in Sunday’s 3-0 home loss to the Tigers.

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      "Daniel Trotta joined Reuters as a correspondent in 1993, starting in Nicaragua and moving Mexico City (1996) and Madrid (2000) before coming to New York in 2005. As a U.S. General News correspondent, his specialty is writing the lead story on major breaking news. Trotta also travels the United States producing in-depth features and helps edit the national news file from the Reuters headquarters in New York. Outside the office, he is the manager of the New York Express of the New York City Metro Baseball League."
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