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Atlantic City bar faces hurricane with a drink

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey — As the jaws of Hurricane Sandy closed around Atlantic City, there was only one place to be for diehards who hadn’t evacuated: Ducktown Tavern and Liquors. In a city built for partying and hedonism, where a wall of multi-storey casinos lines the beach and a…

Being Pentagon chief had its downsides says Robert Gates

WASHINGTON — Former US defense secretary Robert Gates joked Monday about the downsides of his old job, including enduring interminable NATO meetings and price gouging over a Central Asian air base. At a Pentagon ceremony for the unveiling of his official portrait, the ex-CIA director displayed his customary wry humor,…

Bank of England official: Occupy movement right about global recession

The Occupy Movement has found an unlikely ally in a senior Bank of England official, Andrew Haldane, who has praised protesters for their role in triggering an overhaul of the financial services sector. Haldane, who oversees the City for the central bank, said Occupy acted as a lever on policymakers…

Team Romney calls Ohio a ‘dead heat’

AVON LAKE, Ohio — Mitt Romney’s campaign called the US presidential race in key toss-up Ohio a “dead heat” Monday eight days before the election, claiming the Republican was poised to win the state after vital recent gains. In a morning memo, Romney’s Ohio state director Scott Jennings said a…

Chrysler nearly doubles profit in third quarter

CHICAGO — Chrysler nearly doubled its profit in the third quarter as an improving economy and fresh models drew more consumers into its showrooms, the third largest US automaker said Monday. Net income jumped 80 percent to $381 million as revenues rose 18 percent to $15.5 billion in the July…

Medical professor sues Johnny Depp over alleged bodyguard assault

LOS ANGELES — A female US academic who claims she was assaulted by Johnny Depp’s security guards while he was present can sue the US star for punitive damages, a judge ruled Monday. Robin Eckert, a medical professor at University of California (UC) Irvine, claims Depp and his guards became…

Hurricane Sandy grounds 12,000 flights

NEW YORK — More than 12,000 flights have been grounded as Hurricane Sandy thwarted travel up and down the US East Coast Monday with powerful winds and blinding rain that could linger for days. That number is expected to grow as the slow-moving “Frankenstorm” churns its way inland after making…

No third season for Anderson Cooper’s talk show

LOS ANGELES — US journalist and TV presenter Anderson Cooper’s eponymous daytime talk show will not be renewed for a third season, its producers said Monday. Flagging viewer numbers and a tough business climate were blamed for the effective cancelation of the syndicated show by Cooper, who also fronts a…

Supreme Court hears warrantless wiretapping case despite storm

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court was one of the few public bodies to shrug off the impending arrival of Hurricane Sandy Monday and open its doors, before finally deciding to postpone the next day’s hearings. Most public services were closed in the capital city, Washington, on Monday as the…

Storm brings East Coast economy to a halt

Hurricane Sandy froze commerce, shut down stock exchanges for the first time since 9/11 and idled millions of workers on Monday, laying siege to an economy still trying to get out of first gear. With the US east coast from North Carolina to Massachusetts threatened by furious winds and a…

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