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  • Large parts of Manhattan plunged into darkness

    NEW YORK (AP) — A superstorm that sent water rushing onto city streets has left a large swath of the lower part of Manhattan without power.

    Consolidated Edison spokesman Chris Olert said Monday evening that the power was out for most of Manhattan south of 26th Street.

    On the east side, the power outage extended from 29th Street south. There were some scattered areas that still had electricity.

    Olert said the damage stemmed from flooding and the probable loss of a transmission feeder.

    The power outage was separate from a planned power cut that Con Ed did in certain lower Manhattan neighborhoods to protect underwater systems from flood damage.

    Olert said there were 250,000 customers without power in Manhattan. A customer represents a single meter, so the number of people actually affected is likely higher.

  • Raw: Facade Falls Off Manhattan Building Front

    The facade has fallen off the front of a four-story Manhattan building, leaving apartments visible from the street. There are no reported injuries.

  • Raw: 14 Rescued, 2 Missing From Tall Ship Off NC

    A replica tall ship caught in Hurricane Sandy's wrath began taking on water, forcing the crew to abandon the boat Monday off the North Carolina coast. The Coast Guard rescued 14 crew members by helicopter, but two people were still missing.

  • Raw: Hurricane Sandy Leaves Travelers Stranded

    Hurricane Sandy grounded thousands of flights from Atlanta to San Francisco Monday. The massive storm threatens to bring a near halt to air travel for at least two days in a key region for both domestic and international flights.

  • Raw: Amateur Video of Sandy Showing Up
  • Sign goes up on new brewpub

    Workers hoisted the sign at the new Pajarito Brewpub and Grill early Monday afternoon. The new eatery, located in the Mari-Mac shopping center, has not announced an opening date.

  • 10 things to know for Monday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about on today:

    1. SUPERSTORM NEARS EAST COAST

    Sandy is expected to come ashore Monday night in New Jersey bringing high winds, soaking rain and a surging wall of water up to 11 feet tall.

    2. AIR TRAFFIC COMES TO A NEAR HALT AS NORTHEAST GEARS FOR SANDY

    Thousands of flight cancellations mean passengers are stranded from Hong Kong to Europe.

    3. WHAT THE KEY WAS TO THE GIANTS' SERIES SWEEP

    Some may point to MVP Pablo Sandoval's three homers in Game 1 while others say the clincher was Marco Scutaro's 10th inning hit in Game 4.

    4. CAMPAIGN'S LAST WEEK TURNS INTO SCHEDULING NIGHTMARE

  • East Coast grinds to a halt as superstorm nears

    NEW YORK (AP) — Hurricane Sandy bore down on the Eastern Seaboard's largest cities Monday, forcing the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds, soaking rain and a surging wall of water up to 11 feet tall.

    Sandy strengthened before dawn and stayed on a predicted path toward Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York — putting it on a collision course with two other weather systems that would create a superstorm with the potential for havoc over 800 miles from the East Coast to the Great Lakes. About 2 to 3 feet of snow were even forecast for mountainous parts of West Virginia.

    The tempest could endanger up to 50 million people for days.

    Many workers planned to stay home Monday as subways, buses and trains shut down across the region under the threat of flooding that could inundate tracks and tunnels. Airports also closed, and authorities warned that the time for evacuation was running out or already past. Utilities brought in extra crews, anticipating widespread power failures.

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  • Magnitude 7.7 quake strikes off Canadian coast

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck off the west coast of Canada, but there were no reports of major damage. Residents in parts of British Columbia were evacuated, but the province appeared to escape the biggest quake in Canada since 1949 largely unscathed.

    The U.S. Geological Survey said the powerful temblor hit the Queen Charlotte Islands just after 8 p.m. local time Saturday at a depth of about 3 miles (5 kilometers) and was centered 96 miles (155 kilometers) south of Masset, British Columbia. It was felt across a wide area in British Columbia, both on its Pacific islands and on the mainland.

    "It looks like the damage and the risk are at a very low level," said Shirley Bond, British Columbia's minister responsible for emergency management said. "We're certainly grateful."

    The National Weather Service issued a tsunami warning for coastal areas of British Columbia, southern Alaska and Hawaii, but later canceled it for the first two and downgraded it to an advisory for Hawaii.