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November 1, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Estimates of the economic losses caused by Hurricane Sandy earlier this week reached $50 billion as experts assessed the costs of severe property damage, shut-down subways and power outages. On Thursday, Eqecat Inc. said it expects storm-related losses to fall between $30 billion and $50 billion. Of that, $10 billion to $20 billion will be insured, according to the firm, which calculates estimates for insurers. Earlier this week , Eqecat had said that damages could reach $20 billion, with up to $10 billion in insured losses.
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NATIONAL
March 12, 2014 | By Joseph Tanfani
POMONA, N.J. - His state wrecked and reeling from Superstorm Sandy, Chris Christie made himself the face of New Jersey's comeback effort with a take-charge tour de force that became a cornerstone of an expected run for president. But the made-for-campaign-ads story of resurrection is now riddled with failures: poor performance by contractors, accusations of insider deals and increasing frustration from homeowners still waiting for recovery funds. In the aftermath of the George Washington Bridge scandal, Gov. Christie and top members of his administration also face questions about whether he and his aides used disaster relief funds to reward friends and punish enemies.
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SCIENCE
May 23, 2013 | By Monte Morin
The leading cause of death during Superstorm Sandy last fall was drowning, according to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report , which analyzed 117 storm-related deaths, comes amid a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warning that this year's hurricane season stands a good chance of being more active than usual. In its annual Atlantic hurricane season outlook , NOAA forecasters said Thursday that there was a 70% likelihood of three to six major hurricanes occurring this year.
NATIONAL
January 20, 2014 | By Joseph Tanfani
The mayor of Hoboken, N.J., says it was pure intimidation by Gov. Chris Christie's top people, delivered in softly-worded asides at public events: Get on board with a big development deal or say goodbye to hopes of Superstorm Sandy relief money. "'This project is really important to the governor,'" Mayor Dawn Zimmer said on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday, recounting what she said she was told in May by Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. "And she said that ... this was a direct message from the governor.
NEWS
November 7, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
A pair of otherworldly photos from Superstorm Sandy will be forever etched in my memory of the historic hurricane. The first photo showed up in much of the mainstream media coverage and became a symbol of the storm: A seemingly intact roller coaster poking out of the Atlantic Ocean off the Jersey Shore like the skeleton of a sea serpent. The second image ricocheted around the Internet via social media sites and became a symbol of vulnerability and resilience following the storm: An undamaged carousel inside an eerily lit enclosure completely surrounded by water that looked like a glowing jewelry box floating off the New York City coast.
BUSINESS
January 22, 2013 | By David Colker
On a busy day for earnings reports, several major companies released results before the start of the trading day. Some were hit hard by Superstorm Sandy that struck the East Coast in the fourth quarter. On the plus side, at least in comparison to analysts' forecasts, was chemical maker DuPont Co., whose profit for the last three months of the year was $111 million, or 12 cents a share, down from $373 million, or 40 cents a share, a year earlier. Analysts on average had forecast only 7 cents a share for the latest period.
BUSINESS
April 5, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
More than $2 billion in disaster loans was approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration to those affected by Superstorm Sandy , the agency said Friday. About 32,500 residents and businesses benefited from loans in what the agency called the third-largest natural disaster in the U.S. that it has responded to. The tropical cyclone struck in late October. “Since Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast in October, SBA has worked diligently to approve loan applications and get money into the hands of storm victims as quickly as possible,” SBA leader Karen G. Mills said.
BUSINESS
December 3, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON - The nation's manufacturing engine lost steam in November, contracting for the first time in three months and falling to its lowest level since 2009, according to a leading private barometer released Monday. The Institute for Supply Management's purchasing manager's index decreased to 49.5 last month from 51.7 in October. A figure below 50 indicates economic activity is contracting. The manufacturing sector had expanded modestly in August and September after three months of slight contraction.
BUSINESS
November 15, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- Initial jobless claims surged last week to a their highest level in more than a year and a half, probably in part because of the effects of Superstorm Sandy. The number of new people filing for unemployment benefits jumped to 439,000 in the week ending Saturday, up from the previous week's revised figure of 361,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. It was the first time in more than a year that the number of initial claims topped 400,000, and marked the highest level since April 2011.
NATIONAL
September 25, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- The effects of Superstorm Sandy plagued New Jersey throughout the summer, according to a poll released Wednesday that showed 38% of state residents who visited the Jersey shore spent less time there than they expected. The poll, conducted by Monmouth University and the Asbury Park Press, said that 1 in 6 New Jersey adults who normally spend time at the Jersey shore during the summer did not do so this year. Of those who visited the state's summer resorts but cut their stays short, nearly half cited worries that the seasonal businesses they counted on would not be open.
