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Hurricane Sandy’s Death Toll Nears 100

Kathy Lahey sifts through her damaged home for items to save November 4, 2012 in the Breezy Point neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. With the death toll currently over 100 and millions of homes and businesses without power, the US east coast is attempting to recover from the effects of floods, fires and power outages brought on by Superstorm Sandy.
Kathy Lahey sifts through her damaged home for items to save November 4, 2012 in the Breezy Point neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. With the death toll currently over 100 and millions of homes and businesses without power, the US east coast is attempting to recover from the effects of floods, fires and power outages brought on by Superstorm Sandy. Photo: Allison Joyce/Getty Images

Officials have now attributed 97 deaths to Hurricane Sandy “within a 65-mile radius of New York City, in an area that stretched across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, from Burlington County in New Jersey to Suffolk County on Long Island to North Salem, N.Y., in Westchester County.” Nearly half the casualties were age 65 or older. Of New York City’s 43 deaths, 34 victims were in Queens and Staten Island, many of whom drowned during the storm.

Hurricane Sandy’s Death Toll Nears 100
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Navigator* –– 82%
Monmouth –– 80%
Quinnipiac –– 75%
Reuters –– 72%
CNN –– 69%
AP/NORC –– 68%
ABC/WaPo –– 66%

*Navigator asked specifically about Bolton
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Ben Smith, editor in chief of BuzzFeed News, who built a respected news organization alongside the website’s lighter content, will leave the company and join The New York Times as the newspaper’s top media columnist, according to sources familiar with the situation who were not authorized to speak publicly.


Smith will serve as the writer of the publication’s “Media Equation” column, which became a must-read for media industry insiders under David Carr, who died in 2015. Jim Rutenberg, the column’s writer for the last four years, moved to the position of writer at large last week.


Smith confirmed the move in a tweet.


“It’s been the privilege of my life to do this job, in its many iterations, for more than eight years,” Smith wrote in a memo he sent to BuzzFeed News staffers. “The notion that BuzzFeed could play a major role in shaping global news, and the news business — from tweets to streaming shows — sounded crazy in 2012. Now it’s just a fact, the product of most of all of your hard work, creativity, aggressiveness, and judgement.”

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Biden 26%
Sanders 21%
Warren 15%
Bloomberg 8%
Klobuchar 7%
Buttigieg 6%
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Biden 18%
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Yang 4%
Steyer 4%
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Although the administration has steadfastly declined to publicly discuss specific elements, people briefed on the contents described a plan that heavily tilts toward the Israeli position on key issues.

The plan, they say, envisions Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem, including areas Palestinians claim as the capital of a future independent state. The Palestinians would have control over some neighborhoods on outer parts of East Jerusalem.


There would be land swaps between areas controlled by the Israelis and Palestinians. In the end, the Palestinians might control 70% to 80% of the West Bank. That would fall short of Palestinian demands, but the plan isn’t expected to formally rule out a Palestinian state.


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