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Coast Guard Probing Tall Ship's Sinking; Captain Had Spoken About Hurricanes

In August, Capt. Robin Walbridge talked with a Maine video journalist about how the HMS Bounty could handle rough seas. Monday, the ship sank off the coast of North Carolina as Hurricane Sandy roared through. Walbridge is missing. One crew member is dead. Fourteen were rescued.
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In Oklahoma, Republicans Take Two Views Toward Taxes

On Tuesday, Tulsa County, Okla., residents vote on ballot measures that would extend a sales tax hike to fund economic development and public works projects. The Republican mayor and local GOP officials — in one of the reddest states in the country — are asking voters to say yes to the taxes.
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Ala. Racist Language Measure Draws Unexpected Foes

Alabama voters decide Tuesday on a measure that would remove Jim Crow-era language from the state constitution. Republican leaders say the language is an embarrassment that deters jobs and investment. But Alabama's black leaders are against the fix, arguing it's a trick to undermine public school funding.
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Fixing NYC's Underground Power Grid Is No Easy Task

An army of electrical workers is squirming through the tunnels beneath New York City, checking transformers, cables and power systems. And though it'll likely take days to get everything back online, experts say the storm would have damaged aboveground infrastructure even more drastically.
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After Sandy, It's Pizza And Homemade Meatballs For The Lucky In New Jersey

The produce aisle may not be restocked at the Stop & Shop in Toms River, N.J., and other perishables may still be hard to come by. But rest assured, the local pizzeria is hopping. Geno D's served up more than 500 pies on its first day back in business on Wednesday.
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In Flooded New Jersey, No Oversight For Levees

There's no state agency that regulates or maintains levees in the Garden State. But the flooding brought by Sandy will inevitably bring calls for more flood protection systems.
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Superstorm Sandy May Have Blown In Fresh Breeze Of Bipartisanship

When President Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie came together in the aftermath of the superstorm, pundits took notice of a rare moment of bipartisanship and wondered if more was to come.

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