NATIONAL
January 16, 2014 | By Joseph Tanfani and Alana Semuels
TRENTON, N.J. - A new investigative committee issued subpoenas Thursday for 17 individuals and 3 organizations as it launched a deeper look into the involvement of Gov. Chris Christie's administration in ordering closures that caused a massive September traffic jam on roads leading to the George Washington Bridge. The names on the list weren't immediately released, but they were expected to include Bridget Kelly, Christie's former deputy chief of staff, who weeks before the closures sent an email to a close ally of the governor on the Port Authority, the regional agency that controls the bridge.
NATIONAL
January 13, 2014 | By Joseph Tanfani and Alana Semuels
TRENTON, N.J. - For Gov. Chris Christie, the questions about the traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge are just beginning, as New Jersey Democrats announced a new investigative committee that would push to figure out who ordered the four-day traffic snarl, and why. Democratic leaders in the state Assembly said the committee would begin with the bridge closure and possibly expand to look into other allegations of political retribution by...
NATIONAL
October 29, 2013 | By Andrew Tangel
NEW YORK - As Superstorm Sandy roared ashore a year ago, the Atlantic Ocean swelled into the streets of Breezy Point, triggering a conflagration that devoured home after home in this neighborhood perched on a sliver of land on the fringes of New York City. Flames fueled by fierce winds climbed higher than 60 feet, danced on utility wires and turned backyard propane grills and cars' gas tanks into bombs. In a cruel twist of nature, volunteer firefighters in this enclave of Queens scrambled to find hydrants submerged in floodwater.
NATIONAL
October 28, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Ellis Island, which greeted millions of immigrants to the United States, reopened its museum doors on Monday, a year after the aptly named Superstorm Sandy tore through much of the eastern half of the United States, killing scores of people and destroying tens of billions of dollars in property. More than a million documents, photographs and other artifacts were moved from Ellis Island to safety in Maryland after the storm roared through, creating swells as high as 8 feet that damaged what was the point of entry for immigrants coming mainly from Europe.
NATIONAL
September 25, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- The effects of Superstorm Sandy plagued New Jersey throughout the summer, according to a poll released Wednesday that showed 38% of state residents who visited the Jersey shore spent less time there than they expected. The poll, conducted by Monmouth University and the Asbury Park Press, said that 1 in 6 New Jersey adults who normally spend time at the Jersey shore during the summer did not do so this year. Of those who visited the state's summer resorts but cut their stays short, nearly half cited worries that the seasonal businesses they counted on would not be open.
NATIONAL
September 12, 2013 | By Tina Susman
A fire broke out Thursday along a seaside boardwalk on the New Jersey shore, destroying businesses that had only recently started recovering from devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy last year. News video showed flames roaring along the boardwalk in Seaside Park, a community about 80 miles south of New York City with a year-round population of about 2,200, according to the town's website. The fire erupted at an ice cream shop and quickly roared out of control, fueled by winds of 30-35 mph. “It got totally out of control,” the town's police chief, Francis Larkin, told local TV news stations as video showed a massive black cloud floating up from the boardwalk and flames shooting out of businesses.
NATIONAL
November 15, 2012 | By Joseph Serna
President Obama toured New York's devastated coastline and beach communities Thursday morning, joining local and state officials to survey the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, the country's second-costliest natural disaster behind Hurricane Katrina. Obama left Joint Base Andrews in Maryland and landed in New York with New York Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, where he then boarded Marine One for a helicopter tour of New York City and Staten Island, according to pool reports.
BUSINESS
August 5, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
NEW YORK - Inside the Tudor house one block from the beach in the Rockaways, Susan Fruchter's world is much as it has been for decades. Oil paintings on the walls depict studious rabbis, framed Hebrew prints commemorate special events, elegant wooden furniture is tastefully spaced through the rooms. But outside, on the blocks of modest brick and wooden homes and tree-lined streets, everything is changing. It had started before the storm - people picking up and moving nearer to their grown children, Jews who had lived in the neighborhood for decades moving closer to kosher markets or Jewish schools.
NATIONAL
July 5, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - Romance can be tumultuous, and no one knows that better than the Statue of Liberty. Over and over, Lady Liberty has been separated from her adoring public, most recently by an uninvited guest named Sandy who stormed through, leaving heartbreak and ruin in her wake. For eights months, the statue stood alone in New York Harbor, but the painful breakup was pushed aside Thursday as visitors returned to the Statue of Liberty for the first time since the superstorm shut her down on Oct. 29, 2012.
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