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Statue of Liberty to reopen by Independence Day

Statue of Liberty - WC

The Statue of Liberty is scheduled to reopen by Independence Day, about eight months after it was closed because of Superstorm Sandy. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar made the announcement Tuesday along with U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York. The statue itself was spared damage from the late October storm, but Liberty Island, where the statue sits, was badly damaged. Railings broke, paving stones were torn up and buildings were flooded. The storm also destroyed boilers, sewage pumps and electrical systems on the island.


Congress passes $50.5B Superstorm Sandy aid bill

Congress is sending a $50.5 billion emergency relief measure for Superstorm Sandy victims to President Barack Obama for his signature.


House approves $50.7b for Sandy aid

The House has approved a $50.7 billion measure for Superstorm Sandy victims. The 241-180 vote sends the measure to the Senate which is expected to take it up next Tuesday. Northeast lawmakers from both parties have been pressing for the aid for more than two months.


House approves $9.7 billion in Sandy flood aid

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The House has overwhelmingly approved $9.7 billion to pay flood insurance claims for the many home and business owners flooded out by Superstorm Sandy. The vote came more than two months after the storm hit and days after Northeast Republicans erupted over House Speaker John Boehner's decision to delay an earlier vote.


Congressional Members Blast House for Ignoring Storm Aid Bill

Peter King

The Congressional members, including Republicans, noted their outrage that the Republican leadership did not present the $60.4 billion package already passed by the Senate for a House vote.


US retail sales rose 0.3 percent in November

Americans spent more online in November to start the holiday season and began to replace cars and rebuild in the Northeast after Superstorm Sandy.


Top 2012 searches include Whitney, PSY, Sandy

Whitney Houston

The world's attention wavered between the tragic and the silly in 2012, and along the way, Web surfers searched in huge numbers to find out about a royal princess, the latest iPad, and a record-breaking skydiver.


Report says NY was warned of Sandy's impact

There's new evidence that some of the impact of Superstorm Sandy could have been prevented. A bi-partisan report says that for more than three decades New York politicians were repeatedly warned to prepare for a coming superstorm like Hurricane Sandy but those warnings were ignored.


Uh-oh: The economy might be hitting a rough patch

Superstorm Sandy

The bottom is falling out of economic forecasters' expectations for U.S. economic growth in the final months of 2012. And if some of the more bearish estimates prove accurate, it will be the weakest rate of growth since the start of 2011.


FEMA extends hotel stays for Sandy victims

Sandy Victims Hotel Stay Extended by FEMA

On the day federal money for superstorm Sandy victims' hotel stays were scheduled to run out, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced it would continue paying hotel bills another two weeks, easing the anxiety of thousands of displaced New York and New Jersey residents.


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