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Rapid flooding forced overnight evacuation of NYU Med Center

The rapid rise of flood waters that overwhelmed emergency generators forced New York University (NYU)’s Langone Medical Center to evacuate some 260 patients overnight as New York City was being pounded by Hurricane Sandy. According to CNN, water began to pour into the basement, lower floors and elevator shafts of…

Officer shot by fake cop in San Diego crime spree

Authorities in San Diego are investigating whether the man who shot an off-duty police officer is connected to two other robberies that happened hours apart Monday. Police say the officer was shot outside a bank in the suburb of Escondido by a man wearing a baseball cap that said, “POLICE”…

Maddow: Events like Sandy are when ‘government really matters’

Monday night on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow discussed how natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy are the times when “government really matters.” In major emergencies, rescue and relief must be coordinated on a massive scale, she said, and it’s necessary to have infrastructure in place and smart…

Letterman and Jimmy Fallon do their shows without an audience

Despite the approach of then-Hurricane Sandy, talk show hosts David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon still taped their respective shows Monday afternoon, working without an audience — and in Letterman’s case, without some technical assistance. On The Late Show, Letterman stuck to his usual routine, including the nightly “Top Ten” list,…

Trashed 168-foot tanker ship washes up on Staten Island

A 168-foot tanker ship washed up on Staten Island Monday night as high winds and floodwaters from Hurricane Sandy devastated most of the nation’s eastern seaboard. The John B. Caddell, built in 1941, was moored about a mile out to sea to protect it from being damaged near land, but…

MTA spokesperson: New York City subway flooding ‘affects every borough’

The New York City subway system sustained serious damage due to floodwaters from Hurricane Sandy, and a Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) spokesperson said Tuesday morning that seven vital subway tunnels under the East River are flooded, in a historic disaster that “affects every borough” in the city. “We’re in the…

Norm Coleman assures Ohio voters Romney won’t overturn Roe v. Wade

Former Minnesota Senator and top surrogate for former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA)’s presidential campaign Norm Coleman (R) told a group of voters in Ohio on Monday that Romney would not overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that made abortion legal, a ruling that Romney’s campaign website calls…

Christie praises Obama, doesn’t ‘give a damn’ about Romney photo op

The presidential candidates have canceled all campaign events on Tuesday, but Republican New Jersey Chris Christie seemed to be stumping for President Barack Obama by appearing on several networks to praise the federal response to Hurricane Sandy. In an interview on NBC, Christie called Obama “outstanding” for expediting relief efforts.…

Massive fire destroys 50 homes in submerged Queens neighborhood

A fire that broke out in Queens around 11 p.m. during the pounding rains and rising floodwaters of Hurricane Sandy ultimately destroyed 50 homes as nearly 200 fire fighters waded through submerged streets to rescue trapped New Yorkers. Video from the scene shows first responders in water up to their…

Huge fireball as Con Ed transformer in Manhattan explodes

A Consolidated Edison power station in lower Manhattan erupted into a gigantic fireball on Monday night as electrical transformers at the station exploded in the midst of Hurricane Sandy’s lashing of New York City. According to DNAinfo, the explosion ocurred at the company’s plant near East 14th Street, leaving residents…

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