Stories for October 30, 2012
With the death, destruction, flooding, power outages and transportation disruptions caused by Sandy the Superstorm, it may seem crass to ask about the impact on next week's election.
The California Attorney General’s office is formally notifying mobile application developers and some non-tech companies that they are not in compliance with the state’s privacy laws.
Republican legislative leaders say they’d be willing to reverse the California budget’s automatic trigger cuts to education if voters reject Proposition 30 next week.
The board of the California Health Benefit Exchange has approved a new name and logo for the health insurance marketplace that will expand coverage under the federal health law.
A Mexican man charged in the murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry changed his plea to guilty to first degree murder Tuesday morning in U.S. District Court in Tucson.
The Tuesday before Election Day was not a day for presidential politics, at least not for Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey.
Staffers at The Seattle Times are protesting the newspaper's decision to run free political ads for Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna and for the state's referendum that would legalize same-sex marriage. The company says the ads are part of a pilot project to prove that political advertising in newspapers can work. But journalists at the paper say giving away the space diminishes their journalistic integrity.
Sandy left 7 million customers without power across the East Coast, leaving many wondering what it will take to get the lights back on.
Audie Cornish talks to Melissa Block about the damage from Sandy in Atlantic City, N.J.
Along the beaches of New Jersey, a dump truck driver spent hours trying to help people who were stuck.
Audie Cornish talks to Ben Berkowitz, deputy companies editor for Reuters, about changes in hurricane and flood insurance. He says companies and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have been recalculating how to insure homeowners due to climate change.
New York City residents awoke to a changed world on Tuesday morning. From a massive fire in Queens to flooding in many quarters, the extent of the damage isn't yet clear.
Governor Mitt Romney's campaign converted a Dayton, Ohio, campaign stop into a "relief" event for victims of Sandy. But it still bore many of the hallmarks of a traditional campaign event. The Romney campaign was also responding to questions about comments the Republican presidential nominee made last year about partially privatizing and devolving to states certain functions of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The New York City subway system remained closed on Tuesday in the wake of Sandy. Millions of gallons of water poured into the subway's tunnels, overwhelming its pump system.
Sandy took a big swipe at lower Manhattan on Monday, which is best known for Wall Street and the financial district. While the New York Stock Exchange will be back in operation on Wednesday, some small businesses took a much more punishing hit.
The devastation from Sandy has raised questions about whether Election Day can, or should, be moved in some of the hardest hit areas. The law governing when the presidential election is held is not clear about what to do in an emergency.
The New York Stock Exchange was closed Monday and Tuesday because of Sandy. The CEO of the Exchange says everyone's pushing to reopen stock markets no later than Wednesday. Which raises the question -- why do we need a physical trading floor to conduct business? Robert Siegel asks that question of Professor Jeremy Siegel of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
The power was still out in northern New Jersey on Tuesday. Floodwaters from Sandy trapped people in their homes and spread debris over a large area.
Damage estimates from Sandy started pouring in on Tuesday, leaving many wondering what's covered by insurance and what isn't. Early estimates are pegging total losses from Sandy at between $30 and $50 billion. That would make it a very costly storm, but not close to the economic damage wrought by Katrina.
Audie Cornish talks to Joe Palca for the latest on where Sandy is and what she is doing.
Each year, the Friends of the San Diego Public Library inviting all fourth, eighth and tenth graders in San Diego to submit essays addressing a number of literary-based prompts. Entries are judged by a panel and could win up to a $500 grand prize. Read on for more information and download an application.
When Superstorm Sandy slammed into the East Coast on Monday, the fragile U.S. economy was just sitting there, stuck in a sluggish-growth mode.
The storm that has spawned so many worst-ever superlatives managed a few more when it comes to electricity, with record-breaking power outages across 18 states stretching from Michigan and Indiana to Maine and North Carolina, according to a Department of Energy assessment.
When the HMS Bounty set sail in 1787, Captain William Bligh had only his instincts to safely complete a journey from England to the South Pacific island of Tahiti. Last week, Robin Walbridge, captain of a replica of Bligh's ship of mutiny fame, had every modern weather-forecasting resource to plan a voyage from New London, Conn., to St. Petersburg, Fla.
It's football season at Oregon State University. And that means tail-gating, grilling, and....cheese?
When the HMS Bounty set sail in 1787, Captain William Bligh had only his instincts to safely complete a journey from England to the South Pacific island of Tahiti. Last week, Robin Walbridge, captain of a replica of Bligh's ship of mutiny fame had every modern weather forecasting resource to plan a voyage from New London, Conn., to St. Petersburg, Fla.
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today scheduled a Dec. 4 public hearing on a plan to do away with a $1,000 limit on the amount of money political parties are allowed to contribute to candidates in county elections.
Today is the last day to request mail-in ballots for next Tuesday's general election, according to the San Diego County Registrar of Voters office.
National City Middle School was among 23 California schools that had academic ratings invalidated by the state.
When a storm hits, people count on the local hospital to be ready -- no matter what.
For an update on superstorm Sandy's impact on the East Coast of the U.S., Renee Montagne and Steve Inskeep speak with NPR reporters Joel Rose, Elizabeth Shogren, Jim Zarroli, and Zoe Chace.
Even though Sandy has switched from hurricane to post-tropical cyclone, it's still a formidable storm. The latest forecast predicts strong winds and coastal storm surges up to four feet in some places. Areas from the eastern Great Lakes region to the mid-Atlantic and up to southern New England can also expect an additional inch of rain.
People across the New York metropolitan area confronted scenes of devastation from superstorm Sandy early Tuesday: widespread flooding, power and transportation outages and a wind-swept fire that tore through dozens of houses in the borough of Queens.
The New York Stock Exchange will reopen for regular trading Wednesday after being shut down for two days because of Hurricane Sandy.
Our readers were buzzing with ideas after yesterday's post on keeping the family well-fed during Hurricane Sandy-related power outages. What topped their list of topics? Egg safety, coffee preparedness, and what to do with pantry goods.
Since we noted Monday that the sign language interpreter for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) was becoming an Internet sensation, her fan base seems to have kept on growing.
Renee Montagne speaks with West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin about how Hurricane Sandy has affected his state.
NPR Jim Zarroli speaks with Steve Inskeep about how Superstorm Sandy has impacted parts of New Jersey.
Renee Montagne and Steve Inskeep talk with NPR's Elizabeth Shogren and Zoe Chace for a roundup of news on Superstorm Sandy.
For Jennifer Kaye, Hurricane Sandy is a threat to her livelihood. Kaye is General Manager and Captain of the Schooner Woodwind, a family-owned business based in Annapolis, Maryland. She and her crew are riding out the storm on board a 74-foot sailboat. Kaye explains how being on the boat is key to protecting it.
Steve Inskeep talks with Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley about Hurricane Sandy and how it's affecting his state.
Shirley Sherrod was forced out of the Department of Agriculture because of a misleading video. An edited clip appeared to show her saying she didn't want to help white farmers save their land. But the entire speech made it clear that Sherrod was actually saying racism is wrong. She talks with host Michel Martin about her book The Courage To Hope.
As the East Coast struggles in the wake of superstorm Sandy, Tell Me More focuses on the psychological damage that natural disasters can cause. Host Michel Martin speaks with psychiatrist Dr. Carl Bell about who is most at risk, and how people can help each other survive the emotional trauma of disasters.
Election Day is a week away and it seems everywhere you look, there's a new poll on TV, online, or the radio. But they don't all say the same thing. Host Michel Martin takes a look at why the polls vary, and what they tell us. She talks with Stanford University professor Simon Jackman. He teaches political science and statistics.