published Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

10 Things to Know for Today

Sea water floods the Ground Zero construction site, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in New York. Sandy continued on its path Monday, as the storm forced the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain.  (AP Photo/ John Minchillo)
Sea water floods the Ground Zero construction site, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in New York. Sandy continued on its path Monday, as the storm forced the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain. (AP Photo/ John Minchillo)
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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

1. SANDY SHORTS OUT MUCH OF NYC

Across the Eastern U.S., millions are without power as a wall of water crashes ashore.

2. THE STORM'S SMALLEST EVACUEES

Twenty babies from a neonatal intensive care unit are among 200 patients moved from a Manhattan hospital when a backup generator fails.

3. NATURE'S OCTOBER SURPRISE HANDCUFFS CANDIDATES

Obama can't afford to be caught taking his eye off the crisis. And Romney can't risk appearing callous about threats to lives and homes.

4. ONE HMS BOUNTY CREW MEMBER DIES

Claudene Christian, rescued in the Atlantic after abandoning ship in rough seas churned up by Sandy, is pronounced dead as the Coast Guard searches for the ship's captain.

5. A VERY REAL REMINDER OF WORLD WAR II

Sendai airport in northern Japan is closed when an unexploded 550-pound American-made bomb is uncovered during construction.

6. A GRIM MILESTONE FOR CHICAGO

With two months left in 2012, the city marks its 436th homicide, surpassing the total for all of last year.

7. THE ECONOMIC THREATS FACING THE NEXT PRESIDENT

An AP survey of 31 economists says a weaker Europe and the looming congressional tax disputes are among biggest challenges.

8. A BAN ON PROTESTS FOR U.S. ALLY

Bahrain will block demonstrations amid escalating clashes in the strategic Gulf kingdom that hosts the Navy's 5th Fleet.

9. MICROSOFT TAKES A BITE AT APPLE

New version of the Windows Phone is meant to compete with the more-popular iPhone, as well as Android devices.

10. RECORD LOW WORLD SERIES VIEWERSHIP, BUT A SOCIAL MEDIA LANDMARK

Giants' sweep of Tigers averages just a 7.6 rating but the finale's 1,202,706 comments are a new high.

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