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New Yorkers resist pleas to leave storm risk zones

Police toured flood-threatened districts of New York on Monday almost begging tens of thousands of hurricane refuseniks to move away from a looming mega-storm. With New York at a near standstill ahead of a predicted storm surge of up to 11 feet (3.5 meters) of seawater, police with loud hailers…

Many views of the storm from Internet webcams

WASHINGTON — Americans got an unparalleled view of the unprecedented storm hitting the eastern United States from the dozens of live webcams set up in the region. Officials were urging people to avoid heading to the shore for pictures, but they could watch the storm’s impact in real time —…

New York Stock Exchange to remain shut Tuesday due to storm

The New York Stock Exchange said it would remain shut down for a second day Tuesday as Hurricane Sandy bore down on the city, threatening high winds and flooding. “We intend to re-open our US markets on Wednesday, Oct 31, 2012, conditions permitting; updates will be provided tomorrow,” exchange operator…

Google unveils large tablet and revamped Nexus lineup

Google on Monday unveiled a large-format tablet computer to compete against the original iPad as part of a revamped line of its Nexus devices, and touted a new music service for Europe. Google said on its blog that its Nexus 10, a rival to the market-leading iPad, would be “the…

Hurricane Sandy damage estimated to hit as much as $20 billion

Damage from the massive Hurricane Sandy battering the US East Coast could hit as much as $20 billion, disaster estimator Eqecat said Monday. Eqecat said total damage costs could run from $10 billion to $20 billion, with insured damage of $5-10 billion. “Sandy is a large storm, impacting 20 percent…

U.S. consumer spending picked up in September

US consumer spending picked up pace in September, sustaining a three month surge that also represents a downturn in household saving, the Commerce Department reported Monday. Personal consumption expenditures last month rose 0.8 percent, or $87.9 billion, to $11.25 trillion, after an 0.5 percent pickup in August. Higher gasoline prices…

French judge orders release of breast implant founder

A French judge on Monday ordered the release of the founder of breast implant company PIP, which sparked a global health scare over potentially faulty products, after eight months in preventive detention. Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) boss Jean-Claude Mas, 73, was ordered released but will be “placed under judicial supervision,”…

New York road tunnels to close amid hurricane threat

NEW YORK — New York state authorities on Monday ordered the closure of two of three key Manhattan road tunnels because of the risk of floods from Hurricane Sandy. Governor Andrew Cuomo said the Holland and Battery tunnels would close from 2:00 pm (1800 GMT). He told a press conference…

Debate rages over benefits of organic food

The debate over whether organic food is better for our health and worth its higher price keeps raging on in the United States as the conclusion of four decades of studies seems far from clear. The controversy was back in the news last month when a large-scale study by researchers…

iPhone’s Chinese Siri directs users to brothels

Concerns that the Chinese version of the Apple iPhone’s new voice-activated assistant “Siri” directs users to brothels has been raised by netizens and lawyers, state media said Monday. Users of the recently released Mandarin version of Siri were given several options for finding prostitutes upon request, but could not verify…

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