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10 things you need to know today: October 28, 2012
Sandy will make landfall in the U.S., the Des Moines Register endorses Romney, and more in our roundup of the stories that are making news and driving opinion
Motorists head north on the Loop Parkway in Lido Beach, N.Y., as Hurricane Sandy approaches on Oct. 27.
Motorists head north on the Loop Parkway in Lido Beach, N.Y., as Hurricane Sandy approaches on Oct. 27.
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1. SUPERSTORM SANDY COULD WREAK HAVOC ACROSS NORTHEAST
Hurricane Sandy has left 58 people dead in the Caribbean, and is making its way north to the U.S. where it could affect an 800-mile swath from the East Coast to the Great Lakes. The so called Frankenstorm is expected to be unusually powerful in the area because it is expected to meet with a winter storm plus a cold front, and high tides from a full moon. Officials warned people to be prepared for rain to begin late on Sunday, to be followed by several days of rain, high winds, and possibly snow. Forecasters say the danger is not limited to coastal areas, and that they are more worried about inland flooding from storm surge. States of emergency were declared from North Carolina to Connecticut. Delaware ordered mandatory evacuations for coastal communities by 8 p.m. Sunday. Sandy's winds were still at 75 mph as of Sunday morning. [ABC News]
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2. 7.7-MAGNITUDE QUAKE HITS OFF BRITISH COLUMBIA
A 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck off the west coast of Canada on Saturday night, triggering a tsunami warning for the coastal areas of British Columbia, Hawaii, and southern Alaska. The warning was later downgraded to a watch for British Columbia and Alaska. Officials said the earthquake was one of the worst in the region since 1949, but luckily the impact of the tremor was minimal. [Associated Press]
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3. ROMNEY AND OBAMA STUMP BEFORE THE STORM
President Obama spoke in New Hampshire on Saturday, telling voters there that the state's four electoral votes "could make the difference. We don't know how this thing is going to play out," he added. Obama won the state by a 10-point margin in 2008, but polls show a tight race this year. Meanwhile, Romney stumped in Florida, and had to cancel a visit to Virginia due to oncoming Hurricane Sandy. Instead, the GOP challenger will head to Ohio. [Politico, (2)]
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4. DES MOINES REGISTER ENDORSES ROMNEY
Iowa's largest newspaper, the Des Moines Register, endorsed Mitt Romney for president on Saturday, the first time the paper has endorsed a Republican candidate in 40 years. "Voters should give Mitt Romney a chance to correct the nation's fiscal course and to implode the partisan gridlock that has shackled Washington and the rest of America," the paper said. The endorsement could give Romney an advantage in winning the state's six electoral votes. Recent polling has shown a tight race in the state, with Obama holding a slight edge in several recent polls. [The Hill]
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5. SINGER GARY GLITTER ARRESTED IN BBC SCANDAL
Former pop star Gary Glitter, who is a convicted pedophile, was arrested in London on Sunday in connection with the ongoing investigation into alleged sexual abuse by the late BBC television star Jimmy Savile. Glitter was allegedly arrested "on suspicion of sexual offenses." Savile, who died in 2011, became the subject of the vast investigation after 300 people recently came forward alleging Savile had assaulted them over his long career with the BBC. [New York Times]
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6. ANTI-BLACK ATTITUDE IN U.S. RISES SINCE 2008
A new Associated Press poll shows that in the four years that President Obama has been in office, racial prejudice has increased slightly. In all, 51 percent of Americans now express explicit anti-black attitudes, compared with 48 percent in a similar survey in 2008. When measured by an implicit racial attitudes test, the number of Americans with anti-black sentiments jumped to 56 percent, up from 49 percent. The AP survey was conducted with researchers from Stanford University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Chicago. [Associated Press]
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7. LAWYERS DENY REPORT OF CHINESE PM'S WEALTH  
According to a Hong Kong newspaper, the family lawyers for Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao has denied a New York Times report that Wen's family has amassed $2.7 billion "in hidden riches." The paper, the South China Morning Post, printed a letter from the lawyers saying that the premier's family members haven't conducted any illegal business activities, do not hold shares in any companies, and that Wen has never been involved in his family's business activities or allowed those activities to influence his policies. A spokesperson for The New York Times said the paper is standing by its story. [Associated Press]
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8. RUBIO'S DAUGHTER HOSPITALIZED AFTER ACCIDENT
The 12-year-old daughter of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) was hospitalized Saturday after sustaining a head injury while sitting as the passenger in a golf cart. Rubio was notified about the incident after leaving the stage of a rally for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. The girl, who reportedly sustained a concussion, is in fair condition. [New York Daily News]
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9. UBS PLANS TO CUT 10,000 JOBS
UBS, Switzerland's largest bank, plans to cut some 10,000 jobs company-wide. Many of the reductions will come in the trading businesses overseen by investment-bank co-head Carsten Kengeter and will likely occur over several quarters, said a person with knowledge of the plan, who requested anonymity because the reductions haven't been made public. [Bloomberg]
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10. MADONNA BOOED OVER OBAMA ENDORSEMENT
During a concert on Saturday in New Orleans, Madonna asked her crowd whether they were registered to vote, adding "I don't care who you vote for as long as you vote for Obama." The statement elicited boos and walkouts by some concert-goers. Madonna backtracked, saying, "Seriously, I don't care who you vote for... Do not take this privilege for granted. Go vote." [Associated Press]

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