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Stories for November 3, 2012

Insurance Companies Rethink Business After Sandy

Nov. 3
Yuki Noguchi / NPR
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Superstorm Sandy capped what's been a pretty impressive couple of years for U.S. natural disasters. There have been wildfires, tornadoes, floods and derechos. And insurance companies are on the hook to pay billions in related claims.

Despite Anti-Fungal Treatment, More Woes For Some Meningitis Patients

Nov. 3
Richard Knox / NPR

The news for patients who had injections of fungus-tainted steroids just keeps getting worse.

With Buses And Billboards, Small-Money Groups Try To Make A Mark

Nov. 3
Peter Overby / NPR

As Election Day nears, it sometimes seems that the presidential campaign has boiled down to just three things: the candidates zooming from one battleground state to another, ominous ads pouring forth from the television and unions going door-to-door to drum up votes.

Nonvoters: The Other Abstinence Movement

Nov. 3
Linton Weeks / NPR

To many Americans, the right to vote in a presidential election is a sacred and precious opportunity. To others, the right to not vote is just as meaningful. And they exercise it.

Crews Work To Restore Power, And Explain The Delay

Nov. 3
Kathy Lohr / NPR
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More than eight million people lost power after Superstorm Sandy. Five days later, two and a half million are still waiting as officials at power companies across the region continue to say that restoring power is more complicated than it seems.

Campaigns Strive To Project Confidence, But Not Hubris, In Final Days

Nov. 3
Scott Neuman / NPR
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There are political races all over the country that aren't even close, but you wouldn't know it from listening to the candidates.

They're Furry And Furious: Puppets Protest At The U.S. Capitol

Nov. 3
Shula Neuman / NPR

There's presidential politics and then there's puppet politics. You may recall that in the first presidential debate GOP contender Mitt Romney made a statement that caused the two worlds to collide.

Obama And Romney Go On A Whirlwind Tour In Election's Final Weekend

Nov. 3
Wright Bryan, Steve Mullis
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President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney are making the most of every moment this weekend, with only three days left before Americans choose who will lead the government for the next four years.

Free Gas Draws Crowds In New York City; Gas Rationing Starts In New Jersey

Nov. 3
Wright Bryan, Steve Mullis
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he is unsure how long restrictions on the sale of gasoline that began at noon on Saturday will last. The gas rationing in 12 New Jersey counties was enacted after Christie signed an executive order Friday night.

Gas Rationing Ordered In New Jersey

Nov. 3
Wright Bryan / NPR

Restrictions on the sale of gasoline begin at noon Saturday in 12 New Jersey counties after Gov. Chris Christie signed an executive order Friday night.

Week in Review: Last Minute Election Ads and Scuffles

Nov. 3
By Claire Trageser
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Have you heard? There’s an election on Tuesday! Hang in there--we'll get you through it.

Race For Redrawn Calif. District Is Tight And Pricey

Nov. 3
Richard Gonzales / NPR
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Dan Lungren has been in and out of public office since 1979. The Republican represented a Southern California district in the '80s, served as the state's attorney general for eight years, and then returned to Congress to represent the Sacramento area in 2004.

Nation's Christmas Tree Plucked From Colorado

Nov. 3
Luke Runyon / NPR
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The undeniable smell of fresh-cut spruce filled the air Friday morning as crews crowded around the trunk of this year's Capitol Christmas Tree, prepping it for departure to Washington, D.C.

Lessons From Katrina Boost FEMA's Sandy Response

Nov. 3
Brian Naylor / NPR
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Following Superstorm Sandy, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has received good grades from politicians and even some survivors of the storm. In part, that's due to lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina seven years ago.

Marathon Runners Wonder, Why Not Cancel Earlier?

Nov. 3
Joel Rose / NPR
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For the first time since it began in 1970, the New York City Marathon will not take place.

Divergent Labor Markets: Private Gains, Public Losses

Nov. 3
Steve Henn / NPR
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The last unemployment report before the election came out Friday, and the news was middling: Unemployment ticked up to 7.9 percent.