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Amtrak partially restores some service in Northeast; but no trains to or from New York

Amtrak announced ear­li­er today that it has begun to par­tial­ly restore some ser­vice in the mid-Atlantic states, but it won’t be pos­si­ble to trav­el to or from New York City by rail for at least sev­er­al days due to bad­ly flood­ed tun­nels. Here’s the advi­so­ry Amtrak released not long ago: Amtrak will pro­vide mod­i­fied North­east Region­al ser­vice between […]

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Walt Disney Company to acquire Lucasfilm, plans to make a new Star Wars trilogy

The Walt Dis­ney Com­pa­ny, which is already the world’s largest media con­glom­er­ate (it owns ABC, ESPN, Mar­vel, Pixar, and a host of oth­er prop­er­ties) is about to get even big­ger. Dead­line Hol­ly­wood Dai­ly has the sur­pris­ing news: Dis­ney has just con­firmed that it has agreed to acquire George Lucas’ Lucas­film Ltd., and that includes rights to the Star Wars franchise […]

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President Obama to travel to New Jersey tomorrow, inspect damage with Chris Christie

Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma will trav­el to New Jer­sey tomor­row to inspect dam­age caused by Super­storm Sandy with Repub­li­can Gov­er­nor Chris Christie. The Pres­i­dent will spend his time “talk­ing with cit­i­zens who are recov­er­ing from the storm and thank­ing first respon­ders who put their lives at risk to pro­tect their com­mu­ni­ties”, White House Press Sec­re­tary Jay […]

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The morning after Sandy: Rescue, recovery efforts underway in New York, New Jersey

Last night, Hur­ri­cane Sandy — which is now being called Super­storm Sandy — made land­fall in New Jer­sey, near Atlantic City. The worst hours have now passed, but as news broad­casts show, Sandy’s arrival was every bit as destruc­tive as mete­o­rol­o­gists and local offi­cials had warned it could be. Schools, air­ports, the New York Stock Exchange, […]