A week after Superstorm Sandy slammed into the Northeast, temperatures are dropping and forecasters warn of another storm on the way. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands remain without power, gas shortages continue and tens of thousands still don't know when they'll be able to return to their homes.
As retailers work to stay afloat during the slow economic recovery, employers are cutting costs by streamlining staff schedules — increasingly relying on part-time workers, who can cover flexible shifts on short notice. But the unpredictable hours, modest wages and lack of benefits take a toll.
On the final day of the 2012 campaign, President Obama and Mitt Romney are making a last push in states that could be critical to victory. Obama was scheduled to campaign in three swing states, while Romney had events planned in four. The only overlap was in Ohio, considered the linchpin of the election.
A possible merger of local governments in Indiana faces trouble on Tuesday's ballot. Despite promises that a combined government would bring costs down, residents worry that their taxes could go up even as the quality of services declines.
In Pittsburgh, the 2-year-old's mother lifted him on to a railing. Tragically, he fell into the animals' exhibit and was set upon by the pack. Zookeepers were eventually able to lure most of the 11 dogs away. One had to be shot by police.
Whether it's Obama or Romney, the president will face a party in Congress hostile to his agenda, with no mandate from voters to push things through. With no consensus in the country, power may continue shifting back and forth between the parties.
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